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LONDON---Manchester City beat Liverpool
3-1 in a penalty shootout to lift the League
Cup at Wembley Stadium yesterday, and
claim the first major trophy of the English
Willy Caballero was City s hero, making
three saves in the shootout to deny Lucas
Leiva, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana
after the match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes
and extra time.
Caballero s performance also fully justified
the decision by City coach Manuel Pellegrini
to play the Argentine goalkeeper. Though he
is City s second-choice behind England keeper
Joe Hart, the 34-year-old Caballero has been
a regular during the team s League Cup cam-
Following successful spot-kicks from Jesus
Navas and Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure scored
the decisive penalty, sliding the ball past Liv-
erpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to secure
at least one more trophy for Pellegrini before
the coach is replaced by Pep Guardiola next
Mignolet had been at fault earlier when
City took the lead in the 49th minute, having
failed to deal with a cross shot by Fernand-
inho. It should have been a routine save but
the ball went straight through Mignolet.
Former Liverpool player Raheem Sterling
had a golden opportunity to put City two
ahead in the 60th minute but he missed the
target from six yards (meters). With Mignolet
already committed, all he had to do was
stroke the ball into the Liverpool net. Instead,
his mistimed effort went wide.
Coutinho equalised for Liverpool in the
83rd minute from close range after a Lallana
effort hit the post and rebounded neatly into
the path of the Brazilian midfielder.
Both sides had chances to take the lead
in extra time. Aguero had the best chance
for City in the 105th minute. Put through
on goal by David Silva, the striker dinked his
shot with the outside of his right foot but
Mignolet stood tall and parried away the
effort with his left hand.
Divock Origi, who replaced Roberto
Firmino in the 80th minute, came close
to putting Liverpool ahead in the 110th
after a frantic period of attacking from
the Reds, but his header from close range
was beaten away by Caballero.
Liverpool started the sharper of the two
sides but wasn t able to engineer any notable
chances during a drab first half.
City produced the best chance of the first
period, when Aguero sauntered past Liverpool
centre backs Leiva and Mamadou Sakho, but
his shot from 15 yards (metres) was tipped
onto the post by Mignolet at full stretch.
A visibly angry Sakho was replaced soon
after by Kolo Toure because of possible con-
cussion following a clash of heads earlier in
the 16th minute with Emre Can that saw
both players needing attention.
The League Cup is City s fifth trophy since
2011. The team is still in the hunt for the
Premier League title despite being nine points
behind leader Leicester and looks set to make
the quarterfinals of the Champions League
after beating Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in the first-
leg of the last 16.
Liverpool, on the other hand, is experi-
encing one of its most barren runs in its his-
tory. Since 2006, when Liverpool won the
FA Cup, it s only added one trophy, the League
Cup in 2012.
mund avoided a major embar-
rassment at home when it
struck three late goals to come
from behind and beat 10-man
Hoffenheim 3-1 in the Bun-
Hoffenheim held on until the
80th minute, before Henrikh
Mkhitaryan kicked off Dort-
mund s rally, with Adrian Ramos
Aubameyang adding the other
Mainz got two goals from
Yunus Malli to beat Bayer Lev-
erkusen 3-1 and move past its
rival into fifth place.
In the late match, Eintracht
Frankfurt and Schalke drew 0-
0. Schalke, which could have
moved up to fourth with a win,
stayed seventh, while Frankfurt
is two points above the danger
Sebastian Rudy s 26th birthday
was a mixed affair. The Hoffen-
heim midfielder put his team
ahead in the 26th but then earned
a straight red card for hacking
down Aubameyang as the last
man in the 58th.
Dortmund struggled until the
80th, when Mkhitaryan scored
with an angled shot. Substitute
Ramos then put Dortmund up
for good with a powerful header
in the 85th and Aubameyang
notched his 22nd league goal in
injury time as three Dortmund
players broke free in a counter-
It was the first defeat in three
matches for Hoffenheim s new,
28-year-old coach Julian Nagels-
mann. His team remained next-
to-last. Dortmund is eight points
behind Bayern Munich in sec-
With its suspended coach
Roger Schmidt watching from a
box, Leverkusen lost to an
inspired Mainz side, which went
ahead through Malli s first goal
after an eight-match scoring
Jhon Cordoba doubled the lead
before halftime and Malli con-
verted a penalty in 58th after a
handball by Tin Jedvaj to secure
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez
pulled one back for Leverkusen
with a close-range header, his
14th Bundesliga goal, but Mainz
saw the match out without prob-
lem. Leverkusen dropped to its
second straight loss.
Earlier, Fabian Johnson s goal
in the 55th minute earned Borus-
sia Moenchengladbach a 2-2 draw
The American picked up a back
pass from the right and slotted
inside the post.
Moenchengladbach took the
lead with Raffael s 10th goal of
the season. Alfred Finnbogason
scored his first Bundesliga goal
in the 50th with a header to put
Augsburg back into the match
and the home side went ahead
in the 53rd when Caiuby drilled
home after Moenchengladbach
failed to clear a corner.
But Johnson replied only two
minutes later to salvage the draw
in an entertaining match to end
his team s four-game losing streak
on the road. Augsburg has won
only one of its last nine matches
tie 2-2 in exhibition
FORT LAUDERDALE---Honduras overcame a
two-goal deficit and tied Colombia 2-2 in an
exhibition between under-23 national teams
Second-half goals from Bryan Acosta and
Alberth Elis helped Honduras salvage a draw in
the match at Lockhart Stadium.
Acosta s successful penalty kick in the 81st
minute evened the match. A hard foul on Elis
by Colombia defender Andres Murillo inside
the large area resulted in Acosta s attempt.
Honduras reduced the deficit on Elis goal in
the 57th minute. Elis received Darwin Espinal s
cross from the left wing and one-timed a shot
from 10 yards.
Kevin Lopez nearly gave Honduras a go-ahead
goal in second-half stoppage but his uncontested
shot deep in the penalty area sailed wide right.
Colombia stunned Honduras with two goals
off set plays during a 3-minute span late in the
Yerry Mina opened the scoring in the 34th
minute. Mina headed William Palacio s corner
kick inside the right post and past the out-
stretched hands of goalkeeper Luis Lopez.
Three minutes later, Colombia struck again
on Juan Quintero s strike. Quintero successfully
blasted an indirect kick from the right wing on
the edge of the penalty area.
Honduras has qualified already for the 2016
Olympics, and Colombia is still in Olympic con-
tention. Colombia and the United States will
play a home-and-home for the final Olympic
berth of the North and South American region
March 25 and March 29.
City grabs League Cup in shoot-out
Dortmund rallies past Hoffenheim
Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero
is held on the shoulders of Wilfried Bony as
they celebrate with Sergio Aguero, left,
after he made three saves to win the
penalty shootout during the English League
Cup final soccer match between Liverpool
and Manchester City at Wembley stadium
in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
NEW YORK---Citigroup said it has received
a subpoena from federal prosecutors over its
possible involvement in the FIFA bribery scan-
dal, the first large U.S. bank to receive such
a notice from investigators.
Citigroup disclosed the subpoena in a regu-
latory filing late Friday, saying it is cooperating
with investigators in the matter.
In May of last year, the U.S. government
brought corruption charges against 14 current
and former executives at FIFA, world soccer s
governing body, alleging the executives together
had taken $150 million in bribes and payoffs.
The charges eventually led to the resignation
of FIFA s long-time President Sepp Blatter.
When federal prosecutors announced those
charges last year, several banks, including HSBC
and JPMorgan Chase, were named as entities
that corrupt FIFA officials used to transfer cash.
While it was named in the indictment paper-
work, JPMorgan has not disclosed any inves-
tigation into its own operations. HSBC acknowl-
edged last week that it is under investigation
by U.S. authorities for its role in the FIFA scan-
Being subpoenaed or investigated does not
mean prosecutors will bring charges against the
In the filing, Citi said investors requested
information on "banking relationships and trans-
actions at Citibank and its affiliates associated
with certain individuals and entities identified
as having had involvement with the alleged cor-
A Citi spokesman declined to comment
beyond the filing.
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