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Manchester City eased into their
first League Cup final in 38 years
with a record 9-0 aggregate victory
against semifinal opponents West
Holding a seemingly impregnable
6-0 first-leg lead, City strikers Alvaro
Negredo and Sergio Aguero combined
to complete the formalities at Upton
An unmarked Negredo nodded in,
Aguero clipped past Jussi Jaaskelainen
and the Spaniard barged through to
City will face either Manchester
United or Sunderland at Wembley
on 2 March.
Cross-city rivals United host Sun-
derland in their semifinal second leg
today as they try to overturn a 2-1
home win in the reverse fixture.
Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini has
targeted the unprecedented quadru-
ple of winning the Premier League,
FA Cup, League Cup and Champions
League in his first season at the Eti-
had. And City, as expected, are already
just 90 minutes from lifting their first
trophy of the campaign after record-
ing the biggest aggregate win in the
League Cup semifinals.
Pellegrini made sweeping changes
to the side which smashed through
the 100-goal barrier in only their
34th match of the season on Satur-
But, to the chagrin of West Ham,
the Chilean reunited Negredo and
Aguero in a fearsome-looking attack.
Going into the game, the pair had
scored 21 goals apiece---with the
whole West Ham team netting only
31---but had not started a game
together since Argentina striker
Aguero injured his calf against Arsenal
on 14 December.
Negredo needed just 157 seconds
to open the scoring when he planted
in Portuguese teenager Marcos
Lopez s pinpoint cross with the free-
dom of the Hammers penalty area.
Then, Aguero kept pace with his
strike partner by pouncing on more
calamitous Hammers defending to
clip beyond goalkeeper Jussi Jaaske-
And, after collecting a neat one-
two from Aguero, Negredo surged
through a pair of flimsy Hammers
challenges to tuck past Jaaskelainen.
With West Ham needing almost
a miracle to reach Wembley, Allardyce
urged his players to restore pride in
front of a sparse 14,390 crowd in east
But the home fans had little to
cheer with City keeper Costel Pan-
tilimon only stretched on a handful
Substitute Carlton Cole was denied
by the feet of the giant Romanian,
while Mo Diame slashed an angled
However, the hosts were boosted
by an encouraging 45-minute display
from Andy Carroll, who was making
his first Hammers start since the final
game of last season after a foot injury.
The England striker was the Ham-
mers most potent attacking threat
before being replaced by Cole at the
break, although showed his rustiness
by heading over the City crossbar
City eases into League Cup final
ROME---Gervinho scored a late win-
ner as Roma beat league leader Juven-
tus 1-0 in the Italian Cup quarterfinals
The Ivory Coast forward acrobatically
finished Kevin Strootman s cross after
a well-worked move with Miralem
It was a match between the top two
sides in Serie A. Roma lost 3-0 in the
league to Juventus earlier this month.
Roma started well and had two good
opportunities inside the opening 11
minutes but first new signing Radja
Nainggolan and then Alessandro Flo-
renzi fired wide.
Juventus players and staff called furi-
ously for a red card for Mehdi Benatia
when he dragged down Sebastian
Giovinco as the forward was attempting
to race onto Andrea Pirlo s long ball.
However, Benatia escaped with a book-
ing. Roma will face Napoli or Lazio in
its two-legged semifinal.
SAO PAULO---FIFA Secretary General
Jerome Valcke is giving Brazilian
organisers only a few more weeks to
show that the stadium in Curitiba will
be ready in time for the World Cup.
Valcke showed real concern about
the pace of construction at the Arena
da Baixada after visiting the southern
city yesterday, saying that work there
is more than late. He said he believed
the stadium would make it, but declined
to guarantee it would be part of the
tournament that begins in June.
Valcke said local organisers have until
Febuary 18 to demonstrate that the
work can be completed in time.
"What we are expecting is that these
technicians will work from now up to
the 18th of February and by the 18th
of February they will say, OK, guys,
it s fine, " Valcke said.
Most of the delay at the venue, which
was about 90 per cent completed, was
blamed on difficulties getting the need-
ed funding for the construction. The
stadium is being built mainly by local
club Atletico Paranaense.
"For the time being, I trust that the
decisions that have been made today
will give us Curitiba as one of the host
cities," Valcke told a news conference.
"It will be a difficult birth, but at the
end we will have a baby."
Brazil s deputy sports minister Luis
Fernandes said that after yesterday s
visit it was clear something had to be
done to guarantee Curitiba as a host
"With the current pace of construc-
tion, the stadium would not be ready
in time," Fernandes said, adding that
more workers are expected to be added
to the construction site to try to get
the venue ready.
The trip to Curitiba was not originally
scheduled for this week s inspection
tour by FIFA, but football s governing
body added a stop there after receiving
the latest construction report from local
organisers. Valcke was initially expected
to go to the jungle city of Manaus.
The Arena da Baixada was the most
delayed among the six that still have
to be delivered for the World Cup.
The Arena da Baixada is due to host
four World Cup matches, all in the
group stage. The first is Iran vs. Nigeria
on June. 16.
Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo turns away to celebrate after scoring the
opening goal during the second leg of the English League Cup semifinal
soccer match between West Ham United and Manchester City at the
Boleyn stadium in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Roma beats Juventus 1-
0 in Italian Cup quarters
World Cup venue in
danger of not being ready
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