Conti Cup: City edge out United in Manchester derby

Conti Cup: City edge out United in Manchester derby
Conti Cup: City edge out United in Manchester derby

In one of the Continental Cup highlights of the week, Manchester City welcomed local rivals Manchester United to the Joie Stadium. The Sky Blues booked their place in the quarter-finals of the tournament after a 2-1 win.

The two sides last met back in November, with City taking a resounding 3-1 victory away from Old Trafford. Here’s how the Conti Cup action between Man City and Man United unfolded.

Starting XIs

Manchester City

Keating; Aleixandri, Greenwood, Coombs, Kelly, Hemp, Ouahabi, Casparij, Roord, Shaw, Hasegawa

Manchester United

Tullis Joyce; Le Tissier, Blundell, Guerrero, Zelem, Evans, Naalsund, Garcia, Turner, Parris, Williams

How it went

The opening spell saw several nervy moments for the blue half of Manchester. An early chance for Man United was quickly followed by an injury concern for City’s summer signing Jill Roord. The Netherlands international appeared to go down following a collision off the ball.

After a period of treatment on the pitch, Roord was replaced by Filippa Angeldahl after just nine minutes.

Good chances followed for both sides, however neither team was able to find the crucial opening goal. Bunny Shaw had several shots go wide while the Reds were unable to find the clinical edge to beat Khiara Keating.

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Just two minutes into the second half, City finally broke the deadlock. A well-worked piece of team play from the hosts saw Chloe Kelly fire the ball beyond Phallon Tullis-Joyce. With a failed clearance from the United defence, Lauren Hemp doubled the hosts’ lead in the 70th minute.

Despite trailing by two goals, the visitors continued to push for a reply. A frantic final spell saw Nikita Parris pull a goal back for the visitors in the fifth minute of injury time. The former City star’s late effort was enough to ensure an end-to-end finale to the tie.

What happens next?

The win put City through to the next round of the Conti Cup as winners of Group A, having taken ten points from their four games.

As things stand, Marc Skinner’s side will progress to the quarter-finals as one of the two best runners-up with three wins from four. However, recent events elsewhere could severely impact their fate.

It may be ruled that Aston Villa fielded an ineligible player in Noëlle Maritz, who is cup-tied with Arsenal. This could lead to their win over Sunderland being reversed and given to the opposition, which risks impacting Man United’s chances of reaching the knockouts.

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