Five stand-out moments from the weekend’s football.
1 – Man City win League Cup final
Manchester City beat Arsenal 3-0 in the League Cup final at Wembley on Sunday, earning their first piece of silverware under manager Pep Guardiola. A goal-kick found Sergio Aguero who lobbed Gunners keeper David Ospina to give City the lead after 17-minutes. City continued to dominate and after the break Kevin de Bruyne’s corner found Ilkay Gundogan, whose shot was given a change of direction by Vincent Kompany to make it 2-0. David Silva then well and truly sealed the win over a lacklustre Arsenal side with a far post finish at 65-minutes. After going out of the FA Cup to Wigan, a record-breaking quadruple is off the cards for Manchester City but they remain 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table and host Basel for the 2nd leg of their Champions League last-16 tie next week.
2 – Man Utd beat Chelsea 2-1
Manchester United reclaimed 2nd place in the Premier League table and are 6 points above Chelsea after beating the Blues 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday. Alvaro Morata came agonizingly close to giving the visitors an early lead when he hit the cross-bar and Eden Hazard wasn’t far off with the follow up. After half an hour’s play Willian instigated and completed a move from their own half and was able to beat United keeper David de Gea at his near-post. However, the lead didn’t last and Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils went into the break level thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s close range finish. In the second-half it was Lukaku’s cross that found the head of substitute Jesse Lingard to make it 2-1 with 15 minutes remaining. In the 85th minute Morata equalised for Chelsea but had the goal wrongly disallowed for offside. With Tottenham’s win 1-0 over Crystal Palace, defending champions Chelsea drop to 5th in the Premier League table.
3 – Brighton find some breathing space
Brighton moved to 12th and put some distance between themselves and the drop zone with a 4-1 win over Swansea on Saturday. Glenn Murray scored a brace, getting the opener from the penalty spot when he was brought down after 18 minutes play and adding a second after the break. Anthony Knockaert had a goal ruled out for Murray’s offside but then made one count to make it 3-0. Tammy Abraham’s shot took a deflection off Lewis Dunk to claw one back for the Swans, but substitute Jurgen Locadia scored the final goal on his Premier League debut to get the Seagulls their biggest top-flight victory. Brighton are now 4 points above Swansea who drop back into the relegation position of 18th.
4 – Wolves crumble at Craven Cottage
Fulham extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to 12 games with a 2-0 victory over leaders Wolves at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Ryan Sessegnon got things started when he finished off Aleksandar Mitrovic’s saved strike. Mitrovic then found the net himself in the second-half with a low strike from just outside the box. Stefan Johansen came within a whisker of making it 3-0 and Diogo Jota missed Wolves’ best effort from point blank range. This latest defeat sees leaders Wolves winless in their last three league matches and continuing to suffer an inconsistent 2018 with just four wins from their eleven matches in all competitions this year.
5 – Nottingham Forest end 6-game winless run
Nottingham Forest went into their Championship clash with QPR on Saturday winless in their last six matches and had failed to score in four of those games. They were knocked out of the FA Cup by Hull at the end of January and had lost three and drawn two of their five league games since. However, Cardiff City loan striker Lee Tomlin put visitors Forest 1-0 ahead shortly before the break, he doubled the lead just two minutes after the restart and set up Joe Lolley to make it 3-0 just before one hour’s play. Massimo Luongo got one back for QPR, as the did Matt Smith but only after Matty Cash had scored Forest’s fourth. Ben Brereton then beat three defenders to make it 5-2 in the 91st minute. The victory sees Forest move up to 15th in the table, 1 point above QPR who drop down one to 16th.