Wolves 2-5 Man City
Manchester City reached the last eight of the Carling Cup after their lethal attack made light work of Wolves.
Wolves took a shock lead when Nenad Milijas smashed in before Adam Johnson equalised from the edge of the area.
It was 3-1 four minutes later when Johnson's ball was tucked home by Samir Nasri before Edin Dzeko tapped in.
A Dorus De Vries own goal extended the lead and Dzeko turned in the fifth before Wolves' Jamie O'Hara converted Stephen Ward's ball from the left.
Five more goals from City meant that the Manchester club have scored 15 goals in their last three games.
They started poorly though as Wolves took the lead before the game was turned on its head in four madcap first-half minutes.
Mick McCarthy's men looked more potent during much of the first 45, with David Edwards heading over from two yards before Milijas hammered his side into the lead with 18 minutes on the clock.
City then stepped up their performance which up until the 37th minute seemed to be basking in the afterglow of their 6-1 win at Old Trafford.
Without rested central midfield maestro David Silva, City relied on the flanks to provide the threat.
It was Kolarov, on the right, who provided the cross which led to the equaliser. Dzeko controlled the delivery in the area and laid the ball back to Johnson who let fly from the edge of the area.
Almost straight from the restart, City were ahead. This time, Johnson played quarterback with a pass that split the Wolves defence and found Nasri who slid his shot past De Vries.
The turnaround was complete moments later when Johnson swung in a cross from the right and found youngster Luca Scapuzzi. The Italian's shot from two yards was blocked by Wolves stopper De Vries but the follow-up was stuck in by Dzeko.
If the fans inside Molineux thought the first half was entertaining they were in for another 'goalfest' after the break.
City extended their lead with five minutes of the half played when Scapuzzi pounced on a rebound from Nasri's shot to tuck in from two yards out.
However, the 20-year-old's strike was later given as a De Vries own goal with the ball having crept in off the body of the keeper.
City's fifth came shortly after and it was arguably the best goal of game. Nasri played a one-two with Dzeko before finding Stefan Savic on the left of the area.
The Montenegro player found Bosnia striker Dzeko who tapped in.
Game over, but it was not the end of the entertainment.
Wolves reduced the arrears a minute later when O'Hara converted from six yards out after he was fed by Stephen Ward.
Several spills by City's stand-in keeper Costel Pantilimon meant that the visitors had to work hard up until the final whistle, but there were no more goals on what was a thrilling night of action.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:
"That was an abject lesson in finishing. But I was pleased with our performance.
"That sounds crazy when you've just been beaten by five, but I was happy.
"We started well, and deserved the lead. The fact we didn't hang on to the lead was nothing to do with defending badly.
"City are all top players. They won't be made to work harder than they were tonight, that's for sure."
- 31 De Vries
- 03 Elokobi
- 06 Craddock Booked
- 11 Ward
- 30 Doherty
- 04 Edwards (Henry - 67' )
- 12 Hunt Booked
- 20 Milijas (Hammill - 65' )
- 34 Guedioura
- 18 Vokes
- 29 Doyle (O'Hara - 65' )
- 01 Hennessey
- 14 Johnson
- 16 Berra
- 08 Henry
- 19 Hammill
- 24 O'Hara
- 09 Ebanks-Blake
- 30 Pantilimon
- 05 Zabaleta
- 13 Kolarov
- 15 Savic Booked
- 28 K Toure
- 11 Johnson
- 19 Nasri (Suarez - 67' )
- 34 De Jong
- 62 Razak (Milner - 85' )
- 10 Dzeko
- 49 Scapuzzi (Rekik - 73' )
- 12 Taylor
- 03 Bridge
- 24 Onuoha
- 44 Rekik
- 07 Milner
- 36 Suarez
- 45 Balotelli
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.90:00 +3:45
Outswinging corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line played to the near post, Jody Craddock manages to make a clearance.90:00 +2:50
Effort from deep inside the area by Aleksandar Kolarov misses to the left of the goal.89:55
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Vokes by Karim Rekik. Adam Hammill restarts play with the free kick.88:09
Corner crossed in by Adam Hammill, save by Costel Pantilimon.87:52
Adam Hammill takes a shot. Blocked by Stefan Savic.86:31
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Adam Johnson.85:00
Adlene Guedioura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Milner. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.84:21 Substitution
Substitution Abdul Razak goes off and James Milner comes on.84:09
Shot by Jamie O'Hara from 25 yards. Costel Pantilimon makes a save.82:46
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Jody Craddock gets a block in.81:13
Effort from long distance by Adam Hammill goes wide of the right-hand upright.80:40
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Blocked by Jody Craddock.80:06
Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Save by Costel Pantilimon.79:46
Shot from 12 yards from Stephen Ward. Save by Costel Pantilimon.78:42
Short corner taken by Adam Hammill.73:41
Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Zabaleta on Adam Hammill. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.72:44 Substitution
Substitution Karim Rekik comes on in place of Luca Scapuzzi.70:56
Unfair challenge on Denis Suarez by Jody Craddock results in a free kick. Abdul Razak takes the direct free kick.69:49
Shot by Jamie O'Hara. Blocked by Stefan Savic. Stephen Hunt takes a short corner.
Adam Hammill fouled by Aleksandar Kolarov, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.68:43
Jamie O'Hara is adjudged to have handled the ball. Stefan Savic takes the direct free kick.67:45
Unfair challenge on Adam Johnson by Adam Hammill results in a free kick. Costel Pantilimon takes the direct free kick.66:04 Substitution
Substitution (Man City) makes a substitution, with Denis Suarez coming on for Samir Nasri.66:04 Substitution
Substitution Karl Henry is brought on as a substitute for David Edwards.64:28
The assist for the goal came from Stephen Ward.64:28 Goal scored
Goal! - Jamie O'Hara - Wolves 2 - 5 Man City Jamie O'Hara finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 2-5 Man City.64:15 Substitution
Substitution Jamie O'Hara comes on in place of Kevin Doyle.64:15 Substitution
Substitution Adam Hammill joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nenad Milijas.63:03
The assist for the goal came from Luca Scapuzzi.63:03 Goal scored
Goal! - Edin Dzeko - Wolves 1 - 5 Man City Edin Dzeko fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-5 Man City.61:38
Abdul Razak takes a shot. Save made by Dorus De Vries.60:21
Adam Johnson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.58:22
Corner from the right by-line taken by Stephen Hunt, save made by Costel Pantilimon.57:57
Samir Nasri gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nenad Milijas. Free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.57:23
Nenad Milijas fouled by Kolo Toure, the ref awards a free kick. David Edwards restarts play with the free kick.56:51 Booking
Booking Booking for Stephen Hunt for unsporting behaviour.56:34
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Hunt on Nigel De Jong. Nigel De Jong restarts play with the free kick.55:56
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Stephen Hunt. Kolo Toure takes the free kick.53:45
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nenad Milijas on Aleksandar Kolarov. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.53:21
Short corner taken by Nenad Milijas.52:41
Foul by Nigel De Jong on Adlene Guedioura, free kick awarded. Dorus De Vries takes the direct free kick, Costel Pantilimon takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.52:31
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a save.51:07
Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line, clearance by Kolo Toure.49:59
Assist by Luca Scapuzzi.49:59 Goal scored
Goal! - Dorus De Vries - Wolves 1 - 4 Man City Dorus De Vries concedes an unfortunate own goal. Wolverhampton 1-4 Man City.49:48
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.48:48
Adam Johnson delivers a pass corner to short.47:25
Short corner taken by Stephen Hunt.46:17
Aleksandar Kolarov fouled by Nenad Milijas, the ref awards a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:00 +2:10 Half time
Half Time The first half comes to an end.44:06
Adlene Guedioura produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.43:15
Sam Vokes fouled by Pablo Zabaleta, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Hunt takes the direct free kick.42:25
Pablo Zabaleta challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nenad Milijas.39:45
Assist on the goal came from Luca Scapuzzi.39:45 Goal scored
Goal! - Edin Dzeko - Wolves 1 - 3 Man City Edin Dzeko fires in a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-3 Man City.39:40
Adam Johnson takes a shot. Save by Dorus De Vries.39:10
Foul by Sam Vokes on Stefan Savic, free kick awarded. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.38:15
Assist by Adam Johnson.38:15 Goal scored
Goal! - Samir Nasri - Wolves 1 - 2 Man City Samir Nasri fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-2 Man City.37:04
Samir Nasri fouled by Nenad Milijas, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.36:03
Edin Dzeko provided the assist for the goal.36:03 Goal scored
Goal! - Adam Johnson - Wolves 1 - 1 Man City Goal scored by Adam Johnson from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-1 Man City.33:50
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko by Nenad Milijas. Stefan Savic takes the free kick.31:52
Long distance shot from Adlene Guedioura misses to the left of the target.31:00
Foul by Luca Scapuzzi on Adlene Guedioura, free kick awarded. Matt Doherty restarts play with the free kick.29:56
Shot by Luca Scapuzzi from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.19:24
Aleksandar Kolarov has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.19:24 Booking
Booking Jody Craddock goes into the referee's book.19:05
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jody Craddock on Edin Dzeko.17:48
Adlene Guedioura provided the assist for the goal.17:48 Goal scored
Goal! - Nenad Milijas - Wolves 1 - 0 Man City Goal scored by Nenad Milijas from the edge of the area high into the middle of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Man City.16:04
Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line, clearance made by Kolo Toure. Corner taken by Nenad Milijas played to the near post, Edin Dzeko manages to make a clearance.15:24
Stefan Savic concedes a free kick for a foul on David Edwards. Nenad Milijas takes the free kick.14:34
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a corner.14:19
Shot by Adam Johnson. Blocked by Stephen Ward.11:03
David Edwards has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.6:17
Strike on goal comes in from Nenad Milijas from the free kick. Short corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the left by-line, Nenad Milijas has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.6:17 Booking
Booking Stefan Savic goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.6:06
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Hunt by Stefan Savic.5:26
Aleksandar Kolarov fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Nigel De Jong takes the free kick.3:38
Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Pablo Zabaleta results in a free kick. George Elokobi takes the direct free kick.3:03
Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson.2:04
Nigel De Jong fouled by Stephen Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.0:50
Aleksandar Kolarov fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Costel Pantilimon takes the direct free kick.0:00
The match begins.
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