EFL Cup - Third Round
SwanseaSwansea City1Man CityManchester City2

Swansea City 1-2 Manchester City

By Michael PearlmanBBC Wales Sport at Liberty Stadium
Vincent Kopmany
Belgium defender Vincent Kompany has led Manchester City to two Premier League titles

Vincent Kompany suffered an injury scare on his return as Manchester City eased past Swansea in the EFL Cup.

Kompany - back after a five-month injury lay-off - left the field by his own choice in injury time after City had made all three substitutions.

Gael Clichy's fourth goal in English football had put City in charge before Aleix Garcia swept home a second.

Swansea's record signing Borja Baston missed several chances before Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a late consolation.

Belgian centre-back Kompany sat out Euro 2016 and had not played since injury forced him off in City's Champions League semi-final defeat by Real Madrid on 4 May.

"The doctors are speaking with him, but hopefully it is not a big, big problem. We're going to wait for the result," said City manager Pep Guardiola.

"Once they scored the goal, after I said: 'What happened?'. They said that Vincent had gone to the locker room. Hopefully, it will not be a big problem. We will have to wait. If he's injured, he's injured. He cannot stay on the pitch."

"It's not easy after a long, long time without playing. Defensively, he was so strong - he played really good."

Both sides rang the changes for this game but City showed they have the depth to compete in all competitions - despite Guardiola scoffing at the notion of winning four trophies - with the likes of Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and John Stones restored by the Spaniard.

Swansea made eight changes themselves, and starts for the likes of Jay Fulton and defender Kyle Naughton, as a winger, gave their team an experimental look.

A close first half saw chances limited, but City surged ahead after the break through Clichy's deflected goal and might have added to Garcia's smart second after Jesus Navas' pinpoint cross.

City twice came close to gifting the Swans a goal, but Borja was denied by Willy Caballero either side of half-time, before Sigurdsson's late consolation effort from close range.

Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin:

"It is not a good moment for us. Little things are going against us, we are missing chances.

"Manchester City are a very good team, even though they changed their players around. But I am optimistic, as I saw my team play a good game.

"This is my job. With my experience, I know football is like this. it does not bring any added pressure for me. I have to work with my players, my staff and to pick up better results."

Line-ups

Swansea

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 22Rangel
  • 5van der Hoorn
  • 2Amat
  • 3Taylor
  • 24CorkSubstituted forFerat 55'minutes
  • 7Britton
  • 26NaughtonBooked at 55minsSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 61'minutes
  • 56Fulton
  • 15Routledge
  • 10BastónSubstituted forBarrowat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Fer
  • 9Llorente
  • 17Barrow
  • 23G Sigurdsson
  • 25Tremmel
  • 33Fernandez
  • 35Kingsley

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Caballero
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 4Kompany
  • 24Stones
  • 22Clichy
  • 69AngelinoSubstituted forDe Bruyneat 58'minutes
  • 6RegesBooked at 87mins
  • 75GarcíaSubstituted forTosinat 90'minutes
  • 15Navas
  • 19Sané
  • 72IheanachoSubstituted forDiazat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sagna
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 50Maffeo
  • 53Tosin
  • 54Gunn
  • 55Diaz
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
18,237

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Swansea City 1, Manchester City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, Manchester City 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Tosin Adarabioyo.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Swansea City 1, Manchester City 2. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Modou Barrow (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Tosin Adarabioyo replaces Aleix García.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

  8. Booking

    Fernando (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Leon Britton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Aleix García.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Leon Britton (Swansea City).

  14. Post update

    Brahim Diaz (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Modou Barrow (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Gaël Clichy (Manchester City).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Brahim Diaz replaces Kelechi Iheanacho.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City).

  19. Post update

    Leroy Sané (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jay Fulton.