Alvaro Negredo hit a brace and Sergio Aguero also found the back of the net as Manchester City beat West Ham 3-0 at Upton Park, Tuesday, to book their place in the Capital One Cup final on 9-0 aggregate from this semifinal.
But Negredo suffered a late shoulder injury and struggled to complete the match with the guests having made all three substitutions, although Stevan Jovetic made his return from an extended injury layoff and Aguero, also completing a recovery, was able to play from the start.
Following are the ratings for each of City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
First Half analysis
Pantilimon: Had only a single save to make in the first half.
Boyata: Enjoying an easy time of it opposite Rat and Joe Cole.
Lescott: His ball distribution is noticeably sub-standard so far.
Nastasic: Struggling in the passing department, but solid on the defensive side of the ball.
Clichy: Did well to clear Joe Cole’s late corner.
Navas: An all-around good first half capped off by an admirable, defensive tackle on Rat.
Garcia: Does so many of the little things well.
Fernandinho: Passing at just 76% through 45 minutes.
Lopes: An assist on Negredo’s goal and the through-ball to Aguero for the 2-0 lead.
Negredo: Floated nicely into space, unmarked, to head in Lopes’ cross.
Aguero: Working hard in his first start since coming back from injury.
Second Half analysis
Pantilimon: Made a vital save on Carlton Cole midway through the second half.
Boyata: Finished strongly and gave Razvan Rat absolutely no joy over the 90 minutes.
Lescott: Made a superb, last-second challenge on Ravel Morrison.
Nastasic: Won two-thirds of his aerial battles.
Clichy: Booked for hacking down Morrison, who played a good second half.
Navas: Had 71 touches in another meaningful performance before being replaced by Kolarov.
Garcia: Made way for Rodwell just after the hour-mark.
Fernandinho: Executed an impressive six tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Lopes: Dropped off a bit after the restart but was impressive overall.
Negredo: His second goal was a superb individual effort.
Aguero: Looks like the Argentine is back to full fitness.
Jovetic: Got a 22-minute run-out but took only a single shot at target.
Rodwell: The forgotten midfielder completed every one of his passes after replacing Garcia.
Kolarov: Hardly had time to make an impact.