Manchester City score against Burnley in the Carabao Cup
Manchester City are unbeaten in the competition since October 2016

Raheem Sterling’s first two Manchester City goals of the season – and Ferran Torres’ first for the club – ensured the holders reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup at Burnley’s expense.

City dominated the game and Burnley keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell had to twice smartly deny Sterling before the England forward got the breakthrough after Benjamin Mendy’s cross.

His second was a close-range finish from Torres’ cross before the Spain winger, who joined from Valencia for £20.78m in August, put the tie beyond Burnley’s reach with an instinctive finish to cap a fine individual display.

Burnley struggled to create chances and it required a fine block by Peacock-Farrell to deny Sterling his hat-trick.

It was the perfect response by Pep Guardiola’s side after their 5-2 home drubbing by Leicester City last Sunday.

The draw for the quarter-finals takes place after Liverpool’s tie against Arsenal (19:45 BST) on Thursday.

Night of positives for City

After last weekend’s nightmare, this was much more positive for City as 18-year-old Cole Palmer offered a glimpse into the future while key centre-back Aymeric Laporte proved a calming influence on his return.

Born in Wythenshawe, boyhood City fan Palmer showed flashes of promise on his senior debut.

The teenager had one attempt that went over the bar and then tried to pick out Sterling to complete his hat-trick, with Burnley scrambling it clear.

Laporte, who tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month, was making his first appearance of the season.

Against a Burnley side that lacked cutting edge, the Frenchman helped City to a first clean sheet since 26 July.

The Clarets had two shouts for a penalty, the first when Charlie Taylor went down inside the penalty area and the second after Kyle Walker’s challenge on winger Dwight McNeil.

Referee Andrew Madley waved both appeals away and, with no video assistant referee in operation to review it and give the Clarets a glimmer of hope, Burnley’s run in the competition ended.

What’s next?

While Burnley are at Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday (20:00 BST), Manchester City are away at Leeds (17:30) earlier on the same day.



  • 15Peacock-Farrell
  • 2LowtonSubstituted forBardsleyat 79′minutes
  • 28Long
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 3Taylor
  • 11McNeil
  • 18Westwood
  • 8Brownhill
  • 23Pieters
  • 27VydraSubstituted forWoodat 45′minutes
  • 10BarnesSubstituted forBensonat 69′minutes


  • 9Wood
  • 25Norris
  • 26Bardsley
  • 34Dunne
  • 41Benson
  • 44Goodridge
  • 45Driscoll-Glennon

Man City

  • 13Steffen
  • 2WalkerSubstituted forHarwood-Bellisat 66′minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 14Laporte
  • 22Mendy
  • 16RodriSubstituted forAkéat 74′minutes
  • 21Torres
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 64′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 80Palmer
  • 26Mahrez
  • 7SterlingBooked at 76mins


  • 6Aké
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 31Ederson
  • 47Foden
  • 48Delap
  • 69Doyle
  • 78Harwood-Bellis

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