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John Stones ended their long scoring drought when reigning champions Manchester City secured a 2-0 win over Manchester United in the derby to set up a final EFL Cup showdown with Tottenham.
The Stones has been outstanding at the heart of the City defense since he worked his way back to the team this season and scored his first City goal in 1,162 days at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
The fit center-back had previously put the ball into his own net early on, but Marcus Rashford was offside, summing up how his luck has changed.
United could not respond after the Stones’ goal early in the second half and Fernandinho doubled City’s lead seven minutes from time with an excellent shot.
Pep Guardiola’s team was a worthy winner, leaving their neighbors at the same stage as they did 12 months ago as they aim to win the competition for the fourth consecutive season.
Stones was relieved to see the flag raised after the ball bounced off him and into his own net before Ilkay Gundogan disallowed an offside goal at the other end on a vibrant start after a poignant minute of silence for City legend Colin Bell, who died Tuesday at the age of 74.
Zack Steffen denied Bruno Fernandes with a magnificent one-handed save the entire stretch and Kevin De Bruyne rocked the point with a rough drive from 20 yards.
City set the pace and Phil Foden was also denied an opening goal after going out of play in an entertaining but goalless first half.
However, it took less than five minutes of the second half for the first goal to arrive. The Stones found the back of the net for the second time that night when he hit Foden’s handsome free kick with his left thigh.
Dean Henderson tipped Raheem Sterling’s header around the post and produced a good save to avoid Riyad Mahrez’s venomous blow as City smelled a second goal.
United could not find their way through a well-trained City defense and Fernandinho solved it, shooting with his right foot from outside the box following a corner kick from the right.