Aston Villa End Brendan Rodgers' Staggering Domestic Cup Unbeaten Run

Aston Villa booked their place in the final of the Carabao Cup in dramatic fashion, with Trezeguet scoring a 93rd-minute winner to break Leicester hearts. 

Villa moved ahead in the tie on 12 minutes, as Matt Targett fired in to make it 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate. Kelechi Iheanacho levelled the score with a ruthless finish 18 minutes before full time, but ​Trezeguet popped up to strike with just seconds remaining. 


It sparked wild scenes of joy, with fans running on to the pitch to join in the celebrations. As for the Foxes, it was heartbreaking for numerous reasons, especially considering the number of chances they created. 

The result, however, means that not only will ​Villa be going to Wembley for the final, but also, they have ended Brendan Rodgers' astonishing (and somewhat bizarre) domestic cup run.

Rodgers had gone 32 games unbeaten in domestic cup competitions (League Cup, FA Cup, Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup) prior to Tuesday night's defeat. Across spells with Liverpool, Celtic and ​Leicester, he oversaw an awesome 28 wins and just four draws during those outings games. 

Brendan Rodgers

Moreover, this means that Dean Smith's men are the first team to beat a side managed by the 47-year-old since Villa themselves beat ​Liverpool in the 2014/15 FA Cup semi-final. On that occasion, former Red Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring before a certain Christian Benteke equalised just four minutes later. 

Less than ten minutes into the second half and Fabian Delph put his side ahead. Villa managed to hold on and book their place in the final. However, they were comfortably swept aside by Arsenal in the final, ultimately losing 4-0. 

The Villans will be hoping for a better outcome this time around, and they will learn who their opponents are on Wednesday evening as Manchester City host Manchester United in the second leg of their tussle. City go into the clash with a 3-1 advantage. 

Source : 90min