Man City win Carabao Cup on penalties after Arrizabalaga refuses to be subbed! Manchester City won a penalty shootout to overcome Chelsea after an extraordinary end to the Carabao Cup final.
In astonishing scenes towards the end of extra-time, Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga refused to come off after the fourth official held up his number.
Chelsea wanted to bring on Willy Caballero to replace Arrizabalaga, who had gone down with cramp. Arrizabalaga stayed on but City won 4-3 on penalties.
Manchester City won the Carabao Cup in a penalty-shoot out at Wembley after Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga defied manager Maurizio Sarri‚Äôs attempt to substitute him.
Manchester City have won each of their past six penalty shootouts in all competitions. City claimed the first major trophy in their four-pronged assault on silverware but this stale final, which was goalless after extra-time, will be remembered for an almost unprecedented challenge to Sarri‚Äôs authority by Arrizabalaga.
The ¬£71m Spanish keeper, Chelsea‚Äôs club record signing, had been struggling with cramp in the closing stages of extra-time and Sarri decided to send on substitute Willy Caballero, who saved three penalties in a shootout to help Manchester City win this trophy against Liverpool in 2016.
Arrizabalaga refused to come off and Sarri backed down in a rage, looking as if he would walk down the tunnel and then having to be restrained by Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger at the final whistle.
Carabao Cup final reaction from Wembley as Man City beat Chelsea on penalties
Sarri‚Äôs position was utterly undermined and the Italian‚Äôs misery was complete when City won the shootout, with Raheem Sterling scoring the winning penalty.
Ilkay Gundogan, Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva scored from the spot for City and even though Arrizabalaga saved from Leroy Sane it was to no avail.
Jorginho‚Äôs spot kick was saved by Ederson and David Luiz hit the post as Chelsea were sunk, despite Cesar Azplicueta, Emerson and Eden Hazard converting their kicks.
Manchester City retained the trophy but Arrizabalaga‚Äôs insubordination will be the headline story.
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