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THE Carabao Cup is reaching fever pitch with Wembley glory potentially on the horizon for the remaining teams. 1 Manchester City beat Chelsea on penalties to lift the Carabao Cup for the second year in a row Credit: EPA Last year's winners Man City remain in the competition and will now face great rivals Manchester United. THE semi-final draw for this year's Carabao Cup washeld on Wednesday, December 18. It took place at the Kassam Stadium following the conclusion of Man City's clash with Oxford United. Semi-finals ties are to be played over two legs, with the first clashes scheduled to take place week commencing January 6, 2020.
The second legs will then be held week commencing January 27. 5-0 Liverpool Everton 2 Leicester City 2 (Leicester win 4-2 on penalties) 2 (Leicester win 4-2 on penalties) Oxford 1 Man City 3 Semi final draw Carabao Cup holders Manchester City will have to beat rivals Manchester United in the semi-finals if they want to regain their trophy in 2020. After defeating Oxford United 3-1 at Kassam Stadium on Wednesday night, Pep Guardiola's side will have been delighted to learn they face the Red Devils at Old Trafford in January. AFP or licensors 2 The United players celebrate after their emphatic win over Colchester at old Trafford United beat Colchester United at home on the same night to book their place in the final four, courtesy of goals from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. City will have a chance to exact their revenge after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side defeated the Premier League champions earlier this month at the Etihad in a 2-1 win which few fans saw coming.
"It was a good goal and I am glad to help the team with another three points. Juve boss Maurizio Sarri fielded the attacking trident of Ronaldo, Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain for the second game in a row, and his side needed 19 minutes to find the opener as Dybala struck a sublime volley into the bottom corner. Sampdoria drew level 10 minutes before the break when Caprari swept a finish past Buffon after a defensive mix-up. But Juve went back in front through an extraordinary Ronaldo header, as the Portuguese was calculated to have jumped 71 centimetres off the ground to meet Sandro's cross at a height of 2.56 metres, before powering home. "Ronaldo did something that you see in the NBA [National Basketball Association], he was up in the air for an hour and a half," said Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri. Ronaldo, who has six goals in his last five Juventus appearances, thought he had his second when he rounded goalkeeper Emil Audero to roll the ball into an empty net, but the effort was disallowed for offside. The game ended on a sour note for Ranieri's side as Caprari caught Merih Demiral in the face with a flailing arm to earn a second yellow card. Juventus head to Saudi Arabia this week, where they will face Coppa Italia holders Lazio in the Supercoppa Italiana in Riyadh on Sunday ahead of the winter break, which runs until the first weekend of January. Cristiano Ronaldo header: Juventus forward 'defies gravity' with leaping winner against Sampdoria The Portuguese striker netted the winner with a header which went viral over his athleticism Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo scores a header against Sampdoria on 18 December 2019 (AFP via Getty Images) Cristiano Ronaldo scored on the stroke of half-time for Juventus on Wednesday night to register a 2-1 win away at Sampdoria to take the Italian champions three points clear in Serie A. The Portuguese striker leapt to the back post to get on the end of left-back Alex Sandro's cross, scoring a dazzling header which showed he still has his famed athleticism at the age of 34. The win takes Juventus to 42 points, and above Inter Milan in the Italian top flight. Ronaldo leapt onto the end of the left-back Alex Sandro's cross which found its way to the back post just before the half-time whistle. The forward was reported to have remained airborne for one and a half seconds, and reached a height of two and a half metres by some accounts. The goal marked Ronaldo's 12th competitive effort for Juventus this season and his 40th from 63 competitive appearances for the Italian club. What I want is to help Juventus win new trophies." Others on Twitter sought to comment on the athleticism of the goal and praise the Portuguese forward.