Willy Caballero proved an unlikely hero as Manchester City beat Liverpool 3-1 in Wembley Stadium on Sunday to win the League Cup.
The game finished 1-1 following extra time, Philippe Coutinho equalizing for Liverpool in the 83rd minute after Fernandinho had put City ahead early in the second half, and Caballero took center-stage in the shootout.
The 34-year-old Argentine, who deputizes for Joe Hart in cup competitions, saved penalties from Lucas Leiva, Coutinho and substitute Adam Lallana and although Fernandinho hit the post with his spot-kick, Yaya Toure stroked home the decisive penalty to give City victory.
It was City’s second League Cup triumph in three seasons, and fourth in total, and ensures that manager Manuel Pellegrini will sign off with at least one trophy before handing over the reins to Pep Guardiola.
On his decision to keep faith with Caballero, Pellegrini said: “I’d rather lose the title than lose my word.
“A lot of media were waiting to criticise me if Willy Caballero makes a mistake. I had a lot of trust in Caballero. I am very pleased for all the players and staff, but more for him because he deserved it.”