Half-Time Report: Alvaro Negredo, Sergio Aguero goals give Manchester City advantage

Manchester City score two unanswered goals before half time in their League Cup match against West Ham United.

Manchester City are 2-0 ahead, and 8-0 on aggregate, against West Ham United in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final.

The away side got off to the best possible start when Alvaro Negredo gave them the lead after only three minutes.

The striker was left unmarked in the box and had the simple task of nodding the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen in the home goal.

West Ham thought they had an equaliser five minutes later, but Kevin Nolan was flagged for offside as he slammed in Matthew Taylor's cross.

Despite going a goal down so early in the match, the Hammers fought back well. Mohamed Diame battled his way down the right before hanging the ball in the air. Andy Carroll attacked it, but his header went over.

Jaaskelainen was then called into action, tipping away a Sergio Aguero effort.

The striker did manage to find the net a few minutes later, however. Marcos Lopes did well, beating a number of tackles before sending in a cross. A couple of West Ham defenders tried to close down Aguero but failed, allowing him to dink the ball over the goalkeeper.

Andy Carroll of West Ham United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion on March 30, 2013
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City24212170185265
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24165349163353
3Chelsea24155445162950
4Liverpool24138354292547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs24136547222545
6Arsenal24126645311442
7Leicester CityLeicester249783632434
8Burnley249781921-234
9Everton2477102639-1328
10Watford2475123344-1126
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12Bournemouth2467112536-1125
13Crystal Palace2467112237-1525
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2466121941-2224
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2465132234-1223
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17Stoke CityStoke2465132550-2523
18Southampton24410102435-1122
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24311101931-1220
20Swansea CitySwansea2455141535-2020
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