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

Half-Time Report: Man City comfortable at the break
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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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