A brace by Raheem Sterling ensured Carabao Cup holders Manchester City remain on course to win the competition for a third consecutive year after a 3-1 victory over Oxford sent them through to the semi-finals.

Matty Taylor cancelled out Joao Cancelo’s first-half opener 21 seconds into the second period, but that was as good as it would get for Karl Robinson’s side against Pep Guardiola’s men.

The Spaniard had shown the hosts plenty of respect with his team selection and despite a few scary moments, saw his players come through unscathed.

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Man City XI: Bravo, Cancelo, Garcia, Harwood-Bellis, Angeliño, Rodrigo, Zinchenko, Foden, Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling

Subs: Carson, Gundogan, Jesus, Mendy, Otamendi, Bernabe, Diounkou

Oxford Utd XI: Archer, Long, Moore, Dickie, Ruffels, Baptiste, Gorrin, Brannagan, Agyei, Taylor, Fosu

Subs: Cadden, Hall, Jack Stevens, Mousinho, Henry, Sykes, Mackie

Prediction: Oxford 0-3 Manchester City

Guardiola showed last season he has no qualms deploying his big names against lower-league opposition – we expect more of the same this time around.

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