Owen Hargreaves enjoyed the perfect debut with a fabulous goal and injury-free 57-minute stint as Manchester City beat holders Birmingham City to reach the Carling Cup fourth round.
Watch League Cup (Carling Cup) third round football match, Man City Vs Birmingham highlights here.
Venue: Etihad Stadium.
Date: Wednesday, 21 September, 2011.
Kick-off: 1945 BST.
1-0 Hargreaves 17′ // 2-0 Balotelli 38′
They have met twice before in the League Cup, with each side bizarrely enjoying one 6-0 victory apiece. Birmingham claimed a a fifth-round victory in 1962 and Manchester City won at this stage in 2001.
This is the 146th meeting between the sides. Manchester City have won 66 times, Birmingham 55 and there have been 24 draws.
In the Premier League last season both games were drawn – 0-0 at the Eithad Stadium and 2-2 at St Andrews.