4 times Man City's Carabao Cup hero snatched victories for his teams even as a defender

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If you thought the late goal he scored against Tottenham Hotspur to win the Carabao Cup for Manchester City on Sunday was the first time he came to the party for his teams in the big games, then you need to think again.

For, Aymeric Laporte is a master of the last-gasp winners! Forget that his primary duty as a defender is to stop rampaging attackers from breaching his team's defence to score.

Long before the 26-year old joined Manchester City from Athletic Bilbao in a £57million move in 2018, he had cut a niche for himself as that defender who always steals from behind to score a goal or two for his teams.

During the 2013/14 season -- his very first full season for Bilbao, Laporte began to manifest a quality that has today become an integral part of his game.

He was then 19 years old. The game was against Getafe away at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium. It was a La Liga match. What made the encounter more significant was that Athletic Bilbao had a history of always losing to their less-fancied neighbours.

As a matter of fact, Bilbao had not picked a point in any La Liga game they had played against Getafe in 5 previous meetings. But all that would change when their teenage Frenchman shocked the Getafe home crowd to head home what would turn out the match winner in the 9th minute.

Ever since, Laporte hasn't looked back. He had decided a thrilling, end to end game against Villarreal in the last 16 stage of the Copa del Rey in the 2015/16 season.

Scores had stood 2-2 before Laporte whipped home a left-footed shot in the 81st minute to score the 3rd goal and win the game for the Los Leones on the night.

He would again produce the match winner when Athletic Bilbao clashed with Granada away at the Los Carmenes stadium in a week 5 La Liga game during the 2016/17 season.

Scores had stood at 1-1 most of the game before Laporte stole in from his defensive area to slap in the winner for his team in the 77th minute.

It was thus the 4th time he was swinging victory the way of his teams after snatching the winner for the Cityzens in their 4th EFL Cup (Carabao Cup) win at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

These match winning efforts are by no means his only contributions in his career so far. Records show that Laporte has also either contributed a goal or two in his teams' wins across all competitions or rescued points for them in matches that have ended in stalemates.

In the 3rd round of Manchester City's UEFA Champions League clash with Dinamo Zagreb away in the 2017/18 season, it was Laporte's 21st minute header that ensured that his English team didn't go home empty-handed in a 1-1 draw.

He had also contributed a goal each to save City imminent defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers (in the Premier League) and Olympique Lyon ( in the Champions League) in away games during the 2018/19 season.

He had scored the 69th minute goal that helped City draw with Wolves at the Molineux and the 62nd minute equaliser that helped City to a share of the spoils in their 2-2 draw with Lyon away at the Park Olympique Lyonnais stadium.

He had also scored the 3rd goal in Bilbao's 6-1 bashing of Almeria in a La Liga game during the 2013/14 season while adding a goal in his Spanish team's 3-1 win over Valencia at home in the 2015/16 season.

That same season, he scored four other goals in his team's 2-1 win against RB Linense in the Copa del Rey before scoring the only goal in their 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid away.

Of course, he scored the winner in their 3-2 victory over Villarreal in the Copa del Rey before also registering his name in Bilbao's 5-2 hammering of Eibar.

Apart from the winner he scored in their away league victory to Granada, he had scored the equaliser in their eventual loss to Villarreal away in the 2016/17 season.

During the 2018/19 season, apart from the 1-1 draw he helped City grab against Wolves, he had scored in other games against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League, Everton and Brighton in the Premier League.

And his only goal in the 2019/20 season had been against Watford away at the Vicarage Road in City's 4-0 league win.

And before he scored Sunday's Cup-winning goal against Spurs, he had also registered one in City's 4-1 beating of Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the same competition away at the Emirates Stadium.

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