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Swansea end Bradford run to claim League Cup crown

Published on Feb 25, 2013 6:17 AM
 
Swansea City players celebrate with the trophy after defeating Bradford City in their English League Cup final soccer match at Wembley Stadium in London February 24, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Swansea City ended Bradford City's League Cup fairytale with a record-breaking 5-0 victory in the final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday to crown the club's centenary year with a first major trophy.

Bradford had accounted for Arsenal, Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic en route to the final, but they fell well short in their bid to become the first team from England's fourth division to lift one of the game's most coveted prizes.

Goals from Nathan Dyer and Michu gave Swansea a 2-0 half-time lead, with Dyer doubling his tally early in the second half before Jonathan de Guzman added a fourth with a penalty after Bradford goalkeeper Matt Duke was sent off.

De Guzman made it five in injury time as Swansea broke the victory margin record set by Manchester United against Wigan Athletic in the 2006 final.

 
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