Sekou Mara and Moussa Djenepo of Southampton scored twice in the first half, and City never threatened to recover.
Southampton will now play Newcastle United in the semifinals for a chance to face either Manchester United or Nottingham Forest in the final.
Southampton’s first goal came in the 23rd minute, when Mara connected well with Lyanco’s whipped cross, and the hosts scored a second five minutes later, when Djenepo caught City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega off guard and curled a stunning attempt into the top corner.
Despite the additions of Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland as replacements in the second half, City failed to score.
Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse told Sky Sports that his team’s new manager, Nathan Jones, and his players were courageous in their play.
“It’s a wonderful evening. Playing in these games is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, particularly if your league is struggling at the time. We were quite aware that the exhibition was both amazing and distracting. We acted bravely.” When you’re in our shoes, nothing comes easily. Management has been fantastic in terms of giving us with new motivation and drive. He pushed us to act boldly and decisively.
City came into the game off the back of a 4-0 FA Cup win over Chelsea, but they were unable to maintain their prolific scoring ways.
Manager Pep Guardiola’s strong team included Joao Cancelo, Jack Grealish, Ilkay Gundogan, and Kalvin Phillips, but aside from Gundogan’s early shot that was dragged wide, they had little impact on the game.
Grealish had handled the ball incorrectly, enabling Lycano to sprint up the right flank and set up Mara for the hosts’ first goal.
Since taking over in November, Jones has been unable to improve Southampton’s poor Premier League record, but his squad has won all three of its cup matches—against Lincoln City, Crystal Palace, and Manchester City.
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