The big Romanian stopper struggled in the difficult conditions for a goalkeeper, and was lucky not to be punished in the 10th minute after pushing a long range Agbonlahor strike straight to Weimann. His luck didn’t hold though as a poor punch away from a Weimann cross led to Barry scoring an own goal, and he made another mistake in extra time to gift N'Zogbia an easy goal.
Captain for the night looked cool and calm. He was solid on the right of the back three, and looked equally comfortable at right back when moved there late in the game.
The centre half was a late addition to the City side after Jack Rodwell picked up an injury in the warm-up, and he equipped himself well given he had little time to mentally prepare. He marked Benteke very closely and succeeded in keeping the striker with his back to goal so he couldn’t threaten the City goal.
Playing in a more advanced position Kolarov had a productive game down the left hand side, making some dangerous runs at Lowton and linking up very neatly with Tevez. He got himself on the scoresheet midway through the second half with an excellent free kick that curled past Given from 20 yards.
The Serbian was making his home debut on the left side of a back three and he looked comfortable throughout up against the pace of Weimann.
The midfielder was back in a wider role on the right hand side against his former club and he performed well against the youngster Bennett in the Villa defence. He held his position on the wing well and delivered some dangerous crosses into the penalty area for Balotelli and Tevez. He created the opening goal in the 27th minute with a neat pass into the unmarked Balotelli who made no mistake.
The midfielder had a solid game in the middle of the pitch and helped Razak adapt the faster pace of first team football. Looked to be winning his constant battles with Delph and El Ahmadi in the midfield but did score an own goal.
Had a good game alongside Barry in the centre of midfield, very strong when he is on the ball and very comfortable in possession. As the game went on though his touch seemed to let him down more and he gave the ball away a bit too easily.
Drifted in and out of the game as the third member of City’s attacking trio, he struggled to really make an impact although there were glimpses of quality to impress Mancini. Once Villa had equalised the youngster was replaced by Scott Sinclair as City went in search of a winner.
The Argentine was full of running for his side and never gave the Villa defenders a moments peace as he searched for a goal to put his side into the next round.
The enigmatic forward had a typical Balotelli game, he linked up well with Tevez and drifted into some excellent positions but his overall work ethic was not high. He showed good movement in the build-up to his goal as he dropped of the Villa defence and calmly fired past Given from six yards.
A start for the Irish keeper having lost his place to Brad Guzan in recent weeks and he will have been disappointed to not keep a clean sheet but the poor marking of his defenders gave him no chance with Balotelli’s first-half strike. He didn’t have much else to do as City struggled to create any more clear chances, but his attempts to stay focused kept the crowd entertained.
Tried his best to give Villa a threat down the right-hand side but had to spend the majority of his time in defensive situations as Kolarov continued to press him backwards.
The Villa skipper was a solid presence at the back for his side, staying very close to Carlos Tevez and picking up any runners when he passed the Argentine onto Clark. Strong in the air and the only moments he looked vulnerable were when City ran at him at pace.
Like Vlaar he did well against the City forward line but one lapse in concentration cost his team as Balotelli drifted into an unmarked position to open the scoring.
Had a tough evening as he had both Milner and latterly Sinclair to deal with, however the youngster coped well with both players and didn’t give them many opportunities to deliver dangerous balls into the penalty area.
Kept running throughout the game and worked well with El Ahmadi to try and get his side a footing in the game, a lack of creativity from him going forward meant Villa struggled to really dominate the play but he did his defensive work well.
The attacking midfielder failed to really get involved in the game and was something of a passenger at times for his side. When he did make good runs down the left hand side his control let him down and he was easy to mark for the City defenders. But he came to life in extra time when his 95th minute strike put his side ahead for the first time.
K. El Ahmadi
Worked hard in midfield to give Razak and Barry very little time to dictate the play, and generally this worked although when he got the ball himself their wasn’t much creativity for his own players to work with.
The Belgian should have opened the scoring in the 10th minute after being played in by Weimann but he was unable to divert the low ball on target. He led the line well for his side, especially in the second half, as he threatened the City defence.
The striker had a frustrating first half with very little to work with and very little in the way of support. However that all changed in the second half as Villa stepped up their game and he was on hand to equalise for the second time, latching onto a loose ball to score from just inside the penalty area. He sealed the win in the second half of extra time with a shot that looped into the net off Pantilimon.
He worked hard down the right hand side of Villa’s front three but like his fellow forwards he had a frustrating opening half. Things improved for him in the second half and he was instrumental in getting his side back into the game as his dangerous cross led to the Barry own goal. He was replaced by Albrighton in the 66th minute.
Replaced Suarez in the 61st minute and was full of energy down the right hand side. He caused Bennett problems and nearly created a goal for Balotelli. He raced past Bennett and delivered a perfect ball for italian but he saw his header saved by Given.
The Bosnian replaced Lescott in the 74th minute as City went in search of a winner and he worked well upfront but didn't get a clear sight of goal to test Given
Replaced Bennett in the 86th minute to nullify the threat of Sinclair, he did well against the winger but his pace caused a few problems.
Replaced El Ahmadi inn the 73rd minute and continued the good work of his team mate alongside Delph.
Replaced Weimann in the 66th minute and was eager to impress, he gave Villa a new edge going forward and was instrumental in Agbonlahor's equaliser.