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League Cup FLASHBACK: A big defender was banging them in and Martin O'Neill's Leicester era was in full swing, while a future England boss lined up for Aston Villa - we look back 20 years as the Midlands rivals meet again for a place at Wembley Leicester are  looking to win a cup competition for the first time in 20 years Before winning the Premier League in 2016, their last trophy was the League Cup in 2000 They beat Aston Villa in the semi-final that year and the two teams meet in the last four this time around  Manchester rivals City and United are in the other two-legged semi-final 

By Chay Quinn For Mail Online

Published: 12:30 GMT, 8 January 2020 | Updated: 13:03 GMT, 8 January 2020

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High-flying Leicester City meet fellow Midlanders Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday in what is a throwback to the last time the Foxes won silverware in a knockout competition.

They met in the semi-final stage of the League Cup in 2000, when Matt Elliott propelled Leicester into the final with a starring second-leg display before they beat Tranmere 2-1 in the final at Wembley - with Elliott scoring both goals. 

The first leg finished 0-0 at Villa Park and there were more than a few familiar names lining up on both sides of the pitch.

Leicester's last trophy from a cup competition saw them beat Aston Villa in the semi-finals

Leicester's last trophy from a cup competition saw them beat Aston Villa in the semi-finals

Matt Elliott scored the goal that defeated Villa in the 2000 League Cup encounter

Matt Elliott scored the goal that defeated Villa in the 2000 League Cup encounter 

Elliott was then the hero at Wembley - scoring both Leicester goals as they beat Tranmere 2-1

Elliott was then the hero at Wembley - scoring both Leicester goals as they beat Tranmere 2-1

Emile Heskey, Neil Lennon and Robbie Savage started both semi-finals for Leicester, while Villa had the likes of Paul Merson, England boss Gareth Southgate and a 19-year-old Gareth Barry.

In the dugouts, Martin O’Neill was in the blue corner in what was his penultimate season of a successful five-year spell with Leicester, while John Gregory was in his third year at Villa Park.

Both sides were established mid-table teams at the time and were neck and neck in the Premier League, with

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