Capital One Cup
Goodison Park, Liverpool, England
45’+1′ Funes Mori
Everton defeated Manchester City by two goals to one in the Capital One Cup, courtesy of goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku either side of a Jesús Navas strike. The victory gives the Toffess a narrow lead to take to the Etihad Stadium, where they will play the return leg.
The away side started the game better and dominated possession in the first few minutes, although they couldn’t really test keeper Joel Robles early on.
The first real shot on goal came from Kevin De Bruyne who fired well wide from range on 18 minutes.
Four minutes later, the Belgian played in a good corner which Nicolás Otamendi did well to meet, but his header was wide.
In the 28th minute another De Bruyne corner found another Argentine in Sergio Agüero, but his effort was sliced wide.
After the half-hour mark, David Silva cut-inside before firing wide.
In the 36th minute, the home side thought they had taken the lead when John Stones slotted home from an Everton set-piece. However the flag was up after Gareth Barry was in an offside position. The former Manchester City midfielder nodded down for Stones to fire home, but the former strayed a couple of yards offside.
In the 41st minute, they had the ball in the back of the net when Gerard Deulofeu found Romelu Lukaku, but again it was chalked off. The Spaniard had delayed the pass before finding the Belgian, who like Barry, was in an offside position.
Immediately after, a good coutner-attack from the visitors saw Agüero draw the first save of the night when his shot from a tight-angle was pushed away by Robles. The loose ball fell to Agüero, but his effort was brilliantly blocked by Ramiro Funes Mori.
The Argentine defender was in the thick of it again right at the end of the first half to give the Toffees the lead.
A Ross Barkley effort, following an Everton corner was parried by City keeper Willy Caballero, into the path of Funes Mori, who was on-side to finish past his compatriot.
That was the last action of the first half as the referee blew his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.
During the interval, both sides made changes. The home side brought on Leon Osman for Tom Cleverley and the visitors brought on Martín Demichelis for Eliaquim Mangala.
The home side began the second period much better and came close to finding the net when a low Barkley cross just evaded Lukaku, who slid-in at the back-post.
Two minutes later, a strike from range from Muhamed Bešić, was gathered by Caballero.
In the 53rd minute, the visitors made their second change of the game, with Jesús Navas coming on for Fabian Delph.
In the 57th minute, a cross-field ball from Silva was met by Gaël Clichy with a header, but his effort was off-target.
Four minutes later, the visitors had a good a chance to equalise when Agüero sliced his effort wide from close-range.
Moments later, a Navas cross was met by Fernandinho who headed straight at Robles.
In the 64th minute, Barkley shrugged off Otamendi to put himself one-on-one with Caballero, but with Lukaku in-space, the England international opted to go himself, and forced the Argentine keeper into a good save at his near-post.
Two minutes later, the England international found space to shoot from range, but again, Caballero made the save.
In the 67th minute, the Toffees made their second change of the game, bringing on Kevin Mirallas for Deulofeu.
Two minutes later, a nice one-two from De Bruyne and Agüero, enabled the former to shoot at goal, but Robles did well to tip the effort behind. The resulting corner came to nothing.
The home side came close in the 74th minute when a deflected effort from Leighton Baines flew wide, after a nice give-and-go with Osman.
From the resulting corner, the visitors drew level following a swift counter-attack led by Agüero. He found substitute Navas in space, and he slotted the ball past Robles into the opposite corner. It was a precious away goal.
The home side responded immediately after. A fantastic cross from former City man Barry, found Lukaku, who managed to get in-front of Demichelis, to power his header beyond Caballero and give the Toffees the lead.
That was the striker’s last contribution of the game, as he was substituted for Arouna Koné.
In the 88th minute, the home side were forced to play the remaining few minutes with ten men after Séamus Coleman departed due to an injury. The Toffees had already made their three substitutes.
There were four additional minutes, and in the first of those, the visitors made their third and final substitute, with De Bruyne departing for Fernando.
That was the last action of the match as the referee blew his whistle to bring the game to an end.
The victory for the Toffees meant that they have a lead to take with them to the Etihad. Despite the defeat in the first-leg for City, they do have an away goal to bring back to Manchester, which may be crucial should they win by the single goal in the second-leg.