Romelu Lukaku’s late header gave Everton a deserved lead heading into the second leg of their League Cup semi-final against Manchester City this evening.
Romelu Lukaku (l) heads in Everton’s winner.
Ramiro Funes Mori put Everton in front, though it was debatable whether the goal should have been allowed as City appealed for offside against Lukaku.
City levelled late on after a lovely Sergio Aguero pass put Jesus Navas through to slot home.
But two minutes later Lukaku headed home Gareth Barry’s brilliant cross.
Meanwhile in Spain in the Copa del Rey Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona came from behind to beat Espanyol 4-1 in the last
16 first leg.
Felipe Caicedo put the visitors ahead after good play by Marco Asensio.
Messi equalised and then put Barca ahead with a fantastic 25-yard, off-the-bar free-kick, before setting up Gerard Pique to slide in a third.
Espanyol had Hernan Perez sent off for two bookings and Pape Diop for dissent before Neymar hit a brilliant volley.
Neymar’s goal – which has probably sealed the tie – came after a brilliant one-two with Messi, who played a first-time pass over the defence for Neymar to smash home.