Everton have a slim advantage going into the second leg of their League Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City as Romelu Lukaku got the winning goal for the Toffees in their 2-1 first leg win on Wednesday night at Goodison Park.
Everton who are desperate for their first major trophy since 1995 had two goals correctly ruled out for offside in the opening 45 minutes.
That nonetheless it was the hosts who still got the lead as Funes Mori in stoppage time of the first half swept home off a rebound to give Everton the lead.
City had to wait till the 76th minute to restore parity when Aguero led a counter-attack before sliding the ball into the path of Jesus Navas, who duly steered it past the Everton keeper.
The relief enjoyed by the visitors was only for two minutes before Everton regained the lead through Lukaku, who nodded home Gareth Barry’s cross to continue his fine recent goalscoring form.
Sadly, Lukaku was forced off with an injury shortly afterwards, and Everton had to see out the closing stages of the match with 10 men when Seamus Coleman also limped off the field after Martinez had made all three of his subs. The second leg at the Etihad Stadium will come up on January 27, and keeping alive the possibility of an all-Merseyside final against Liverpool.