Hopes of an all-Merseyside final in this year’s Capital One Cup were dashed Wednesday night when former Champions Manchester City overturned a 2-1 deficit to record a 3-1 win on the night and progress with a 4-3 aggregate score line ahead of Everton.
The City made a positive start to the match, they found themselves behind in the 18th minute when Everton took the lead against the run of play, Ross Barkley carrying the ball all the way from the halfway line before drilling a 25-yard effort into the bottom corner.
The difficult task thus became harder for Manuel Pellegrini’s men who held their nerves and faced the task head-on.
After some attempts, City were leveled on the night when Sergio Aguero’s blocked shot fell to Fernandinho, whose first-time strike from outside the box deflected off Leighton Baines and over Joel to reduce the aggregate deficit to one goal once again.
While things seem not to be going City’s way, they had some respite with 20 minutes remaining when Kevin De Bruyne put the hosts ahead on the night just four minutes after coming on as a sub.
De Bruyne turned provider seven minutes later to complete the turnaround for City, swinging a cross in from the right that Aguero glanced into the bottom corner to give the hosts the lead for the first time in the tie.
The match ended on a low note for the home side, however, as De Bruyne’s fruitful cameo was brought to a premature end through a serious-looking injury to his knee that saw him stretchered off, leaving City to see out the tie with 10 men.
The Wembley showdown with Liverpool is on February 28.