Everton hold the advantage in the Capital One Cup semi-final against Manchester City after Romelu Lukaku’s 19th goal of the season gave them victory at Goodison Park.
City looked to have secured a draw with 14 minutes left, when Jesus Navas finished a sweeping counter-attack following brilliant work by Sergio Aguero.
That equaliser cancelled out Ramiro Funes Mori’s opener for Everton on the stroke of half-time.
Everton refused to be derailed by Navas’s equaliser and responded within two minutes, Lukaku heading in his 12th goal in 12 games from Gareth Barry’s perfect cross.
For the second time in three years, Roberto Martinez secured a notable win over Manchester City in a cup competition. The first time being the 2013 FA Cup win with Wigan.
Everton still have 90 minutes at the Etihad Stadium to negotiate if they are to reach the Capital One Cup final. As they look to end their 21-year wait for a silver ware.
Everton were aided, however, by the visitors. City again failed to play to their potential. If they had hoped that Saturday’s victory at Watford would bring a transformation in their away form, they were disappointed. They have now won only one of their past eight games on the road against English opposition. It is the sort of run that could cost them, whether in the Capital One Cup, the Premier League or both.