League Cup

(4) AGG (3)
  • Fernandinho 24’
  • K. De Bruyne 70’
  • S. Agüero 76’
  • 18’ R. Barkley
0 Extra Time 0
3 Full Time 1
1 Half Time 1
28/01/2016
League Cup
Etihad Stadium
Attendance 50,048

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      Man City are forced to play out the dying embers with only 10 men, given that De Bruyne has been stretchered off with an injury problem. Everton attack down the left, but Cleverley is robbed of possession, before a second delivery into the box is batted away by Caballero!
    • HALF TIME
    • 90'
      There's a long stoppage in play, with De Bruyne getting extended treatment following an innocuous challenge with Funes Mori. The stretcher and leg brace are on, with the Belgian midfielder appearing to be in some discomfort.
    • 0'
      FULL TIME! Man City go into the league cup final, courtesy of a narrow 4-3 aggregate victory over Everton! Goals from Fernandinho, De Bruyne and Aguero were just about enough for the Toffees, despite a worrying opener from Barkley! They will play Liverpool, with the chance to secure some silverware
    • 0'
      HALF TIME! The half ends with Lukaku heading narrowly over the crossbar, with a bouncing effort looping over Caballero's bar! Everton opened the scoring through Barkley, but that seems a long time ago now! Fernandinho's equaliser on the night has left the Citizens in with a big chance of taking this
    • 0'
      Everton substitutes: Oviedo, Kone, Lennon, McCarthy, Pienaar, Coleman, Howard.
    • 0'
      Everton starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Robles; Stones, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Baines; Cleverley, Barry; Deulofeu, Barkley, Osman; Lukaku.
    • 0'
      Man City substitutes: Hart, Sagna, Fernando, Navas, De Bruyne, Tasende, Ineanacho.
    • 0'
      Man City starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Caballero; Zabaleta, Otamendi, Demichelis, Clichy; Fernandinho, Delph; Silva, Toure, Sterling; Aguero.
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS: Joel Robles replaces Tim Howard in goal for the visitors, with John Stones picked ahead of Seamus Coleman at right-back. Phil Jagielka partners Funes Mori, with Tom Cleverley sitting in midfield alongside ex-City man Gareth Barry. Leon Osman and Gerard Deulofeu will try to provide the wid
    • 0'
      TEAM NEWS: Willy Cabellero rotates into the side due to being Manuel Pellegrini's designated cup goalkeeper, with few changes forthcoming from the Chilean coach. Martin Demichelis is forced to continue alongside Nicolas Otamendi at centre-back, with Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta given the nod at fu
    • 0'
      Everton are winless in their last three contests, as Roberto Martinez's men focus on booking a spot in a cup final, with the away side having to endure a long wait since their last piece of silverware. Man City, meanwhile, have had contrasting form of late. The hosts are unbeaten in four matches, as
    • 0'
      Hello and welcome to the second leg of a League Cup semi-final clash, as Everton make the short trip to face Manchester City at the Etihad! The Toffees have a 2-1 aggregate lead after the first fixture, courtesy of goals from Romelu Lukaku and Ramiro Funes Mori, but a Jesus Navas strike has left the
    • 1'
      We are underway in the first half at the Etihad! Man City need at least one goal to get back in this tie, with Everton sat in a precarious position at the moment. Martinez's men need to put in quite a performance in order to leave this stadium unscathed.
    • 3'
      Aguero is set down the right-hand side, with the ex-Atletico striker scampering into the penalty area! Just as the Argentine looks to cut back a cross, Funes Mori makes a block to concede a corner. Silva swings in the resulting delivery, but the former Valencia midfielder's ball is very poor indeed.
    • 5'
      Deulofeu drives down the right-hand side, before beating Clichy easily with a change of pace! The ex-Barca man gets to the byline, but Otamendi covers across to slide in and make a timely interception to deny the Spaniard! The resulting corner is punched away by Caballero, with both teams trying to
    • 7'
      Man City make progress down the left-hand side, with Clichy and Silva combining nicely. The home side keep the pressure on, with Sterling found on the edge of the box, but Barry steps out to make a brilliant tackle. Moments later, the same ex-Liverpool winger is the subject of a through ball from To
    • 9'
      Barkley powerfully drives his way down the left wing, before trying to win a corner from Zabaleta, but the England international is only able to give away a cheap goal kick. Everton are looking to play on the break, with the Toffees content to sit a little deeper given their existing one-goal advant
    • 11'
      Man City win themselves a corner on the right-hand side, but the resulting set-piece delivery is only headed off target by Fernandinho. Moments later, Silva pings a diagonal out to Aguero, before the Argentine striker sets a pass back into his Spanish teammate. With the ex-Valencia midfielder set to
    • 13'
      The hosts try their luck with another couple of lofted balls upfield, but Robles has managed to snaffle up the vast majority of the Citizens' ideas. Sterling is found on the left-hand side, before Toure spins and lays a nice pass to the byline for Silva to chase! The Spain international looks for Ag
    • 15'
      Funes Mori heads away a dangerous cross from Sterling, as Everton continue to weather what is something of an early storm. Aguero is given possession on the edge of the area, but is then forced back towards his own goal by the same visiting defender. Martinez's men are standing firm, with it evident
    • 17'
      Chance for Lukaku! Barkley breaks away down the right-hand side, with the Englishman then curling an inviting ball into the opposition penalty area! With the ex-Chelsea forward scampering into the box, he can't quite stretch enough to poke an effort goalwards! Everton foray forward again moments lat
    • 18'
      G R. Barkley Assist L. Osman
    • 18'
      Osman slides a pass into his teammate, but it is very much Barkley that does all of the hard work!
    • 18'
      GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! BARKLEY MAKES IT 3-1 ON AGGREGATE! The England international takes aim from long range, with the ball nestling into the bottom-left corner as a result! Cabellero can't get anywhere near it, with a sweeping finish zipping beyond Demichelis and into the back of the net!
    • 20'
      Problems for Man City now! Sterling takes aim from the edge of the penalty area, but can only force Robles into a very simple stop at his near post. Pellegrini knows that his side need at least two goals if they are to take this semi-final tie to extra time! Big ask for the hosts.
    • 22'
      Currently, it looks as though the cup will result in a Merseyside derby, given that Liverpool made their way into the final yesterday. The away fans are making plenty of noise, with Martinez's men knowing that they have this game entirely in their control. Man City will need an equaliser, before any
    • 23'
      Half chance for Toure! The Ivory Coast international is presented with possession on the right-hand side, with the ex-Barcelona man setting his sights on goal from 12 yards out. The Man City captain can only find the stands behind Robles' net, however.
    • 24'
      G Fernandinho Assist L. Osman
    • 24'
      GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! FERNANDINHO MAKES IT 1-1! The Brazilian midfielder lets fly from the edge of the penalty area, with a wicked deflection off Baines taking the ball looping over Robles! That is harsh, but Man City are back in with more than a shout!
    • 26'
      Lukaku is fed possession to his chest in the Man City penalty area, but the Belgium international can't quite get the ball under his spell! Otamendi intervenes to deny the attack from the Toffees, as Martinez's outfit look to push their way towards restoring a much-needed two-goal aggregate cushion.
    • 28'
      The away side make progress down the left-hand side, before Barkley does brilliantly to scamper his way beyond Zabaleta! Fortunately for the Man City right-back, however, Toure tracks back to outmuscle the Everton goalscorer! It has been all action in the opening half an hour.
    • 30'
      The task at hand suddenly looks much more manageable, with Fernandinho's deflected strike helping to halve the deficit. With around a quarter of an hour left to play at the Etihad in this first half, Everton will probably want to keep tabs on their opponents and head into the interval with an advant
    • 32'
      Tensions are rising a little high, with any decision made by the match officials drawing the ire of the home players. They know that they need to deliver for their fans tonight, especially after struggling to keep pace with the Premier League's current leaders. Pellegrini's men are looking in contro
    • 35'
      AGUERO HITS THE POST! Osman breaks to the left byline, with Otamendi doing well to shepherd the ball out for a goal kick. Man City then attack, with the Argentina international cutting in from the left! He sends a very powerful strike goalwards, which cracks off the inside of the woodwork and clear!
    • 37'
      The clock is ticking down towards the half-time interval, with Everton very shaky indeed. Cleverley gives away a foul on the edge of the box, after sliding in to deny a driving run from Delph, leaving Man City with a fantastic chance to work Robles.
    • 39'
      Silva and Toure stand over the dead ball, with the former trying his luck! The effort cannons off the wall, before looping beyond for a corner, but Silva's short ball into Sterling comes to nothing. The ex-Liverpool man attempts to angle in a cut back from the byline, but Funes Mori heads away!
    • 41'
      Baines feeds a low pass into Barkley, with the England international able to win a free kick due to a lunging, mis-timed tackle from Delph! Deulofeu sends a dipping attempt goalwards, but the former Sevilla winger is unable to hit the target! Wasteful from the Spaniard.
    • 43'
      Everton's dangerous breaks have dried up at the moment, with Caballero having done little but pick the ball out of his own net early on. Lukaku tries to bring a long pass down, before chesting it off to Barkley, but the Toffees' goalscorer is crowded out by plenty of sky blue shirts. Moments later,
    • 45'
      There is one minute of stoppage time at the Etihad.
    • 46'
      SI Jesús Navas SO L. Osman
    • 46'
      Navas comes into the fray, with the ex-Sevilla man grabbing an important goal for Man City during the first leg.
    • 46'
      We are back underway in the second half at the Etihad! Man City are merely a goal away from taking this tie to extra time, with the next 45 minutes vital for both of these two outfits' silverware hopes!
    • 48'
      Man City win themselves a corner on the right-hand side, with Navas whipping it in. Jagielka comes out to head clear, with Everton then trying to break. Barkley releases Deulofeu down the left flank, but the ex-Barca man can only force a one-on-one stop out of Caballero! Lukaku is unable to get near
    • 50'
      Lukaku and Barkley look to combine yet again, but a loose pass from the former is gobbled up by Sterling. Man City respond with a break, with Aguero picked out in the box by Navas, but the Argentina international can only miscue terribly and fire high and wide!
    • 52'
      Osman gives away a cynical free kick, with the experienced midfielder being caught out on a few separate occasions. Sterling drives down the left flank and works his way to the byline, but the ex-QPR youngster clips an awful cross straight out of play!
    • 53'
      Deulofeu makes inroads down the right flank, but the young winger is quickly dispossessed by Demichelis. Everton are struggling to get a foothold in the midfield battle, with the Toffees able to sit back and pick their passes into Lukaku. Silva and Aguero try to combine on the periphery of the oppos
    • 54'
      WHAT A MISS! Somehow, Everton haven't conceded again! A ball is fizzed into the penalty area, with a header from Silva beating Robles but striking the inside of the upright! Toure tries to track down the loose ball, but a desperate block denies the Ivorian from sweeping home a close-range finish! Un
    • 56'
      Barkley spreads play out to the right wing, before Deulofeu uses his pace to beat Clichy! Fortunately for the French defender, Otamendi covers across to make a brilliant tackle! Man City try to respond immediately with a counter of their own, but Jagielka comes up big for the visitors again.
    • 58'
      Man City are enjoying the lion's share of possession, with Pellegrini's men looking in good shape to force a third goal of the evening. A dangerous cross is whipped in by Navas, but Stones is present at the back post to deny the hosts' foray upfield. Moments later, Aguero slips Sterling down the lef
    • 60'
      SI J. McCarthy SO L. Osman
    • 60'
      SI A. Koné SO L. Osman
    • 60'
      Deulofeu is replaced after a wasteful performance, with Kone given the final half an hour to impress.
    • 60'
      McCarthy replaces Osman for the away side, with the ex-Wigan midfielder set to sit alongside Barry.
    • 60'
      Over from Otamendi! The ex-Porto centre-back rises brilliantly, but can only divert a corner delivery well over the crossbar! There's plenty of activity on the Everton bench, with the visitors definitely needing to change something in order to aid themselves in the midfield battle.
    • 62'
      Lukaku uses his strength brilliantly in order to work his way down the left flank, but the Belgian is unable to dance infield and onto his right foot. Less than half an hour remains at the Etihad, with Pellegrini's men needing a minimum of one goal to gain a positive outcome in this semi-final tie.
    • 64'
      Barkley tries to sidestep his way down the left-hand side, but Otamendi comes across yet again to make a fantastic challenge. Man City then gallivant down the right, but Funes Mori takes no prisoners in a tackle with Zabaleta. Plenty of meaty collisions have been occurring in this second half!
    • 65'
      Time is running a little bit thin now for the hosts, with Everton still set to go into the league cup final against rivals Liverpool! Man City may have been on top on the night, but a goal from Lukaku earlier this month continues to be the difference between the clubs.
    • 66'
      SI K. De Bruyne SO L. Osman
    • 66'
      De Bruyne is introduced for the home side, with Toure taking his leave after being unable to inspire the Citizens to a second goal of the night.
    • 68'
      Everton are camped on the edge of their own box, with Funes Mori and Jagielka able to deal with the many questions that the Citizens are posing them. The resilience that the Toffees are showing is impressive, but there will invariably be some tired legs soon.
    • 70'
      G K. De Bruyne Assist L. Osman
    • 70'
      Sterling cuts back a low delivery from the byline, but it appeared that he didn't manage to keep it in play! Man City have got away with one there.
    • 70'
      Sterling cuts a cross back from the left-hand side, with De Bruyne managing to get on the end of it! The Belgium international lashes a low finish into the bottom-right corner, well beyond the despairing dive of Robles! It looks as though the ball went out before the ex-Liverpool man's cross, howeve
    • 72'
      De Bruyne has had quite an impact, with the ex-Genk midfielder firing an important goal into the back of the Toffees' net. Whether it was legal or not, however, is to be debated into the night! As it stands, this tie is now going to extra time!
    • 74'
      Sterling is released down the left-hand side, following a lovely flick from De Bruyne! Funes Mori covers across, however, with the Argentine defender sliding in to keep Man City at bay. The Citizens are relentlessly pushing on, with Fernandinho eventually blocked off cynically by Cleverley, earning
    • 76'
      G S. Agüero Assist L. Osman
    • 76'
      De Bruyne is involved once again, with the Belgian midfielder curling a wonderful delivery into the penalty area from the right flank!
    • 76'
      GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! AGUERO MAKES IT 3-1! The Argentina international flicks a brilliant header inside the far post, following a very teasing delivery in from the right-hand side! Suddenly, the hosts are ahead!
    • 76'
      De Bruyne tries his luck from a long-range free kick, but the goalscorer can only strike the wall! Fernandinho picks up the scraps, earning a corner due to seeing an attempt deflected wide. The pressure continues to build, with the Toffees getting deeper and deeper.
    • 77'
      SI S. Coleman SO L. Osman
    • 77'
      Coleman comes into the game at right-back, with the Irishman able to offer much more going forward than the man he replaces, Stones.
    • 79'
      Narrowly over 10 minutes are left on the clock, with the home side currently set to navigate their way into the cup final! Everton have to find the equaliser now, but chances have dried up for the visitors of late. Martinez will be hoping for something of a miracle.
    • 80'
      SI Fernando SO L. Osman
    • 80'
      Fernando slots into the midfield at the expense of Silva, with the Brazil international set to shut up shop for Man City. It is all about seeing the result out now for Pellegrini.
    • 82'
      Kone drives down the left-hand side, before clipping in a right-footed cross, but the ball skips off the turf and straight out of play for a goal kick. Everton are trying to be spirited in their approach, but Otamendi and Demichelis have looked very solid in this second half.
    • 84'
      Cleverley picks up the first booking of the night, after committing a few cynical fouls.
    • 84'
      Caballero is able to claim a cross from the left-hand side comfortably, before Man City go on a break! Sterling clips a delivery into the danger area, but Jagielka acrobatically turns away a clearance! It is still end-to-end stuff, despite the Citizens needing to see out a narrow victory.
    • 85'
      Otamendi dives into a terrible tackle on Kone, with the ex-Valencia man picking up a deserved booking.
    • 86'
      Baines clips a free kick in from the right-hand side, but the Englishman is denied by a headed clearance from Otamendi. Man City respond by breaking at pace down the right flank themselves, but McCarthy covers across to make a brilliant block that denies Aguero!
    • 88'
      Aguero is picked out at the near post by a De Bruyne corner delivery, but the Argentine striker can only divert a flicked header beyond the far upright! Everton respond with a counter attack, but an eventual Baines cross is gathered up by Caballero.
    • 89'
      Baines gets a deserved yellow card for a late challenge on Navas, with the England international taking his man's leg.
    • 90'
      There are five minutes of stoppage time at the Etihad.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Midfielder
    brazil
    Fernandinho
    25

    SUBSTITUTES

    Midfielder
    spain
    David Silva
    21
    Captain
    80'Substituted

    MANAGERS

    spain
    Josep Guardiola
    portugal
    Marco Silva

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 5 4
    Yellow Cards 0 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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