Saturday, 9 January 2016

Merseyside Duo Claim First Leg Wins

In the first part of a cup double this week, the Capital One Cup returned with the first leg of the semi-finals.

Tuesday night saw Stoke City host Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium and both sides had good chances to open the scoring in a tight first 30 minutes but with half-time on the horizon, Liverpool made a breakthrough.

Jordon Ibe fired the visitors into a 1-0 lead with 37 minutes on the clock and the slim lead proved to be enough to seal the win and give the Reds an away goal ahead of the second leg in three weeks.

Wednesday night saw Everton host Manchester City at Goodison Park and with the game heading to half-time at 0-0, Ramiro Funes Mori fired the Toffes ahead in the final seconds for a 1-0 advantage. City battled back and drew level with a potentially vital away goal on 76 minutes as Jesus Navas made it 1-1 but Everton were not to be denied success as Romelu Lukaku sealed a 2-1 win with a header just three minutes later to leave City with work to do in the return leg.