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Published: 21:54 | 27/1/16

Manchester City seal Wembley spot

City to face Liverpool on February 28

Second half goals from Kevin DeBruyne and Sergio Aguero helped Manchester City book their place in the Capital One Cup final after they beat Everton 3-1 at the Etihad.

The win on the night sealed a 4-3 aggregate win for Manuel Pellegrini’s men and they will now face Liverpool in the final on February 28.

Everton looked favourites to set-up an all Merseyside final when they took the lead on the night and went 3-1 up on aggregate.

But Fernandinho levelled for City before the break and the home side completed the job in the second half to book their place in the first final of the season.

The visitors started brightly as they looked to hit City on the break and they created the first chance after four minutes.

Gerard Deulofeu raced down the right and skipped past Martin Demichelis as he drove into the City box, but his cross was cut-out when he really should have done better to find Romelu Lukaku.

The home side grew into the game after this, but they were undone by a stunning strike from Ross Barkley after 18 minutes.

From a City attack, Everton broke quickly with Barkley who collected the ball 45 yards from goal.

The midfielder shrugged off Nicolas Otamendi and drove at the target before hitting a thumping strike from 20 yards that flew into the bottom corner to put his side 1-0 up on the night and 3-1 up on aggregate.

This lead didn’t last long, though, as City hit back just six minutes later.

Sergio Aguero’s effort was blocked by John Stones, but the rebound fell to Fernandinho on the edge of the box and his strike whacked Leighton Baines before looping over Joel and into the net.

This goal seemed to lift City and they almost took the lead ten minutes later when Aguero collected the ball 25-yards from goal and hit a cracking strike that came back off the inside of the post.

The rebound fell to David Silva, but his effort was superbly saved by Joel as Everton hung on.

City dominated possession after the goal, but the visitors continued to look dangerous every time they attacked and they threatened again through Barkley five minutes before the break.

The midfielder broke quickly, before being felled by Fabian Delph 25-yards from goal. Deulofeu stepped up, but his fired the free-kick high and wide as the sides went in level at the break.

The second half started much like the first had finished with Barkley and Everton on the attack.

This time the 22-year-old slipped in Deulofeu but he telegraphed his intentions and his strike was easily saved by Willy Caballero in the home goal.

City again took control of possession after this as they looked to draw level on aggregate and they went within inches of a second on the night when Pablo Zabaleta whipped in a great ball that was met by David Silva but his header came back off the inside of the post.

The hosts continued to press forward in search of a leveller in the tie and they made it 3-3 on aggregate with 20 minutes remaining.

Raheem Sterling raced to the by-line and pulled the ball into the path of Kevin DeBruyne who fired home to make it 2-1 on the night, although, controversially, Sterling did bring the ball out of play before he crossed.

Everton looked very ragged after going behind and they fell behind for the first time in the tie five minutes later when Aguero met DeBruyne’s cross and guided a brilliant header into the corner.

The visitors regrouped after the goal and changed their shape as they looked to force extra-time, but they were unable to create a chance as City stood firm to book their place in the Wembley showpiece.

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