Read a full match report from the Emirates FA Cup Third Round fixture between Everton and Leicester City at Goodison Park on Saturday 7 January, 2017.
- Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring at Goodison Park on 63 minutes
- The Foxes were level just three minutes later through Ahmed Musa
- Musa struck again with 70 minutes gone to win it for City
- Claudio Ranieri made five changes to the side that drew at Middlesbrough last weekend
- Wilfred Ndidi was handed his first start for the Club
- Bartosz Kapustka made his City debut after coming on in the second half
A brace from Ahmed Musa helped Leicester City come from behind to beat Everton 2-1 in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
Following a goalless first period, it was the hosts who struck first through Romelu Lukaku, as the Belgium international converted a low cross from Gerard Deulofeu.
Just seven minutes later, City were in front. First, Musa, who replaced Leonardo Ulloa in the opening 45 minutes, forced the ball over the line at the second attempt, before converting a superb one-two with Danny Drinkwater.
That was enough for the Foxes to advance to the fourth round and in turn extend their unbeaten run to three games in all competitions.
Just two days after completing his move to the Club, Claudio Ranieri handed new signing Wilfred Ndidi his first City start, while also making a further four changes to the side that recorded a goalless draw at Middlesbrough last time out.
Ben Chilwell, Marc Albrighton and Demarai Gray all featured from the off, Drinkwater made his first start of 2017, Christian Fuchs, Shinji Okazaki and Andy King dropped out, while Riyad Mahrez and Daniel Amartey were away on Africa Cup of Nations duty.
Rain throughout the afternoon created difficult conditions on Merseyside, as Kasper Schmeichel had to be on hand to collect a half-volley from Ramiro Funes Mori inside three minutes.
Having made a positive impact after coming off the bench against Boro on Saturday, Demarai Gray again proved just why he’s valued so highly by Ranieri a minute later. Collecting the ball on the left wing, the England Under-21s international whipped a cross into Ulloa, who glanced his header just wide of the mark.
The ball zipped across the wet pitch and only an intelligent challenge from skipper Wes Morgan prevented Enner Valencia from latching onto Lukaku’s well-weighted through-ball – Robert Huth tidying up at the back.
City’s first attempt on goal came from Ndidi, whose low drive was saved well by Joel Robles.
Then, from a swift counter attack, Valencia fed Lukaku, but some decisive goalkeeping from Schmeichel saw the Denmark stopper race out and clear the danger.
The pace of Gray caused havoc and after working space for a shot while taking on Funes Mori, the winger was unfortunate to be denied by Robles, who spread himself well to block the effort from a tight angle at the first half’s midway point.
Valencia headed harmlessly wide on the half-hour mark as Schmeichel comfortably watched the ball fly off target, while Albrighton was on hand to block a speculative 30-yard strike from Leighton Baines.
The hosts continued to search for an opening goal, but after Ashley Williams flicked Ross Barkley’s corner into the path of Funes Mori, the Argentine international lifted his strike harmlessly over Schmeichel’s bar.
A brace of opportunities followed for Lukaku to break the deadlock before half-time, only for the Toffees frontman to nod one wide, before hammering the other over from distance – goalless at the break.
City began second-half proceedings positively, with Drinkwater this time blasting over after substitute Musa had earned a free kick to the right of the Everton box.
Ndidi then positioned himself well to block Valencia’s strike from inside the area, while at the other end, Danny Simpson sliced over from just shy of 25 yards.
With just under an hour gone, City had a golden chance to go 1-0 up. Gray, urged on by the 3,000-strong Blue Army, delivered a brilliant corner into Morgan, who could only head into the hands of Robles under pressure.
A sensational overhead kick from Valencia flew well wide shortly after – an action that proved to be the striker’s final one after being replaced by Kevin Mirallas.
The hosts began to find space in the wide areas and it was from the right wing that the opening goal was created. Deulofeu carried the ball past Chilwell and crossed into Lukaku, who from three yards out could not miss.
But City reacted brilliantly and while Huth was unfortunate not to equalise from a corner, Musa was on hand to do so a minute later.
The Nigeria international met Gray’s cross to the front post with a left-footed effort that deflected off Funes Mori and onto the post, but City’s No.7 was there to tuck in the loose ball to net his third goal for the Club.
Buoyed by their levelling strike, the Foxes continued to flow forward and were in front with 70 minutes gone. After a playing a brilliant one-two with Drinkwater, Musa burst into the box before side-footing past Robles for 2-1.
Mirallas drilled wide for Ronald Koeman’s men with seven minutes to go, before Ranieri introduced Bartosz Kapustka, who made his first appearance in a City shirt, replacing Albrighton.
Kapustka did have a chance to make it 3-1 in injury time, but his effort on goal lacked power and he couldn’t beat Robles - Musa's brace enough for Ranieri's outfit to book their spot in the next round.
City’s fourth round fixture will be played on the weekend of 28-29 January, while the draw will take place at approximately 7.10pm on Monday 9 January, live on BT Sport 2 and BBC Two. The Foxes are ball no.16.
EVERTON: Robles, Baines, Williams, Funes Mori, Holgate (Deulofeu 46), Coleman, Davies, Barry (c), Barkley (Kone 75), Valencia (Mirallas 61), Lukaku
SUBS NOT USED: Hewelt, Jagielka, Oviedo, Cleverley
GOAL: Lukaku 63
CITY: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan (c), Huth, Chilwell, Mendy, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Gray (Gray 77), Albrighton (Kapustka 84), Ulloa (Musa 34)
SUBS NOT USED: Zieler, Hernández, James, Okazaki
GOALS: Musa 66, 70
REFEREE: Martin Atkinson