Pellegrini hits out at 'unbelievable' refereeing after Everton defeat

The Manchester City manager believes Romelu Lukaku was offside when Ramiro Funes Mori gave the Toffees the lead and that Jesus Navas was wrongly denied a penalty

Manuel Pellegrini blasted the performance of the officials as "unbelievable" after Manchester City's 2-1 defeat against Everton in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.

Romelu Lukaku's 78th-minute header settled Wednesday's encounter at Goodison Park after Jesus Navas had cancelled out Ramiro Funes Mori's opening goal.

But Pellegrini believes Lukaku was offside when Funes Mori converted a rebound and was disappointed not to see Navas awarded a penalty having appeared to be hauled down by Kevin Mirallas in the box.

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"He's [Lukaku] absolutely offside," he told Sky Sports. "It's unbelievable the referee or the linesman didn't give that offside.

"It's [the Mirallas challenge] a foul inside the box, he doesn't touch the ball, it's a clear penalty.

"We didn't deserve to lose. In the second half we have a clear penalty and two chances more to score. It was very important not to concede another goal."