Everton welcomed Kenyan champions Gor Mahia to Goodison Park on Tuesday night and were contractually obliged to field a strong side against their African visitors.
The game saw Phil Jagielka captain the likes of Cenk Tosun, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Yerry Mina, as the Colombian centre-back made his Toffees debut having been ruled out through injury since signing in the summer.
Leighton Baines was also set to start from left-back but a last-minute change saw Beni Baningime rushed into the line-up.
From the off, Mina had a quiet start with just one touch in the first ten minutes, but after a quarter-of-an-hour he began the counter attack that led to the opening goal, scored by Ademola Lookman, and his clearance opened the pitch for the second, too.
Further goals by substitutes Nathan Broadhead and Oumar Niasse meant the Merseyside club had netted four goals by the full-time whistle to run out comfortable winners.
In their own way of revelling in the joy of winning such a prestigious trophy as the SportPesa Cup, these Blues fans are hopefully joking with their reactions.
“Champions of Sportpesa you’ll never sing that” ?
— Dan EFC 1878 (@Dan_EFC1878) November 6, 2018
When’s the parade lads
— ??? ?? (5-3-3) (@Richqrlison) November 6, 2018
What route will the trophy be taking through the city?
— Sean (@TheGriff91) November 6, 2018
WHERES THE TROPHY CEREMONY
— ً (@EfcJack_) November 6, 2018
Some silverware at last after ages of pain and anguish living in shadows of Liverpool.
— Bonface Osano (@bonfaceosano) November 6, 2018
Everton champions of Africa
— Michael Keating (@MkeatingMichael) November 7, 2018
Where is the trophy then #COYB
— cab (@cab19738) November 6, 2018
When’s the dvd out? I’d like it for Xmas
— Mike Goodman (@MikeGoo28962888) November 6, 2018
Open top bus parade get in the blues!
— Fergus O’Connor (@Feedtheyak22) November 6, 2018
When the parade?
— Simon (@simonpthompson) November 6, 2018