Manchester City claimed a comfortable victory over Everton to return to second place in the Premier League and within easy reach of leaders Chelsea.
Raheem Sterling’s effort in the first half put City on track, marking their 300th appearance in the top flight with a skillful shot from Joao Cancelo’s sublime pass off the foot.
Rodri’s shocking drive extended his lead after the break and Bernardo Silva took advantage at the end of a one-sided match.
Everton, which had benefited from a video assistant referee’s decision in the first half to void a penalty award when Sterling fell under the challenge of Michael Keane, was busy at all times.
With four key players already out of the game, Rafael Benitez’s team rarely seemed capable of posing problems for the hosts in attack and Demarai Gray added to their mounting injury concerns by limping away early on.
The only crumb of consolation for the visitors, who remain eleventh in the table, was that the margin of defeat was not greater.
Ilkay Gundogan headed off the crossbar for City and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made excellent saves to prevent Silva and Sterling from increasing the score.
The assured City dominates the impoverished Everton
With Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes injured, an exhausted Everton team initially did well to negotiate most of the first period on a level playing field.
While the hosts dominated possession, they were largely frustrated and there were audible groans of discontent from home fans as Sterling mishandled the ball inside Everton’s penalty area as half-time approached.
However, seconds later that disappointment turned to euphoria as Sterling swung behind the Everton defense to break the stalemate and walk away in joy.
From there, City went into cruise control with Everton’s response limited to a brief period of five minutes after the interval in which they tried to pressure the hosts to back off. They built some pressure, but couldn’t create realistic scoring opportunities.
That little push only served to refocus City, which recycled the ball safely and looked like a team that was always confident in the final result.
Rodri emphatically extinguished Everton’s hopes of returning to Merseyside with one point and Silva added the brilliance.
There was also a nod to the future when James McAtee made his Premier League debut late to replace his colleague Cole Palmer, 19, as City warmed up for Wednesday’s Group A Champions League game against Paris St. -Germain with his third consecutive victory. in all competitions.
- 14LaporteReserved at 45 minutesReplaced forAkéto 76 ‘minutes
- 27I cancel
- twentyBernardo silva
- 7Pound sterling
- 80PalmeroReplaced forMcAteeto 87 ‘minutes
- 47FodenReplaced forMahrezto 58 ‘minutes
- 3Rúben Days
- 9Gabriel Jesus
- 8DelphReplaced forRondonto 63 ‘minutes
- 6YearReplaced forOnyangoto 90 ‘minutes
- elevenGrayReplaced forIwobito 17 ‘minutes
- 7RicharlisonReserved at 31 minutes
- Stuart attwell
End of the match, Manchester City 3, Everton 0.
Second Half Final, Manchester City 3, Everton 0.
Failed attempt. Comes Close! But it is lost to the left. James McAtee (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
Corner, Everton. Corner committed by Rodri.
Change, Everton. Tyler Onyango replaces Allan.
Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City).
Andros Townsend (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Change, Manchester City. James McAtee replaces Cole Palmer.
Objective! Manchester City 3, Everton 0. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner.
Auction rejected. Attempt blocked. Cole Palmer (Manchester City) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.
Auction rejected. Attempt blocked. Séamus Coleman (Everton) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked.
Change, Manchester City. Nathan Aké replaces Aymeric Laporte.
Failed attempt. It goes too high. Cole Palmer (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Shot stopped high and through the center of the goal. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Cole Palmer (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ben Godfrey (Everton).
John Stones (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Anthony Gordon (Everton).