Man City claim routine win over Everton

Rodri’s four open-play goals in the Premier League have been strikes from outside the area.

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.

Man of the match



City man

Training 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 14LaporteReserved at 45 minutesReplaced forAkéto 76 ‘minutes
  • 27I cancel
  • twentyBernardo silva
  • sixteenRodri
  • 8Gündogan
  • 7Pound sterling
  • 80PalmeroReplaced forMcAteeto 87 ‘minutes
  • 47FodenReplaced forMahrezto 58 ‘minutes


  • 3Rúben Days
  • 6Aké
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • elevenZinchenko
  • 13Steffen
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Mahrez
  • 33Carson
  • 87McAtee


Training 4-4-1-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 23Coleman
  • 22Godfrey
  • 5Keane
  • 12Digne
  • 24Gordon
  • 8DelphReplaced forRondonto 63 ‘minutes
  • 6YearReplaced forOnyangoto 90 ‘minutes
  • elevenGrayReplaced forIwobito 17 ‘minutes
  • 14Townsend
  • 7RicharlisonReserved at 31 minutes


  • 2Kenny
  • fifteenBegovic
  • 17Iwobi
  • twentyTosun
  • 25Gbamin
  • 32Branthwaite
  • 33Rondon
  • fiftySimms
  • 62Onyango

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