EPL: Manchester City cruise to comfortable 3-0 win over Everton

City dominated possession from the start against an Everton side that struggled to gain a foothold in the game and created few real chances.

Manchester City players celebrate a goal against Everton. (Image: Twitter/Manchester City)
PUBLISHED: Nov 21, 20212 MINUTE READ

Manchester City reclaimed second place in the Premier League with a 3-0 victory over Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, as Pep Guardiola’s side responded to convincing wins over Chelsea and Liverpool with a reminder of their class. City dominated possession from the start against an Everton side that struggled to gain a foothold in the game and created few real chances in the first half hour.

City moved within three points of Premier League leaders Chelsea. The goals were scored by Raheem Sterling, Rodri, and Bernardo Silva. With the football world’s attention focused on events in Manchester on Sunday, as United sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, City made light work of an Everton side still decimated by key player injuries. Pep Guardiola was also without Kevin De Bruyne, who tested positive for coronavirus, and Jack Grealish, who was injured, but he still had far too much in reserve for the Toffees.

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Guardiola was irritated when a penalty was awarded after Sterling went down under a challenge from Michael Keane, but referee Stuart Attwell reversed his decision after reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor. Sterling did put City ahead a minute before the break, side-footing home after a magnificent pass from full back Joao Cancelo, who struck with the outside of his foot.

Everton rarely threatened without the presence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front. Rafael Benitez’s men have now taken just two points from the last 18 available in the Premier League, dropping them into the bottom half of the table and six points clear of the relegation zone. Rodri’s stunning long-range drive into the top corner 10 minutes after the break effectively ended the game. City then settled in for the final half-hour, with one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

Sterling should have scored his second goal of the game after converting Riyad Mahrez’s inviting cross, but he was denied by international teammate Jordan Pickford as he attempted to round the goalkeeper. Five minutes from time, Silva scored a deserved third goal after Cole Palmer’s shot was blocked.



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