Everton 1 v Manchester City 3 – story of the match

Manchester City can clinch the Premier League title with victory over rivals Manchester United next week after a ruthless 3-1 demolition of lacklustre Everton.

Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus struck in the opening 12 minutes at Goodison Park before Raheem Sterling added a third for Pep Guardiola’s ruthless side before the break.

Yannick Bolasie did pull one back in the second half but the hosts were poor and supporter frustration, particularly with manager Sam Allardyce, was evident.

Tweet of the Match

Former City striker Shaun Goater, who represented the club in rather less celebrated era, is clearly impressed by David Silva.

Star Man – David Silva

Silva was outstanding as Ciy moved a step closer to clinching the title
Silva was outstanding as Ciy moved a step closer to clinching the title (Tim Goode/PA)

The silky Spaniard was at his most influential, executing difficult passes and picking open the Everton defence with ease. His cross for Sane’s emphatic opener was well measured and the pass for Sterling’s finish was perfect.

Moment of the match

Jesus finished off a fine move for City's second goal
Jesus finished off a fine move for City’s second goal (Nigel French/Empics)

City may have dominated possession and spent a lot of time patiently building up from the back, but they also showed they can shift gear when circumstances allow. Their second goal came from an electric counter-attack. Moments after Bolasie headed over a fine chance to make the score 1-1, Ederson launched a quick break. Sane then showed exquisite control and picked out Kevin De Bruyne in the box. The bouncing ball might have been awkward for many players but De Bruyne calmly crossed for Jesus, whose free header was too powerful for Jordan Pickford.

In the crowd

Sam Allardyce faced flak from both sets of supporters
Sam Allardyce faced flak from both sets of supporters (Mike Egerton/PA)

The Everton fans certainly did not enjoy themselves and they booed their side off. The City supporters revelled in their misfortune with their chant of “You’ve got Sam Allardyce,” perhaps the most cutting. City were outstanding in much of their play but Everton’s tactical mis-planning was a significant factor in the result. A number of Everton fans appeared to have seen enough by the interval with more than a few empty seats visible by the start of the second half.



Jordan Pickford 5 (out of 10), Seamus Coleman 4, Michael Keane 4, Phil Jagielka 4, Leighton Baines 5, Yannick Bolasie 6, Morgan Schneiderlin 3, Theo Walcott 4, Wayne Rooney 4 , Dominic Calvert-Lewin 4, Cenk Tosun 5.

Substitutes: Tom Davies (for Rooney, 57) 5, Beni Baningime (for Calvert-Lewin, 75) 5, Oumar Niasse (for Tosun, 79) 5.

Manchester City:

Ederson 6, Kyle Walker 7, Vincent Kompany 7, Nicolas Otamendi 6, Aymeric Laporte 7, Leroy Sane 8, Fernandinho 8, David Silva 9, Kevin De Bruyne 8, Raheem Sterling 8, Gabriel Jesus 7.

Substitutes: Bernardo Silva (for Sterling, 64) 6, Ilkay Gundogan (for De Bruyne, 78) 6, Danilo (for Laporte, 87) 6.

Who’s up next?

Liverpool v Manchester City (Champions League, April 4)
Everton v Liverpool (Premier League, April 7)

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