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Everton 1-3 Manchester City

March 31, 2018
Gabriel Jesus scores
Gabriel Jesus headed in his ninth Premier League goal of the season from just 14 starts

Manchester City will win the Premier League if they beat arch-rivals Manchester United in the derby at Etihad Stadium next Saturday after the easiest of victories at Everton.

Manager Pep Guardiola had failed to record a victory against Everton in three matches before this visit to Goodison Park – but this result was never in doubt from the moment Leroy Sane volleyed home David Silva’s cross after four minutes.

Everton barely mounted even token resistance and City had effectively restored their 16-point advantage at the top of the table by half-time after Gabriel Jesus headed in Kevin de Bruyne’s cross and Raheem Sterling applied a simple finish to another Silva delivery.

Yannick Bolasie pulled a goal back for Everton after the break when he fired in via a post from 20 yards but this was a minor interruption to City’s serene progress and they now have the opportunity to reclaim the title in circumstances they will relish when Jose Mourinho brings his Manchester United side to Etihad Stadium.

Man City’s easy ride towards the title

Given recent meetings between the two sides, City and Guardiola approached this fixture with a measure of caution, which they were able to put behind them as early as the fourth minute when Sane volleyed them into the lead.

If Everton had a plan to put City under pressure, the statistics for the first half alone were a monument to how successfully they were able to deal with any problems Sam Allardyce had hoped to pose them.

When Sterling swept home City’s third eight minutes before the interval, they had enjoyed a remarkable 84% possession, although some expressed surprise that embarrassed Everton’s share was so high.

And in that one-sided first half, Manchester City midfield man Fernandinho completed 62 passes while the entire Everton team completed only 64. The Brazilian finished with 14.5% possession himself while the whole Everton team managed 17.9%.

Sane also impressed in scoring his ninth league goal of the season and playing a key role in Jesus’ goal.

Former Premier League striker Alan Shearer described the German’s performance as “incredible” on Match of the Day.

“How he stretches teams, it makes the pitch so big and is so difficult to defend against,” Shearer added.

City, with Silva the superb orchestrator, operated on cruise control throughout – barely breaking sweat to close in on the Premier League and, significantly, not taking too much out of themselves ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool at Anfield.

On so many levels, this was the perfect warm-up for that game and the derby against United next Saturday night that could see City win the Premier League in the sweetest of circumstances.

David Silva’s immaculate service

Leroy Sane scores against Everton
Leroy Sane volleyed in his ninth Premier League goal of the season for Manchester City

Kevin de Bruyne has rightly claimed huge plaudits for his contribution to Manchester City’s runaway title success – but he has been ably assisted by Guardiola’s little magician Silva.

The 32-year-old Spain international simply gets better with every passing Premier League season; the £24m City paid to Valencia in July 2010 now looking one of the great bargains.

Silva pulled all the strings here at Goodison Park, from the moment he showed sublime technique and vision to control a pass before sending a perfect cross to the far post for Sane to volley City in front.

All City’s big players played their part but Silva was at the heart of it, having the time and space all world-class performers can make for themselves. He not only ensures he has several options every time he receives possession, he has the happy knack of then choosing the right one.

Manchester City’s procession to the title has had many key contributors – and Silva is right up there with them.

What now for Everton and Allardyce?

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Everton 1-3 Manchester City: Sam Allardyce says Everton did everything that they could

Everton manager Allardyce was in confident mood before this game, pointing to an improved record since he arrived and a belief the club’s supporters are behind him.

He is certainly right on point one but this footballing relationship carries all the appearances of a loveless marriage between Allardyce and a fanbase who accepted what was an emergency appointment on an 18-month deal at the end of November, five weeks after Ronald Koeman’s sacking.

Allardyce, as he does, has guided Everton to a position of almost certain safety and this joyless season at Goodison Park certainly cannot solely be placed at his door given previous struggles under Koeman and then caretaker David Unsworth.

The atmosphere at Goodison Park, however, was flat throughout and while City’s excellence and superiority was accepted, Everton’s fans were restless because of the lack of urgency and aggression that allowed Guardiola’s side the run of the game.

And Allardyce’s approach of sending so many long balls towards the tireless Cenk Tosun looked dated when set alongside City’s passing brilliance. The Turkish striker was given sympathetic applause when he was substituted late on.

Allardyce has not won the hearts of Everton’s support and there are further reports of another summer of change at Goodison Park this summer with PSV Eindhoven sporting direction Marcel Brands and Shakhtar Donetsk coach Paulo Fonseca touted as potential replacements for director of football Steve Walsh and Allardyce himself.

Whether that is a direction Everton owner Farhad Moshiri wishes to take remains to be seen, but the ambitious billionaire certainly has some big decisions to make.

Man of the match – David Silva (Manchester City)

David Silva
David Silva provided two assists, giving him a total of six Premier League assists against Everton, more than he has against any other side

‘You have to be aggressive here’

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said: “It’s so good, we are so happy. After three weeks without a game, you never know how you will react.

“We started the first half so good. In the second half they got the goal and had five minutes more, but after that we controlled the game. It’s the first time we’ve been able to win at Everton, together, and one more game we can be champions.

“You have to be aggressive and keep the ball. At Goodison Park and Anfield, if you don’t win duels, if you don’t show up, it’s almost impossible to take a result. It’s not just today. It’s two years thinking and talking and training that way.”

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Guardiola delighted with performance after three-week break

Everton manager Sam Allardyce said: “Manchester City are a top quality team, you have to admire a team that especially in the first half were too good for you. As much as the lads tried it was something we couldn’t cope with.

“The real turning point was when we should’ve scored with Bolasie, gone 1-1, and then they scored. It was very difficult when they scored, I thought Silva was offside for one of the goals but what can you do.

“We fought, battled, scored and tried to go until the very end. All their 11 are fantastic in that system and that’s why they are so far ahead.”

Can we have our ball back please? – the stats

  • City’s final possession figure of 82.13% is the highest by an away side in a single Premier League game since such data became available (2003-04).
  • Pep Guardiola is now the second quickest manager to reach 50 Premier League wins in the competition’s history, doing so in just 69 matches. Only Jose Mourinho (63 games) reached 50 wins faster.
  • City are the 10th team to have beaten every other top flight club within the same season, and the first since Manchester United in 2010-11.
  • This was the first time that Everton conceded 3+ goals in the first half of a Premier League game at Goodison Park since August 2009 against Arsenal.
  • Manchester City are just the third club to have three players (Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva) reach double figures for assists in a single Premier League season, after Liverpool (1995-96) and Arsenal (2004-05).
  • No Everton player has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions this season than Dominic Calvert-Lewin (eight goals, six assists), level with Wayne Rooney.

What’s next?

City visit Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, 4 April (19:45 BST), before both the Merseyside and Manchester derby are played next weekend.

Everton host third-placed Liverpool on Saturday, 7 April (12:30 BST), while City will clinch the title if they win at home to United (17:30 BST).

Line-ups

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 23Coleman
  • 6Jagielka
  • 4Keane
  • 3Baines
  • 10Rooney
    Substituted forDaviesat 57′minutes
  • 2Schneiderlin
  • 11Walcott
  • 29Calvert-Lewin
    Substituted forBaningimeat 75′minutes
  • 7Bolasie
  • 14Tosun
    Substituted forNiasseat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Martina
  • 19Niasse
  • 25Funes Mori
  • 26Davies
  • 27Vlasic
  • 33Robles
  • 54Baningime

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 30Otamendi
  • 4Kompany
  • 14Laporte
    Substituted forDaniloat 87′minutes
  • 17De Bruyne
    Substituted forGündoganat 77′minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 21Silva
  • 7Sterling
    Substituted forBernardo Silvaat 64′minutes
  • 33Jesus
  • 19Sané

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 3Danilo
  • 8Gündogan
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 35Zinchenko
  • 43Nmecha
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
39,221

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home18%
Away82%
Shots
Home6
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away11
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

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Match ends, Everton 1, Manchester City 3.

Full Time

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Second Half ends, Everton 1, Manchester City 3.

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Offside, Everton. Jordan Pickford tries a through ball, but Yannick Bolasie is caught offside.

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Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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Foul by Beni Baningime (Everton).

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Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Leroy Sané.

Substitution

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Substitution, Manchester City. Danilo replaces Aymeric Laporte.

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Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

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Attempt saved. Oumar Niasse (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Theo Walcott with a cross.

Substitution

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Substitution, Everton. Oumar Niasse replaces Cenk Tosun.

Substitution

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Substitution, Manchester City. Ilkay Gündogan replaces Kevin De Bruyne.

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Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).

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Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Beni Baningime (Everton).

Substitution

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Substitution, Everton. Beni Baningime replaces Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.

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Attempt missed. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Silva.

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Attempt missed. Cenk Tosun (Everton) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross following a corner.

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Corner, Everton. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

Substitution

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Substitution, Manchester City. Bernardo Silva replaces Raheem Sterling.

Goal!

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Goal! Everton 1, Manchester City 3. Yannick Bolasie (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

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Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).

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Tom Davies (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Offside, Manchester City. Fernandinho tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.

Substitution

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Substitution, Everton. Tom Davies replaces Wayne Rooney.

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Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

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Attempt saved. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aymeric Laporte.

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Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Michael Keane.

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Attempt blocked. David Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Walker with a cross.

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Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Michael Keane (Everton).

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Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

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Corner, Everton. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

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Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

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Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

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Second Half begins Everton 0, Manchester City 3.

Half Time

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First Half ends, Everton 0, Manchester City 3.

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Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Everton).


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