Man City claim routine win over Everton


All four of Rodri’s open play goals in the Premier League have been strikes from outside the box

Manchester City claimed a comfortable victory over Everton to move back up to second in the Premier League and within touching distance of leaders Chelsea.

Raheem Sterling’s first-half effort set City on their way, marking his 300th top-flight appearance with a deft finish from Joao Cancelo’s sublime outside-of-the-foot pass.

Rodri’s thunderous drive extended their lead after the break and Bernardo Silva tapped in late on in a one-sided contest.

Everton, who had benefitted from a first-half video assistant referee decision to overturn the award of a penalty when Sterling fell under Michael Keane’s challenge, toiled throughout.

With four key players already sidelined, Rafael Benitez’s side rarely looked capable of posing the hosts any problems in attack and Demarai Gray added to their mounting injury concerns by limping off early on.

The only crumb of comfort for the visitors, who remain 11th in the table, was that the margin of defeat was not greater.

Ilkay Gundogan headed against the crossbar for City and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made excellent saves to prevent Silva and Sterling from adding to the scoreline.

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Line-ups

Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 14LaporteBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAkéat 76′minutes
  • 27Cancelo
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 16Rodri
  • 8Gündogan
  • 7Sterling
  • 80PalmerSubstituted forMcAteeat 87′minutes
  • 47FodenSubstituted forMahrezat 58′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 6Aké
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 13Steffen
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 26Mahrez
  • 33Carson
  • 87McAtee

Everton

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 23Coleman
  • 22Godfrey
  • 5Keane
  • 12Digne
  • 24Gordon
  • 8DelphSubstituted forRondónat 63′minutes
  • 6AllanSubstituted forOnyangoat 90′minutes
  • 11GraySubstituted forIwobiat 17′minutes
  • 14Townsend
  • 7RicharlisonBooked at 31mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kenny
  • 15Begovic
  • 17Iwobi
  • 20Tosun
  • 25Gbamin
  • 32Branthwaite
  • 33Rondón
  • 50Simms
  • 62Onyango

Referee:
Stuart Attwell

Attendance:
52,571

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