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Manchester City vs Everton at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Craig Pawson
15th December 2018 12:30 PM (GMT)
  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘22' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘50' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘69' Raheem Sterling
  • 1 Everton

    • ‘65' Dominic Calvert-Lewin


Commentary By Caroline Oatway


Signing off...

That's all from me, you lovely lot.

A pleasure to accompany you for another fine win.

Stay tuned to for more post-match reaction.

We'll have the highlights live from midnight tonight.

See you next week!


Guardiola (on Raheem Sterling):

"Raheem, when he has no time to think in front of goal, is always good. The cross was amazing from Ferna and it was a great finish.

"We are not the tallest team in the world but after just a few minutes, it was an important goal for him and everyone. 

"I see him so calm. I think he has handled the last years in many situations and rumours - not nice things about him or his family or the colour of his skin.

"I admire him and appreciate that it’s not easy for him. He’s loved by all staff and in the locker room."


Pep Guardiola:

"It was a tricky and dangerous game, especially with less than three days of recovery.

"They have experienced players and it was something on our minds. The game wasn’t over until the end.

"We have fantastic players - incredible human beings - and we keep on track with three more points."


More from Gabriel Jesus:

 "I tried [to score a hat-trick] but it is difficult. I am so happy with the performance of the team.

"Everton have amazing players. They played very well. I am so happy because of this. We played very well and won the game.

"My confidence is back because my family is here and it helps me a lot. I need my family in this moment.

"This year it [the title] will be more difficult because the clubs will play better. I think it is very important we have come back to first position."


Bernardo Silva:

"It was good after the defeat against Chelsea to give an answer, it was not an easy game.

"To have difficult games against Hoffenheim and Everton, it was good to come back from that.

"The next two months are hard. We need to be focused and fit, get as many wins as can to recover first position and go as far as we can in other competitions.

"We are happy with Gabriel Jesus' two goals and hopefully, he can score more and win more titles."


Sterling work

Since the start of last season, Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in 27 goals in 22 Premier League home matches, with 18 strikes and nine assists.


Home comforts

City have now won our last 10 Premier League home games, scoring 36 and conceding just seven goals.

The Blues have won all 21 of our games in all competitions this season when we’ve scored in the first half.


Gabriel Jesus:

"I am so happy to win with the team because this season is more difficult for us but we played very well and I am happy.

"I am happy with both goals but I scored because maybe my left foot is better than my right foot."



And there we have it!

Back to winning ways in the Premier League, as a Gabriel Jesus brace and a Raheem Sterling header clinch a hard-earned victory to put the Blues back top of the table!


Creating our own problems

Everton look the more likely to score at the moment - City can't keep the ball.

Richarlison again with an effort. This one is deflected wide.

From the resulting corner, the Toffees want a penalty as Mina goes to ground but there was nothing in that.

There are some afters between him and Ederson but it's dealt with by the referee.


Fine stop

Well-held by Ederson to deny Calvert-Lewin, as the Everton man attempted a nifty flick from Walcott's cross!

That would have made for a nervy ending!


Calm down

City need to regain control of this one by doing what we do best -  keeping possession - to take the sting out of the game.

Everton are desperate to get back into this one, which could play into our hands with opportunities to counter, but we need to tighten things up at the back.


Not over yet...

Everton have spurned some glorious chances to claw another one back in recent minutes, with Richarlison and Walcott both blazing over!

City looking a little suspect at the back, it has to be said...



With possibly his first touch, Sterling plants a bullet header past Pickford to restore City's two-goal lead!

Ferna with a rare assist, collecting Gabriel Jesus' pass and chipping a pinpoint delivery right onto Sterling's head. He couldn't miss!

Superb response.


Goal for Everton! 2-1!

The visitors have one back against the run of play as the unmarked Calvert-Lewin rises to head into the bottom corner.




Just wide from Gundogan, as the German played a neat one-two with Gabriel Jesus, before sliding the ball the wrong side of the near post.


Club journalist David Clayton:

"Two goals for Gabriel Jesus...

"It's the old adage: it's like buses - you wait ages for one and then two come along at once!"


Same combination, same result! πŸ”₯

Sane's delivery, Gabriel Jesus' header - a thumping effort to double the lead.

Breathing space - and another early second half goal!


If we had a man-of-the-match award for the first half (which we don't), I'd have to say Ilkay Gundogan was just edging it from Nicolas Otamendi. Will we see KDB or Sergio in the second-half? Maybe - but I reckon Raheem Sterling is more likely



So far, so good...

An entertaining half of football. City dominant but Everton threatening. Definitely need another one, you feel.

Pleasing for Gabriel Jesus to get back on the scoresheet. The Blues are playing some lovely stuff - the final ball has just been found lacking.

Hopefully an improved second half, as we look to move back top of the table.


Stat City

Gabriel Jesus' opener was his first in the Premier League since August, ending a run of 11 games, 487 minutes and 18 shots without one.

City have never lost a Premier League game that he has scored in.


Toffees threat

City are by no means comfortable in this one - Everton are looking very threatening on the counter-attack.

Ederson has just had to punch clear a dangerous cross, while there have also been a few panicked clearances.



The pressure paid off! It really was a superb goal, that.

Kudos also to Gundogan, who played a key role in the build-up, plucking the ball out of the air beautifully before laying off to Sane.

Silky Ilkay!


Get in there!

What a lovely goal! The slide pass from Sane, into the Brazilian's path.. and the perfect finish into the near post.

The goal drought is over!


Piling on the pressure

City turning the screw now, as we gain the upper hand.

Pickford is called into action to prevent a Keane own-goal, diving to his left to claw away an inadvertent volley!


Over the bar!

The ball is instead laid off to Mahrez, whose cross is blocked - but only as far as Delph, who lets fly. His shot is just too high.

Good effort.



What a chance for Everton!

Poor from Walker, as he can't clear. Digne collects and clips a cross to the back, where Richarlison arrives but volleys over!

A let-off...



Bernardo with a half-chance, as he races onto a floated delivery to the backpost but he can't connect as he'd like and the balls runs out.


Bright start

A fiery start to this one with City pressing high from the front, forcing Everton into mistakes.

We're yet to create anything though...


Hats off to you!

Pep Guardiola is sporting some fabulous headwear on the touchline - a blue bobble hat with ''CITY' emblazoned across the front. Festive.


Everton effort

Oooh! Ederson is forced into another fine fingertip stop, as Calvert-Lewin tuns and fires towards the bottom corner. The offside flag was raised - and rightfully so - but let's consider that an early warning...


Battle of the Blues

It's a sea of Blue with both sides sporting their traditional colours - City in sky blue and white; Everton in full royal Blue.

The only thing that isn't blue is the sky, which is now leaking. Great.


New set-piece specialist?

Leroy Sane is currently practicing his free-kicks! He's yet to replicate Wednesday's heroics but maybe he's saving it for the game! ;-)


Bah humbug!

Can't help but turn my thoughts to my dad right now - a lifelong Blue, who right now is sat in a bar in Tenerife, where he now lives, casually sipping a beer... while I'm shivering with my red-raw hands clamped to a cup of tea in a bid to thaw them out and ease the pain.

Love you, dad...


Club journalist David Clayton:

"4-3-3 on the cards?

"In attack, expect the Blues to have Riyad Mahrez on the right flank, Leroy Sane on the left and Gabriel Jesus in the centre.

"Behind those three are likely to be skipper Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva.

"Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte resume their central defensive partnership, flanked by full-backs Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph."

Sticky Toffees?

City have won our last nine at home in the Premier League, scoring 33 goals in the process, but we haven't beaten Everton at home in the league in our last three attempts.

They've all ended in draws - one goalless and a pair of 1-1 stalemates, - so today's encounter could well prove to be another treacle* test.

*That was supposed to be a pun for 'tricky'. I know. I'm sorry.


Back in business?

Could we see these two* back in action this afternoon? You'll find out at 11:30am.

Pep Guardiola told press in Friday's conference he could assess their fitness in yesterday afternoon's training sessions. John Stones too!

Here's hoping!

*I mean Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne - not Moonchester.


Wrap up warm!

It's absolutely freezing - like, DEAD cold (and all you Mancunians out there know how severe that is!) - so if you're on your way to the game, please bring layers! You have been warned.


It's matchday!

A very good afternoon from the Etihad Stadium!

It's an early one this afternoon, as we host Everton in the lunchtime kick-off (12:30pm), seeking a return to the top of the Premier League table.

Come on, City!

Other games that day

  • Fulham0
    West Ham United2
  • Tottenham Hotspur1
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers2
  • Huddersfield Town0
    Newcastle United1
  • Crystal Palace1
    Leicester City0
  • Watford3
    Cardiff City2

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Liverpool 16 +28 42
3 Tottenham Hotspur 17 +15 39
4 Chelsea 16 +20 34
5 Arsenal 16 +15 34
6 Manchester United 16 +2 26
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 0 25
8 Everton 17 +2 24
9 West Ham United 17 0 24
10 Watford 17 -2 24
11 Bournemouth 17 -3 23
12 Leicester City 17 0 22
13 Brighton and Hove Albion 16 -3 21
14 Newcastle United 17 -8 16
15 Crystal Palace 17 -9 15
16 Cardiff City 17 -16 14
17 Burnley 17 -18 12
18 Huddersfield Town 17 -18 10
19 Southampton 16 -17 9
20 Fulham 17 -26 9
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