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Everton vs Manchester City at Goodison Park

Goodison Park Referee : Michael Oliver
28th September 2019 5:30 PM (BST)
  • 1 Everton

    • ‘33' Dominic Calvert-Lewin
  • 3 Manchester City

    • ‘24' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘71' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘84' Raheem Sterling


Commentary By Caroline Oatway


Job done πŸ‘

So, there we have it. Three points the target; three points acquired.

A battling display with three all-important moments of quality, and a crucial victory to keep the pace with league leaders Liverpool.

Thanks as always for tuning in. Onto the next one on Tuesday night, as we welcome Dinamo Zagreb to the Etihad Stadium in our Champions League Group C clash.

Good luck to our women's team tomorrow, as they lock horns with Everton in the third of our triple header.

Enjoy your weekend!


Raheem Sterling (on 100th Club career goal) πŸ’¬

"It was a really good moment, especially at 2-1 to make it 3-1.

"It was a really nice feeling. I'd had a chance earlier on but I didn't know was onside until I'd dragged it wide.

"I had to stay focused. I never think 'it's not going to be my day'. I know a moment will come. I'm always waiting for the opportunity.

"We know if have a setback, we have to stick to our gameplan, most importantly.

"You can get caught up doing something different when you conceded. You have to continue playing how we do and the chances will come."


Mahrez on Ederson πŸ’¬

"He was very good. He’s up there.

"We need everyone. Eddy is very important for us. It's clear we can concede chances but when our 'keeper helps us, it makes a big difference.

"He's a top 'keeper. He has to be focused but he's always here trying to help us."


Mahrez on his free-kick πŸ’¬

"Firstly, I wanted to put it the other side of the 'keeper. I looked and there was a big space.

"I tried to whip it in and it had a little bounce so it was difficult for the 'keeper.

"It was very important. It was 1-1 and we made a difference with the third goal and killed the game.

"I'm happy to score and happy to win - that is the most important thing.

"It was a very good afternoon for us."


Riyad Mahrez πŸ’¬

"I think we deserved the win. We could have killed the game in the first half - we had like five clear chances but we couldn't score.

"That;s the difference between the game v Watford - we scored our first five chances.

"We managed the game. It was difficult - here it is tough

"In the second half, we did what we had to do - we scored two goals to win the game."


We dug deep πŸ™Œ

Phew! Well, it didn't always look like it was going to be our day but we put in the graft and crucially, produced two quality moments in the second half to grind out that win.

Mahrez absolutely superb today; as was De Bruyne and Ederson. Special shout-out to him - the result could have been very different.

We all love an 8-0 but victories like today are equally as important when it comes to totalling the points at the end of the season.


In off the crossbar! πŸ˜…

Sterling volleys in off the woodwork to surely secure all three points!

Aguero key in the build-up, driving forward and reclaiming the ball from Mahrez before drilling across.

Pickford sticks out a foot but the ball falls kindly for Sterling and his effort crosses the line before bouncing out!


Weather the storm β›ˆ

It's been all Everton since our second goal... They've sparked into life in this second half.

We just need to keep calm and retain possession - nothing stupid. Just ride it out.



How did he save that?! Ederson flies low to his right to claw Mina's header away! He's hurt himself in the process but that was some save.


Yes, Ederson! πŸ‘

The Brazilian with another crucial stop, as he races out to block Calvert-Lewin's clipped effort. Another great save. 


Mahrez Magic πŸ”₯

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! The goal Mahrez has deserved - what a performance!

It's a gorgeous curling free-kick, low into the bottom corner. 

Pure quality. Exactly what we needed!

What did I say? Something special needed. That was it!



Everton have 11 men behind the ball. City struggling to break down the Toffees' defence.

We've spurned so many chances... this feels like it could go either way.

Personally, feel it would need something special - i.e. Kompany v Leicester (although admittedly without quite so much riding on it!)


Time for changes? πŸ€”

Plenty of quality on that bench. Who - if anyone - would you bring on to make the difference?

Let me know using #cmoncity


Poor miss! 😩

Sterling with a glorious chance to regain the lead.

Mahrez's through-ball cut the Everton defence open but Sterling was too casual and stroked it wide.

He hasn't had his best game, it has to be said.


Yellow card

Schneiderlin receives a yellow for a shocking tackle on De Bruyne.

Completely scythed him down and the Belgian was rightly angry about it. Nasty.


Great save! πŸ™Œ

Fantastic stop from Ederson, who reacts superbly to tip Mina's downward header over the bar.

Completely free header that! Brilliant reactions.


Side-netting! πŸ˜•

Opportunity for KDB, who is put through by Mahrez. He rides a challenge - and could well have gone down! - which forces the Belgian wide and he can only find the side-netting.

(I take no responsibility for that, given my previous comment).


De Bruyne-belivable 😳

KDB with an exquisite cross-field ball right to Sterling's feet.

My word, is there anything that man can't do?

That move should have been finished with a goal but Gundogan's strike was blocked by Kean.


Analysis πŸ€”

Well, we can certainly feel disappointed to be going in level at the break.

We've created plenty of chances but our finishing has been off - too many efforts straight at the Everton shot-stopper, and we've also struck the post with Gundogan's effort.

Another sloppy defensive moment has proven costly but Everton have created little other than that.

Another major positive has been Mahrez's display. He's been impressive again.


Over the bar! ⬆

Gabriel Jesus with a great chance but he blazes over!

Mahrez again the architect.

Bit of afters with a tussle between Mina and Sterling. Not much doing.


A let-off! 😨

Sigurdsson dangerous again, as he latches onto a long diagonal ball in the box.

Should probably have tried to hook it over Ederson first time but thankfully, he opted to take a touch and the Brazilian gathered.


Yellow card πŸ”Ά

Rodrigo is the first player into the book. Looked to have won the ball, although there was quite some force behind his barge on Calvert-Lewin.


All square ⏹

Frustrating, that. Poor goal to concede really.

Just prior, we'd been in firm control too. Mahrez had drilled at Pickford again.

Dust ourselves off and go again.


Disappointing πŸ˜‘

Poor clearance from Fernandinho and Everton retrieve the ball in the box with Iwobi muscling in.

Coleman receives it and clips over Ederson. Calvert-Lewin thrusts himself at the ball to ensure it goes over the line.


Great chance for two!

City with a rapid counter-attack which ends with Sterling finding Mahrez. The Algerian controls but his half-vollyed effort is straight at Pickford. Disappointing.


From one end to the other! ➑

Just prior to that goal, Fernandinho had made a vital block to prevent Everton from taking the lead as Sigurdsson steered goalward.

The Iceland international just forced Ederson into a smart stop, as the Toffees seek an instant response.


What a goal! πŸ’₯

Beautifully crafted!

Superb from Mahrez once again, as the Algerian skips down the right flank before finding De Bruyne inside.

Of course, the Belgian's first-time delivery is absolutely delicious and Gabriel Jesus throws himself in front of Pickford to head home!


Woah 😯

Gundogan with an almost delightful back-heel, as he looked to play Walker through. Would have been an outrageous one-two, had it come off. Unfortunately, it was hacked away.


Off the crossbar! 😩

Agonising! Gundogan somehow strikes the bar from two yards out at the backpost as he tries to divert Mahrez's cross in!

Should have scored in truth!


Back to business ⚽

The game has resumed and City are back in control.

Pickford's save had been the first Everton touch of the game, as the visitors had dominated the early exchanges.

City are sporting our third kit today. The Toffees of course, are in their traditional royal blue and white.


Disappointing scenes βž•

Everton are having to make an early change, as Walcott leaves the field on a stretcher.

Wishing him a speedy recovery.


Concerning ⚠

Walcott is down and appears to be very dazed, having received a ball to the face when Sterling attempted to whip the ball in.

He's receiving treatment.


Pep Guardiola (on Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero) πŸ’¬

β€œThey (Aguero and Jesus) have different qualities. Sergio is one of the most outstanding players I have seen in smaller spaces and I try to let both play as much as possible.

"It’s difficult for me. Honestly, it’s so difficult for me. I try to include them both. In some games, Gab can give me something Sergio can’t and in the other games Sergio can give me something Gab can’t.

"That is their qualities… both guys are incredible 

β€œSergio could have scored five goals against Watford, in the game against Preston Gabriel could have scored three or four, he was incredible against Watford in the FA Cup Final and away at Shakhtar he was there in top form.

β€œSergio is one of the most outstanding players I have seen in smaller spaces and I try to let both play as much as possible.

β€œNormally I don't play with two strikers. I did it in the last minutes at Norwich and it was not good. The control is not the best - we were not solid enough

β€œSergio is one of the nicest people I have met - he’s a big talent, a legend, a top player he has everything, but he is so humble and is an incredibly funny guy.

β€œThe same with Gabriel. They want to play if they are fit and strong and if they don't play how can they be happy?"


Magic Mahrez ⚑

Riyad Mahrez has two goals in his last three appearances. How impressed have you been with the Algerian so far this season?


Disclaimer: πŸ“ƒ

I am never to blame for pre-empting events that unfold in the future - unless they're positive. In which case, you're welcome.


Added pressure? πŸ€”

Following Liverpool's scrappy win at Sheffield United this lunchtime, much of our pre-match discussion has questioned how City will cope with the pressure of having to claw back the points deficit so early in the season.

Of course, our last Saturday 5:30pm kick-off most certainly did not go to plan but - regardless of the Reds' result - there was never any doubt we need to win here today.

Everton have definitely been a bogey team of ours over the years but we have won our last two visits to Goodison Park so hopefully, that curse has been warded off... Without tempting fate of course!


Same again? ⚽

Gabriel Jesus found the net on this ground last year - and he's scored in his last two appearances...

A little more Brazilian magic wouldn't go amiss today!


Club Journalist Neil Leigh πŸ“

"Manager Pep Guardiola makes eight changes from the side which beat Preston 3-0 in the Carabao Cup in midweek with Sterling one of three players to retain his place.

"There’s changes aplenty for City at the back with keeper Ederson returning between the sticks, shielded by a back four of Kyle Walker, centre half pairing Nicolas Otamendi and skipper Fernandinho with Oleks Zinchenko restored at left-back.

"With Fernandinho continuing in central defence, Rodrigo will pin the central midfield trio alongside Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne.

"Up front, Sterling and Riyad Mahrez will play either side of Gabriel Jesus in what is expected to be a 4-3-3 formation."


King Kun πŸ‘‘

Sergio Aguero could become just the fourth player to score in eight consecutive Premier League appearances.

The Argentina striker can also become the first player to score in eight straight top-flight fixtures for the Club since 1957.

However, Aguero has netted just two league goals in 793 minutes against Everton - his worst minutes-per-goal ratio against any opponent he has faced more than once.


Stat attack πŸ“ˆ

πŸ”Ή City can win four consecutive league matches against Everton for the first time since March 1972.

πŸ”Ή Our tally of 24 goals in the opening six league games is the most by any top-flight team at this stage since Wolves scored 25 in 1955.

πŸ”Ή The Champions have scored in each of our last 28 Premier League games - a streak bettered only by Arsenal (55 matches between 2001-2002) and Manchester United (36 in 2008).


Benjamin Mendy πŸ’¬

β€œWe are five points behind now [before Liverpool's win at Sheffield United], but we still have a lot of games until the season is over.

"We are focused on us, we try to play as the manager says so that at the end of the season we don’t have regrets, we do everything and we follow his rules.

"We listen to what the staff say about how we’re working, after that, we can say nothing but congratulations to the opponent.

β€œThe Premier League is one of the best for this [strong competition]. You have a lot of teams with a lot of quality, and each team pushes the others to be better.

"Liverpool is very strong team with good players, so it’s nice to have this in this league and it’s what we like. It will be a very good league this year again.”  


Everton boss Marco Silva πŸ’¬

β€œWe made that strong step [against top-six teams] last season. It is up to do that again.

β€œWe know what type of quality they [City] have – they are one of the best teams in Europe.

β€œWe have to believe in ourselves and in our capacity to play with aggressiveness without the ball and with the ball. When we have the ball, we have to show our quality.

β€œWe have to be more clinical and ruthless in both boxes. That is the main thing in football. If you do that, for sure the results will come again. We are here to get results and you can only do that by scoring goals and not conceding.

β€œLast season, we had some not so good moments but we reacted so strong and settled everything.

β€œAnd after, the confidence grew again and we had a fantastic second half of the season. That is something [getting positive results] we want to do as fast as we can.”


Merlin πŸ’«

Victory in this match would see David Silva reach 200 Premier League wins faster than any other player - on his 289th appearance. John Terry holds the current record with 305 matches.


Manchester ➑ Merseyside

A very good afternoon from Goodison Park!

Just over two hours to go until kick-off, looking to complete an excellent week with what would be a vital win in the Premier League, as City look to cut Liverpool's lead atop the table.

It hasn't always been a happy hunting ground for us... How are you feeling ahead of the game?

Share your thoughts using #cmoncity!


Pep on Everton πŸ’¬

"They remain an incredible team.

"They invested well last season and this.

"Goodison Park always one of the toughest games, and we know it. We have already prepared.

"The players know how difficult it is." 


Time to shine?

Pep Guardiola believes Eric Garcia and Taylor Harwood-Bellis are ready for more first-team opportunities.

The pair started Wednesday’s Carabao Cup win over Preston and impressed.

Garcia, 18, made three appearances in last season's Carabao Cup, before making his Premier League debut last week as a substitute in the win over Watford.

And Harwood-Bellis, a 17-year-old product of City academy system, impressed on the Asia Tour this summer, emerging now as a player capable of supplementing the senior stars.

Guardiola says both players have the qualities and mentality to be part of the City first-team picture more regularly.

β€œI knew they were ready," he said. "I did not need to see Preston.

"They will make mistakes, but of course they are ready. If not, they would not play with us.”


Good morning!


City play Everton in the late game and we're here to bring you live updates from 3.30pm. 

But for now, here are a few bits to keep you entertained. 

Other games that day

  • Sheffield United0
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers2
  • Crystal Palace2
    Norwich City0
  • Aston Villa2
  • Chelsea2
    Brighton and Hove Albion0
  • Bournemouth2
    West Ham United2
  • Tottenham Hotspur2
  • Leicester City0
    Newcastle United0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Liverpool 7 +13 21
3 West Ham United 7 +1 12
4 Tottenham Hotspur 7 +5 11
5 Leicester City 6 +3 11
6 Chelsea 7 +1 11
7 Bournemouth 7 +1 11
8 Arsenal 6 +1 11
9 Crystal Palace 7 -1 11
10 Burnley 7 +1 9
11 Manchester United 6 +2 8
12 Sheffield United 7 0 8
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 -2 7
14 Southampton 7 -4 7
15 Everton 7 -6 7
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 7 -5 6
17 Norwich City 7 -7 6
18 Aston Villa 7 -3 5
19 Newcastle United 6 -4 5
20 Watford 7 -16 2
Link To Full Table