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Manchester City vs Everton at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Michael Oliver
23rd May 2021 4:00 PM (BST)
  • 5 Manchester City

    • ‘11' Kevin De Bruyne
    • ‘14' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘53' Phil Foden
    • ‘71' Sergio Agüero
    • ‘76' Sergio Agüero
  • 0 Everton


Commentary By Neil Leigh


Thank you and goodnight

This seems like an appropriate place to bid you all a fond good night.

What a day - don't know about you but I'm an emotional wreck.

10,000 fans back at the Etihad, a superb 5-0 win over Everton in our Premier League finale, the Premier League trophy back in our hands - and two goals for Sergio Aguero on his final match here in Manchester.

What dreams are made of.

It's not over yet though.

One last mountain remains - the Champions League final against Chelsea next Saturday.

Make sure you join us next weekend for what's arguably the biggest match in the Club's history.

Cannot wait... see you then...


It has been a special one

Kyle Walker on the season:

"Itโ€™s been a special one. The first one was great to get over the line but the feeling doesn't get old when you're up there and lifting the trophy. 

"To come away with it and with the fans here it was excellent.

"We have a big week ahead of us now so we just go about it as we normally do."


'UCL final victory would be a dream'


Kyle Walker on the UCL final

"It would be a dream come true. Iโ€™ve been fortunate to win the Premier League and Cups, but if I could put the icing on the cake it would be a dream come true for me."


'Sergio a credit to himself'

Kyle Walker on Sergio:

"For him to come on and do what heโ€™s done, what heโ€™s done for the club and the Premier League, heโ€™s a credit to himself.

"Every day he trains so hard. Iโ€™m fully made up for him, I wish him all the best for the remainder of his career.

"He scored a few goals against me too in a Tottenham shirt! Itโ€™s an honour. You come across very few players like him in your lifetime."



'UCL Final is a dream come true'

Pep on the Champions League final

"Yeah itโ€™s a dream come true for this club. For my club we have Never been before there itโ€™s a first time for us.

"We are going to try, we will give everything and of course we want to win it, itโ€™s not enough just being there, weโ€™re going to try."


'I'm looking forward to Porto'

Foden on the Champions League final 

"Itโ€™s going to be special. It shows how far the club has come and we want to finish off on a high. Iโ€™m looking forward for it."


'Sergio will be sadly missed by us all'

Phil Foden on Sergio:

"For me I was a ballboy once here watching him score goals, heโ€™s going to be sadly missed for the fans and the players.

"I wish him the best for his future career. He's a great professional, I look up to him a lot and take a lot of advice from him. I want to keep improving."


'Everyone knows my best moment'

More from Sergio:

"Yeah everyone knows my best moment. Against QPR. For me that goal is the most important in my life because I remember that game.

 I played so bad and then I say โ€˜OK, 2-2, one chance pleaseโ€™. Then I scored. I want to say thanks for Sheikh Mansour, Khaldoon, all my teammates, the medical staff, for the staff, everyone. Iโ€™m so happy, thank you. Thank you.

Thank you for the fans who came here today, thank you so much."


'Thanks to everyone'

Sergio Aguero:

"I want to say thanks for everyone, also the first one for my teammates who always support me all the time and the staff. Also the fans."


Presentation time

Fernandinho presents Sergio with a 93:20 framed shirt and a lifetime City season card as he is given the bumps by his team mates.

He looked genuinely touched at the reception afforded him.


Special words

So many brilliant faces saying goodbye including David Silva, Vinny Kompany, Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Edin Dzeko, Nigel de Jong, Pep and the Chairman Kahldoon Al Mubarak.

Lump in the throat time.


Video tribute

Now there's a special video tribute with a host of famous and former Blues all queuing up to say thank you and goodbye to Kun.

Spine-tingling stuff


King Kun ๐Ÿ’™

Sergio, Sergio booming out around the Stadium as the great man takes to the field holding the Premier League trophy.

Well he is gold standard.


Get set for tears...

The players, staff and fans all watching a tribute video to Sergio before he returns to the pitch.

It's about to get seriously emotional folks.


Pep - 'We love Sergio so much'

Pep on Sergio:

"We love him so much. Heโ€™s a special person for all of us. Heโ€™s so nice. He helped me a lot. Heโ€™s so good.

"We cannot replace him. We cannot. There are many players that are in this clubโ€™s heart, David Silva, helped us to be this club and what it is. With his legacy, he showed his quality."


'For me it's an honour'

More from Sergio:

"Iโ€™m so happy because itโ€™s not easy to be ten years at one club. So for me itโ€™s an honour.

"Before the game I felt so strange. The sensation is not good, but I prefer to think and enjoy the moment."


Sergio - 'I'm so happy'

Sergio Aguero's post match reaction:

"This match is my last game but I am so happy. I want to thank my teammates, because they have helped a lot. Thank you for everything.

"Iโ€™m a striker, my target is to score goals so Iโ€™m so happy because finally in my last game to get two more goals is fantastic for me."



The perfect backdrop song as the player conduct a joyous lap of honour around the Etihad.

We are the champions - and worthy ones at that.

For what it's worth, for me this stands as one of the great achievements 


We've got Guardiola

It's booming out all over the stadium and it's bloomin' brilliant.

The fans have made this such a special day - crikey you have been missed.


Happy Sundays

There's a lot of very happy smiling faces out there.

And quite right too.

Enjoy it guys - you deserve to enjoy every moment of this.


A day to remember

All the players being cheered to the roof tops as they step up to be presented with their medals.

Every single one has played a huge role in our collective success this season.

They all so deserve this moment.


Roar power

A HUGE ovation for Pep as he receives his medal and here come the rest of the squad with special Champions adorned shirts on.

They are all saluted by their staff as they make their way to the podium.


What a moment

The late great Colin Bell's son Dr Jon Bell carries the Premier League trophy onto the field.

What an emotional moment for him and Colin's family


Great job

The backroom staff are being given a tremendous reception and quite right too.

In this season above all with the issues around COVD-19 they have performed an amazing job.


Loud and proud

It may be wet and cold (whatever happened to May anyone?) but tghe fans are in great voice we await the champions.

And let's face it, we have a lot to be happy about.

All this and the Champions League final to look forward to as well.

What a team, what a Club.


Good as gold

Quick word about this man.

Absolutely outstanding again today and all season long.

A worthy winner once again of the Premier League Golden Glove.


Singing the Blues

Blossoms back on the special stage here at the Etihad serenading the fans while we wait for the presentation to get underway.


Get set for the champions

The pitch is now being transformed as we await the Trophy presentation.

A bit of drizzle falling but nothing is going to dampen our mood.



Join Kevin Horlock, Paul Dickov, Joleon Lescott and Andy Morrison for all the pots match reaction on We're Not Really Here now



What a way to round off the Premier League season.

What a way for Sergio Aguero to say farewell to the Etihad.

You could not script it.

Two goals for Kun and a 5-0 win.

What a team


King Kun

What a finish!

Kun rises to superbly head home a teasing cross from Fernandinho.

He made it look easy. It was anything but.

Talk about going out in style


The master marksman

Fernandinho the architect (again)

He robbed Everton and then fed Sergio on the edge of the box.

There was still work to do but the great man cut inside before dinking a ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Cue pandemonium as Ederson and the rest of the City subs raced upfield to join in the celebrations.



Smart work

Ederson and Walker combine well to put the squeeze on Richarlison as he powers through into the box to try and shoot.

City equally impressive at the back today as we have been going forward.


Fabulous stuff

Bit of a fiesta feel to this now. The game as a contest is surely over.

But some of City's football has been extraordinary. Again



Rodrigo nearly marks his entrance with a goal.

He ghosts in to meet an inviting cross pass from Sterling but the shot is just too strong.


It was coming.

Some great work from the England youngster.,

He gathers a short ball from Raheem Sterling, sends Digne the wrong way and then finishes with aplomb,

Quality. Sheer quality.


So close

Another dazzling City move ends with Phil Foden's shot being deflected just wide.

From the corner Ruben Dias finds an fraction of space in the box and drills in a hot which Pickford gathers.


Off target

Everton launch a break through Calvert-Lewin on the right flank, the ball is worked inside to Sigurdsson but the Icelandic star's shot is well wide.


Warming up...

Sergio and the rest of the City subs warming up. A huge ovation for the striker.

Hopefully the fans won't have too long to wait before he comes on.


'Quality finish'

 Andy Morrison on Jesus's strike

"It was a great passage of play. I was really impressed with the composure from Jesus to cut back in and finish."


'A frightening goal!'


Kevin Horlock on KDB's goal:

"Just wow! It was frightening.

"The Mahrez interchange and the pace it was done at, De Bruyne just gets hold of it and there was only one place it was going."


'A treat for the fans'

Paul Dickov:

"That was a fantastic performance, especially the first 15 minutes. Everton couldnโ€™t get near us. It was exceptional.

"Great for the fans to be able to see that."


All set for Sergio

What price Kun to come on and round off the perfect afternoon with a farewell goal?

After all, he's made a habit of making our dreams come true down the years.

Would not put it past the great man.


Half time ๐Ÿ’™

Can't grumble with that!

Super goals from De Bruyne and Jesus, a smart penalty save from Ederson and some sublime City football to boot.

More of the same please lads


Argh! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

So good that from De Bruyne, he drove at Everton, finds Sterling on the left, and from the return pass dinks in a delightful pass which Pickford nicks off Raheem in the nick of time.


Hit the bar

So close.

Riyad Mahrez cuts inside just outside the box and curls a delicious shot which cannons back off the bar.

Deserved a goal that.


No penalty

Everton appeal for another spot kick after a Stones tangle with Calvert-Lewin.

Referee Michael Oliver not having it though.

Richarlison then appeals again after his shot strikes Dias in the box.


Not happy

Carlo Ancelotti is normally the most placid of characters but he looks fairly animated with what he has seen from his troops.

Not a happy chap so far.


No entry

Stones then shuts the door on Dacoure as he powered down the left channel.

City looking right in the groove here.

Six days out from the Champions League final that's just what we want!



Now Oleks Zinchenko teases in an inviting cross with Ben Godfrey hacks clear with Jesus waiting to pounce.

All that after Pickford had raced out to deny Sterling - however the England man was adjudged to be offside.


Easy on the eye

Some beautiful football being played by City.

Another fluid interchange ends with Foden just overhitting a through ball to Mahrez.

Its been a delight to watch so far... but then it always is with City.


Double delight

De Bruyne the provider this time as City intercept on the half way line.

He finds Jesus with a precise ball on the left flank.

The Brazilian still had work to do, but cut inside before drilling a stunning shot past Pickford.

What a start... the fans are ecstatic!!



City stepped up the ante, shifted through the gears and open the scoring, Mahrez saw De Bruyne make an inward run and pinged in a quick cross ball.

The gather though on the edge of the box was superb, the right footed finish from 18 yard even better.

Sheer class.


Richarlison booked

The Everton man is shown a yellow card for a blatant tug back on Mahrez.

From the resulting free-kick John Stones' header is just too strong and sails over the bar.



Ederson is the first keeper called into action as he gets down to gather a 20 yard Sigurdsson shot.

Was never really going to trouble him though.


Pass masters

Patient build up play from City who are already bossing possession and territory.

Walker tries to find Mahrez with a teasing long ball down the right flank but it is just too long.


The great man strides out

What a reception for Sergio.

The greatest scorer in our history and one of the finest players ever to grace to Premier League.

What a man.


Tunes of glory

Now Oasis' Don't Look Back in Anger blasting out... I'm tempted to also ask for the Chameleons.

Another epic Manchester band and City fans to boot.

Maybe next season!


Ten minutes and counting folks... ๐Ÿ”Ÿ

Kick-off fast approaching, Blossoms rocking out and the City fans in fantastic voice as we await the 2020/21 champions.

What Sunday afternoons are all about really.


Bloomin' marvellous

Stockport rock combo - and huge City fans - Blossoms are now rocking the Etihad as we await the champions.

Beautiful noise...


Quality street! ๐Ÿ‘

Paul Dickov on silverware and City's Academy:

"Phil Foden is the one to talk about, but the Delapโ€™s and Palmerโ€™s and Doyleโ€™s are the ones coming through and have fantastic talents.

"The Academy is fantastic and it will keep on producing top players."


'That team sends out a message'

Dickov on today's team:

"Pep is an absolute genius. That is an incredibly strong team.

"Heโ€™s sending a message saying to the players that he is taking this match seriously and that he wants to win in front of the fans.

"They will approach this match like any other match. Fans being here will really drive the players on today."


Pep - 'Sergio to figure in the second half'

Pep Guardiola's pre-match interview:

"Much better to have fans than without them. Iโ€™m very pleased.

"(In the) Second half Sergio is going to play. Definitely. We decided this together. He has a bit of niggles but the first target is to play and win today.

"The supporters are going to help us to play the best game as possible. Everton did an exceptional season and is always tough."


'We need to finish on a high'

 Kyle Walker:

"You work hard all year to lift the trophy, to get our hands on it today will be good, especially in front of the fans.

"The boss has just said a few words now for what Sergio has done for the club. Aguero is definitely in the bracket of legend for the club and the Premier League.

"We need to finish on a high. Hopefully that will give us the momentum going into next week. It will be a difficult game in the champions league, but let's enjoy this game today and then get back to training tomorrow and back to work."




The rest of the City squad have just received a huge ovation as they made their way out onto the pitch to begin their warm-ups.

Sergio still to emerge though.


'A special player, a special guy'

Joleon Lescott on Aguero:

"Heโ€™s a special player, a special guy. It's hard to come to terms with it. What a servant heโ€™s been to the club.

"He came to the first training session in Ireland and he went past Vinny and then past me, then tried to dink the goalie. Vinny just looked at me. 

"At that point we knew he had something special."


A very big hand! ๐Ÿ‘‹

The City goalkeepers have just come out to begin their warm up and have received a rousing reception from the City fans.

They reciprocated in similar fashion.

Incredibly moving moment.

Team and fans together as one... the way it should be.


'We can never do enough to thank Sergio'

Paul Dickov on Aguero:

"I donโ€™t think we can ever do enough to thank Aguero. Heโ€™s the greatest goalscorer that the club has ever had.

"Sergio is the one that has taken us to the next level and broke all sorts of records.

"At his peak, Aguero was up there with the very best in the world. Having the fans to give him a proper send off is special."


'City were the perfect fit for Aguero'

Kevin Horlock on Sergio Aguero:

"Heโ€™s been incredible hasnโ€™t he. Nobody envisaged the impact that he was going to have on this club.

"I think we are privileged to have him here at this club. The low centre-of gravity, the near post finish, can score inside the box and outside the box, he just had everything.

"Heโ€™s the cult-hero here at the club. Heโ€™ll always be remembered for the 93:30 moment and rightly so, but he has provided so many more quality moments.

"This club was the perfect fit for Aguero."


Pep's pre-match thoughts...๐Ÿ‘‡

Pep Guardiola:

"I am looking forward to the Everton game. 

"We will lift the trophy and 10,000 are coming.

"This business without the people is not the same."


Stat attack (part two)...๐Ÿ“ˆ

 ๐Ÿ”น City have lost our final league fixture in just one of the past 12 seasons (W9, D2). That was at home to Norwich in 2012-13.

 ๐Ÿ”น If he plays, this will be Sergio Agรผero's final Premier League appearance for Manchester City. The Argentinian is the highest scoring non-English player in the competition's history, with 182 goals. His average of a goal every 109 minutes is the best of any player to have scored at least 10.

 ๐Ÿ”น City manager Pep Guardiola has won all four of his Premier League games on the final day of the season.


Here's how we line up this afternoon... โšฝ๏ธ

Pep Guardiola makes five changes to the starting line-up for City's final league game of 2020/21 with Sergio Aguero starting on the benchโ€ฆ

CITY XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Fernandinho (c), De Bruyne, Sterling, Foden, Jesus, Mahrez

Subs: Steffen, Ake, Laporte, Mendy, Gundogan, Rodrigo, Bernardo, Torres, Aguero


Wish You Were Here... ๐Ÿ’™

A nice touch as the first fans stream into their seats here at the Etihad.

Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here booming out across the speakers.

We wish you were all here with us.

Hopefully that day is  not too far away..


Stat attack...๐Ÿ“ˆ

 ๐Ÿ”น Manchester City have won the past six league meetings.

 ๐Ÿ”น They also beat Everton 2-0 in the FA Cup quarter-finals this seasons.

 ๐Ÿ”น Everton's most recent win at Manchester City was by 2-1 in the Premier League in 2010.


Game on

Amidst all the excitement and emotion surrounding this afternoon, it's worth pointing out that the match itself will be a tough old assignment.

Carlo Ancelotti's Everton have impressed on their travels all season long and they will be intent on being party poopers today as they seek to finish in the Europa League standings.



Such a great feeling today parking up at the Stadium and seeing so many City fans preparing to support the team in person again for the first time in more than 14 months.

The atmosphere was cracking outside the ground - can't wait to experience it once those 10,000 lucky ticket holders make their way in.

We've missed you...


Early team news ๐Ÿ“‹

 ๐Ÿ”น City have no fresh injury concerns but will be without Joao Cancelo, who is suspended after being sent off against Brighton in midweek.

 ๐Ÿ”น Everton are again without James Rodriguez, who has a calf problem.

 ๐Ÿ”น Seamus Coleman also misses out for the visitors after sustaining an injury during the midweek win against Wolves.



It's already been a brilliant weekend as our Under-18s lifted the Premier League Under-18 National title yesterday.

Already Under-18 North title winners, I was lucky enough to be at the Academy Stadium to see us beat Fulham 3-1 in the National showpiece and it was a wonderful display from Carlos Vicens' side.

A fitting way to lead us into today's title celebration.



Matchday means the welcome return of We're Not Really Here, our must-watch live show.

Presenter Cel Spellman will be joined by City icons, Joleon Lescott and Paul Dickov for today's emotional Premier League finale, which is available to watch across all of our digital platforms.

We're Not Really Here will begin at 14.30 (UK), and will give you a City-focused build up to our final league game and Premier League farewell to Sergio.

We will be back in studio at half-time to dissect the first 45 minutes, and then return at full-time where Lescott and Dickov will give their post-match analysis, and respond to the full-time thoughts of our fans.

You can get involved in the show by using #WNRH on Twitter.

It's must-see coverage for every City fan. Highly recommended!


Matchday greetings ๐Ÿ‘‹


And a very, very good afternoon to you all from the Etihad Stadium.

I think itโ€™s fair to say that the most bittersweet of days awaits us this afternoon as we bring the curtain down on an unforgettable Premier League campaign.

The fantastic news is that after 14 long months, 10,000 fans will be back here inside the Etihad Stadium to see Pep Guardiolaโ€™s side in action. 

It's been a long, tough period without your amazing support, and we can't wait to have some of you back. 

After the game, we will then proudly lift the Premier League trophy aloft for the third time in four seasons.

But there will be significant sadness and emotion attached to this afternoon too.

For today will also see City fans say goodbye to Sergio Aguero, the Club's greatest-ever goalscorer and one of the greatest players in this clubโ€™s illustrious history.

Whatever happens, it's going to be an emotional rollercoaster.

Iโ€™ll be here to guide you through all the drama from the build-up, the match itself and the post-match ceremonies and Sergioโ€™s goodbye.

Itโ€™s going to be a day no City fan will ever forget.



A very significant day awaits us. 

Firstly, 10,000 fans will be inside the Etihad Stadium for our final Premier League game of the season as we face Everton. 

It's been a tough 14 months without you and we can't wait to have some of you back. 

After the game, we will lift the Premier League trophy for the third time in four seasons. 

And then perhaps the most difficult thing City fans will ever have to do: say goodbye to Sergio Aguero, the Club's greatest-ever goalscorer. 

Whatever happens today, it's going to be an emotional rollercoaster. 

Join us right here from 14:00 BST for full text updates throughout the day.

And at 14:55 our We're Not Really Here live show gets under way, with Joleon Lescott and Paul Dickov joining us in the studio. 


Everton ideal preparation for final, says Pep

โ€œWhen you arrive in the Final of the Champions League, itโ€™s an incredible success.

โ€œIt helps to win the Premier League and Carabao Cup. It will be a good season.

โ€œWhen you arrive at the end [of the season] in the semi-final of the FA Cup, Final of the Carabao Cup and win the Premier League, itโ€™s nice but of course, itโ€™s not enough right now.

โ€œI have an incredibly good feeling weโ€™ll do well and play a good game in the Final. Sunday is good preparation for that.

โ€œItโ€™s tough for us in these three games when we have already qualified for the Champions League and have won the Premier League to stay focused in this competition.

โ€œThe games against Newcastle and Brighton help us understand how difficult it is to win the Premier League."

Other games that day

  • Fulham0
    Newcastle United2
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers1
    Manchester United2
  • Aston Villa2
  • Leicester City2
    Tottenham Hotspur4
  • Leeds United3
    West Bromwich Albion1
  • Liverpool2
    Crystal Palace0
  • Arsenal2
    Brighton and Hove Albion0
  • West Ham United3
  • Sheffield United1

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Manchester United 38 +29 74
3 Liverpool 38 +26 69
4 Chelsea 38 +22 67
5 Leicester City 38 +18 66
6 West Ham United 38 +15 65
7 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +23 62
8 Arsenal 38 +16 61
9 Leeds United 38 +8 59
10 Everton 38 -1 59
11 Aston Villa 38 +9 55
12 Newcastle United 38 -16 45
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 -16 45
14 Crystal Palace 38 -25 44
15 Southampton 38 -21 43
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 38 -6 41
17 Burnley 38 -22 39
18 Fulham 38 -26 28
19 West Bromwich Albion 38 -41 26
20 Sheffield United 38 -43 23
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