Jesus with a heavenly backheel that frees Kyle Walker, but his final ball is lacking.
My attention wandered there, readers, I will not lie. City have shut this down with a ruthless efficiency.
Ilkay Gündogan replaces Kevin De Bruyne.
89 per cent possession for Man City in the last five minutes. Self-pitying interview with Sam comin’ up after the break.
Everton still adopting that tried and failed tactic of holding a defensive line about 15 yards from their goal, and allowing City to do as they please about 20 yards from goal.
Fernandinho, untroubled, has an age to measure a shot. Just over.
Sam’s team unable to get within two metres of any City player. Tactics, fitness or technique I am not suite sure which, but either way, any hopes of a revival have withered on the vine.
“They’re certainly more optimistic now, those Everton supporters,” says the commentator as the camera scans the ground to find a bespectacled 50-year-old Everton fan in a Benny hat who looks like he is praying for the sweet release of death.
Sterling off for Bernardo Silva.
City just need to quell this rebellion. More of a local difficulty than an actual rebellion. They do just that by passing the ball around between themselves for 90 seconds.
Now Everton have a corner, Tosun and Keane rise above the defence and are so close together that I cannot quite tell which one of them has headed it just wide. Everton enjoying a good little spell.
GOAL! Everton are back in it!
Everton are not back in it.
But still. They do have a goal. Ball is drilled into the City box, Kompany blocks it but Everton have it back because it goes straight to Coleman. He slips it to Calvert-Lewin, who sees that he has Bolasie outside him. Bolasie shoots from the edge of the box, it goes through Kyle Walker’s legs and it nestles in the bottom corner! Everton 1 Man City 3
Tom Davies’s first act of note is a nice little spin away from trouble with the ball, he is brought down by KDB. BT commentator – is it Darren Fletcher? I think so. Has an ace stat: Davies was born on the day that England went out of France 1998 to France.
“You can tell by the look on Wayne Rooney’s face that he is as frustrated as anybody,” says the BT commentator.
Dude. He always looks like that.
The People’s Potato is subbed off. Tom Davies comes on.
Fernandinho lashes one, it takes a brutal deflection and Pickford does superbly to keep it out.
Everton have a corner. Otamendi clears, and City are very nearly clear on the break. Bolasie hasnae given up yet, racing down the wing and crossing.
Schneiderlin makes a huge meal of a little brush from De Bruyne. Nobody buys it. Nobody cares.
Out comes the players
and there’s Big Sam trudging up the steps to the dug out. Wonder how many more times he will do that here.
City had 82 per cent possession in the first half, the highest for an away side since records began!!!!
Half time: Everton 0 Manchester City 3
The half ends to a few boos from home fans. Not really sure that is fair, hard to argue with Man City’s attacking brilliance.
I suppose you could argue that Allardyce got the tactics wrong – well, he certainly didn’t get them right – as they sat back very deep and basically assumed the position for the City opening goal. But, I mean… he’d picked a fairly attacking line up. I dunno. What can you say other than Man City are absolutely miles better than Everton?
Bolasie goes up and gets all of Otamendi, I thought personally that the Everton man was waving his arms around a bit there but the ref is feeling in lenient mood. Unlike the City forwards.
Laporte with a wonderful pass from the flank, it looked for all the world that it was going to be four, but Leighton Baines intervened in the N of T.
GOAL! It’s three! Poor old Everton.
Shades of offside according to the telly commentator, for those of you playing along at home with that, but I dunno. Immaterial now, because…
… It’s that man 21 again, Silva, he’s tearing up that left wing without any impediment, allowed to do exactly as he pleases, a sort of bald, Spanish Jeremy Corbyn if you will. Perfect cross rattles through the Everton penalty area, and Raheem Sterling does the rest.
Everton 0 Man City 3 (Sterling 37)
Period of relative equality as Everton pass it around in the final third, Bolasie prominent. Ball is pumped rather hopefully at Ederson, who takes two goes to gather it.
Sterling puts on the afterburners for a run up the centre, slips it to Silva, who drills a shot only just wide.
Raheem with a run and shot. Big Phil gets some limb or other in the way of the ball, and it goes behind for a corner.
That faint noise of “gulp” that you can here must be Jurgen Klopp preparing for the midweek match.
Still, maybe City will use up all their brilliance in this game and then… no, me neither.
Getting ridiculous. KDB has just clunked a shot after a good move, Sterling has also put one miles over. What’s going to happen when these boys find their shooting range? You’ve got to fancy Wazza for a red mist red.
80 per cent possession for City. Sterling and Ferdinandergraffgenerator have also gone close. Oh, and Sterling’s had another go.
And Everton get lucky again when a nice ball picks out Otamendi rather than one of the marksmen. Wide.
Kyle Walker, luckily for Everton, is not possessed of the same finishing skills as Sane, Silva, Jesus et al. After great work from Sane to get to the byline, he crosses, England’s defensive mainstay meets the ball, but flunks the shot.
Leighton Baines, by the way, had a decent effort from a freekick just there. Here’s Leighton’s free.
“Good God, there’s still 75 minutes of this to go,” thinks Phil Jags. “I wish I’d stayed in my nice warm shed.” Silva has again ripped Everton apart like a greedy child enjoying a delicious non-denominational spring festival chocolate treat and he’s smashed a shot into the side netting.
Look at this for Pep Ball!
GOAL! City have their second! Easter Eggs all round for Jesus.
Everton had a rare foray forward, and should have scored. Calvert-Lewin got down the right. Centred for Bolasie, who MUST DO BETTER from that range.
No time to rue the missed chance though: City have broken with ruthless, precise excellence. They go from end to end in under ten seconds, they spread it wide, they break in numbers like a cerise cavalry charge, and before you know it, Gabriel Jesus is nodding in the second goal.
Men against boys out there. This little graphic tells you all you need to know about the speed with which they made that counter.
Everton 0 Man City 2 (Jesus 12)
Everton have their first… well, opportunity would be to labour the point. They have a freekick on the touchline about five yards deeper than the penalty box. Wayne Rooney, for it is he, delivers the ball in. Phil Jags rises for a header, wide.
That was a horrible start from Everton, just sitting back and waiting for it. Nobody really attempted to engage Silva.
GOAL! City! Sane after just four minutes
A lovely move from Silva, but he has been given the freedom of Goodison just outside that Everton box. Played to the overlapper down the left, Laporte. Silva makes the run and gets back onto it. He crosses, and a sweet, sweet volleyed finished by Sane.
Everton 0 Man City 1 (Sane 4)
Sane makes his first darting run in from the left but is stopped. But now here’s Leroy again, freed by KDB and Everton have to concede a corner. Otamendi and Jesus keep the ball alive with headers, but it’s cleared eventually.
Good atmosphere, City have the ball in their rather unusual raspberry outfits. Calvert-Lewis playing slightly off the striker.
Sam, it is thought, going for a simple 442
That seems… brave? Won’t they get swamped in midfield.
Paul Tierney is the ref.
News wires seeing the formation another way.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola named three centre-backs in his team to face Everton at Goodison Park – but John Stones was not one of them as he sat out the game due to concussion protocols.
With Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte in the XI it appeared Leroy Sane would be asked to play a nominal left wing-back position. As expected Sergio Aguero did not make the squad as he is not fully match fit after a knee injury.
Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was handed his first start since the humiliating 5-1 defeat at Arsenal on February 3 after Idrissa Gana Gueye failed a fitness test on a hamstring injury.
I was part of the furniture at Tottenham I had been there so long. When a manager of this calibre comes along and the chance to play with players of this quality, i had to.
It’s for others to say if I am a better player than I was as Spurs. But I feel better now, that I am better, that I have improved.
Martin Keown and Rio
are BT Sport’s chosen pundits for this, so that’s a little treat for City fans.
much like his namesake, has a nice opportunity this weekend, and will lead the City attack in place of Aguerooooo.
There’s something satisfyingly home-made about this graphic.
The Toffeemen had been hoping Idrissa Gueye would come through a late look at his thigh. Alas no: they will have to face the might of City without their industrious midfielder.
has not come through a late fitness test on his knee, or put another way, is being rested for the more significant midweek fixture against Liverpool.
Manchester City are over the last and it’s going to take something beyond Devon Loch for them to jacks it up from here. What are they, 15 points clear? They will surely win the league, but this afternoon might not be a foregone conclusion.
Everton have a reasonable record against City of late, unbeaten in four.
Tyers here. Here are the teams
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines, Schneiderlin, Rooney, Walcott, Calvert-Lewin, Bolasie, Tosun. Subs: Martina, Niasse, Funes Mori, Davies, Vlasic, Robles, Baningime.
Man City: Ederson, Otamendi, Kompany, Laporte, Walker, De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva, Sane, Sterling, Gabriel Jesus. Subs: Bravo, Danilo, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Adarabioyo, Zinchenko, Nmecha.
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