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Manchester City 3-1 Everton: Cityzens mount a second-half comeback

Manchester City narrowed the gap on their Premier League title contenders with a resilient 3-1 win against Everton on Wednesday night.

Despite Jack Harrison giving the Toffees an early lead, and Everton’s undefeated record under Sean Dyche when scoring first this season, the newly-crowned world champions showcased a vintage second-half performance at Goodison Park. Phil Foden, Julian Alvarez, and Bernardo Silva all contributed to the scoresheet to secure the crucial three points for City.

There were no early signs of fatigue from the Club World Cup winners as the remarkable precision of their possession subdued a typically lively Goodison Park. Manchester City dominated the opening 20 minutes and would have taken the lead if not for a superb double save from Jordan Pickford.

The Premier League’s most proficient set-piece performers then found a route into the game through deadball situations, sparking life into Goodison Park.

Manchester City vs Everton: Cityzens close the gap between them and title contenders

Ultimately, errors from Rodri and Silva allowed Dwight McNeil to reach the byline, and Harrison met his drilled cross to give the hosts the lead.

Once an imperious City side was stifled, and Everton was likelier to score a second before half-time until John Stones’ injury halted their momentum.

It had the potential to be a frustrating night for Pep Guardiola’s side in the wet and windy conditions at Goodison Park. However, a thunderous strike from Foden at the start of the second half leveled the score. The world champions increased the intensity after the restart, and their pressure was relentless.

James Tarkowski nearly scored an own goal on two occasions before the visitors won a penalty for handball just after the hour, and Alvarez successfully converted his effort.

However, as in the first half, City’s seemingly unrelenting control faded, and Everton once again sparked optimism within the Goodison faithful. Substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin came close to restoring parity soon after his entrance, but a Jordan Pickford error in possession confirmed all three points for the visitors as Silva calmly converted into an empty net late on.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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