Man City romp past Everton to narrow the gap to Chelsea

Man City romp past Everton to narrow the gap to Chelsea

Raheem Sterling scored his first Premier League goal since August when champions Manchester City won 3-0 on Sunday at lackluster Everton.

odri added a stunning second and Bernardo Silva a late third as Pep Guardiola’s side reacted to convincing victories from title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool on Saturday with a dominant display of their own.

City were without playmaker Kevin De Bruyne after testing positive for coronavirus this week, but in his absence, the Etihad Stadium was treated to a glimpse of the future with a beautiful display from teenager Cole Palmer.

The highly regarded Palmer seemed at ease with a fluid and dominant City side, for whom Sterling also shone.

The England forward has endured a frustrating start to the season and his future is the subject of frequent speculation.

The disappointment for him on this occasion that he didn’t add up his total and squander a late chance as City crawled to the final whistle.

There was some acknowledgment of the day’s major football news from around the city, with fans chanting “Ole’s on the dole” in reference to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sacking from Manchester United.

There was, however, a much louder chant, in tribute to the club’s record scorer Sergio Aguero, after reports that the now Barcelona striker is ready to announce his retirement after a heart attack.

There was little on the field to get the crowd excited at first, as the game got off to a slow start, not helped by numerous interruptions.

One stoppage was when Everton lost Demarai Gray to injury in the 17th minute, making the big assignment even more difficult.

Even without creating chances, City were dominant in possession and always in control.

It was inevitable that opportunities would eventually come their way, and they did towards the end of the first half.

Palmer slid Silva into the goal with a fine ball, but Jordan Pickford blocked. Ilkay Gundogan’s follow-up header flew over the crossbar.

Palmer then tested Pickford himself after being allowed to turn and shoot from a distance and Sterling also shot at the keeper.

Sterling was awarded a penalty after going down under a challenge from Michael Keane on the edge of the area, but referee Stuart Attwell reversed his decision after watching the incident on monitor.

Sterling soon put that frustration behind him as he caught a beautiful ball in Joao Cancelo’s penalty area, delicately curled with the outside of the boot, to give City the lead at 44 minutes.

It was the least City earned against an Everton side that had little to offer until Andros Townsend won a free kick in the last minute of the first half, and even that could have been easily saved by Ederson.

City doubled their lead with Rodri’s stunning attack 10 minutes into the second half, the Spaniard hitting the top corner from 20 yards after a poor clearing by Allan.

Sterling could have extended the lead 13 minutes before time after Kyle Walker got behind the defense and picked him out unmarked, but his first touch was bad and Pickford refused.

It was left to Silva to complete the scoring four minutes before time by tapping in from close range after a shot from Palmer was blocked.

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