BRAVE TOFFEES SEEN OFF BY THE CHAMPIONS
Everton continued where they left off from the midweek match with a valiant performance under the Goodison lights but found the Citizens too strong for them, losing 3-1 and making it three defeats in a row in the league.
There was a long pause right at the beginning of the match when Theo Walcott, making his first start of the season, was struck in the head by a Raheem Sterling cross and the Everton winger had to be stretchered off and taken to hospital. Once play had resumed, the Mancunians were in cruise control for the opening 25 minutes or so and they took the lead when Kevin de Bruyne’s exquisite cross was headed in by Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus.
But Everton didn’t let his faze them and they began to take the game to City. Almost ten minutes after Jesus’ goal, City failed to clear the ball and it landed at the feet of Iwobi on the edge of the City box. The ball broke loose for Seamus Coleman and he deftly chipped the ball over City keeper Ederson and Calvert-Lewin was there to finish it off just as it was crossing the line. Everton had got their equalizer.
The match continued to be an end-to-end affair for the rest of the first half and into the second. Everton came close with several Yerry Mina headers from corners and Sterling should’ve scored when he was played clean through but dragged his shot wide. It didn’t matter as City got themselves back in front on 71 minutes with Riyad Mahrez’s low drive from a free-kick and 13 minutes later Sterling completed the scoring when his shot that crashed off the underside of the crossbar was adjudged to have gone over the line. Everton could consider themselves rather unlucky not to have got something out of the game and were now slumped in 15th place.
28th September 2019 – Premier League