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Everton 1-3 Manchester City: Twelve league wins in a row for Pep Guardiola's side

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Richarlison celebrates equalising for Everton against Manchester City in the Premier League
Manchester City conceded from open play in the Premier League for the first time since 3 January

Carlo Ancelotti believes Manchester City are hurtling towards a third Premier League title in four seasons after his Everton side were beaten by the Premier League leaders.

The Everton boss said it was "almost impossible" to compete against Pep Guardiola's side, who extended their lead at the top to 10 points with 14 matches remaining.

"I think so, it is really difficult to say another name," said the Italian when asked if Everton had lost to the team that will become champions.

"It was hard, almost impossible. At the moment they are the best team, they have quality, power, belief.

"It is very difficult to compete with them."

Phil Foden fired City on their way to a 17th successive win in all competitions with a right-footed shot which hit Everton substitute Seamus Coleman on its way past Jordan Pickford.

Hard-working Everton were back on level terms five minutes later, Lucas Digne's powerful attempt coming back off the post and hitting Richarlison before flying over the line.

However, a wonderful curling finish from 18 yards by Riyad Mahrez restored City's lead before Bernardo Silva beat Pickford from a similar distance in the closing stages.

By beating Everton they also become the first team in English top-flight history to win their opening 10 matches in a calendar year.

Ruthless City marching towards title

This was Manchester City's game in hand after the original fixture, due to be played on 28 December 2020, was postponed after Guardiola's side reported a number of coronavirus cases.

At the time, City were sixth in the table - six points behind then-leaders Liverpool - but their lead is now into double figures after a 12th successive league win.

Not that Guardiola's players are getting carried away.

"I have not seen that the team is thinking of the table, we have spoken about that," said the City boss.

"There are 42 points still to fight for, we are in the middle of February. Now we rest for a few days, there are so many games."

City have not trailed for a single minute in any of the last 16 Premier League matches and did not panic after Everton became the first team to score against them from open play since 3 January.

This latest impressive performance was achieved without Ilkay Gundogan, who has enjoyed a rich run of goalscoring form but was nursing a groin injury.

Everton 1-3 Man City: Guardiola pleased with Man City patience

It looked business as usual when Foden broke the deadlock with aid of a deflection off Coleman, an early replacement after Yerry Mina suffered an injury.

Richarlison's equaliser only served to antagonise City, who stepped up another gear after the interval to take the game out of Everton's reach.

Mahrez's strike was the pick of the goals while Silva's exquisite finish sealed another highly-satisfactory night for Guardiola's relentless side, who ended the game with Kevin de Bruyne on the pitch for the first time since 20 January after injury.

No reward for battling Toffees

Everton produced a battling performance and, at one stage, threatened to become the first team since West Brom on 15 December to stop Guardiola's side from winning.

But like so many before them, the Toffees were undone by City's exceptional quality and now prepare for Saturday's derby at Liverpool, where they have not won since 1999, on the back of two successive league defeats.

Everton 1-3 Man City: We are not at the same level as Man City - Ancelotti

Pickford, on his return to the side after injury, had looked set to frustrate the leaders.

Having dived full-stretch to deny Joao Cancelo when the game was goalless, the England keeper did well to block out Silva at 1-1 before City took the game away from the hosts.

Everton have made progress under Ancelotti but the Italian will be frustrated by his side's stuttering run of form.

They are missing their injured forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin and it is now one win in six in the league which threatens their chances of a first top-four finish since 2004-05.

'It'll be different against Liverpool' - what they said

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti: "Manchester City are the best team and we are not at the same level.

"It will be a different game against Liverpool. We are on a good run away and we believe more. Liverpool are a fantastic team but in football you never know."

The top of the 2020-21 Premier League table after 24 games

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: "Everton are well-organised, but we had the patience to attack them. It was well deserved.

"It was a real tough game, the pitch was not in a perfect condition in winter and they are such a physical team. It was a solid performance."

In-form Foden - the stats

  • In the top five European leagues this season, the only player younger than 20-year-old Phil Foden to score at least 11 goals in all competitions is Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland.
  • Everton have lost their last six Premier League games against Manchester City, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition since losing nine in a row against Manchester United between 1999 and 2004.
  • The Toffees have lost three consecutive home league games for the first time since March 2016, while manager Carlo Ancelotti has suffered three in a row for the first time since November 2006 when he was AC Milan manager.
  • All four of Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez's Premier League goals against Everton have been scored at Goodison Park - his joint-favourite opposing ground in the top flight, also scoring four times at Watford's Vicarage Road and the Hawthorns, home of West Brom.
  • The only Everton player with more goals in all competitions this season than Richarlison (9) is Dominic Calvert-Lewin (18).

What's next?

Everton are away to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Saturday (17:30 GMT), while Manchester City have an extra day to prepare for their away match at Arsenal on Sunday (16:30).

Player of the match

Bernardo SilvaBernardo Silva

with an average of 8.13

Everton

  1. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    5.70

  2. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré
    Average rating

    5.40

  3. Squad number23Player nameColeman
    Average rating

    5.40

  4. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey
    Average rating

    5.33

  5. Squad number12Player nameDigne
    Average rating

    5.26

  6. Squad number5Player nameKeane
    Average rating

    5.19

  7. Squad number10Player nameG Sigurdsson
    Average rating

    5.10

  8. Squad number26Player nameDavies
    Average rating

    5.04

  9. Squad number4Player nameHolgate
    Average rating

    5.03

  10. Squad number17Player nameIwobi
    Average rating

    4.84

  11. Squad number13Player nameMina
    Average rating

    4.62

  12. Squad number11Player nameKing
    Average rating

    4.60

  13. Squad number19Player nameRodríguez
    Average rating

    4.55

  14. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    4.41

Manchester City

  1. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
    Average rating

    8.13

  2. Squad number26Player nameMahrez
    Average rating

    7.69

  3. Squad number47Player nameFoden
    Average rating

    7.57

  4. Squad number27Player nameJoão Cancelo
    Average rating

    7.43

  5. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
    Average rating

    7.35

  6. Squad number16Player nameRodri
    Average rating

    7.27

  7. Squad number31Player nameEderson
    Average rating

    7.13

  8. Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne
    Average rating

    6.99

  9. Squad number14Player nameLaporte
    Average rating

    6.91

  10. Squad number2Player nameWalker
    Average rating

    6.90

  11. Squad number9Player nameGabriel Jesus
    Average rating

    6.86

  12. Squad number7Player nameSterling
    Average rating

    6.60

  13. Squad number25Player nameFernandinho
    Average rating

    6.56

Line-ups

Everton

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 4Holgate
  • 13MinaSubstituted forColemanat 18'minutes
  • 5Keane
  • 22Godfrey
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forKingat 69'minutes
  • 16DoucouréBooked at 28mins
  • 26DaviesSubstituted forRodríguezat 69'minutes
  • 12Digne
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 7RicharlisonBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 8Delph
  • 11King
  • 18Nkounkou
  • 19Rodríguez
  • 20Bernard
  • 21André Gomes
  • 23Coleman
  • 33Olsen
  • 62Onyango

Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 14Laporte
  • 27Cancelo
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 16RodriSubstituted forFernandinhoat 90+1'minutes
  • 47Foden
  • 26Mahrez
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 7SterlingBooked at 67minsSubstituted forDe Bruyneat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 10Agüero
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 13Steffen
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 21Torres
  • 22Mendy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 50García
Referee:
Andre Marriner

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home30%
Away70%
Shots
Home3
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home0
Away10
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 1, Manchester City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 1, Manchester City 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces Rodrigo.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Lucas Digne.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne replaces Raheem Sterling.

  7. Post update

    Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Digne (Everton).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Phil Foden (Manchester City).

  10. Post update

    Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Everton 1, Manchester City 3. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gabriel Jesus.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Rúben Dias (Manchester City).

  13. Post update

    Richarlison (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Mason Holgate (Everton).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. James Rodríguez replaces Tom Davies.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Joshua King replaces Alex Iwobi.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Walker (Manchester City).

  19. Post update

    Richarlison (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Booking

    Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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