Goals from Raheem Sterling, Rodri and Bernado Silva secured three points for reigning Premier League champions Man City on Sunday and ensured they don’t lose sight of current leaders Chelsea who sailed past Leicester 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.

A defiant Evertonian side started the match with intensity, a quick counter attack hoping to catch City napping but a solid backline was well up to the task.

Everton got an early blow when Demarai Gray was forced to come off on the 17th minute due to injury, removing the dashing element from the side.

Citizens dominated in possession with no penetrating effect until Raheem Sterling weaved his way through the Everton defense with his dazzling feet and hit the deck hoping to be awarded a penalty kick only for VAR to deny him the chance after review in the 33rd minute. His dismay was put behind three minutes to half time when Joao Cancelo’s divine out foot through pass found him lurking in the box and he applied the magical touch to put City 1-0.

The second half saw the home side pick up from where they left off with Rodri piercing through the Everton goalie with a rocket shot sending the Etihad Stadium into pure pandemonium. A rare start for teenage sensation Cole Palmer paid dividends as he kept the defenders busy and linked up brilliantly for City’s third goal. His deflected shot saw the ball fall kindly for Bernado Silva who poked it home to seal the victory.

Man City now shift focus to midweek Champions League action when they face Paris St Germain on Wednesday.

Having lost 2-0 in France, they will look to bounce back to wrap up their place in the next round with two matches left. It will be the last match to impress their fans in the group stages with the German DFB confirming the last match will be played behind closed doors in Leipzig due to rise in Covid-19 cases.

 

By JJ Fringe