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

Manchester City’s relentless pursuit of a third Premier League title in four seasons continued after victory at Everton opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the table.

Phil Foden fired Pep Guardiola’s leaders ahead with a right-foot 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.

With 14 games remaining, City’s lead is into double figures after a 12th successive league win.

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 they are now well ahead of the chasing pack following an outstanding run of form.

They 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.

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 side, who ended the game with Kevin de Bruyne on the pitch for the first time since 20 January after recovering from 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 teams 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.

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 Carlo Ancelotti but the Italian, who said after the game his side had lost to the ‘champions’, 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 2005.

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).

More to follow.



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


  • 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


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

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