Everton ruin City’s chance to top Premier League

For Manchester City the wait goes on as they went down 2-1 at Eastlands to ten-man Everton and blew the chance of heading the Premiership at Christmas.
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For Manchester City the wait goes on as they went down 2-1 at Eastlands to ten-man Everton and blew the chance of heading the Premiership at Christmas.

Two goals from Everton in the opening twenty minutes proved decisive as City failed to rise to the occasion and only when the visitor’s were reduced to ten men in the second half did City begin to threaten.

For Everton this was a fifth consecutive league win at the City of Manchester Stadium and ruined what should have been an historic moment for the homes fans who had hoped to see their team top the league for the first time in 71 years over the festive period.

And the game had started with the news for City that Carlos Tevez had withdrawn his transfer request, but that was as good as it got.

Within four minutes Everton took the lead as slack marking at the back allowed Tim Cahill an easy header.

The Australian international then turned provider in the 19th minute allowing Leighton Baines to double the Merseysiders advantage to stun the home crowd.

City were handed a lifeline on the hour when Victor Anichebe received a second yellow and City quickly reduced the deficit when Yaya Toure's shot deflected in off Phil Jagielka.

The home side then laid siege to the Everton goal but Tim Howard in goal and the rest of his defence stood firm.

Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure came close at the death but Everton held on to deny City an historic victory.

Roberto Mancini’s miserable night was then complete when Kolo Toure was sent off for a second yellow in the final minute.

Referee: Peter Walton

Venue: City of Manchester Stadium
Attendance: 45,028

Man City scorers: Jagielka og 72
Everton scorers: Cahill 4, Baines 19

MAN CITY
25 Hart
04 Kompany (yellow card)
05 Zabaleta
13 Kolarov
28 Kolo Toure (yellow card, red card)
07 Milner (A Johnson 46)
18 Barry (yellow card)
21 Silva
42 Yaya Toure
32 Tevez
45 Balotelli (Jo 83)

Substitutes
01 Given,
02 Richards,
17 Boateng,
08 Wright-Phillips,
11 A Johnson,
24 Vieira,
27 Jo

EVERTON
24 Howard
03 Baines
06 Jagielka (Hibbert 79)
15 Distin
18 Neville
23 Coleman (Saha 76)
17 Cahill
21 Osman (Bilyaletdinov 75)
25 Fellaini (yellow card)
26 Rodwell
28 Anichebe (yellow card, red card)

Substitutes
01 Mucha,
02 Hibbert,
07 Bilyaletdinov,
08 Saha,
16 Beckford,
19 Magaye Gueye,
22 Yakubu

 
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