Everton handed Premier League hopefuls Man City a crushing blow today, with a clinical performance at Goodison Park. Despite Pep Guardiola’s team having the majority of the possession, the Merseysiders handled the pressure brilliantly, while at the other end, they managed to convert 4 of their 6 chances at goal throughout the game.
The first goal came 10 minutes before half time, when Belgium Internationals Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lakaku combined for Lakaku to calmly slot the ball into the Man City goal. It wasn’t long before Man City could have had an equaliser, but with youngster Tom Davies clearing a Bacary Sagna attempt off the line, Everton went into half-time 1-0 up.
Moments after half time, Lakaku repaid the favour to Mirallas, as he sent a perfectly weighted pass that split the Man City defence for Mirallas to hammer home. Next up, it was the turn of the teenagers to steal the show, as 18-year-old Tom Davies in only his second start for the club, knocked the ball over the City keeper for Everton’s third of the day. It stayed that way until 4 minutes into injury time, when debutant, Ademola Lookman, who had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes, found enough space to slip the ball through Claudio Bravo’s legs to score his first for the club and finish off a brilliant day at Goodison.
For Pep Guardiola, it was his team’s fifth defeat of the season and his worst as a Premier League manager and now leaves his team in fifth place, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea. For Everton, there were some excellent performances notably the young Tom Davis, while there was also a good debut for new £24 million signing Morgan Schneiderlin from the bench. The result now leaves Everton in seventh only 7 points behind Manchester United who play Liverpool in the later kick off.