Goals from Mahrez and Sterling in the second half of the second half helped Man City beat Everton 3-1 in Round 7 of the Premier League on September 28.
Liverpool’s victory at the earliest match in the match is more or less putting City under pressure when stepping into Goodison Park, in the latest Saturday match. If not against Everton, Pep Guardiola’s teachers and students will be left with seven or eight points difference.
Everton are also not easy opponents to Man City can pocket three points as they crushed Watford in the previous round. The two consecutive defeats in the last two rounds made them more determined to welcome the defending champions, and Everton concretized that with a brave 90 minutes in front of more than 39,000 spectators.
Post-match statistics show that Everton had only 37% of the ball, but not too far behind Man City in other indicators. They launched 12 shots, compared to 20 from Man City, but the quality was almost the same as 8 goals in goal – only one loss against the visitors. Everton also got a corner more than double the defending champion (5 versus 2).
The fact on the field also shows that Man City experienced the hardest match in their victories since the beginning of the season. However, all of this is just meant to beautify the victory of Man City – the team proved to be different in class, thanks to the consistency and ability to shine in the stars in time.
Man City entered better and created the first chance right after 44 seconds, with a dangerous shot from outside the area of Mahrez 16m50, causing goalkeeper Pickford to struggle to push the ball. In the 12th minute, Pickford was defeated but the crossbar saved Everton from the goal when Mahrez put the ball from the right into the low range to Gundogan to connect to the city.
Alternating between these two goals, Man City was under great pressure when Everton surged strongly to find a equalizer. However, Ederson’s good reflexes and positional acumen helped the visitors escape, when the keeper made two amazing saves, rejecting Calvert-Lewin’s effort and Yerry Mina.