Manchester City Takes the Lead in Premier League with 2-0 Victory Over Everton

City puts pressure on Liverpool. Winner in the difficulty of Everton 2-0 this Saturday afternoon as part of the 24th day of the Premier League, Manchester City temporarily took the lead in the championship with 52 points, one unit ahead of the Reds (51). Herling Haaland (70th and 84th) became a savior for the Sky Blues by scoring a double on the pitch at the Etihad Stadium.

Reshuffled at kick-off in anticipation of the return of the Champions League next week against Copenhagen (5 starters were placed on the bench compared to the last match against Brentford), Manchester City started this meeting at a slow trot, struggling to accelerate the game against a perfectly placed Everton block. Hindered by the pressure and the all-terrain activity of the Toffees, Pep Guardiola’s players ended the first period with zero shots on target and the only feat of arms was an attempt by Manuel Akanji (44th) deflected by James Tarkowski on a corner poorly cleared by the Everton defense.

Haaland’s cannon shot

Starting on the same basis after returning from the locker room, the Cityzens waited for the last twenty minutes to turn the lights back on under the leadership of a Kevin de Bruyne launched on the billiards table at the Etihad Stadium around the hour mark. lack of success for a few matches, Herling Haaland (70th, 1-0) first sounded the Mancunian revolt by sending a missile under the bar of Jordan Pickford following a very involuntary pass from Jarrad Branthwaite on a corner in favor of the Sky Blues. Then the “Norwegian cyborg” (84th, 2-0) took charge of definitively knocking out the still groggy Toffees with the Mancunian opener by powerfully converting a delicious offering from the brilliant Kevin de Bruyne.

At 2-0, the fate of this meeting was sealed and neither a vain attempt by the new entrant Beto (90th) signaled in an offside position on his goal logically refused by the refereeing body nor the ten minutes of additional time granted by M Brooks following the slight discomfort of Everton defender Ben Godfrey (51st) was not going to disturb the tranquility of Manchester City on the way to its sixteenth Premier League success of the season. The gap could even have been wider for Ruben Dias’ teammates if the very altruistic Kevin De Bruyne (90th + 9) had been more collective on a final opportunity in favor of the Mancunians by serving behind Phil Foden or Herling Haaland rather than attempting a risky lob in front of the equally random exit of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

2024-02-10 15:16:00
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