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Manchester City 1-1 Everton

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth goal of the season for Everton

Maarten Stekelenburg saved two penalties for Everton as his side escaped with a point against Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.

Kevin de Bruyne was the first to miss in the opening period, seeing the Dutch goalkeeper push his effort away, and Sergio Aguero saw the same outcome in the second half.

Despite dominating possession, City went behind as Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring with a cool finish.

Nolito headed in for the hosts from David Silva's inch-perfect cross, but De Bruyne had a drive brilliantly saved by Stekelenburg, as City failed to find the winner.

City starting to stumble

Following their perfect start to the season when they won their opening six games, City have stumbled in their past two with defeat at Tottenham and this draw against Everton.

Boss Pep Guardiola stood scratching his head on the touchline in the second half, during a game in which his side had 19 shots and 72% possession but only found the net once.

Leroy Sane was given his first Premier League start for City and the German international showed his promise with an impressive performance, while Raheem Sterling also threatened with his pace.

But it was the host's philosophy of trying to work the ball into the net which let them down, finding a resolute Everton defence that sat deep to snuff out wave after wave of opposition attack.

Having somehow fallen behind, City did manage to grab an equaliser through substitute Nolito's header from close range.

Williams a rock for Toffees

City's final-third dominance is clear to see on the left, but Everton's defence sat deep to soak up the pressure

Ronald Koeman's side could have broken into the top-four with victory, and took the lead against the run of play through Lukaku, who ran clear from the halfway line and slid home the opener.

Team-mate Ashley Williams showed his steeliness at the back by making 13 clearances - more than any other player on the pitch.

But defensive partner Phil Jagielka had a shocker, conceding both penalties after tripping Silva by sticking his leg out and a hack on Aguero inside the area.

Everton had goalkeeper Stekelenburg to thank for keeping out two spot-kicks, as well as further excellent stops from Aguero - who started on the bench - and De Bruyne.

The Belgian, in his attempts to get City on the front foot, lost possession 32 times in the match.

Mixed day for Stones

Centre-back John Stones made 77 league appearances for Everton before joining City in the summer for a huge £47.5m.

Although he is now learning to bring the ball forward at the right time and clearing it to safety when required, there is still work to do on the Englishman's game.

For Everton's goal, he found himself beyond the halfway line, failing to win the ball as Bolasie intelligently nipped in front to nick the ball.

It left City with a gaping hole in defence, and Lukaku against Gael Clichy was no contest as the Belgian shrugged past the Frenchman to score.

Man of the match - Maarten Stekelenburg (Everton)

Maarten Stekelenburg
Maarten Stekelenburg made seven saves for Everton against Manchester City. He saved a Kevin de Bruyne penalty in the first half...
Maarten Stekelenburg
...and Sergio Aguero's penalty in the same direction in the second


Former England defender Martin Keown on BBC Radio 5 live:

"It was a good, honest performance from Everton and they deserve this point today. For all Manchester City's dominance you have to praise what has been a gallant performance by Everton.

"You look at the two managers and Ronald Koeman will be happier than Pep Guardiola. City dominate and play football of the highest quality but just missed that little bit in the final third today."

What they said:

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "We did absolutely everything. Everton created just one chance which was a goal. I'm a little bit sad and disappointed for the players. But it's a big compliment to Everton and Ronald Koeman so I say to them 'well done'."

Everton manager Ronald Koeman: "I am satisfied with a point because not many teams leave this stadium with a point. You need to be a little bit lucky and a goalkeeper to have the match of his life, and you need a work-rate from your team. A big compliment to the team because we fight."

Vincent Kompany
Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany
Leroy Sane
Manchester City forward Leroy Sane
Ronald Koeman
Everton manager Ronald Koeman

What next?

Everton travel to Burnley in the league on Saturday, 22 October (kick-off 15:00 BST), while City host Southampton the next day (kick-off 13:30).

The stats you need to know:

  • Ronald Koeman has earned the same number of points (15) as Roberto Martinez did in his first eight Premier League games in charge.
  • Manchester City are unbeaten in their past seven Premier League meetings with Everton (won four, drawn three).
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his last five Premier League games after a run of 11 consecutive appearances in the competition without a goal.
  • City have failed to score four of their eight penalties in all competitions this season.
  • David Silva has provided more Premier League assists than any other player in the competition since his debut (59).
  • Phil Jagielka is the first Premier League player to concede two penalties in one game since Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham v Man City, March 2014).
  • Maarten Stekelenburg saved two penalties against Man City; the eighth occasion a goalkeeper has done so in a single Premier League game.


Man City

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Bravo
  • 30Otamendi
  • 24Stones
  • 22Clichy
  • 19SanéSubstituted forNolitoat 71'minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 8GündoganSubstituted forKompanyat 90'minutes
  • 7Sterling
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 72IheanachoSubstituted forAgüeroat 56'minutes
  • 21Silva


  • 4Kompany
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 6Reges
  • 9Nolito
  • 10Agüero
  • 11Kolarov
  • 13Caballero


Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 23ColemanBooked at 81mins
  • 6Jagielka
  • 5WilliamsBooked at 85mins
  • 20Oviedo
  • 15CleverleySubstituted forFunes Moriat 90+1'minutes
  • 18Barry
  • 17Gueye
  • 14BolasieSubstituted forMirallasat 84'minutes
  • 10Lukaku
  • 7DeulofeuSubstituted forMcCarthyat 57'minutes


  • 1Robles
  • 8Barkley
  • 11Mirallas
  • 16McCarthy
  • 19E Valencia
  • 25Funes Mori
  • 30Holgate
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamEverton
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City 1, Everton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Everton 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by David Silva (Manchester City).

  4. Post update

    Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Gareth Barry (Everton) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

  8. Post update

    James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Ramiro Funes Mori replaces Tom Cleverley.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Vincent Kompany replaces Ilkay Gündogan.

  11. Post update

    Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

  13. Booking

    Ashley Williams (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Williams (Everton).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Yannick Bolasie.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Maarten Stekelenburg.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by David Silva.

  19. Booking

    Seamus Coleman (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.


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