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Neil Johnston

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  1. Farewell

    That's all folks. Manchester City are back on top of the Premier League after another impressive win. Is this going to be their season? Thanks for your company.

  2. Next up for Everton

    Everton 0-2 Man City

    The Toffees turn their attention to the League Cup next, a second round trip to Barnsley awaits on Wednesday.

    Then it's Tottenham Hotspur away on 29 August before the international break, Chelsea visiting Goodison Park on 12 September.

  3. Next up for Man City

    Everton 0-2 Man City

    City will be confident of extending their winning start to the campaign.

    They will look to make it four wins out of four when Watford visit the Etihad Stadium on 29 August.

    Their first match back after the international break is at Crystal Palace on 12 September.

  4. 'Hard to take'

    Everton 0-2 Man City

    Quote Message: It's a little bit hard to take because I think we had very good moments. If we could get the first goal it would have changed the game. Overall I felt we didn't have that bit of luck you need in the six-yard box. from Roberto Martinez Everton manager
    Roberto MartinezEverton manager
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    Everton 0-2 Man City

  6. 'We are different with Sterling'

    Everton 0-2 Man City

    Quote Message: We have different pace with Sterling. It’s a different way to play. It's important to have different things to do during the game. It's important to have a good squad because we play so many games in a season. from Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City manager
    Manuel PellegriniManchester City manager
  7. Everton close to signing Mori

    Everton 0-2 Man City

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez says the club will talk to River Plate in the next 24 hours in an attempt to conclude a deal for defender  Ramiro Funes Mori.

    Mori was in the crowd at Goodison Park but Martinez added: "There is nothing to announce yet."

  8. 'We were confident and solid'

    Everton 0-2 Man City

    Quote Message: Very satisfied because it was a difficult team. I think we were very confident and solid in the whole game so it was difficult for Everton to create chances. from Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City manager
    Manuel PellegriniManchester City manager
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  10. Manager reaction

    Everton 0-2 Man City

    Manuel Pellegrini is facing the television cameras. He says he is statisfied...fair to say he is not getting carried away.

  11. Man City get some love

  12. Everton 0-2 Man City

    Confirmation Manchester City are two points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

    Liverpool will join them on nine points if they win at Arsenal on Monday.

  13. Everton 0-2 Man City

    Here's how that second Man City goal was scored. Samir Nasri worked a one-two with Yaya Toure, whose return pass was beautifully disguised.

    Nasri goal
  14. Player reaction

    Everton 0-2 Man City

    Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, speaking to Sky Sports: "We are a hungry team. Last season has gone, we have made those mistakes and we're starting again.

    "Of course we're happy with nine league wins in a row but six of those were at the end of a dead season. We've started this season well."

  15. Everton 0-2 Man City

    Those travelling City fans are in fine voice. The visiting players have just been over to applaud them after a decent win.

    Is this going to be their season?


    Everton 0-2 Man City

    All over. Job done for Manchester City who are two points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

  17. Everton 0-2 Man City

    This has been a thoroughly professional performance by Manchester City. Solid in defence and a threat going forward. They have made a terrific start to the season,.

  18. Everton 0-2 Man City

    Fabian Delph has come on for Manchester City with David Silva making way.

    Nine straight Premier League wins for City.

  19. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I've said it before, one-twos you have to stay with the runner. It's a straightforward one-two with Toure. Tim Howard spreads himself, but Nasri gives him no chance."

    John Stones and Tim Howard
  20. GOAL - Everton 0-2 Man City

    Samir Nasri

    Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Manchester City are going two points clear at the top of the table after a beautifully crafted goal.

    Yaya Toure provides the assist with a clever pass which opens up the home defence and Samir Nasri dnks the ball over Tim Howard.

    Samir Nasri

    Everton 0-1 Man City

    Can Gerard Deulofeu make a difference for Everton? He's on for the final few minutes for Tom Cleverley.

  22. Everton 0-1 Man City

    Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala carelessly give the ball away in the space of a few seconds but still Everton can't take advantage.

  23. Everton 0-1 Man City

    Time running out for the Toffees. Gerard Deulofeu preparing to come on for Everton. Time running out for the hosts.

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  25. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "My worry for City would be if Aguero gets injured, will Wilfried Bony be the ideal replacement?"


    Everton 0-1 Man City

    No goals for Sergio Aguero today. On comes Wilfried Bony for Manchester City.

    Sergio Aguero is substituted
  27. Everton 0-1 Man City

    So close for Everton...

    A fine header by Gareth Barry is heading towards the back of the City net but Vincent Kompany is there to hack it clear and deny his former team-mate.

    Moments earlier Joe Hart failed to claim a corner causing panic in the visitors defence. 

    Everton are not finished.

    Vincent Kompany makes a goal line clearance
  28. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "You have to wonder where the goal is going to come from for Everton. Ross Barkley is being crowded out, Man City have dominated winning set-pieces. If you take Romelu Lukaku out of the team - who's going to get the goals?"

    Ross Barkley

    Everton 0-1 Man City

    Jeers ring round Goodison Park as Raheem Sterling is replaced by Samir Nasri.

    Sterling looks towards where his team's travelling fans are seated and claps. 

    A decent shift by the former Liverpool man.

    Raheem Sterling is substituted
  30. Everton 0-1 Man City

    Everton have just over 15 minutes to rescue this. To be honest, they have looked a little flat since falling behind,

    City have the momentum and are keeping the hosts penned inside their own half.

    Yaya Toure ad Steven Naismith
  31. Everton 0-1 Man City

  32. Everton 0-1 Man City

    Manchester City are heading to the top of the Premier League if it stays like this.

    'Raheem Sterling, he's top of the league' chant City's travelling fans after the former Liverpool man was booed earlier by home supporters.

    Raheem Sterling
  33. 'The goal had been coming'

    Everton 0-0 Man City

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Goodison Park

    Quote Message: Manchester City's goal had been coming but poor from Everton's point of view to see a goalkeeper to Tim Howard's experience beaten so easily at his near post.
  34. Everton 0-1 Man City

    Here's how Man City worked that goal, with Raheem Sterling starting the move in his own half and then providing the final pass for Aleksandar Kolarov to score.

    Man City goal
  35. Everton 0-1 Man City

    Good stat from our friends at Opta regarding Raheem Sterling.

    The former Liverpool man has ended a run of 12 league games without an assist, since getting two against Manchester City in March.


    Everton 0-1 Man City

    Everton need to do something. Steven Naismith on for the tiring Arouna Kone.

  37. Everton 0-1 Man City

    Another chance for Manchester City.

    Jesus Navas surges into the Everton area. Sergio Aguero, unmarked and eight yards out, is screaming for the ball.

    Navas goes for glory and Tim Howard makes the save to keep Everton in the game.

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  39. Everton 0-1 Man City

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Tim Howard anticipated a ball across the box, he's gone too soon and it's in at the near post. I think he has to stand up there and it could go down as a goalkeeping error."

  40. GOAL - Everton 0-1 Man City

    Aleksandar Kolarov

    Out of the blue...Manchester City have the breakthrough and Raheem Sterling is at the heart of the move.

    He finds Aleksandar Kolarov with an intelligent pass and the full-back beats Tim Howard is beaten at his near post.

    Appeals for offside but Phil Jagielka looked to be playing him on.

    Aleksandar Kolarov
  41. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Manchester City are on the break. Everton's defenders are out of position and there's three light blue shirts waiting for a decent delivery.

    Here's Bacary Sagna with the cross...and it's awful. Over hit. The chance is gone.

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  43. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Plenty of endeavour from both sides but far too often the final pass is not good enough. Time for someone to step forward and take this by the scruff of the neck. A moment of magic from Sergio Aguero or Romelu Lukaku?

    Sergio Aguero and Gareth Barry
  44. Everton 0-0 Man City

    The Goat should know. Feed them and they will score.

  45. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Everton have hardly managed to escape their own half. City are menacing, constantly stroking the ball around the edge of the area searching for an opening. 

    Sergio Aguero
  46. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Dull game? Not sure I agree, Robbie...

  47. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's the first time Silva has found himself in any space. The reason it's been a dull game is because he's not been allowed to take any space. Both teams are playing the same formation and cancelling each other out."

    David Silva has a shot
  48. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Just as they did in the first half, City come flying out of the traps.

    A neatly-worked move sees Raheem Sterling play the ball through the legs of an Everton player to David Silva whose clean strike thumps against Tim Howard's post.

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  50. KICK-OFF

    Everton 0-0 Man City

    We're back under way at a very wet Goodison Park.

  51. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Repeats of Romelu Lukaku's goal being repeated on television monitors at half-time. Having seen it again, he wasn't offside by much.

    Romelu Lukaku
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  53. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Here's a comparison of all 22 players' average positions in that first half. You can see how narrow and deep Everton were, compared to Man City's width.

    Average positions
  54. 'Plenty to look forward to'

    Everton 0-0 Man City

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Goodison Park

    Quote Message: Plenty of quality on show but no goals. Manchester City a real threat but Everton have grown into this - plenty to look forward to in the second half. Everton pressing more and more as the half went on.
  55. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Could Fernandinho be heading for a ban soon? The Manchester City midfielder has now been booked in four of his last five Premier League games.

    Fernandinho is booked
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    Everton 0-0 Man City

    No goals but what an intriguing match. Thoroughly enjoyable half.

    Lukaku rounds Joe Hart
  58. Everton 0-0 Man City

    High drama at the end of the half.

    Romelu Lukaku clips the top of the Manchester City bar with a 20 yard free kick after Fernandinho is booked for hacking down a surging Tom Cleverley.

    Romelu Lukaku takes a free kick

    Everton 0-0 Man City

    One youngster replaces another. Here's Tylas Browning for Galloway.

    Brendan Galloway is substituted
  60. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Four additional minutes. Brendan Galloway, back on the pitch after treatment, falls to the ground with no-one around him. His afternoon has ended.

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    Bacary Sagna
  62. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Brendan Galloway is off the pitch for no more than a minute and Everton move up a gear as half-time approaches.

    A fantastic run by Ross Barkley is ended by a cynical foul from Eliaquim Mangala 25 yards out.

    It's a deserved yellow card for the City defender. Barkley picks himself up, takes aim...and sends the free-kick high and wide.

  63. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "If I were Roberto Martinez, next week I'd be working on staying with the runners, staying with the one-twos. Man City are getting through every time."

    Roberto Martinez talks to Gareth Barry
  64. Everton 0-0 Man City

    There's a lengthy hold-up as teenage defender Brendan Galloway receives treatment. Everton are temporarily down to 10 men.

    Brendan Galloway injured
  65. Everton 0-0 Man City

    John Stones has done a decent containing job on Sergio Aguero but the Everton defender concedes a dangerous free-kick after stepping across the Argentine.

    The set-piece comes to nothing. 

    City were 1-0 ahead against Chelsea at this stage in their last game. They're finding this a bit tougher.

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    David Silva
  67. Everton 0-0 Man City

    The chances keep on coming.

    This time Phil Jagielka leaps high above the City defence and his dipping header lands on the roof of Joe Hart's net.

  68. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    On Raheem Sterling's start at Man City: "I think he's done OK. The team's scored six goals. He should have scored at West Brom, but he's done OK. It's early days. The price tag is not his fault, that's what you have to pay this day and age. I want to see more goals and assists."

  69. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Goodison Park

    John Stones

    "Very good game so far. Everton's fans were getting slightly frustrated at the lack of threat despite lots of possession but the last few minutes have offered some hope. 

    "John Stones has been immaculate so far but Manchester City carry a constant threat of menace through the magic of David Silva and Sergio Aguero."

  70. Everton 0-0 Man City

    This is a decent game. Manchester City respond to Seamus Coleman's effort by storming up field, Raheem Sterling letting fly from 20 yards and forcing Tim Howard to turn the ball behind.

    Raheem Sterling
  71. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Like Newcastle United at Manchester United on Saturday, Everton have weathered an early storm and now look dangerous.

    Seamus Coleman cuts in from the wing, passes Raheem Sterling before fizzing a low shot just wide of the post.

    It's enough to get Everton's fans out of their seats. Encouraging for the hosts.

  72. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Lukaku needs crosses into that box. There's no point hitting crosses from straight areas. They need width and to get behind Man City and to get balls into the box from there."

    Romelu Lukaku takes a shot
  73. Everton 0-0 Man City

    The rain continues to fall and play has become bogged down in midfield. Romelu Lukaku has managed to find the net but the Everton player is a yard or so offside.

    Lukaku is given offside
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    Raheem Sterling
  75. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Joe Hart is forced into his first serious save as Ross Barkley unleashes from 20 yards. It's comfortable for the City keeper but Everton have settled after City's frantic start and are starting to assert themselves.

  76. Everton 0-0 Man City

    So close...

    City are hungry for goals and Raheem Sterling narrowly fails to divert David Silva's ball across the Toffees box into the net.

    No one is more relieved than Arouna Kone who had the ball whipped off his feet by Jesus Navas in the build-up.

    David Silva
  77. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Goodison Park

    "Everton striker Romelu Lukaku gave Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala a fearful going over in this game here last season and the defender was given a reminder of the Belgian's power when he shrugged him aside to win a footrace for the ball. 

    "Lukaku was unplayable when scoring twice in Everton's 3-0 win at Southampton last weekend and manager Roberto Martinez will hope for more of the same."

  78. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Everton transfer target Ramiro Funes Mori is getting his first taste of the Goodison Park atmosphere.

    The defender is in the crowd with a Toffees scarf wrapped around neck. He is expected to complete a £6m move from River Plate in the next few days.

  79. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Another chance for Manchester City. Another save by the legs of Tim Howard.

    This time Jesus Navas and David Silva combine before a cut-back for Sergio Aguero whose low shot from inside the area cannons off the Everton keeper.

    Sergio Aguero shoots
  80. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Raheem Sterling, unsurprisingly, is getting booed by the home fans each time he touches the ball.

    Sergio Aguero is carrying on from where he left off against Chelsea. Moments after forcing Tim Howard into the first save of the match, Aguero spotted something in the crowd and summoned medical staff to attend to a fan.

    Sergio Aguero and Phil Jagielka
  81. Everton 0-0 Man City

    Lightning start by Manchester City.

    David Silva is already weaving his magic on the edge of the Everton area and a pass from the Spaniard rebounds into the path of Sergio Aguero whose vicious shot from an angle is kept out by Tim Howard's leg.

  82. KICK-OFF

    Everton 0-0 Man City

    The bright blue shirts of Everton get us under way.

    Roberto Martinez
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  84. Countdown to kick-off

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    The players are in the tunnel. Chatter between Everton skipper Phil Jagielka and his England team-mate and Manchester City keeper Joe Hart.

    Hart taps the back of Vincent Kompany's head before yelling 'more magic David (Silva), more magic'.

  85. Everton in pole position?

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Amid all the talk of Manchester City's fine start to the season, when was the last time Everton looked down on the rest in the Premier League?

    It was only last weekend that fans staged a fly-past protest against chairman Bill Kenwright and the Toffees board.

    Yet three points against Manchester City will be enough to see the Toffees end the third weekend of the season in first position.

  86. Roberto's bogey side...

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Will he break the duck later?

  87. Countdown to kick-off

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    The heavens have opened above Goodison Park and the floodlights are on. A lovely summer's afternoon on Merseyside this is not.

    Manchester City's medical staff have just wrapped a couple of plasters around Yaya Toure's finger. 

  88. Stylish Everton

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    They were stylish on the field as they dismantled Southampton last week and Everton are pretty stylish off it too...judging by the cover of today's match programme. Liking it...

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    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)


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  90. Will Sergio score again?

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Goodison Park...a place of mixed fortunes for Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero.

  91. 'Perfect opportunity for Stones'

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Goodison Park

    "If John Stones is the slightest bit discontented by the ongoing speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea, he is doing a very good job of disguising it.

    "He was all smiles when he arrived at Goodison Park, greeting staff warmly and looking completely relaxed.

    "The debate will continue as Chelsea weigh up that fourth bid and he will have the perfect opportunity to display his quality in attempting to quell the threat of Manchester City's Sergio Aguero here at Goodison Park."

  92. Countdown to kick-off

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Half an hour to kick-off. It's an overcast Goodison Park and Sergio Aguero and his Manchester City players are out on the pitch warming up in tracksuit tops. Raheem Sterling is looking relaxed on his return to Merseyside. Will the former Liverpool striker open his Premier League goal account for his new club against Everton?

  93. Everton's spirits have soared

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at Goodison Park


    "The old motto. When at Everton eat Everton Mints - and more importantly watch a game that the home side have enjoyed over the recent years when facing Manchester City.

    "Everton's spirits soared with a fine 3-0 win at Southampton last weekend but City were magnificent when dismissing champions Chelsea by the same score on Sunday."

  94. History makers?

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    What an achievement this would be if Manchester City can pull it off...

  95. Stones staying says Martnez

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Could this be John Stones's last Goodison Park appearance for Everton?

    Not according to Toffees boss Roberto Martinez, who says the club will not sell the Chelsea target even if he hands in a transfer request.

    The transfer window closes on 1 September, and Martinez adds: "In a saga of I don't know how many weeks now, we are very clear."

    In the meantime, Stones is making his 50th start for the club since joining from Barnsley in January 2013.

    John Stones (right)
  96. 'Everton require monumental effort'

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Quote Message: I watched Everton in their opening match against Watford and they have to play better to get a result against Manuel Pellegrini's side but they will always believe they can cause the big boys a problem at Goodison Park. This one could well take a monumental effort." from Steve Bower Match Of The Day commentator at Goodison Park
    Steve BowerMatch Of The Day commentator at Goodison Park
  97. Team news

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    John Stonescontinues in the heart of Everton's defence despite speculation surrounding his future. 


    Manchester City forwardSergio Aguerohas 79 Premier League goals since making his club debut in 2011.

  98. Work permit delay for Otamendi

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    So, no Nicolas Otamendi in Manchester City's 18. Manager Manuel Pellegrini hinted at his pre-match news conference on Friday that the club's £32m signing from Valencia would be on the bench following last week's 3-0 win over Chelsea.

    But it has since been reported that Otamendi cannot be involved at Goodison Park as he has not got a work permit yet.

    Nicolas Otamendi
  99. Breaking team news

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Unsurprisingly, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini sticks with the same 11 that started the 3-0 demolition of Chelsea last time out.

    Everton are also unchanged from the side that defeated Southampton 3-0  at St Mary's on 15 August.

  100. Looking in good shape

    Everton v Man City (16:00 BST)

    Eight Premier League wins in a row.


    Three successive clean sheets.


    A brand new £32m defender...and one not so new who cannot stop scoring.


    Are Manchester City shaping up to be the next Premier League champions?