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Man City   1 - 2   Everton

Cahill and Baines celebrate
Baines and Cahill celebrate Everton's second goal

Ten-man Everton denied Manchester City the chance to top the league table at Christmas for the first time since 1929 as they held on to win at Eastlands.

Tim Cahill headed home the opener after four minutes before setting up Leighton Baines to curl in Everton's second.

Everton lost Victor Anichebe to a second booking on the hour and City pulled a goal back when Yaya Toure's shot deflected in off Phil Jagielka.

City were also reduced to 10 men when Kolo Toure was sent off in injury time.

Everton arrived in Manchester without a win in the league in seven games, but with a fine record of three consecutive league victories at the City of Manchester Stadium.

In contrast, City had not lost in seven league matches and were looking to overtake league leaders Manchester United, who have played two games fewer owing to the postponement of ties with Blackpool and Chelsea in December.

That fine run of form belied the internal upheaval that had surrounded the club since captain Carlos Tevez controversially slapped a transfer request on to manager Roberto Mancini's desk.

The striker missed City's midweek 1-1 Europa League draw with Juventus and it looked as though the want-away controversy would rumble on into tonight's tie with Everton.

But so-called "clear the air" talks on Monday afternoon saw 26-year-old Tevez formally withdraw his request and Mancini rewarded the Argentine with a place in the starting line-up and the captain's armband.

As kick-off approached, it looked for all the world as if the skipper's turnaround would give the Blues the platform from which to launch their bid to overtake bitter rivals Manchester United at the top of the table.

After all, having yet to lose a league game in which he had scored, Tevez had become an inspirational lucky charm for Mancini's side.

But when it comes to Eastlands, Everton boss David Moyes had his own lucky charm in the form of leading scorer Cahill.

The Australian had scored two goals at City's ground in the past two seasons and he extended that record with just four minutes gone.

Sole striker Anichebe played his part, flicking Baines' pass into the path of Seamus Coleman before Cahill promptly headed the Irishman's incisive cross beyond Joe Hart.

It was the 31-year-old Cahill's third goal in as many seasons at Eastlands and it was a dream start for the visitors, whose poor run of form had seen them skirt around the relegation zone for much of the season.

Eager to put some distance between themselves and the bottom of the table, Everton pressed for a second and while defender Pablo Zabaleta was off the pitch with a head injury, Anichebe and Cahill combined again to create a second goal on 19 minutes.

Anichebe, in only his third league game this season, set off on a storming run down the left, crossing to Cahill who laid the ball neatly off to defender Baines who curled a shot beyond Hart.

A stitched-up Zabaleta returned to the pitch minutes later and the Argentine quickly attempted to right the tie, crossing unmarked into the box to his fellow countryman Tevez, whose shot went behind for a corner.

City upped the pressure and absolutely peppered the Everton goal with shots for a short spell after the half hour, but the Toffees somehow kept out David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Mario Balotelli.

Temperatures were dipping in the ground but City were anxious to put the heat on Everton's defence and Aleksander Kolorav almost beat Tim Howard but the Serbian's free-kick was narrowly deflected wide.

Zabaleta, despite the heavy strapping to his head, was proving to be City's best player as the half-time whistle approached, that plaudit definitely not falling to club captain Tevez, who was off the pace.

Mancini added Adam Johnson into the mix after the break, bringing off James Milner, and the England player offered greater width on the right.

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Monday, 20 December 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Man City 1-2 Everton FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Y Toure 72
  • Cahill 4
  • Baines 19

Man City

Substitutes

Everton

Substitutes

Ref: WaltonAtt: 45,028
MAN CITY
EVERTON

Possession

  • Man City 60%
  • Everton 40%

Attempts on target

  • Man City 16
  • Everton 3

Attempts off target

  • Man City 9
  • Everton 1

Corners

  • Man City 11
  • Everton 0

Fouls

  • Man City 8
  • Everton 13
  • Final Result
  • 90:00+4:59 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:43 Foul by Kolo Toure (Man City) on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Everton). Free kick taken left-footed by Sylvain Distin (Everton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 90:00+3:43 Sent off Kolo Toure (Man City) dismissed for second bookable offence.
  • 90:00+2:55 Foul by Kolo Toure (Man City) on Phil Neville (Everton). Free kick taken right-footed by Phil Neville (Everton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 90:00+2:55 Booking Kolo Toure (Man City) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+1:57 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Adam Johnson (Man City) to near post, clearance by Sylvain Distin (Everton).
  • 90:00+1:44 Shot by Carlos Tevez (Man City) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (tipped round post) by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 90:00+1:07 Defending throw-in by Gareth Barry (Man City).
  • 90:00+1:04 Attacking throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
  • 90:00+1:01 Attacking throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
  • 90:00+0:44 Booking Gareth Barry (Man City) booked for dissent.
  • 89:58 Attacking throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
  • 88:57 Joao Alves Jo (Man City) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Tim Howard (Everton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 88:19 Shot by David Silva (Man City) left-footed from left side of penalty area (20 yards), save (caught) by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 88:02 Corner from left by-line taken short left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov (Man City).
  • 87:00 Shot by Gnegneri Toure Yaya (Man City) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (parried) by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 86:10 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 85:59 Shot by Adam Johnson (Man City) left-footed from right wing (25 yards), over the bar.
  • 84:34 Goal kick taken long by Tim Howard (Everton).
  • 84:10 Shot by Gareth Barry (Man City) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), blocked by Phil Neville (Everton).
  • 83:47 Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Everton) on Pablo Zabaleta (Man City). Free kick taken right-footed by Carlos Tevez (Man City) from right wing, passed.
  • 83:16 Defending throw-in by Pablo Zabaleta (Man City).
  • 82:31 Substitution Man City substitution: Mario Balotelli replaced by Joao Alves Jo (injury).
  • 82:27 Attacking throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
  • 81:06 Attacking throw-in by Carlos Tevez (Man City).
  • 79:20 Defending throw-in by Phil Neville (Everton).
  • 78:46 Substitution Everton substitution: Phil Jagielka replaced by Tony Hibbert (tactical).
  • 77:57 Inswinging corner fro



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Barclays Premier League results

20 Dec 2010 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 16 20 34
2 Arsenal 17 15 32
3 Man City 18 10 32
4 Chelsea 17 19 31
5 Tottenham 17 3 27
6 Sunderland 18 3 27
7 Bolton 18 5 26
8 Newcastle 17 1 22
9 Liverpool 17 -1 22
10 Blackpool 16 -5 22
11 West Brom 17 -5 22
12 Blackburn 18 -5 22
13 Stoke 17 -1 21
14 Everton 18 -1 21
15 Aston Villa 17 -9 20
16 Birmingham 17 -3 18
17 Fulham 17 -4 16
18 Wigan 17 -15 16
19 Wolves 17 -12 15
20 West Ham 18 -15 13

see also
Man City v Everton as it happened
20 Dec 10 |  Football
Manchester City 1-2 Everton
20 Dec 10 |  Premier League


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