Man City sink Everton after late drama

English Premier League

Manchester City got their Premier League title charge back on track with a 1-0 victory over Everton on Saturday evening.

It was the Toffees who looked for the quickest of starts in the opening exchanges from a delivery left of the area by Jonjoe Kenny, but it was courted by goalkeeper Ederson Moraes.

The match fizzled to a stalemate of affairs towards the half-hour mark, as Raheem Sterling went close for City before moves involving Doucoure and Alex Iwobi unsettled the Citizens.

Following an underwhelming period, City worked a chance shortly before halftime when Kevin De Bruyne aimed towards the bottom corner outside the area but Jordan Pickford saved.

Everton didn’t feel threatened by the Citizens’ ventures as the half began to close in and had Richarlison picked off a ball from Iwobi to fire in a shot that Ederson saved.

With the first half gone, City went in search of the breakthrough on 55 minutes through Phil Foden’s first-time strike and Joao Cancelo’s rasping attempt from a tight angle.

Foden was at the heart of another move launched by the Citizens 12 minutes later when his delivery towards the area saw Stones unleash a first-time strike that Pickford tipped over.

City kept the England number one busy again following a few minutes as De Bruyne cut in from the left to get a shot away which the keeper parried before smothering Bernardo Silva on the follow-up.

With Riyad Mahrez brought on near the last ten minutes, the Citizens were ahead after a floating ball from Silva bobbled in the area before reaching Foden who beat Pickford from close-range.

Everton looked for the equaliser following the closing exchanges and had a penalty appeal waved away, as the Citizens held on to return to winning ways.

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Manchester United failed to cement fourth spot in the Premier League following a goalless draw against Watford on Saturday evening.

Alex Telles, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Nemanja Matic and Anthony Elanga were given starts in the United line-up after the draw with Atletico Madrid.

Manchester were given a clear chance to go ahead four minutes in from a ball into the area, but Cristiano Ronaldo could only crack the inside of the post before the Hornets cleared the rebound.

The Red Devils did get the ball in the net through the self-same Ronaldo off a delivery by Telles, but the attacker was flagged for offside on 16 minutes and had the goal disallowed.

Watford battled profusely and the Red Devils continued to see openings soon before the break with a free-kick from Telles on the edge of the area going over the top.

However, the Hornest were different minutes into the break and threatened the lead through Samir from a corner-kick and a close-range effort from Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure.

United allowed another chance to go astray moments thereafter when Elanga slammed an inviting chance wide of the mark, as Fred made way for Jadon Sancho.

The Red Devils missed another golden opportunity in the midway stage through a close-range attempt from Ronaldo off a ball by Bruno Fernandes, but Ben Foster parried.

Watford got a late chance to grab the winner off an openings from Hassane Kamara and Ken Sema, but the Red Devils cleared and settled for a goalless affair.

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