Man City beats Everton 3-1, moves 10 points clear in EPL
Following a corner, Everton could only half-clear Mahrezs cross and the ball fell for Foden, whose shot took a deflection off Coleman to beat Pickford on the England goalkeepers return to the side.City might have been expected to take complete control but instead conceded six minutes later.Coleman played an altogether different role in this one, picking out the run of Lucas Digne, who fired onto the post.PTI | Liverpool | Updated: 18-02-2021 09:18 IST | Created: 18-02-2021 09:18 IST
A 17th straight win in all competitions — including 12 in a row in the league — wasn't looking so clear-cut after Richarlison cancelled out Phil Foden's opener for City before halftime on Wednesday. It was only the second time in the last nine league games City has failed to keep a clean sheet.
However, Mahrez regained the lead for City in the 63rd minute as he cut in from the right and bent the ball in off the far post. Silva scored with a similar strike in the 77th, also drifting in from the right and shooting low past Jordan Pickford.
This match should have been played in December, but was postponed at short notice due to a coronavirus outbreak within the City camp.
City arrived without in-form midfielder Ilkay Gundogan because of his groin injury, but boasted a substitutes' bench containing the fit-again Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, and Fernandinho as City's squad nears full fitness.
But it was not the usual accomplished start by the leaders, with some sloppy passing allowing Everton early glimpses of goal. Aymeric Laporte, preferred to John Stones at center back, almost fluffed a clearance in front of goal with Richarlison closing in.
The reshuffled back four was soon under scrutiny. Mason Holgate got a vital touch to stop Rodri's pass reaching the run of Joao Cancelo before Keane's header prevented Mahrez's cross from finding Gabriel Jesus at the far post.
And the pressure told with 32 minutes gone. Following a corner, Everton could only half-clear Mahrez's cross and the ball fell for Foden, whose shot took a deflection off Coleman to beat Pickford on the England goalkeeper's return to the side.
City might have been expected to take complete control but instead conceded six minutes later.
The second half was be a different matter as City moved through the gears. Jesus, who had seven goals in his previous five against Everton, squandered a glorious chance when played in by Kyle Walker while Rodri headed Foden's corner narrowly wide.
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