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Everton’s winless run continues as champions Manchester City cruise to victory

Manchester City brushed aside Everton rather comfortably as they won 3-0 with goals from Raheem Sterling, Rodri and Bernardo Silva.

Sterling scored a wonderful goal on his 300th Premier League start thanks to Joao Cancelo’s assist in the first half then after the break Rodri thundered a second goal home to put the game out of reach for Everton.

Towards the end Silva had a simple tap in after a deflected effort from Cole Palmer.

It is Everton’s sixth game without a win which leaves them 11th in the table. 

In the first half Manchester City dominated possession as Everton sat back attempting to contain the Premier League champions.

Phil Foden had the first big chance of the game in the 11th minute with a header that looped over the bar from a Sterling cross.

It was another header that nearly unlocked Everton’s backline 16 minutes later as Foden turned provider for the former Liverpool man this time round but yet again it was a wasted opportunity.

The momentum was building for the champions as Jordan Pickford was forced into a vital save due to Bernardo Silva attempting to chip him then Ilkay Gundogan headed the rebound onto the bar.

Five minutes later it looked like Pep Guardiola’s side would break the deadlock as referee Stuart Atwell gave a penalty as Sterling looked to be tripped by Michael Keane.

On second viewing it was clear that Keane did not make significant contact with the English international, yet it took the VAR team a very long time before instructing Atwell to go to the monitor.

He overturned his decision and Everton survived yet again.

However, they couldn’t hold on until the interval as Sterling scored on his 300th Premier League start but it was all about the assist from Joao Cancelo.

An exquisite defence splitting pass from the Portuguese full-back allowed Sterling to get in-behind and run onto the ball striking it first time.

One of the assists of the season no doubt.

The Toffees started the second half in a lively fashion, but it lasted for a couple of minutes as the game followed the same pattern as the first half with City having all of the ball.

Ten minutes into the second half The Citizens doubled their lead with a sublime thunderbolt from Rodri.

A poor clearance from Allan came out to the edge of the box and the Spaniard leathered the ball first time into the top corner.

At that point it was realistically game over for Everton.

Nothing much else happened for the next 20 minutes until Sterling, who was the home sides main threat, missed an absolute sitter after Kyle Walker squared it to him in the six-yard box however he tried to control the ball instead of slotting it home.

Therefore, the score line remained the same until Silva rounded off the day by getting himself a simple tap in with four minutes to go.

It was a lifeless performance from Rafa Benitez’s team as they showed no sort of attacking risk having only one shot target through an Andros Townsend free-kick which was straight at Ederson.

With a tough run of fixtures coming up for The Blues it could be a harsh winter.

Brentford awaits next weekend with Richarlison missing through suspension and Demarai Gray likely to be out having been substituted off due to an injury.

It’ll be a tough few weeks coming up for Everton with the hectic schedule.

Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte (Ake 76), Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, Silva; Foden (Mahrez 58), Palmer (McAtee 87), Sterling

Everton XI: Pickford; Coleman, Godfrey, Keane, Digne; Gordon, Allan (Onyango 90), Delph (Rondon 63), Gray (Iwobi 17); Townsend, Richarlison

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