Everton 0 -2 Manchester City: Champions take over at Premier League summit

Liverpool received no help from Everton, who were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City to send Pep Guardiola's team top of the table.   Manchester City moved back to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.

City were seven points behind Liverpool on January 19 but Wednesday's win sees them move level with Jurgen Klopp's Reds, the defending champions taking over at the summit on goal difference.

Aymeric Laporte's second league goal of the season put City ahead in the final moments of the first half, Everton giving the defender the freedom of the penalty area to head past Jordan Pickford.

Leroy Sane missed the game's first chance in the third minute and Laporte could do no better with a quarter of an hour played, the unmarked defender somehow heading wide from Ilkay Gundogan's left-wing corner. 

City's wastefulness in front of goal continued when Gundogan met David Silva's low delivery, the Germany international somehow turning the ball onto the crossbar from close range. 

Everton slowly grew into the game and although they began to pose a threat, Ederson was rarely worried as the hosts ran out of ideas in the final third. 

And that proved costly as City broke the deadlock on the brink of half-time, Laporte making amends for his earlier faux pas with a powerful header from David Silva's precise free-kick.

Ederson was finally called into action early in the second half, the Brazilian having no problems holding onto Idrissa Gueye's long-range effort.

It did not take City long to re-establish control, however, and Sergio Aguero almost added to his 14 league goals with an acrobatic effort, the striker leaping into action after David Silva had blocked Pickford's progress to a high ball.

City's profligacy continued as substitute Raheem Sterling saw an effort deflected over, but Jesus made no mistake in the seventh added minute, sending a looping header into the net after his initial effort had been saved.

Pressure back on Liverpool

For the first time since mid-December, Liverpool are not top of the table. City made the most of this game being moved forward for the EFL Cup final to pile on the pressure. City have 12 games remaining in the 2018-19 season, Liverpool have 13. It looks set for a thrilling climax.

Gundogan shows his worth

Despite all their attacking quality, City's top man came from a little further back as Gundogan's all-round display showed his importance to Guardiola's plans. The midfielder neatly knit together City's play with precise passing and good movement, his vision created numerous chances and had his team-mates shared his ability to spot a pass, he could have extended City's lead.






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