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Manchester City sweep Everton aside to reduce Chelsea’s lead

Manchester City clinched a comfortable 3-0 win over Everton on Sunday.© AFP

Raheem Sterling, Rodri and Bernardo Silva scored the goals as Manchester City scored a 3-0 win over Everton to score within three points of Premier League leaders Chelsea. With the football world focusing on events across Manchester on Sunday when United fired manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, City made light work of dismissing a team from Everton who were still defeated by key players. Pep Guardiola was also without Kevin De Bruyne after the Belgian tested positive for coronavirus and the injured Jack Grealish, but still had far too much in reserve for the Toffees.

Sterling were denied a penalty halfway through the first half by a VAR review after referee Stuart Attwell initially pointed to the spot for a trip through Michael Keane.

The English international did not have to wait long to make his 300th Premier League appearance as he returned Joao Cancelo’s sensational pass with the outside of his right foot for his 98th goal in the English top game.

Without the presence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front, Everton rarely threatened.

Rafael Benitez’s men have now taken just two points from the last 18 offered in the Premier League to fall in the bottom half of the table and just six points ahead of the relegation zone.

Rodri’s astonishing long-distance ride in the top corner 10 minutes after half-time ended the match as a match.

City were then content to sail the last half hour with one eye on Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.


Sterling should have won his second of the afternoon from Riyad Mahrez’s inviting cross, but was rather denied by international team-mate Jordan Pickford when he tried to round the goalkeeper.

City did get a deserved third five minutes before the time when Silva followed up after Cole Palmer’s shot was blocked.

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