EPL: Manchester City drub Everton to go second


Manchester City claimed a comfortable 3-0  victory over Everton to move back up to second in the Premier League and within touching distance of leaders Chelsea.

Raheem Sterling proved to be a constant threat to the Everton defence and scored a fine goal to break the deadlock just before the break, thanks to a delightful Joao Canncelo assist.

Everton were braver after the break as they looked to get back in, but hopes of a comeback were ended after 55 minutes.

Rodri then doubled City’s advantage in the second half with a stunning goal – a 25-yard thunderbolt.

Bernardo Silva netted another goal with just five minutes left to play.

Guardiola sent on 19-year-old James McAtee, who came on for his debut and displayed great class.

Kevin De Bruyne was missing in action and will miss Wednesday’s Champions League match at home to PSG after testing positive for Covid-19 during the international break.

Jack Grealish was also absent after sustaining an injury that forced him to pull out of the England squad for Monday’s World Cup qualifier in San Marino.

City climb to second place, a point above Liverpool. Everton are now winless in six games, with a Merseyside derby looming. They are on 15 points at 11 place.


Conte’s first Premier League Win for Spurs

Antonio Conte secured his first Premier League win in charge of Tottenham as Spurs staged an impressive second-half comeback to beat struggling Leeds 2-1.

The hosts failed to manage a single shot on or off target in a lacklustre opening 45 minutes with the determined visitors by far the better side.

Kalvin Phillips had an early free kick saved by Hugo Lloris and Adam Forshaw drove just wide before Leeds opened the scoring as half time approached when Daniel James stabbed in Jack Harrison’s excellent cross.

There were some boos from the home fans as Tottenham left the pitch for the break, but Conte’s side were much improved after the restart, twice hitting the woodwork early on.

First, Harry Kane – anonymous in the first half – broke clear of the defence and his powerful low effort squirmed under Illan Meslier and hit the base of the upright before Song Heung-min’s heavily-deflected strike hit the crossbar.

The equaliser arrived just before the hour mark when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg curled into the far corner after good work by Lucas Moura.

Tottenham kept up the pressure and the turnaround was complete in the 69th minute when Eric Dier’s free-kick deflected off the wall and onto the post, but Sergio Reguilon was there to poke in the rebound and score his first Premier League goal for Spurs.

The home side then closed out the game to secure a win that moves them up to seventh, four points off the top four.

Leeds, meanwhile, remain 17th and just two points above the relegation zone.

Reports compiled by Madeline Markit




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