City shift into fifth gear

2014-05-04 00:37

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Manchester City put themselves in pole position to win the English Premier League title with a 3-2 win over Everton at Goodison Park last night.

The Citizens battled from a goal down to lead 2-1 at half-time thanks to goals from Sergio Agüero and Edin Džeko after Ross Barkley’s

remarkable opener. Džeko added a second shortly after the restart, but a Romelu Lukaku header made for a tense finish to the game.

There was no real action to speak of in the opening exchanges before Barkley opened the scoring in spectacular fashion, curling a screaming effort into the top right-hand corner in the 11th minute.

But it wasn’t long before Agüero pulled one back on the 22-minute mark with a brilliant run into the box before powering the ball home underneath Tim Howard.

But almost as soon as he scored, he pulled up with an apparent hamstring injury, and was replaced by Fernandinho.

The game was turned on its head in the 44th minute when Džeko headed home to put his side ahead from a Milner cross going into the half-time break.

Everton’s resurgence early in the second half would be short-lived as the Citizens doubled their advantage in the 48th minute, Džeko grabbing his second from close range.

After the goal, City allowed Everton most of the possession and were made to pay in the 65th minute, Lukaku nodding the ball home from a great Leighton Baines cross.

Substitute Gerard Delofeu came very close to restoring parity, dancing through the City defence into the box with a lovely turn of pace only to be denied by Joe Hart, ending Everton’s hopes of Champions League football.

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