Premier League: Manchester City 1 Everton 1
By Football News
Manchester City came from behind to draw 1-1 with Everton at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, thanks to Carlos Tevez's penalty kick.
David Moyes and his hard-working Everton team proved to be Roberto Mancini's bogeymen once again, the Italian manager has just one win against the Scottish manager from seven encounters.
Everton had taken the lead in the first half through Marouane Fellaini, but the Belgian later fouled Edin Dzeko inside the box, giving Tevez the chance to level the game from the spot just before the break.
Moyes had named an unchanged team to the side that drew against Arsenal on Wednesday, with Leighton Baines - a major doubt before the game - passed fit to start and talisman Fellaini lining up behind Nikica Jelavic.
Roberto Mancini rotated his expensively assembled squad, making four changes to the team that beat Wigan 2-0 on Wednesday.
Joleon Lescott came back into the side to face his former club, while Samir Nasri, Tevez and Dzeko also started.
Everton began strongly, showing more urgency than the home side in the early exchanges, with City's technicians struggling to affect the game.
They briefly burst into life mid-way through the first half, David Silva's cross was deflected inches wide by Sylvan Distin before Nasri had a goal-bound shot inadvertently blocked by the head of Dzeko.
Everton were rewarded for their early endeavour in the 33rd minute.
Baines, afforded too much space from deep, had time to swing in a brilliant far-post cross which was met with a powerful header by Fellaini.
Joe Hart did well to stop the initial shot, but the powerful Belgian was able to tuck home the follow-up.
City mounted an energetic response, with Tevez flicking a header toward the back post that was well saved by Tim Howard, before Nasri's cross was chested down by Gareth Barry for Dzeko to blast toward goal.
From the resulting corner, Dzeko was unnecessarily manhandled by Fellaini, with referee Lee Probert pointing to the spot.
Tevez stepped up and waited for Howard to dive to the right before passing the ball down the middle of the goal.
Fellaini almost made amends before the half-time whistle, forcing Hart into a good low save after outjumping Vincent Kompany.
There was more energy and control to City's play after the break, with the tenacious Tevez leading by example.
But Everton, in typical Moyes fashion, defended resolutely and the hosts struggled to carve out any further clear-cut chances.
Mancini tried to rally his side with the introductions of Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli, but it was to no avail, as the visitors came closest to scoring again.
Kompany cynically ended a swift Everton counter, and Hart was almost embarrassed by Jelavic's resulting free-kick.