Manchester City back on top and closer to the Premier League Title
by Nick D
May 03, 2014 2:26 PM EDT
Manchester City are two games closer to securing their second Premier League Title in three years. City managed to squeeze through defeating Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park. The loss now means Everton will finish fifth and one spot away from a Champions League berth.
Manchester City players celebrate their win that puts them closer to the title
Manchester City started strong as Everton looked a bit nervous in the back. Aguero was causing some trouble as he looked to find a way to get through the defence and open the scoring. Though Everton were nervous they managed to hold off the strong start by the visitors and then slowly settled down. Then in the 10th minute Everton countered quick and Ross Barkley would give the home side the lead with a stunning strike from 25 yards out. The ball was played long towards Naismith who managed to get a touch on it while being heavily marked by Kompany. The ball found its way wide left where Barkley took one touch and then fired in a superb curling shot that found the top right corner. 1-0 and Everton in the lead and City now needed to do the chasing.
Ross Barkley's stunning shot opened the scoring in the 10th minute
Though Everton had the early lead there was still a lot of game left to play and City had plenty of time left to find a way through the Everton defence. And find a way they did, and who else but the Argentine Arguero would get the equaliser in the 18th minute. Yaya Toure would feed the ball into the right side of the box as Agureo managed to remain onside. Then with a burst of speed he got a foot in front of Alcaraz and then blasted his shot in between the near post and the keeper to put City back on level terms. 1-1 and the game was back on as City knew they need to win their next games to win the title.
Aguero showing why he is the hero to City fans as he draws them level in the 18th minute
Though he got the equaliser Aguero looked to be struggling to run as he indicated to his bench. A few minutes after Pellegrini had no choice and was forced to substitute the striker with what appeared to be a groin injury. Fernandinho would take his place as the game continued on.The game settled into a slower pace as City looked the stronger side. They pressed Everton high up the pitch and pressured the midfield well, forcing Everton to keep the ball in their own half. All that pressure would pay off for City as they took the lead with only a few minutes before the halftime whistle. Milner had the ball wide right and then played in a perfect cross towards Dzeko. The tall striker timed his jump and headed the ball into the bottom right corner. 2-1 for the visitors and Manchester City on their way back to the top of the Premier League.
Edin Dzeko gives City a 2-1 lead as the teams head in for the halftime break
The second half began as the first ended. Within minutes of the restart Dzeko would pounce again and give City a two goal cushion. Nasri was unmarked on the left side of the box as Milner picked him out. He would play in a low cross into the 6 yard box where Dzeko would steer it into the back of the net. 3-1 for Man City and now they were in the drivers seat. Everton finally woke up and started to push up higher on the pitch. This time Martinez needed to change his tactics to try and get a result from the game. Everton were still fighting for a possible Champions League spot and knew that with only one more game after this one left, nothing but a win would suffice. City were now content with their two goal lead and allowed Everton to bring the game to them. They sat back and closed the options for them and then looked to strike on the counter attack. Though Everton would change the script once again and with 25 minutes left to play Lukaku would get a goal back for the Toffees. Baines crossed in the ball towards the penalty spot, where Lukaku got in front of his defender and headed the ball into the bottom left corner. 3-2 and Lukaku gives Everton a lifeline to salvage a result from the game.
Lukaku makes it 3-2 as Everton pull a goal back in the 65th minute
The game heated up as the Everton fans found their voice again and looked to lift their team up. The pace of the game quickened too as now City needed to start attacking once again and not let Everton push forward as much. Zabaleta had great chance to restore their two goal lead but as he ran into the box Howard was quick to close him down and block his shot. Pellegrini not feeling comfortable would change it up and bring on Silva for Nasri to increase his teams attacking prowess from the midfield. The minutes ticked over and Everton pushed on searching for the equaliser. Deulofeu had great chance as he broke into the box getting past three defenders but his shot was well blocked by Hart. Time was running out for Everton as the game moved into injury time. City though would hold on for the win and now only two more home games left to play and the title within their reach.