Friday 20 December 2013
Everton pulled off their fourth straight victory at the Etihad Stadium and stopped their hosts going top of the Barclays Premier League.
The Toffees earned only their second away win of the season, having previously been without one in seven matches. They scored twice in the opening minutes in a blistering start at the Etihad Stadium.
Tim Cahill headed the fourth-minute opener after good work by Victor Anichebe, Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman. Baines doubled the lead with a curling shot after Cahill had laid Anichebe’s pass into the left-back’s path.
City hit back and David Silva, Vincent Kompany and Mario Balotelli all came close before Aleksandar Kolarov’s free-kick was deflected wide.
The pressure increased on Everton on the hour when Anichebe was sent off after two yellow cards in quick succession. The hosts scored shortly afterwards when Yaya Toure’s shot deflected in off Phil Jagielka.
Mario Balotelli hit a post and was then denied by Tim Howard, who also blocked a Tevez effort. Man City also ended the match with 10 men when Toure was sent off for a second yellow card after a foul on substitute Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
Everton held on and climbed a place to 14th, while Man City stayed third.
“We haven’t been able to beat the teams below us, especially at Goodison, but when it comes to the bigger games we seem to respond to the challenge and are a match for a lot of teams,” Everton manager David Moyes said.
City manager Roberto Mancini said: “We had a big chance to go top but now we must restart. The season is long but we must understand that we cannot sleep when we play.”
Despite the defeat, Man City ended the season in third. Everton finished the campaign strongly and secured seventh place in the Barclays Premier League.