Manchester City beat Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday as Pep Guardiola’s side remain on track to win the Premier League title.
After Arsenal’s shock defeat at home to Brighton, City now need just one win from their last three games to secure the title.
REPEAT OF THE FULL MATCH
Ilkay Gundogan played the lead as his brilliant improvisation scored a stunning opener in the first half, and moments later saw Erling Haaland make it 2-0.
Gundogan fired in a fine free-kick early in the second half to make it 3-0 and although Everton created chances all the way and made City difficult for the first 30 minutes, it ended up being a routine win for the champions-elect.
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Man City now have 85 points with three games to play as they remain above Arsenal and if they win one of their last three games of the season they will win a third straight Premier League title.
Everton remain just one point and one place above the relegation zone with three games of the season remaining.
City proves that ‘experience comes first’ is not a cliché
So many clichés are rolled out at the corporate end of the season: ‘they know how to get it done’ and ‘they’ve been here before’ and ‘we’ve been in this situation’ and so on. Ilkay Gundogan presented the latter in his post-match interview and it proved that City’s players don’t feel any pressure in situations like this. They embrace the pressure, live for it and play better for it. City did what they had to do against Everton and after a slow start, Gundogan’s class blew away Everton in minutes as he revealed that defenders are so focused on 52 goalkeeper Haaland that City’s other forwards have more room to operate in. they’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt and now all their attention is on the return leg in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. With three games to go, it looks like the Premier League title is all but won. Their experience of booming and peaking at the business end of the season proves that a historic treble is truly on the way. At the moment, given their class, experience, mentality and the balance of their team, it will be more surprising if City fail to complete the treble.
Stars of the show; Everton vs Manchester City player ratings
Ilkay Gundogan: Scored two stylish goals and added an assist. The German midfielder continues to grow when City needs him.
Phil Forden: Made some great runs on the left side and good to see him back in this kind of form after his recent injury absence.
Everton go to Wolves on Saturday 20 May. Manchester City will host Real Madrid in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final on Wednesday. They then travel to Chelsea on Sunday 21 May.
How to watch Everton vs Manchester City live, stream link and start time
Kickoff: Sunday 9 a.m. ET
TV channel: USA Network
Online: Stream at NBCSports.com
FULL TIME: Everton 0-3 Manchester City – An easy win for City in the end as Gundogan got into the clutches again.
Haaland is hit by Pickford but no penalty is given.
After a nice cross from Foden, Haaland comes up and delivers an acrobatic effort, but this time just wide of target. City is now clicking through the gears.
GOALLLL! Everton 0-3 Manchester City – Ilkay Gundogan shoots a beautiful free kick up and over the wall and in. He has two goals and an assist and he now has four goals in his last two Premier League games. The skipper is on!
The second half is underway and Phil Foden is treated after a foul by Garner on the edge of the box.
PEACE: Everton 0-2 Manchester City – Gundogan’s goal and assist for Haaland in the space of two minutes put City in a very comfortable position after a shaky start to the game. Sheer class from Gundogan and he shows why City are at the top of the league and aiming for a treble.
Goodison Park is stunned by that fast Man City double.
GOALLLL! Everton 0-2 Manchester City – Erling Haaland now scores as Gundogan crosses for Haaland to go home. His 36th goal of the season in the Premier League and he now has 52 in all competitions.
GOALLL! Everton 0-1 Manchester City – Just as Everton impressed, Man City took the lead. Ilkay Gundogan with a great first touch from the thigh and a quick finish. What a goal!
OPPORTUNITY! James Garner leads a counter and finds Calvert-Lewin, but Kyle Walker covers and gets a vital touch just before DCL is about to fire. From the corner, Holgate hooks a good chance over the crossbar. 35 minutes and Man City have yet to get going.
Phil Foden’s shot from a short corner is blocked and Everton defends well. Man City looks sluggish. Surely we will see Kevin de Bruyne come in at half time?
Really not much going on. City try to get the ball wide early, but Everton do a very good job closing the passing lanes towards Haaland and central areas.
Manchester City looks shocked. They are knocking the ball over at the back, but Everton have already forced a few mistakes. Intriguing start on Merseyside.
KICK OFF! We are on the road at Goodison and the home fans have created an incredible atmosphere.
Main storylines and star players
Just as it looked like the two-time defending champions of the Premier League would miss their first three-peat since Manchester United in 2007-09, Pep Guardiola’s side got it going domestically, while also progressing to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League (1-1 with Real Madrid after one leg) and the FA Cup final (June 3 vs Manchester United). In the space of 14 days from May 28 to June 10, Man City can complete an incredible treble, a feat not achieved in English football since – you guessed it – Manchester United famously did it in 1999.
As for Everton, survival is again the name of the game. It wasn’t until this time last season that the Toffees managed three wins in their last six games to remain in the top flight. Sean Dyche’s side last came out in a shock 5-1 victory over European hopefuls Brighton as Everton embark on perhaps their last major breakaway.
Everton team news, injuries, line-up
OUT: Ben Godfrey (groin), Seamus Coleman (hamstring), Dele Alli (groin), Ruben Vinagre (Achilles), Andros Townsend (knee)
TEAM NEWS! 🔵#EVEMCI pic.twitter.com/gYHwFSKJRC
— Everton (@Everton) May 14, 2023
Manchester City team news, injuries, line-up
OUT: Benjamin Mendy (suspension – MORE), Nathan Ake (thigh)
🔵 𝐓𝐄𝐀𝐌 𝑵𝑬𝑾𝑺 🐝
XI| Ederson, Walker, Dias, Laporte, Akanji, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C), Mahrez, Alvarez, Foden, Haaland
SUPPORT | Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Stones, Grealish, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Gomez, Palmer, Lewis#ManCity | @HaysWorldwide pic.twitter.com/8KSA8mikXd
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 14, 2023
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