City overcome rocky start to claim three points at Goodison Park

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Manchester City have now recorded a seventh straight Premier League win at the Goodison Park after moving to within five points of the Premier League summit with a 3-1 victory over Everton.

Returning from the Club World Cup success in Saudi Arabia, City swung into domestic action with the aim to get the three points against an in-form Everton side.

The visitors however began the game on a high note with Julián Álvarez seeing a stabbed effort from close range thwarted by Jordan Pickford. City continued to dominate a one-sided opening quarter-hour, but Pickford again stood firm in the Everton goal, denying Matheus Nunes and Phil Foden with a superb double save.

The domination didn’t tarry as the hosts took a shock lead against the run of play shortly before the half-hour mark, when Dwight McNeil capitalised on a poor touch from Rodri to tee up Jack Harrison for a simple finish inside the six-yard box. With the hunger to double their lead, the Goodison Park club came close to doubling their lead before HT, but were denied by Ederson who showed impressive reflexes to tip a fierce Harrison strike over the bar, keeping the deficit to just a single goal heading into the break.

City were rewarded with an equaliser after the interval as Foden caught Pickford out at his near post with a powerful 25-yard drive. Buoyed by the leveller, the visitors came agonisingly close to completing their turnaround just two minutes later, when Foden directed Álvarez’s low cross inches wide of the far post.

Pep Guardiola’s men finally took the lead shortly after the hour mark, when Nathan Aké’s goalbound effort struck the arm of Amadou Onana in which Álvarez assumed the responsibility from the spot, and the Argentine blasted his penalty down the middle for his fifth PL goal of the season. Everton probed for a late response with time ticking into the final 20 minutes, but Bernardo Silva punished a wayward pass from Pickford with a well-taken lob to seal the victory for the Blues.

The victory over the Toffees recorded just City’s second PL win in seven matches. The hosts meanwhile, will be desperate to bounce back against Wolves on Saturday after suffering back-to-back league defeats for the first time since August.