Manchester City maintained their grip on top spot in the Premier League standings, after dismantling relegation strugglers Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
The opening period which had seen the Cityzens produce little output, burst into life in the 37th minute as skipper on the day Ilkay Gundogan fired home a improvised effort, after being teed up by a cross Riyad Mahrez.
Pep Guardiola’s side doubled their advantage two minutes later, as top scorer Erling Haaland netted his 36th strike of an impressive debut campaign in the English top-flight.
The Cityzens made it three shortly after the restart, as Ilkay Gundogan fired home a free-kick to all but seal the points for the reigning PL champions.
Manchester City now turn their attention to their UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg clash against visiting Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in midweek.
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FULL-TIME AT GOODISON PARK: Everton 0-3 Manchester City
GOOOAAALLL!!! Everton 0-3 Manchester City (I. Gundogan)
51′ MIN: Illay Gundogan curls home a free-kick which beats Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT GOODISON PARK: Everton 0-2 Manchester City
HALF-TIME AT GOODISON PARK: Everton 0-2 Manchester City
GOOOAAALLL!!! Everton 0-2 Manchester City (E. Haaland)
39′ MIN: Man City hit a quick double! Ilkay Gundogan turns provider with a delightful floating cross, which Erling Haaland gladly heads home.
GOOOAAALLL!!! Everton 0-1 Manchester City (I. Gundogan)
37′ MIN: Riyad Mahrez floats a cross in from the right and it’s Ilkay Gundogan with a moment of magic, taking the ball down with his thigh before flicking past Jordan Pickford to score.
KICK-OFF AT GOODISON PARK: Everton 0-0 Manchester City
The Toffees who are aiming to beat the drop, come into this clash of the back of an impressive 5-1 away win over Brighton and Hove Albion last time out. Coach Sean Dyche will be demanding a lot from his wards, as they chase another famous result in front of their fans.
As for the defending champions, they followed their 2-1 win over Leeds United at the Etihad with a credible 1-1 draw with Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid in their UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg encounter in midweek.
The Cityzens who are in the hunt for an unprecedented treble, are targeting a victory which will keep them at the top of the PL standings ahead of nearest challengers Arsenal. A win will also put Pep Guardiola’s side in confidence mode ahead of their return leg fixture against Real Madrid in the UCL this week.
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