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March 16, 2013 12:45 PM GMT
Goodison Park — Liverpool
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 36519‎
 
32′ Leon Osman
 
90+4′ Nikica Jelavic
 
Top of the Match
Leon Osman
Leon Osman
Everton
Jan Mucha
Jan Mucha
Everton
Flop of the Match
Steven Pienaar
Steven Pienaar
Everton
Roberto Mancini
Roberto Mancini
Manchester City

Everton 2-0 Manchester City: Ten-man Toffees deliver further blow to visitors' slim title hopes

A fantastic Leon Osman strike and a late Nikica Jelavic goal condemned Roberto Mancini's men to their fourth straight defeat at Goodison Park, despite Steven Pienaar's sending-off

By Tim Poole

EPL - Everton vs Manchester City, Leon Osman
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Roberto Mancini's hoodoo at Goodison Park was extended on Saturday as Everton dealt a crushing blow to Manchester City's slim Premier League title hopes with a commanding 2-0 win.

Mancini's men - who have now lost their last four games in the Toffees' backyard - were thoroughly outplayed in the first half, and a stunning strike from stand-in captain Leon Osman ensured they headed into the break 1-0 behind.

Steven Pienaar was sent off on the hour mark, but the hosts held on and doubled their advantage late on through Nikica Jelavic as David Moyes' side produced the perfect reaction to their FA Cup exit against Wigan last Saturday.

The home side headed into proceedings having made two changes from the 3-0 drubbing by the Latics, with skipper Phil Neville being replaced by Darron Gibson and forward Victor Anichebe coming in for Nikica Jelavic.

EVERTON 2-0 MANCHESTER CITY
Key match action
32' Osman smashes home the opener
 OFF 61' Pienaar red-carded for foul on Garcia
94' Jelavic secures victory late on
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
LEON OSMAN

The midfield man was sporting the captain’s armband in the place of Phil Neville and certainly made an impact with Everton’s first and only goal, smashing it from about 25 yards into Joe Hart’s top corner. Osman kept it up with a strong presence in the midfield battle.
Mancini, meanwhile, had a long list of absentees including captain Vincent Kompany, Micah Richards, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure – ruled out on the day with a migraine. The Italian subsequently made four changes from his side's 5-0 romp against Barnsley, re-installing Joe Hart, James Milner, Matija Nastasic and Javi Garcia.

Before the game, the City boss joked that he could not remember any of his previous defeats at Goodison Park, but Everton were about to offer up a painful reminder.

The opening 10 minutes yielded 65% possession for the Toffees as key men Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini – whose evident enthusiasm saw him booked after just six minutes –  imposed themselves on the action from the off.

And on 12 minutes, the hosts looked to have earned just reward for their early dominance as Kevin Mirallas hit the back of the net with a finely-struck volley. Controversially, though, the linesman raised the offside flag, despite replays definitively showing he was onside.

But on the half-hour mark, Osman gave Everton the lead in spectacular fashion – and there was nothing the linesman could do to stop this one. Receiving the ball 30 yards from goal, the stand-in skipper sent a stunning strike straight into the top-left corner with his first touch with Hart rooted to the spot.

The visitors needed a response and Tevez and Dzeko – their biggest threats so far – fired just off target minutes later, but the hosts were firmly in control going into the break.

And it was more of the same after half-time. That was until the hour mark, however, when Pienaar – who was booked in the first half – dived in and caught Javi Garcia high on the shin, and referee Lee Probert showed no hesitation in sending the South African off.

The man advantage gave City all the space they needed, and they duly threatened on 66 minutes as Tevez and Milner fired in a shot each, with Toffees goalkeeper Jan Mucha producing two top-quality saves in response.

The visitors were given cause to feel aggrieved late on as Fellaini handled inside the penalty area but Probert gave a free kick just outside the box, much to Tevez's disgust.

Kolarov could not convert the set-piece and Jelavic compounded their misery by adding a second in injury time with a deflected shot looping over Hart after a breakaway from Fellaini. If the title race was already tilted heavily in Manchester United's favour, it has now surely become a foregone conclusion.


Everton

1
Jan Mucha
Goalkeeper
4.00
3
Leighton Baines
Defender
3.00
4
John Heitinga
Defender
4.00
15
Sylvain Distin
Defender
3.50
4
Darron Gibson
Midfielder
2.50
21
Leon Osman
Midfielder
32′ 91′
4.00
22
Steven Pienaar
Midfielder
26′ 61′
1.00
23
Seamus Coleman
Defender
32′
4.00
25
Marouane Fellaini
Midfielder
8′ 94′
3.00
11
3.50
28
3.00

Manchester City

2.50
1
Joe Hart
Goalkeeper
2.50
5
2.00
13
2.50
4
Kolo Toure
Defender
83′
2.50
33
2.00
7
James Milner
Midfielder
83′
2.00
14
Javi García
Midfielder
2.00
18
Gareth Barry
Midfielder
70′
2.50
21
David Silva
Midfielder
47′
2.00
10
Edin Dzeko
Striker
34′
2.50
10

Substitutes

42
 - 
8
Bryan Oviedo
Midfielder
 - 
34
Shane Duffy
Defender
 - 
18
 - 
20
Ross Barkley
Midfielder
 - 
18
3.00
14
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
30
 - 
6
 - 
22
Gael Clichy
Defender
83′
2.00
8
Samir Nasri
Midfielder
70′
 - 
62
Abdul Razak
Midfielder
 - 
64
Marcos Lopes
Midfielder
 - 
21
Scott Sinclair
Midfielder
83′

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0