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Premier League

  • September 24, 2011
  • • 12:45
  • • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 47293

Live Commentary

  • And that's the end of the match. City deserve the three points after dominating for much of the match but Everton will be relatively pleased with their performance.
  • 90' + 3'
    Saha with an effort from range, but Hart makes a simple stop towards his top-right corner.
  • 89'
    Assist David Silva
  • 89'
    Goal James Milner
  • 89'
    GOAL!!! City clinch the three points! David Silva cut-out a poor Drenthe pass before holding up the play and sliding through substitute James Milner who poked the ball into the back of the net despite the best efforts of Howard.
  • 87'
    Yellow Card Phil Jagielka
  • 87'
    City thought they had their second, but the scorer, David Silva, was offside. Balotelli drew Distin away from goal and put a shot/cross in between the defence and Howard where Silva managed to get himself to, but up went the flag.
  • 86'
    Toure forces Howard into another good save. The Ivorian's 25 yard shot looked to be creeping into the bottom far corner, but the American launched himself to that corner and made the save.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionSamir Nasri Stefan Savic
  • 83'
    From the resulting corner, a combination of Hart and Richards clear, but the ball falls to Drenthe who gets a shot away with his right-foot, but over the bar it sails.
  • 82'
    After a decent move involving Baines, Fellaini and Vellios, Everton have a corner. They look as though they're giving this a real go before the end.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionSeamus Coleman Apostolos Vellios
  • 79'
    SubstitutionSergio Agüero James Milner
  • 78'
    Little in the way of chances in the last few minutes, but Everton have looked more lively since the substitutions with Drenthe and Saha looking in the mood.
  • 74'
    Everton feel rightly aggrieved as Kompany clatters Saha on the edge of the area, but no foul was given. Very strange decision from Howard Webb.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionPhil Neville Royston Drenthe
  • 71'
    Balotelli goes close again, this time with his left foot as he lashes a half-volley wide of Howard's right post, but it wasn't far from the target!
  • 70'
    Silva hits the post! Balotelli plays in a low cross from the right, but it eventually falls to Silva whose initial shot is blocked, but is then presented with the rebound which he smashes onto Howard's left post.
  • 68'
    Assist Sergio Agüero
  • 68'
    Goal Mario Balotelli
  • 68'
    GOAL!!!! Mario Balotelli with the strike! Aguero was allowed to run across the edge of the penalty area and lay the ball off for the Italian and he duly obliged to place the ball in the bottom corner away from Howard.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionTim Cahill Louis Saha
  • 66'
    Good save from Howard as the 'keeper parries away a Nasri shot from 25 yards.
  • 64'
    Cahill looking in some considerable pain. The attacker went in hard on Kompany, but the Belgian's studs seem to have left quite an impression on Cahill's left ankle.
  • 63'
    Yellow Card Tim Cahill
  • 61'
    SubstitutionEdin Dzeko Mario Balotelli
  • 60'
    Here is City's first change of the afternoon as Mario Balotelli replaces the fairly ineffective Edin Dzeko.
  • 59'
    Richards does brilliantly to get into the penalty area there as he escapes the challenges of three Everton players, however his cross doesn't reach a teammate.
  • 56'
    Some good pressure here for Everton as they earn their second and third corners in quick succession.
  • 53'
    Good effort by Cahill! Fellaini caught Barry in possession before Everton looked to spring a counter-attack. Coleman eventually cross in from the right and Cahill rose hightest, but his header was slightly too high.
  • 50'
    And now Silva goes close! Clichy played in a good cross from the left and Silva managed to get a toe on it ahead of Jagielka, but it was easy for Howard.
  • 49'
    Decent effort by Osman there as the midfielder receives a pass near the left-corner of the penalty area, but his curled attempt to parried to the floor and caught by Hart.
  • 48'
    Aguero tries his luck from 25 yards, but his shot was poor and it goes well over.
  • 47'
    City straight on to the attack in the second 45. Aguero does well as he beats Osman in the box, but Hibbert heads away the low-cross at the near post.
  • 46'
    We're back underway at the Etihad stadium as Everton kick-off the second half.
  • Halftime at the Etihad stadium. Everton will be pleased so far as City have controlled much of the possession, but haven't been able to truly make anything of it.
  • 44'
    Everton manage to get some possession in City's half and a mix-up between Richards and Hart allows the visitor's the make something of a routine cross, but Fellaini fails to deliver another cross and City eventually clear.
  • 40'
    City finally look to have taken a commanding dominance over the half with Everton hardly leaving their half in the past ten minutes, but that won't bother Everton if the hosts continue failing to find the net.
  • 36'
    Dzeko tries his luck again, this time from 30 yards, but his shot whistles past the post, failing to trouble Howard, much to the annoyance of Sergio Aguero.
  • 35'
    Another chance for City, but this time Aguero! The little Argentine had the ball at the left corner of the penalty area and looked to bend his effort round Howard, but the American was able to tip it round the post, despite the best efforts of Dzeko to get his foot on the end of Aguero's effort.
  • 34'
    Chance for Dzeko! Micah Richards play a pass along the ground into the area, but it was slightly behind Dzeko and the Bosnian's shot goes comfortably over.
  • 31'
    Yellow Card Yaya Touré
  • 31'
    The match is going through a very niggly stage at the moment with both sides giving away several fouls whilst neither team can really take charge of possession.
  • 29'
    Yellow Card Leon Osman
  • 28'
    Everton will be much happier with this opening half an hour with City failing to capitalise on the control they began to exert after the first ten minutes.
  • 25'
    Yellow Card Phil Neville
  • 25'
    Neville is the second player to pick up a yellow card for a foul on Silva, but this one looked completely accidental as the legs of the two players collide when Silva turned to get on the end of a pass.
  • 23'
    Tim Cahill clearly angry as he feels he was fouled right on the edge of the box by Lescott as he received as arm across the face, but TV replays show Cahill also handled the ball himself.
  • 20'
    Yellow Card Jack Rodwell
  • 20'
    Yellow card for Rodwell for a tackle from behind. The young Englishman will now have to do his man-marking job on Silva with a caution to his name.
  • 17'
    Decent chance for Aguero there! Yaya Toure passed the ball to the Argentine on the edge of the area. His first touch bounced the ball into the air, but faked to shoot and eventually got a shot away with his left foot, but it went over. You would have bet on him at least hitting the target there.
  • 16'
    City finally taking control of the match now with Everton resorting to long-balls up towards Cahill, but the Aussie gets crowded out by Kompany and Lescott.
  • 13'
    City finally taking control of the match now with Everton resorting to long-balls up towards Cahill, but the Aussie gets crowded out by Kompany and Lescott.
  • 10'
    City look very dangerous when they get the ball on the deck around Everton's box. First Aguero dazzled the defence with his footwork, and then Silva did brilliantly to hold off a tackle from Rodwell, but his low-cross couldn't quite find Dzeko.
  • 8'
    Golden chance for City! Rodwell's cross-field pass gets cut out, but the ball falls to Jagielka who proceeded to head back to Howard from some 35 yards out, but Dzeko managed to get on the end of it, but his touch past Howard was poor and Jagielka was able to recover.
  • 5'
    The delivery was poor in truth and nothing comes of it.
  • 5'
    Free-kick in a decent position on the left-wing for Everton. Baines to take.
  • 1'
    And we're underway at the Etihad.
  • Tim Cahill also has a good record away to City in recent times scoring in each of his last three matches.
  • However, Everton will be quietly confident of snatching a result this afternoon after winning on their last three visits to the Etihad.
  • City will go top of the Premier League at least for a couple hours should they record a win at the Etihad Stadium today.
  • The Everton side is: Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Coleman, Neville, Fellaini, Rodwell, Osman; Cahill SUBS: Mucha, Heitinga, Bilyaletdinov, Saha, Drenthe, Stacqualursi, Vellios
  • The City team for today is: Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Yaya, Barry; Silva, Nasri; Aguero, Dzeko SUBS: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Savic, Kolarov, Milner, Balotelli, Tevez
  • Good afternoon and welcome to's LIVE commentary of Manchester City - Everton.