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May 7, 2011
• Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: P. Dowd
• Attendance: 37351
S. Distin 66'
L. Osman 72'
Y. Touré 28'
There is the full time whistle and City have thrown away a game in which they really should have won. They dominated the first half but could only score one goal and they then fell apart in a second half in which Everton came back very strongly. Osman's winner was good enough to win any game.
90' + 3'
Time running out now for City who just have no answers to Everton. Fantastic performance from Everton in the second half but there are certainly questions to be asked about City's mentality after they conceded the first goal.
90' + 1'
Yellow CardSeamus Coleman
90' + 1'
Three minutes of added time for City to try and force an equaliser or for Everton to heap more Mersey misery onto City.
Nigel De Jong
What a fantastic second half of football this has been. Brilliant advert for football but worryingly for Mancini his men have not responded well to conceding and are allowing Spurs back into the Champions League qualification picture.
Better response from City now. Milner gives himself some space and rockets a left footed strike towards goal. Baines gets a block on it and the ball nearly loops into the net. Have we got a grandstand finish here?
Confusion reins over here for Zabaleta as originally Milner was due to come off for Balotelli. Mancini changed his mind as Zabaleta was receiving treatment for an injury and so the full back was taken off much to the annoyance of him who turned out to be fine.
City trying to get the ball back off Everton but they are doing a fabulous job of keeping it right now. Balotelli is being readied and they need to pluck something out of nothing here because City haven't showed anything in the form of a response since conceding.
Good save from Hart. The ball is played across goal with ferocious power and Beckford gets a touch on the ball but Hart gets part of his frame in the way. Great game this now.
Everton making all the running now and City wil have conjure something special here to take at least a share of the spoils. Dzeko is looking dangerously isolated now and they cannot keep hold of the ball. It is wave after wave of Everton attack now. What an incredible turnaround.
Yellow CardAleksandar Kolarov
GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!! Another Everton goal and another brilliant header. Neville plays a hopeful cross into the box but Osman attacks the ball wonderfully from 12 yards out. He gets above Kompany and manages to squeeze his header into the bottom corner. A great goal and Everton have turned this around superbly.
City haven't had much of a response yet. They can't get hold of the ball. Cahill has made a big impression since coming on. He and Beckford are finding pockets of space and City can't get to them.
City are looking shaky now at the back. Everton are in the ascendency and are throwing everything at Mancini's men. City need to respond to keep themselves in the driving suit for fourth place.
Yellow CardLeon Osman
GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!! What a great header. The free kick comes across and Distin leaps ahead of everyone else and heads into the bottom corner. Hart got a good hand on it but he couldn't keep it out.
A much more competitive half here and Everton have certainly given City more of a game in this second half.
Yellow CardJack Rodwell
Yellow CardVincent Kompany
Kompany gets himself needlessly booked here. Rodwell goes in on De Jong late and the Belgain reacts angrily. Just no need to get involved.
Everton playing with much more confidence here but City are starting to get settled when they have the ball again. They are a very dangerous team on the counter attack and Everton must be aware of that.
City looking a little rattled at the moment. They just need to calm the situation down here.
Good chance from Beckford. Osman hustles and wins the ball back for Everton before Anichebe plays the ball back acroos the goal and in one quick movement Beckford turns and shoots but Hart is equal to the shot. Much improved display from Everton here.
Super, super save. Silva threads a ball through for Toure who is one on one with Howard but the American stays big and blocks Toure's shot. Good start to this half.
Brilliant defending from Kompany. Baines strikes a free kick which is blocked but falls straight to the feet of Rodwell who looked for all money as if he was going to score but Kompany comes out of no where to get his foot in. Wonderful challenge.
Moyes has tried to address the disappointing situation they find themselves by bringing on Beckford for Hibbert. A bold move from Moyes.
That is half time and City will be more than happy with their half's work. Everton need to get on the ball more and support Anichebe when they do get forward.
45' + 1'
Yellow CardPhil Neville
45' + 1'
The game is closing out now towards the half time whistle. Everton have to get hold of the ball more in the second half.
The first meaningful chance of the game for Everton and Rodwell heads wide of the goal. Everton have to improve in the second half.
City appear to have Everton right where they want them. Everton can't create anything going forward and City are looking dangerous whenever Silva gets onto the ball. Moyes will be hoping they go into half time level.
Toure's goal makes him City's joint second top scorer in the league this season with six goals. A mere 13 goals behind top scorer Tevez. You sense that City may be on the look out for a goalscorer in the summer.
City now appear happy to wait for their opportunity on the ball. They are pressing a bit less and asking Everton to tackle them.
You have to say that City have deserved their lead. They have been the better of the two teams and Everton have been punished for some slack defending after they failed to pick up the run of Toure.
GOOOOAAAALLLLL!!!! City have turned it on once again. Silva picks up the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the area and turns to run at Jagielka. Silva spots the run of Toure on his right and the Ivorian strokes the ball into the top corner from a tight angle. Excellent, slick goal.
Not much being heard from either sets of fans at the moment . Muted atmosphere.
Few moments of goalmouth action here. Much of the game being played in the middle of midfield. Both teams cancelling each other out with the three man midfield.
The tempo of the game has dropped slightly as Everton get themselves into the game more and more. Plenty of pressing from City but Everton are in no rush to get forward.
Everton have held onto the ball better in the last couple of minutes but Anichebe is looking a little isolated at the moment. Rodwell isn't supporting the striker hugely right now.
Everton are struggling to get themselves into the game and City are running riot right now. The Toffees need to get hold of the ball.
What a chance. It should be 1-0 to City. Milner has the ball outside the area and plays it to Silva who volleys the ball across the penalty box to Vieira. His volley is from 10 yards but he somehow contrives to hit straight over the bar with a sidefoot when he really should have hit the target at least.
The first chance of the game and it goes to City. A long raking ball is played forward to Silva whose first touch is wonderful, taking him into space in the area but his strike just goes wide of the goal. Decent opening.
A very end of season feel to the game at the moment. Still yet to get out of cruise control and not much of a spectacle at the moment.
Quiet start to the game as both teams try and feel their way into the game. Osman headed over in the second minute but no chances of any real note as of yet.
We are underway at Goodison Park now in front of a muted crowd.
Manchester City have made three changes from the team which defeated West Ham United last week with Dzeko, Vieira and Milner coming into the team to replace Balotelli, Barry and Johnson. A win here will strengthen their grip on 4th position and take them one step closer to Champions League qualification.
Everton's form has improved significantly over the second half of the season and have made a late drive for European football next season. They are unchanged from last week's game againts Wigan and once again Victor Anichebe will lead the line for the team.
Manchester City line up: Hart Kompany Zabaleta Kolarov Lescott Milner Silva Vieira De Jong Y Toure Dzeko Subs: Given, Boyata, McGivern, Wright-Phillips, Johnson, Jo, Balotelli
Everton line up: Howard Hibbert Baines Heitinga Jagielka Distin Neville Arteta Osman Rodwell Anichebe Subs: Mucha, Coleman, Bilyaletdinov, Cahill, Beckford, Gueye, Vellios
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Manchester City's visit to Goodison Park to face Everton. A win today for City will virtually guarantee their place in the Champions League next season while Everton's fleeting dream of Europe next season will be kept alive with a victory today.
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