Catch the complete playback and highlights of the Everton versus Manchester City showdown.
Get set to witness the action at 20:15 (GMT) on 27th December 2023
The official overseeing the game is J. Brooks
Staged at Goodison Park
This marks a fixture in the Premier League of England, Week 19, Season 2023/2024.
Everton vs Manchester City Full Match Reports
Manchester City edged closer to the summit of the Premier League, securing a 3-1 triumph over Everton with a stellar second-half display. This victory marked Pep Guardiola’s side’s seventh consecutive Premier League win at Goodison Park.
Fresh off their triumph in the Club World Cup in Saudi Arabia, City returned to domestic action with a resolute determination to rejuvenate their faltering defense of the Premier League title. Facing an in-form Everton side, considered a challenging assignment, the visitors promptly seized control of the game. Julián Álvarez’s close-range effort was thwarted by Jordan Pickford in the early stages, setting the tone for a one-sided opening 15 minutes. Despite City’s dominance, Pickford exhibited resilience in the Everton goal, making a superb double save to deny Matheus Nunes and Phil Foden.
Surviving the initial onslaught, Everton unexpectedly took the lead against the run of play just before the half-hour mark. Dwight McNeil capitalized on a poor touch from Rodri, setting up Jack Harrison for a straightforward finish inside the six-yard box. Empowered by this momentum, the hosts nearly doubled their lead before halftime, but Ederson’s impressive reflexes tipped a fierce Harrison strike over the bar, maintaining the deficit at a single goal.
The early stages of the second half mirrored the first, and City’s persistence paid off with an equalizer in the 53rd minute. Foden caught Pickford off guard with a powerful 25-yard drive, leveling the score. Buoyed by this equalizer, the visitors came remarkably close to completing their turnaround just two minutes later, as Foden narrowly missed Álvarez’s low cross inches from the far post.
Undeterred, City received a golden opportunity to seize the lead after the hour mark when Nathan Aké’s goal-bound effort struck Amadou Onana’s arm. In the absence of the first-choice taker Erling Haaland, Álvarez took responsibility from the spot, blasting his penalty down the middle for his fifth Premier League goal of the season. Despite Everton probing for a late response in the final 20 minutes, Bernardo Silva capitalized on a wayward pass from Pickford with a well-executed lob, securing City’s second Premier League win in seven matches. In contrast, the hosts, reeling from back-to-back league defeats for the first time since August, will be eager to bounce back against Wolves on Saturday.
Man of the Match: Phil Foden (Manchester City).