Everton 0-2 Manchester City (23.08.2015) Live Commentary

What a terrific football game that was, everything included. There was a superiority of the away team to be seen on the pitch today. In terms of strategy, the hosts were waiting for the correct moment to win the ball and to launch the counter-attack. The visiting side applied playmaking style of football.
The referee checks his watch and blows his whistle to signal the end of this match.
Ross Barkley (Everton) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
A fine lofted pass into the box, sent by Gerard Deulofeu (Everton), is intercepted by the opposition’s defence. Corner kick. Everton will have an opportunity.
The ball has crossed the sideline. Everton are taking a throw-in.
4 additional min. will be played.
The attendance is 38523.
Steven Naismith (Everton) is adjudged to have been offside when making his run.
Substitution. Fabian Delph (Manchester City) replaces David Silva.
GOAL! 0:2! Yaya Toure found Samir Nasri (Manchester City) inside the box, who spotted goalkeeper Tim Howard off his line and chipped the ball into the net. A cheeky lob that was.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) latches on to a precise pass and one-on-one with the keeper slams the ball towards the middle of the goal. Tim Howard (Everton) is alert, though, and makes an easy save to deny his attempt.
David Silva (Manchester City) fails to produce a decent cross from the corner kick. The ball goes well out-of-play.
Roberto Martinez has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) replacing Tom Cleverley.
Attempted cross from David Silva (Manchester City) is cleared. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Manchester City.
It’s a yellow card for Samir Nasri (Manchester City).
Manchester City seeing far more of the ball now.
Tom Cleverley (Everton) takes the corner kick and sends a lovely ball into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and knocks the ball to safety.
Seamus Coleman (Everton) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the defenders is alert and spanks it away. It will be a corner kick for Everton.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) produces a lovely chip pass into the box, but one of the opposition players cuts it out.
The statistics of shots at goal – 1:9.
Substitution. Sergio Aguero is making his way off the pitch with Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) coming on as his replacement.
Bacary Sagna passes to Yaya Toure (Manchester City), but he produces a wild shot from the edge of the box. It goes high over the bar.
Gareth Barry (Everton) connects with a cross from the side and steers a header from around the penalty spot towards the goal. The ball goes in a right direction, but it’s stopped by one of the defenders.
Tom Cleverley (Everton) sends the corner into the box, but Joe Hart (Manchester City) intercepts it and averts the threat.
Seamus Coleman (Everton) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked. Everton force a corner. They send men into the box.
That’s the end of the game for Raheem Sterling, who is replaced by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
Steven Naismith (Everton) with an overly-aggressive challenge, and referee Anthony Taylor blows his whistle for a foul.
David Silva (Manchester City) fails to pick a body out in the box with a over-hit chip pass.
A horde of the players are waiting inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but David Silva (Manchester City) takes it with a short pass.
A lofted cross from Jesus Navas (Manchester City) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester City will have a chance to score from a corner.
Seamus Coleman (Everton) is flagged for offside.
Anthony Taylor blows the whistle. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) commits a foul after a dangerous play.
David Silva (Manchester City) sends a pass into the box, but the opposition’s defence is alert to the danger and makes a clearance.
Ross Barkley (Everton) takes the corner which is cleared.
The resulting corner from Ross Barkley (Everton) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger. The ball is out-of-play and Everton manage to earn a corner.
Steven Naismith (Everton) takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it’s not a big threat for the goalkeeper as his effort is blocked by a defender. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Everton.
The corner from Tom Cleverley (Everton) is intercepted by the defence.
Ross Barkley (Everton) strikes the ball towards goal, but it fails to reach the target after being well blocked by one of the defenders. Everton have been awarded a corner kick.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) puts a cross into the box from the corner but there is no panic for the oppositon as they easily clear.
Today’s match ends for Arouna Kone who will be replaced by Steven Naismith (Everton).
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) goes on a mazy run, skips past two defenders and pulls the trigger in front of the keeper. Tim Howard makes a great save to deny his effort directed to the middle of the goal. Manchester City get a chance to score from a corner kick.
Goal! Raheem Sterling displays great vision and sends a pass to Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City), who shows brilliant composure inside the box to bury the ball into the bottom right corner. The score is 0:1.
Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) aims a cross from the side into the penalty area in order to find one of his teammates, but he fails, and the situation doesn’t bear fruit. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Everton.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Tim Howard (Everton), who smothers the ball.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) put a cross into the box which wasn’t a bad decision, but he failed to achieve what he wanted as none of his teammates managed to meet it.
Good movement by Tom Cleverley (Everton), but he can’t find any of his teammates with a poor cross.
Some patient build-up play from Everton as they look to unlock the defence.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) doesn’t send a cross into the box from the corner. He passes the ball to his teammate next to him.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
David Silva (Manchester City) perfectly receives a clever neat pass inside the box and his effort crashes against the left post! What an opportunity that was!
The game restarts for the second half.
It’s a wonderful experience for every football lover to behold this hugely entertaining encounter. The players are showing their best, making the game very attractive. We can’t say that one of the teams enjoyed any superiority over the first half. The home side relies on getting in chances mostly with counter-attacking, the opposite to the away team whom makes a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession.
Anthony Taylor has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) takes the resulting free kick from the edge of the box. His rocket of a shot crashes against the crossbar! What a shot.
Everton are given a free kick. Will they create a chance from this?
A yellow card for a tackle by Fernandinho (Manchester City). Anthony Taylor doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision.
Brendan Galloway is being substituted because of an injury. Roberto Martinez sends Tyias Browning (Everton) on the pitch.
We will have 4 min. of added time.
Ross Barkley (Everton) misses a great opportunity to convert the free kick from the edge of the penalty box after firing the ball high over the crossbar of the goal.
That’s a free kick to Everton.
Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) sees a yellow card from Anthony Taylor after he sent one of the opposing players to the ground.
Ross Barkley (Everton) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
Brendan Galloway (Everton) is able to continue to play.
The assistant referee signals a throw-in for Everton.
Brendan Galloway (Everton) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
David Silva (Manchester City) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first.
Anthony Taylor calls for a foul. John Stones (Everton) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball. A free kick is given to Manchester City.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety.
A dangerous towering header by Phil Jagielka (Everton) from around the penalty spot goes just over the bar. This corner kick didn’t change the score.
Corner kick. Tom Cleverley (Everton) is ready to send the ball in.
Ross Barkley (Everton) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear. The ball goes behind for a corner. Everton will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out.
Fernandinho (Manchester City) acted too fiercely in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent and Anthony Taylor calls for a foul.
A player from Manchester City commits an attacking foul. The referee blows his whistle.
David Silva (Manchester City) prepares to take a corner kick.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) fashions a shot from the edge of the box after receiving an accurate pass. Tim Howard makes a stunning save and denies the effort which is headed for the bottom left corner. Now Manchester City with a corner.
Seamus Coleman (Everton) creates himself a good chance and goes for goal from mid-range, but he misses the right post by a whisker.
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) receives a pass and tries his luck with a shot from 20 metres out. The effort, which is aimed towards the right side of the goal, is denied by Tim Howard (Everton) who pulls off a decent save.
A goal, which was scored by Romelu Lukaku (Everton), was disallowed due to offside.
Seamus Coleman (Everton) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat.
The ball is out-of-play. Manchester City will take a throw-in.
What a miskick by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City). He smashes a volley from long distance that goes into the stands.
Joe Hart blocks the effort to deny Ross Barkley (Everton), who takes a shot from the edge of the box.
Bakary Sagna (Manchester City) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) works the corner short instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester City are awarded a corner kick.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) breaks past challenges, but puts too much pace on his pass to Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).
David Silva (Manchester City) meets a pass on the edge of the penalty area and finishes down to the middle of the goal. He didn’t put enough power into the effort, and Tim Howard pulls off an easy save.
Anthony Taylor has a clear vision and sees a foul from Gareth Barry (Everton).
Ross Barkley (Everton) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) requires medical treatment, so the referee stops play and signals for the physio to come onto the pitch.
Tom Cleverley (Everton) attempts to find one of his teammates inside the box with a chip pass, but one of the defending players reacts superbly and intercepts the ball. The referee points to the corner flag. Everton are given a corner.
Tom Cleverley (Everton) clips an inviting cross into the box, but there’s no one in a position to get on the end of it.
Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) decided to shoot after receiving a sweet pass. The ball went low to the middle of the goal, but Tim Howard (Everton) made a easy save.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) is caught offside!
Ross Barkley (Everton) attempts to find some of his teammates with a dangerous pass from the edge of the box. The opponent’s defence intercepts the effort and clears the ball to safety.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) sends a sweet pass into the box towards Sergio Agüero (Manchester City). He looks to dribble past an opposing player, but fails and the ball is cleared.
David Silva (Manchester City) sends an inaccurate cross from the corner kick as he overhits his effort. The ball goes out-of-play.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) picks up a rebound inside the penalty area and sends a shot, aiming to the middle of the goal, but gets denied by Tim Howard who makes a reflexive save. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Manchester City will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
David Silva (Manchester City) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a precise pass. He pulls the trigger but hits only one of the opponents who got in the trajectory of his effort.
Here we go, today’s match is starting right now.
Everton will kick the game off.
Today’s referee will be Anthony Taylor.
You can have a look at the starting XIs of both teams in the details of this match.
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