Everton 1-1 Manchester City (10.01.2015) Live Commentary

It was a good decision to watch today’s encounter. There has been more to be seen on the pitch than in most of the other games. The visitors played the better football overall. The home side relied on getting in chances mostly with counter-attacking, the opposite to the away team which made a lot of passes and attempted to maintain possession.
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
That will be all from Samir Nasri (Manchester City) who is being replaced by the fresh legs of Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).
We will have 3 min. of added time.
Samir Nasri (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 Joel Robles (Everton) pulls off an easy save.
The attendance for today’s match is 39499.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) brings his opponent down. Martin Atkinson has a clear vision and blows his whistle for a foul.
Leighton Baines (Everton) takes the corner, but he overhits it and none of his teammates are able to reach the ball.
Kevin Mirallas (Everton) sends a cross into the box that is cleared. Everton have been awarded a corner kick.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) gets to the ball from the resulting corner, but he blazes it well over the bar.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) is heading toward the corner flag to execute the set piece.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) slides a pass forward, but one of the defenders cuts it out. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Manchester City are going to take it.
Substitution has been made. Fernandinho (Manchester City) is replaced by Frank Lampard (Manchester City).
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. It will be a corner kick for Manchester City.
The ball is whipped in from the free kick and finds the head of Steven Naismith (Everton), who rises and produces an amazing header that goes inside the right post.
Substitution. Aiden McGeady (Everton) makes way for Kevin Mirallas (Everton).
Fernandinho (Manchester City) leaps to meet an excellent cross and steers a fantastic header past the goalkeeper, inside the left post.
What a chance that is! Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) finds himself unmarked in a promising position after receiving a cross on the edge of the box and his attempt sails by a whisker wide of the left post.
Martin Atkinson pulls out a yellow card to show it to Fernandinho (Manchester City) for a tough tackle.
Substitution. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) will be replaced by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) takes the resulting corner which is averted.
Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. Manchester City forced their opponent to concede a corner.
John Stones (Everton) is awarded a yellow card for his tackle. He doesn’t seem to agree with the decision, but Martin Atkinson won’t hear any protests.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) sends a promising strike from the free kick, which is placed just outside the penalty area. His nice effort, flying towards the middle of the goal, is denied by Joel Robles (Everton), who pulls off a comfortable save!
Aiden McGeady (Everton) was trying to get to the ball but hit the legs of the opponent as well. Martin Atkinson blows the whistle for infingement. Manchester City have been awarded a free kick.
Ross Barkley (Everton) takes the corner which is cleared by the opposition’s defence.
Joe Hart was forced into action to thwart Romelu Lukaku (Everton). He found himself some space after latching on to a pass and unleashed a shot to the bottom left corner but couldn’t beat the keeper. Good work from Everton as they win a corner.
A clumsy foul by Aiden McGeady (Everton) and Martin Atkinson blows the whistle. Manchester City are given an advantage. They have a free kick.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates as he overhits the effort.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Manchester City.
Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Martin Atkinson doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
Ross Barkley (Everton) takes a mid-range free kick, but his strike goes well wide of the right post.
Martin Atkinson blows the whistle, Fernandinho (Manchester City) is penalised for a foul. Everton with a free kick.
We are entering into the second half.
Let’s hope the players will show us more in the second half as the first one has been rather ordinary, without a plenty of goalscoring opportunities. The visitors mostly control the match and make it pretty difficult for the opponent to keep pace. The home side’s tactic is what is called kick and rush football, exact opposite of the away team which makes a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession.
That’s all for the first half. The referee blows his whistle, and players are heading into their locker rooms.
There will be a minimum of 1 min. of added time.
The resulting corner from Jesus Navas (Manchester City) is cleared by the defence.
Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) is averted and cleared away to safety. Manchester City get a chance to score from a corner kick.
What a chance that is! Seamus Coleman (Everton) wastes a huge opportunity as he receives a beautiful pass on the edge of the box and fires towards the net, but unfortunately for him, he hits the crossbar!
Aiden McGeady (Everton) sends a long ball in, but Joe Hart comfortably gathers the ball.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) shoots after receiving a good pass. His effort from the edge of the box goes just wide of the left post.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) whips in the corner, but one of the defending players gets ahead of it and intercepts.
The resulting corner, taken by Jesus Navas (Manchester City), comes to nothing. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester City are awarded a corner kick.
Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) collects a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a shot which is brilliantly blocked by a defender. The ball goes out for a corner. Manchester City can continue in their attacking effort.
What a close effort by Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City), who receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots. The ball goes by a whisker over the crossbar.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) floats the ball in from the corner which is intercepted.
The ball is cleared after David Silva (Manchester City) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester City have been awarded a corner kick.
Leighton Baines (Everton) takes the corner, but the opposition’s defence is ready to clear the ball to safety.
Steven Naismith (Everton) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. The referee signals for a corner kick, Everton are awarded.
Flag goes up against Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) fails to produce a decent enough free kick for a player of his ability and the only target that he finds is the wall of defenders in front of him.
Steven Naismith (Everton) jumps into tackle, but Martin Atkinson blows his whistle for a foul. A free kick to Manchester City.
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
Ross Barkley (Everton) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates. The ball is easily cleared out of danger.
Aiden McGeady (Everton) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out. The ball goes out-of-play. Everton have been awarded a corner kick.
An accurate pass to the edge of the box is well received by Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City), who flashes an instinctive shot towards goal, but it goes inches wide of the left post.
Fernandinho (Manchester City) brings an opponent down and Martin Atkinson interrupts the game.
Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Martin Atkinson blows a whistle for a foul.
Muhamed Besic (Everton) comes close to scoring. He connected with a pass inside the box, and he perhaps should have done better than direct his shot straight at Joe Hart (Manchester City).
Golden chance! Jesus Navas (Manchester City) meets a cross in the box and finds some space for a shot. He produces an inaccurate effort that goes wide of the left post.
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) commits a minor foul and opponent’s attack is interrupted. He is warned by the referee that the next time he will not get away without a yellow card. A free kick to Everton. It’s in no position to be converted into a direct shot on goal.
Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) latches on to an accurate pass inside the box and immediately releases a shot towards the net. His blast went high above the crossbar.
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) takes the corner but it has been cleared.
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted. Manchester City have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
David Silva (Manchester City) is unable to feed an accurate cross into the box.
Aiden McGeady (Everton) commits a sliding tackle while hitting his opponent’s legs. The referee blows his whistle for infringement.
The referee blows his whistle and we are underway.
The players are out at last! Manchester City will take the kick-off.
Martin Atkinson will referee today’s match.
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