Manchester City vs Everton 1-1
The goals were scored by R Lukaku for Everton and Nolito for City.
City manager Pep Guardiola, perhaps with a trip to face his former club Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday in mind, opted not to start Sergio Aguero after his exertions with Argentina during the international break.
Guardiola also set up his team with three at the back and while those selection gambles could not be said to have backfired – City dominated possession and controlled proceedings for much of the game.
Despite dominating possession, City went behind as Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring with a cool finish.
Romelu Lukaku scored a delightful finish after beating Gael Clichy hitting the ball in the far corner stunning the home crowd in to silence after City’s dominance was undone by a devastating break.
Nolito headed in for the hosts from David Silva’s inch-perfect cross.
Kevin De Bruyne missed a golden opportunity to put City ahead when he missed his sides first penalty in the 43rd minute to cap a frustrating first half for the hosts who dominated Everton but failed to make all their creativity pay off. Sergio Aguero saw the same outcome in the second half.
Nolito had a speculative penalty appeal dismissed by Oliver with two minutes remaining in normal time, while fit-again Vincent Kompany made his 300th City appearance, coming off the bench in injury time to feature in the Premier League for the first time this season, but there was to be no dramatic late winner for either team.
After Guardiola’s reunion with Barca at Camp Nou, City’s assault on the Premier League title will resume at home to Southampton, while Everton are next in action away to Burnley.