Manchester City beat Everton 2-0 to go top

Manchester City were held at bay until the 68th minute against an organised Everton side before Mario Balotelli found a breakthrough. Manchester City temporarily went top of the Premier League on Saturday afternoon after a 2-0 win over Everton at Eastlands. Roberto Mancini’s side were frustrated for most of the game by a disciplined Toffees team who were happy to defend and look for opportunities on the counter-attack, with Tim Cahill playing as the lone striker. Chances were scarce during the first half, with Everton rarely threatening the City goal and the home side forced to take shots from outside…

Manchester City beat Everton 2-0 to go top

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September 24th, 2011

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Manchester City were held at bay until the 68th minute against an organised Everton side before Mario Balotelli found a breakthrough.

Manchester City temporarily went top of the Premier League on Saturday afternoon after a 2-0 win over Everton at Eastlands.

Roberto Mancini’s side were frustrated for most of the game by a disciplined Toffees team who were happy to defend and look for opportunities on the counter-attack, with Tim Cahill playing as the lone striker.

Chances were scarce during the first half, with Everton rarely threatening the City goal and the home side forced to take shots from outside of the area, with Sergio Aguero testing Tim Howard from range, while David Silva found himself closely marked by Jack Rodwell.

The second half started in the same way and forced Mancini into making a substitution, although it was to be a successful one, with Mario Balotelli needing just a few minutes to break the deadlock.

The Italian found space on the edge of the penalty area and his shot was deflected into the goal by Phil Jagielka, with Sergio Aguero having teed up his team-mate.

Balotelli celebrated by running over to Mancini on the touchline and gaps now began to appear in the Everton defence as the visitors tried to restore parity.

A poor pass from substitute Royston Drenthe put his team-mates in trouble and David Silva cleverly found James Milner who made sure of the three points with a neat finish.

Manchester City are likely to encounter many teams defending in numbers against them this season, although they will be satisfied by a return of 16 points from their first 6 games.

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