Everton 0-1 Man City highlights and reaction as Foden scores late and Rodri survives VAR call

Manchester City re-opened a six-point gap over Liverpool in the Premier League with a tense win over Everton at Goodison Park.

With Liverpool moving to within three points of City this week after the Blues lost to Tottenham last time out, Pep Guardiola was looking for a response with Liverpool not in Premier League action this weekend.

Guardiola welcomed back Jack Grealish and Gabriel Jesus to the bench, but Zack Steffen and Cole Palmer both remained out. Aleks Zinchenko was given a huge ovation as both sets of players and fans showed their support for Ukraine after this week’s invasion of Zinchenko’s homeland.

On the pitch, City were far from their best but scraped a late win thanks to Phil Foden’s goal in 80 minutes. Bernardo’s cross was deflected to Michael Keane, but the defender hesitated and Foden slipped in for a tap-in and sent the City fans wild.

City starting XI vs Everton: Ederson, Stones, Dias, Laporte, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Gundogan (C), Bernardo, Foden, Sterling.

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Lampard: Penalty call was incompetence

Frank Lampard wasn’t happy with that penalty decision.

I have told Sky:

“I was calm, I was not shouting and ranting at him. I wanted to know if offside in the build up but I have been told it wasn’t in the build up.

“Go to VAR, they have two minutes to look at it and to think they have not given that as a penalty when it strikes him on the arm, in an unnatural position. I have a three year old daughter at home who could tell you that was a penalty.”

“We are fighting at the bottom of the table and they are fighting at the top and an easy decision to give on a penalty. I don’t know what has to happen as a reflection of that. A mistake is when you have done something wrong and don’t have time to think about it, they had two minutes to digest the handball.

“Even if the VAR says not sure, then go have a look. It is incompetence at best, if not that then someone needs to explain what it is.”

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Players weren’t sure on handball claim

John Stones tells Sky Sports:

“I didn’t get a good view of it when it happened. The ball went out and VAR checked and you are just waiting then.”

Phil Foden said:

“I was just praying, fingers crossed it was not a penalty. I didn’t get a good sight of it but my heart was in my mouth.”

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pep reacts

Speaking to Sky, the manager says:

“I have to admit really important. The second half was much better for the consequences of the first half. Goodison Park for us is always so difficult. Good victory, another step. In general we controlled in the second half, not a lot because it was not possible but the second half much, much better.

“When the opponent decides the striker to mark the midfielder it is difficult with the spaces. Everton make a moment. It is difficult, we knew it. I said to the guys they are doing well and be patient and we will find the moment.

“We did everything to win. When you have that the manager will be alongside the players that is for sure. Have to try again and try again and in the end Phil was there and score.

“We were searching. We tried and we were there. We earned the good fortune. Everton has top players. Their quality is there, we knew it.”

On the title battle:

“It is six points but one game more. Eleven games to finish the Premier League, the players we spoke to the team we have to win all the games. Against Tottenham, Southampton and today we performed who we are. Keep going and try to do it.”

On support for Ukraine and Zinchenko:

“Thank you so much for all the people at Goodison Park. It was so emotional. It is not a nice moment for Zinchenko and the Ukrainian people right now. The people from Goodison Park were amazing for this.”

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Pep’s verdict on the handball

There was suspicion of offside in the build-up before Rodri’s handball that wasn’t given by VAR.

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REPORT: City regain title edge on emotional day

On a day when Everton surfed the passion of an emotional day at Goodison Park, and Manchester City huffed and puffed, Phil Foden delivered a winning goal that could prove crucial in the title race.

It looked like the Blues were heading for more dropped points until the 21-year-old pounced on a mistake by an exhausted Everton defence.

With Liverpool fans relishing the thought that their neighbors from across Stanley Park might inflict another big dent in City’s previously impregnable armour, Foden’s goal could be a turning point.

It puts six points of daylight between them and Jurgen Klopp’s side again, as Liverpool prepare for the Carabao Cup final tomorrow.

Until that late moment, Everton looked like clinging on after expending a huge amount of energy in negating the Blues in the first half, and ten defended doggedly as the inevitable Blue surge happened – none too convincingly – after the break.

Read the full story here.

Phil Foden scores vs Everton (Image: Getty Images)

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standing strong

City are united in the dressing room.

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Clarification on the VAR call

Not sure that will calm the angry Twitter storm from Everton and Liverpool fans…

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The penalty incident

Both sides of Merseyside are already furious at this decision.

Everton wanted a point their performance probably deserved, while Liverpool wanted to deprive City of two.

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Chelsea news will dominate post-match

That news that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has ‘transferred stewardship’ of the club is already dominating the post-match chat – understandably given the magnitude and uncertainty of the news.

We’ll be focusing on City, though, after such a significant win on the pitch.

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Player Ratings

Ederson one sharp save from Richarlison in the first half and was increasingly a spectator as City stepped it up 6

John Stones given a hard time by Gordon in the first half but almost grabbed a dream return goal in the second half 6

Ruben Days pretty much in control for all of Everton’s endeavor, as Ederson’s inactivity shows. 7

Aymeric Laporte defensively sound and as the game wore on began to exert pressure with some smart passing 7

Joao Cancelo uncommonly lax in his passing and lacking the dynamism that has set him apart this season 5

Read the full ratings here.

Phil Foden scores vs Everton (Image: PA)

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Watch Foden’s winning goal

It could be a decisive moment in the title race.

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Huge celebrations

City players and fans know the significance of this one.

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What a huge win that could turn out to be for City!

Far from their best, they’ve stolen three points through Phil Foden’s late strike.

Reaction to follow.

Phil Foden is challenged by Donny van de Beek (Image: Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

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Now Ederson is down

Dele Alli clatters into Ederson and we’ve got another stoppage. Dele is booked.

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Stones injury

John Stones appears to have a dislocated finger.

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Five minutes added

A huge roar goes around Goodison.

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Foden booked

Phil Foden and Seamus Coleman have a coming together, and the City man gets the yellow card.

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Ederson booked

Ederson collects a yellow card after taking too long to restart the game.

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No penalty!

Wow, what a let off.

The ball hit Rodri on his upper arm as he controlled it under no pressure in the box. It must have touched enough of the sleeve to not have counted as handball.

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The ball hits Rodri on the arm and there’s a huge penalty appeal.

VAR are checking.

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Foden scores!!!

Hesitation at the back and Foden is there for an easy tap in!

Michael Keane just didn’t react to a Bernardo cross, and gave Foden the easiest goal out of nothing.

Huge goal!

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double city change

Jesus and Mahrez are on for Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan.

Meanwhile, Everton bring on Demarai Gray for Anthony Gordon.

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Or maybe not…

Or maybe Guardiola will turn to his bench!

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City’s best period of the match

This may be the point where fans call for subs to be made with the score at 0-0 but this is City’s best period of the match.

They’re cutting through Everton and creating chances in a way they hadn’t up to this point. Don’t be surprised if Guardiola keeps it as it is for now.

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Everton change

Everton have replaced Donny van de Beek with Dele Alli.

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Big news from Chelsea tonight

Some huge news coming out of Chelsea tonight, as owner Roman Abramovich has issued a statement saying he is giving the ‘stewardship and care’ of the club to trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation.

In a statement on the Chelsea website, he said:

“During my nearly 20-year ownership of Chelsea FC, I have always viewed my role as a custodian of the Club, whose job it is ensuring that we are as successful as we can be today, as well as build for the future, while also playing a positive role in our communities.I have always made decisions with the Club’s best interest at heart.I remain committed to these values.That is why I am today giving trustees of Chelsea’s charitable Foundation the stewardship and care of Chelsea FC.

“I believe that currently they are in the best position to look after the interests of the Club, players, staff, and fans.”


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