Everton fought an amazing rearguard battle to hold a resurgent Manchester City side to a 1-1 draw.
City were dominant for most of the game, controlling possession to the tune of 72% to the Toffees’ 28%. The home side had 19 shots, with 8 on goal and were only able to beat inspired goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg just once through a Nolito header. The Dutchman also saved two penalties and made a couple of other outstanding saves to keep out the Citizens.
Everton scored in the second half through a well-taken goal from striker Romelu Lukaku, and were rarely able to venture past the half line without losing the ball.
Ronald Koeman will have been encouraged to see his halftime shift to a more straightforward 4-4-2 did a better job in closing down the middle of Pep Guardiola’s 3-2-2-3 formation on the day.
City remained top of the table with this result, while Everton are in sixth place with fifteen points, four behind the leaders.
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