Everton beat Manchester City 4-0 in a comprehensive win at Goodison Park earlier today. Despite ceding 71% possession to the visitors, the Blues rode their luck in the first half before showing unerring accuracy and finishing every one of their four shots on goal.
Romelu Lukaku struck first before halftime, finishing off a slick passing move that started with Tom Davies slipping Kevin Mirallas into space on the right before the winger laid a pass on a platter for Lukaku to slam home past a mostly invisible Claudio Bravo.
The second goal came soon after the break, and allowed Everton to sit back and absorb City’s pressure. Lukaku looked to play Mirallas through, but a John Stones interception fell to Barkley, and he promptly released Mirallas again, who controlled and then shot into the far corner again.
Davies scored his first goal for Everton for the third, and it was one that he will remember long after he has hung up his plain black boots. Mason Holgate set him free down the right, he shook off two pursuers with a nifty backheel, and then another Barkley pass fell to him and he dinked the ball over a sliding Yaya Toure and hapless Bravo, setting Goodison alight.
New signing and another teenager Ademola Lookman then became Everton’s 500th scorer in the League after another deflected Stones clearance fell to him and he made no mistake, nutmegging the holographic Bravo to finish off the game in time added on.
After the game, manager Ronald Koeman summed up the game well, saying it was “a perfect afternoon”.