By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
10-man Manchester City suffered a shock 2-1 loss at home to Everton in the Premier League in a game which, had they won, could have seen them top the table over Christmas.
The game came only hours after Carlos Tevez withdrew his transfer request and committed himself to the club. A City side, that saw Micah named among the substitutes enjoyed much of the initial possession before an unmarked Seamus Coleman flicked a Leighton Baines cross into the path of an open Tim Cahill, who nodded the ball into the net.
With only five minutes gone Everton took the lead, Leighton Baines curling a right foot shot into the goal.
Minutes later, however, City fought back and David Silva attempted a one-two with Tevez only for Everton keeper Tim Howard to race off his line to intercept the pass. They continued to push and Balotelli struck a left footed volley from a corner which skimmed over the bar by a few inches.
City’s best effort of the first half came with Kolarov’s 30 yard free kick which left Tim Howard scrambling to turn the ball behind for a corner, but Everton’s defence remained solid and the away team went in at half time two nil up despite having far less of the possession.
Manchester City kicked off the second half with one change, Adam Johnson replacing James Milner, and City continued to increase the pressure with Kolarov firing in another drive from 25 yards which missed its target by inches.
Moments after, Anichebe was booked for charging down Joe Hart when chasing a back pass, and soon after he was handed his marching orders after a petulant foul on Zabaleta.
City’s resolution was finally rewarded as they forced an own goal from Jagielka after a fine move from the home side. Yaya Toure’s shot took a crucial deflection from the Everton defender which handed City a lifeline.
The home side continued to press with shot after shot but Tim Howard and his defence held firm. With just minutes remaining, a frustrated Kolo Toure was dismissed for a second bookable offence, leaving both teams with ten men and ensuring their Manchester rivals would remain top of the tree over Christmas.
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov, Milner, Toure Yaya, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Balotelli.Subs: Given, Richards, Wright-Phillips, Adam Johnson, Boateng, Vieira, Jo.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Coleman, Rodwell, Fellaini, Osman, Cahill, Anichebe.Subs: Mucha, Hibbert, Bilyaletdinov, Saha, Beckford, Gueye, Yakubu.