Manchester City claimed a comfortable victory over Everton to move back up to second in the Premier League and within touching distance of leaders Chelsea.
Raheem Sterling’s first-half effort set City on their way, marking his 300th top-flight appearance with a deft finish from Joao Cancelo’s sublime outside-of-the-foot pass.
Rodri’s thunderous drive extended their lead after the break and Bernardo Silva tapped in late on in a one-sided contest.
Everton, who had benefitted from a first-half video assistant referee decision to overturn the award of a penalty when Sterling fell under Michael Keane’s challenge, toiled throughout.
With four key players already sidelined, Rafael Benitez’s side rarely looked capable of posing the hosts any problems in attack and Demarai Gray added to their mounting injury concerns by limping off early on.
The only crumb of comfort for the visitors, who remain 11th in the table, was that the margin of defeat was not greater.
Ilkay Gundogan headed against the crossbar for City and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made excellent saves to prevent Silva and Sterling from adding to the scoreline.
More to follow.
- 14LaporteBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAkéat 76′minutes
- 20Bernardo Silva
- 80PalmerSubstituted forMcAteeat 87′minutes
- 47FodenSubstituted forMahrezat 58′minutes
- 3Rúben Dias
- 9Gabriel Jesus
- 8DelphSubstituted forRondónat 63′minutes
- 6AllanSubstituted forOnyangoat 90′minutes
- 11GraySubstituted forIwobiat 17′minutes
- 7RicharlisonBooked at 31mins
- Stuart Attwell
Match ends, Manchester City 3, Everton 0.
Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Everton 0.
Attempt missed. James McAtee (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Rodri.
Substitution, Everton. Tyler Onyango replaces Allan.
Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City).
Andros Townsend (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Manchester City. James McAtee replaces Cole Palmer.
Goal! Manchester City 3, Everton 0. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt blocked. Cole Palmer (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan.
Attempt blocked. Séamus Coleman (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.
Substitution, Manchester City. Nathan Aké replaces Aymeric Laporte.
Attempt missed. Cole Palmer (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Bernardo Silva.
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Cole Palmer (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ben Godfrey (Everton).
John Stones (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Anthony Gordon (Everton).