F/T: Everton 2 Manchester City 0

FT: Everton 2 Manchester City 0.

With virtually the last kick of the game, Fellaini breaks for Everton, playing in Jelavic, who sets himself up for a shot, with a defection off Toure taking the ball past Hart and sealing the victory for the hosts!


A diving punch from Mucha sees Clichy's delivery parried away, with just a minute left for Everton to hang on now!

Osman is next to collect a booking, the seventh of the game, as three minutes of time is added on.

Jelavic takes Anichebe's place late on for Everton.

Mucha punches away Zabaleta's hopeful flick from inside the box, as Everton hang on with minutes to go as City urgently pile forward in search of a crucial equaliser.

Kolarov fires an effort at goal in the end, but the Everton wall does its job as the Toffees look to counter with Naismith who runs upward of 40 yards to keep possession.

City are right to be livid after that decision from Probert, as Tevez steps up to shoot from 20 yards.

Fellaini blocks Tevez's shot with an arm, and the outcome appears to be a free-kick on the edge of the box, when the handball occurred well inside the penalty area.

A woeful Naismith corner allows Nasri to calmly clear the danger as Everton look to control play in midfielder after that burst from City.

Milner's game comes to an end as he is replaced by Clichy, while Sinclair comes on for Toure.

Coleman easily drifts around Kolarov, with a strong sliding tackle from Nastasic taking the ball out for a throw-in.

Anichebe gets his head to the delivery, conceding a throw-in as the Toffees remain penned into their own half, before Nasri's low drive is well saved by Mucha.

Supreme defending from Coleman at the far post, who takes the ball off Tevez's head from Kolarov's delivery to concede a corner, with City firmly on the attack now.

Milner fumes at Silva as he gets in the way of his shot, with a City corner the end result from the attack, which Kolarov will take.

Mucha roars out again to deny Zabaleta this time, whose effort is powerfully cleared away by the Everton keeper after neat play from Silva.

Dzeko takes a tumble, albeit a theatrical one under Heitinga, and asa result no free-kick is given to City on the edge of the Everton's penalty area.

Cracking chance for Distin to make it 2-0, as the unmarked defender has space aplenty in behind Toure, but can only direct the ball over the bar.

Naismith's poor return pass to Fellaini sees a promising Everton break ended prematurely, with both sides attacking with purpose as we enter the last 15 minutes.

Heitinga is found by Baines at the far post, heading down at Hart before a succession of flicks see the ball bounce out for a goal-kick.

Osman easily hussles away from Garcia, before Coleman's progress down the right results in a corner for the Toffees.

Brave defending from Distin sees him dive in to prevent Zabelata's delivery finding a target as the defender concedes a corner, which is in turn headed over by Dzeko.

Kolarov picks out SIlva, but his first touch allows Heitinga in to steal the ball away, with City starting to impose themselves more in Everton's half as they look to make their numbers advantage count.

Mirallas heads off for Everton, with Naismith taking his place.

A change for City as Nasri replaces Barry.

A short corner sees Everton struggle to deliver, before Mirallas' half cross/half shot is caught well under pressure by Hart.

Anichebe looks to find Mirallas at the near post, but Nastasic reads the run and intercepts before Anichebe's persistence earns Everton a corner.

Heroics from Mucha, as Tevez's flick from Dzeko's chip is parried away, before the keeper is busy once more to concede a corner from Milner's attempt on the rebound.

Tevez looks to feed in Dzeko with a deft ball, which is read by Distin, with the tackles coming in thick and fast now.

Milner hauls down Mirallas as the forward looked to break, and the City man will feel mightily fortunate not to pick up a booking there.

Probert is having a relentless afternoon, with Coleman pulling down Kolarov on the overlap which sees City win a free-kick 25 yards out.

Dzeko ensures an Everton corner fails to provide a shooting chance for the 10-man Toffees, but for the time being it's still the hosts in possession.

There's a chorus of boos around Goodison Park as Pienaar collides with Garcia, leaving his leg in, which earns the Toffees midfielder a second yellow card.

Pienaar is sent off!

From the corner a great chance falls to Osman, whose speculative volley takes a crucial touch off Garcia which prevents the ball finding the top corner.

Fellaini forces a corner for Everton, battling with Zabaleta near the byline which sees his delivery deflected behind.

Milner does well to deliver from the right, but his ball sails behind goal in the end and all his hard work was for nothing.

Nervy moments from City as Hart rushes out to deal with a long ball, before Toure sticks a leg out to clear the ball out of Mirallas' path.

A chance for Nastasic this time, who runs across Anichebe from a City corner, missing the ball entirely and it's an Everton goal-kick.

A golden chance passes for City, as Barry's curling ball to the far post is knocked down by Milner, before Garcia scuffs his shot from 10 yards out.

Fellaini's smooth ball into the oncoming Osman catches Nastasic off guard, but Toure enters the fray to prevent Osman unleashing a shot on goal.

Barry turns with the ball away from Osman, but the outstretched leg of the Everton midfielder brings his opponent to the ground to concede a foul.

Heitinga is on hand to hack away at the near post after Kolarov's ball in from the byline, with City looking far more urgent than they did at the end of the first half.

Toure's carelessness on the ball alllows Anichebe work his way in to intercept the ball from the defender, with the fans buoyed by his enthusiastic antics.

Garcia progresses, finding Tevez on the right, before a strong sliding tackle from Heitinga finds the visitors pushed back.

Anichebe has a knock to his head following a challeng with Garcia, which sees the striker taken to the side for a checking over.

Sublime work from Silva lifts the ball into Kolarov's path, but as he lashes from just inside the box he sees his effort go skyward.

Man City get the game restarted.

Osman's wonderful goal sees Everton lead at the break, with City boss Mancini cutting a frustrated figure as the two sides go in for half time. Send your second half thoughts to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or @JWoodfield365

HT: Everton 1 Manchester City 0.

Silva is the next man on Probert's list, with a lunge on Coleman resulting in yet another Everton free-kick.

Mirallas looks to power his way through the centre, but Nastasic is one man too many for the forward, who ends his progress with a sterling tackle.

Two minutes of added time to be played.

Dzeko looks to thread in Silva, but miscommunication between the two sees the ball roll straight into Mucha's arms after a promising City attack.

Pienaar lifts the ball over his head for Coleman, who directs the ball across goal, with Hart scrambling to clear before Toure deflects it behind for a corner.

Silva's ball into the box carries too much pace for Tevez, but Dzeko retrieves it and continues City's attack, eventually getting his head on the end of Kolarov's cross which sees the ball directed over.

Mirallas is found on the left, but his delivery into the box is bravely met by Nastasic, before Tevez inadvertantly handles the ball and concedes a free-kick.

City nearly draw level through Tevez, who manoeuvres his way around Heitinga, unleashing a shot from 25 yards that bobbles away from the far post.

Coleman supremely ghosts past Kolarov, with his second delivery in quick succession finding Anichebe, who powers the ball over from 10 yards.

Milner isn't having his best of games as Pienaar again flies past him, but as Mirallas tumbles, penalty claims are again sparked but no foul is given against Nastasic.

Fellaini takes a tumble in the box but Probert is having none of Everton's calls for a penalty, as the hosts begin to exude confidence following that goal.

Yellow card for Dzeko this time, for a nudge on Coleman in a needless position.

It's a stunning, sliced finish from Osman, who connects first time from Coleman's lay off, with his swerving effort finding the top corner in sensational fashion. What a goal and what a way to break the deadlock!


Anichebe lays the ball off to Pienaar, but Toure goes in eagerly and concedes yet another free-kick inside City's half, which Baines will take.

Kolarov is next in line for a yellow card, after a professional wrestling match with Osman ends with the City man being judged the aggressor.

A glorious flick from Dzeko looked to set to unleash Silva, but Distin anticipated the touch well and steps in to bring the move to a halt.

Kolarov lets fly from the free-kick, but his thunderbolt clips the wall, before Barry's lunge on Distin sees the Everton defender clattered, which earns his side a free-kick.

A City free-kick sees Osman valiantly battle to reclaim possesson, but as Pienaar slides in on Barry moments later the referee brings the yellow card back out.

Mirallas takes aim, but the forward was some way out from goal and ends up unleashing a fairly tame drive wayward from the target.

Excellent movement from Dzeko, who creates a yard to shoot in front of Distin and fires low at Mucha, with City starting to dominate now as they press for the opening goal.

Tevez collects the ball from Silva, and once more Mucha's hands are tested as the keeper makes a solid save at the near post from the Argentine.

Silva's curling delivery is aimed towards the back post, but Mucha shows good hands to clutch the ball out of the air ahead of the arriving Dzeko.

Silva looks for Zabaleta on the overlap, and as the full-back is cut down by Baines, City earn a free-kick 40 yards from goal.

Pienaar stretches play to involve Coleman, who has begun with wondeful intent down the right, but as his delivery comes in, the ball flicks off Anichebe and it's a City goal-kick.

It's still at Everton for the time being, but as Anichebe and Garcia battle for the loose ball, the decision goes against the Everton striker.

Coleman's long delivery is retrieved by Baines, whose fine work at the byline again sees Zabaleta scramble to concede a corner.

Milner looks for Dzeko in behind DIstin, who marshalls the run of the striker and the result in the end is a simple claim for Mucha.

The ball is in the net, but the offside flag is raised as Mirallas fires the ball past Hart, with replays showing the linesman's call may have been a harsh one.

Fellaini steps in to cut out Zabaleta's ball, and upon playing in Osman, the overly vigorous Milner storms into the Everton man and concedes a free-kick.

Hart is called into action as City hold off Everton once more, as the hosts begin with a monstrous urgency all over the pitch in these early stages.

Gibson's woeful efforts strikes the wall, but terrific work from Coleman down the byline results in a Toffees corner.

Toure is the man penalised this time for a nudge on Anichebe 30 yards from goal. Baines, Pienaar and Gibson are eyeing it up...

A crunching tackle from Fellaini on Milner brings the game to a halt, and that sees the Everton midfielder collect the first booking of the game.

Toure gets his head to Baines' delivery, which sees the ball travel for a corner. Baines crosses in once more, and a momentary scramble occurs before City clear their lines.

A lovely touch from Baines sees him nip past Milner, who lunges in and concedes a careless free-kick near the byline.

Dzeko is reprimanded after that collision, with dissent seemingly the reason for his warning from referee Probert.

Distin leaps above Dzeko, heading the ball in front of the striker, who lands awkwardly before eventually getting back up to his feet.

Neat play from the hosts sees them advance into City's half, before Heitinga's attempt to feed in Coleman results in an away throw-in.

Coleman takes on Kolarov, edging past the City full-back before a wayward ball into Osman sees Garcia step in to intervene.

Everton get the action underway.

Our friends at Sky Bet make City marginal favourites to triumph today, where they can be backed at 6/5. Everton aren't far behind at 9/4 while the draw is available at 12/5.

Martin Richmond writes: "Liverpool fan here, Hoping for a Manchester City victory, predicting a 3-1 victory for City with Fellaini scoring for Everton and Dzeko and Tevez (X2) scoring for City."

Manchester City are without talisman Yaya Toure as they look to keep themselves in the Barclays Premier League title race. The Ivory Coast midfielder is forced to miss the trip to Goodison Park after suffering a migraine and is replaced by Javi Garcia. Joe Hart, Matija Nastasic and James Milner also come back into the side. Everton make two changes following their dismal FA Cup quarter-final loss to Wigan with Darron Gibson and Victor Anichebe replacing the benched Phil Neville and Nikica Jelavic.

Stewart MacLaren writes: "From a warm & windy Torrevieja in Spain saying that Everton will beat Man City 2-1 at Goodison Park with good goals from Fellaini & Anichebe."

The referee for today's clash is Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

Man City team v Everton: Hart, Zabaleta, Toure, Nastasic, Kolarov, Javi Garcia, Barry, Milner, Tevez, Silva, Dzeko. Subs: Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Nasri, Sinclair, Clichy, Razak, Lopes.

Everton team v Man City: Mucha, Coleman, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Mirallas, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Anichebe. Subs: Subs: Springthorpe, Jelavic, Oviedo, Naismith, Neville, Barkley, Duffy.

Here are the teams.....

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Goodison Park for the Barclays Premier League clash between Everton and Manchester City. City cannot afford to drop points today as they look to close neighbours United's 12-point gap at the top of the Premier League, while Everton could temporarily leapfrog Liverpool with victory this lunchtime. There's a lot on the line today, and you can send me your thoughts at jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or tweet @JWoodfield365

Kick-off is at 1245 GMT.

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