English Premiership

Man City held at home by Everton

2016-10-15 19:00
Nolito (Manchester City Twitter)

London - Manchester City saw two penalties saved by Maarten Stekelenburg as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring with a sensational solo goal on 64 minutes before second-half substitute Nolito spared City's blushes after two penalty misses with a neat finish on 72 minutes to secure a hard-fought draw and maintain City's unbeaten record.

The first half was a truly one-sided affair with the Citizens dominating possession of the ball as well as the statistics for attempts on goal.

The first chance of the match fell to the hosts after just five minutes as Leroy Sane saw his near post effort well saved by Toffees keeper Stekelenburg.

Lukaku then failed to capitalise for Everton as he fired over the bar from a direct free-kick after nine minutes.

However, that was the only chance of note for the visitors in the first half as City quickly gained control of proceedings.

Fernandinho headed high and wide in the 15th minute after meeting David Silva's inviting cross before Raheem Sterling saw his shot from outside the box saved in the bottom-right corner by Stekelenburg.

Kevin De Bruyne was the next player to try his luck, firing a right-footed shot from outside the box just wide of the left-hand post on the half-hour mark.

The Belgian star was then handed a glorious chance to make amends after Phil Jagielka brought down Silva in the danger area, but saw his spot-kick brilliantly kept out by Stekelenburg.

Claudio Bravo had to be at his best to tip over a Gerard Deulofeu shot at the start of the second half before Stekelenburg got down low to keep out a Kelechi Iheanacho header.

But for all their possession and chances, City found themselves a goal down after a brilliant run and finish from Lukaku, with 64 minutes played.

Yannick Bolasie set the striker through on goal with a neat flick, and he beat Gael Clichy with ease before finding the top corner of the net.

City then inexplicitly missed a second penalty after  Jagielka had upended Aguero, with the second-half substitute seeing his weak spot kick saved by Stekelenburg.

But City weren't down for long as Nolito hit the back of the net just two minutes later, after only just entering the game, with a neat finish from a Silva cross from the left.

Stekelenburg then made his best save of the game to stop a 25-yard De Bruyne shot from swerving into the top corner of the net.

Try as they might, City could just not force a second goal and were denied a third penalty in the dying minutes after Bryan Oviedo appeared to charge Aguero to the ground.

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