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Match Report: Everton 1 - 1 City

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The first half was heavy with chances for city to grab the lead but none of the chances were finished. The buildup play between Navas, Silva And Jovetic gave city plenty of chances to beat the Everton defense. As they always do, the fullbacks got into the attack and Zabaleta won a couple of corners in doing so.

As City began to gain momentum in the second half a quick spell of chances by Everton almost saw them grab a lead against the run of play, at the time. In about the 65th minute the game got a bit stretch but Everton was not able to get any meaningful chances on goal.

In the 74th City got the break through we had been looking for. Following a crucial tackle from Zabaleta to win the ball back from Lukaku to begin a break through Navas. Navas found Nasri at the touch line and lovely pass back to Silva in the middle of the box, the Spaniard took one touch to his left foot, fired the ball at the net and Fernandinho headed the ball home to make it 1-0.

Just minutes later Everton answered from a set piece delivered by Leighton Baines, which Steven Naismith headed home passed the on rushing Joe Hart. The two sides fought to grab a late winner but both were unable to score and the game ended 1-1.

Though Everton had been struggling coming into the match it is a good point even though three points would have been excellent to keep pace with Chelsea. Two important EPL fixtures coming up against top opponents. Maximum points is essential especially against Chelsea on January 31.