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Everton rises to fourth with 2-0 win over Manchester City in English Premier League

Everton rises to fourth with 2-0 win over Manchester City in English Premier League

Everton moved into fourth place in the English Premier League with a 2-0 win at Manchester City on Monday.
Ayegbeni Yakubu and Joleon Lescott scored in the first half to help Everton to 50 points _ three more than its crosstown rival Liverpool. Arsenal leads with 64 points, followed by Manchester United with 61 and Chelsea on 55.
Yakubu scored on the half hour, prodding in the ball off a cross from Tim Cahill.
Eight minutes later, Lescott made it 2-0 in front of England manager Fabio Capello, who was watching from the stands. Lescott headed in a cross from Lee Carsley.
"It was a massive result, looking how tight the table is and coming to a place like here, where they've been fantastic at home," Everton defender Phil Jagielka said. "Obviously the second half they put pressure on us but we have some decent defenders and others willing to muck in.
"It's important to keep fourth place if we can and if we can finish there it will have been a massive season for us."
Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson stuck with the same side that beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford on Feb. 10, its last Premier League game. He sent on striker Elano at the start of the second half to brighten City's attack.
But it was Everton that nearly scored again in the 54th minute when a shot from Cahill was cleared off the line by Manchester City defender Richard Dunne.
City goalkeeper Joe Hart also had to make two late saves, stopping a shots from Carsley and Andy Johnson.
City midfielder Martin Petrov was sent off in injury time for kicking out at Leon Osman.
It was Manchester City's second home loss of the season, coming after its 3-1 loss to Arsenal on Feb. 2 _ its previous home game. City is in eighth place with 44 points.


Updated : 2021-01-17 15:46 GMT+08:00