Everton 1-0 Manchester City: Gibson great-strike
Manchester City have to swallow the bitter pill in a visit to Everton cage. Appeared dominant almost throughout the game, The Citizens subdued with a thin score 0-1.
City actually controlled the game at Goodison Park on Tuesday (31/01/2012). Statistics Soccernet noted they dominated possession up to 68 percent and fired 21 shots.
However, the above statistics is not enough to generate the points for City. They still lost to the host team.
The only goal in the second half Everton created. From a counter-attack, Darron Gibson goalkeeper Joe Hart.
This defeat did not shake the position of City at the top the standings with 54 points from 23 matches. But, the points they equaled by Manchester United who at the same time a 2-0 win over Stoke City. Everton is ranked ninth with 29 points.
Everton threatened first in the fifth minute. Utilizing corner Royston Drenthe, Denis Stracqualursi header towards goal direct City. But, still there is Joleon Lescott of stemming the ball at the goal line.
Entering the 23rd minute, Sergio Aguero action could make a fuss Everton defense. Although faced with three defenders, Aguero could still outsmart them and opened fire. But, the ball was wide.
The home side threatened again in the 36th minute. However, Marouane Fellaini kick from the middle of the penalty box is still thin on the side of the goal Hart.
City's best chance in the first half created a few moments later. From the counter-attack, Samir Nasri fired remotely. Although already out of reach of Tim Howard, the ball off the crossbar into the goal as thwarted.
After halftime, the City is increasingly showing its dominance. Edin Dzeko could not take advantage of good opportunities in the 48th minute when his header went Gael Clichy crossing right leads into the arms of Howard.
Busy attacking, City even conceded first. Through a counter-attack, Everton the lead thanks to goals from Gibson in the 60th minute.
Starting Leighton Baines cross, the ball fell at the feet of Landon Donovan. Donovan then gave the ball to Gibson, who immediately grabbed it with a hard shot. Had turned over the direction of the City players, the ball penetrating the goalkeeper Hart.
In the remaining time, the City's defense shut the home team. But, none of opportunities that they can be fruitful goal.
At the long whistle sounded, Everton still lead 1-0.
Everton: Howard, Neville, Hibbert, Heitinga, Baines, Donovan, Gibson, Fellaini, Drenthe (Baxter 79 '), Cahill, Stracqualursi (Vellios 88')
Manchester City: Hart, Richards, Kompany, Lescott (Kolarov 68 '), Clichy, Barry (De Jong 86'), Milner (Johnson 61 '), Silva, Aguero, Nasri, Dzeko