Arsenal were given an unexpected boost in the title race as Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Everton at the Etihad Stadium. City looked to be cruising to routine victory in their final game of 2022 when Erling Haaland put them ahead in the first half.
But Demarai Gray equalised with a brilliant individual goal in the second half to earn Everton a shock point and ease some of the pressure on under-fire manager Frank Lampard.
Haaland put City in front with his 21st Premier League goal of the season on 24 minutes but Gray scored a solo goal on 64 minutes to equalise and stun the Etihad Stadium. The result handed leaders Arsenal a chance to pull seven points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of their trip to Brighton in the late kick-off on Saturday.
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Kick-off: 3pm GMT, Etihad Stadium
How to watch: Not on TV in UK
GOAL! Haaland puts City in front
GOAL! Gray equalises for Everton
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Arsenal were given an unexpected boost in the title race as Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw by Everton at the Etihad Stadium.
City looked to be cruising to routine victory in their final game of 2022 when Erling Haaland put them ahead in the first half.
But Demarai Gray equalised with a brilliant individual goal in the second half to earn Everton a point and ease some of the pressure on Frank Lampard.
The result gave Arsenal a chance to pull seven points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of their trip to Brighton in the late kick-off on Saturday.
Read our full report right here.
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Everton defender Ben Godfrey to Sky Sports: “Massive. I think we showed our character today. We’ve always had a team spirit. That’s the standard. Work rate and togetherness. It feels good to get a point.
“It’s always going to be tough. I don’t need to tell you Erling Haaland’s a good player. I just had to do my job. Yeah of course he was [upset]. You could see his reaction. He got his goal and is always causing people problems and it’s those challenges you have to look forward to.
“You come here and give yourself a chance to score and we did that. I’ve seen [Demarai Gray] do that day in, day out in training. It’s nothing less than he deserved.
“To be 1-0 down at half-time it’s easy to let that get to you but we knew we would get a chance. We’ll take the point.
“The Boxing Day result was upsetting. To concede so late on was never nice. That highlights our chracter to have such a disappointing result then come to a place like City and get a result.”
Full-time: Manchester City 1-1 Everton
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And that’s it! A huge result in the title race.
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90+13 mins: Chance! Mahrez's cross to the back post almost picks out Stones but the ball goes behind for a goal kick.
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90+12 mins: Cleared... but City win a corner.
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90+12 mins: Free-kick City! Mykolenko fouls Foden to hand City a free kick in a dangerous position. One final chance for City...
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90+11 mins: Foden weaves his way through and the Everton defence opens up for him until Coleman gets back to make a crucial tackle.
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90+8 mins: Another City chance! Foden gets to the byline, cuts a cross back but Coady heads clear for Everton.
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90+6 mins: Everton survive! Pickford dives to his right to push away an effort from De Bruyne. The ball is then delivered to the far post and Iwobi heads behind for a corner, which Tarkowski clears.
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90+3 mins: Everton suffered stoppage time heartbreak against Wolves in their last game. Can they hold out this time to deny City?
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90 mins: 11 minutes of added time! It’s like the Word Cup!
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87 mins: Triple change for City. Lewis, Grealish and Silva are replaced by Gundogan, Foden and Alvarez.
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86 mins: Chance for Everton! They stride forward, they work the ball to Gray on the left and he takes on Lewis and his cross is straight into the arms of Ederson.
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83 mins: Desperate Everton defending. How has that not gone in? De Bruyne has two efforts blocked before Pickford denies Mahrez with a reactionary save. Then there is a scramble before the ball is chipped on top of the net and Everton survive.
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81 mins: Another stoppage as Tarkowski goes down in the centre circle after a coming together with Haaland. He was caught by a swinging arm from there from Haaland, who has already been booked.
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80 mins: A big 10 minutes (plus stoppage time) coming up in the title race. At the moment, Everton look just as likely as City.
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76 mins: Everton are defending well at the moment. Remember there will be a lot of stoppage time after that long break in play at the start of the second half.
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74 mins: Frustration is starting to build for City. Silva lifts the ball to edge of the Everton penalty area but there are no City players there.
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67 mins: Everton fancy this now. Onana has a shot deflected behind for a corner.
GOAL! Manchester City 1-1 Everton | Demarai Gray 64’
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Wow! Gray steals the ball off Rodri, carries it down the right, cuts back inside and curls it beautifully into the top corner. What a goal!
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60 mins: Iwobi and Grealish collide and it’s a painful one for both players, who collided knees. Both players need treatment but are OK to continue.
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59 mins: So expect a World Cup amount of added time at the end of this game.
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58 mins: And finally we’re back underway...
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56 mins: There’s been a four-minute break in play as the assistant referee needs some help with his technology. And still we wait...
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51 mins: Grealish tried to slide a ball through to Haaland inside the area but Cody sticks out an important boot at just the right time. Crucial interception from the Everton defender.
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49 mins: Grealish gets to the byline and Patterson goes to ground and makes a good tackle to put the ball behind for a City corner. Everton defend the corner well, though, and Iwobi clears.
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47 mins: The second half has started as you would expect, with City dominating the ball and waiting for an opening.
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46 mins: Back underway at the Etihad Stadium. Can a pumped up Erling Haaland add to his goal tally in the second half?
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Here’s the other half-time scores in the Premier League.
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Half-time: Manchester City 1-0 Everton
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City lead at the break.
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44 mins: Oof! Haaland has been fired up all game but he may have overstepped the mark there. He goes in far too rashly on Mykolenko and the referee races over show him a yellow card. Everton are furious. They think that should be a red card from Haaland, who was high.
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43 mins: City win a free-kick and Stones makes great contact and his header hits the post!
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41 mins: Haaland wins the header at the back post, Everton win the second ball but De Bruyne has two more opportunities to deliver a cross, and on both occasions Everton defend well.
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40 mins: City win a corner on the left as Ake's cross is deflected behind by Patterson.
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37 mins: More Everton pressure. Calvert-Lewin attacks a Gueye cross but adjudged to have fouled Akanji.
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35 mins: That’s better from Everton. Calvert-Lewin holds the ball up well in the penalty area and Everton work the ball out to Iwobi on the right. There is too much on his cross for Mykolenko at the far post but Everton moved the ball much quicker there.
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33 mins: Now a booking for Patterson, who brings down Grealish on the touchline. That one looked a bit harsh.
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21 - Erling Haaland’s opener was his 21st Premier League goal of the season, nine more than opponents Everton have netted overall this term (12). Expected. pic.twitter.com/Y4jO4Y3T3b
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 31, 2022
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30 mins: Ouch. That’s a really poor challenge from De Bruyne on Onana, stopping an Everton attack in the process. De Bruyne is booked.
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27 mins: It’s all now. De Bruyne clips a corner into the path of Mahrez on the edge of the area and Mahrez hits stinging volley that is blocked superbly by Gueye.
GOAL! Manchester City 1-0 Everton | Erling Haaland 24’
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Inevitable. Mahrez weaves past one defender in the box and cuts it back to Haaland, whose effort goes past Pickford and an Everton defender trying to cover on the goalline.
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21 mins: Mahrez goes down in the area under challenge from Gueye. It did look like there was contact from the Everton man but nothing is giving. City are enjoying a spell of sustained pressure now.
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19 mins: De Bruyne sends a dangerous call into the box but Pickford punches clear.
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18 mins: This time no complaints from Patterson as he makes contact with Grealish out on the touchline and City get a free-kick in a crossing position on the left.
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16 mins: Frank Lampard will be pleased with the way Everton have started here. They have limited City to just that half-chance for Haaland and look well organised.
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15 mins: Silva goes over on the edge of the box after riding a challenge from Patterson but the referee shows the City midfielder a yellow card for diving. Just watching a replay now and that is a good decision.
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10 mins: City are starting to dominate now. A dangerous cross into the box is brilliantly headed away by Tarkowski. Then De Bruyne slides a great ball through to Haaland, who round Pickford but the angle is too tight and he hits the side netting.
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9 mins: A bit of retribution from Haaland on Godfrey as he leaves something on the Everton defender. That’s one to keep an eye on.
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7 mins: A first foray forward from Everton. They attack down the right and City are forced to clear a cross into the box.
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5 mins: A quiet opening five minutes. Things haven’t really got going since that early stoppage.
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3 mins: Panic over. After more than two minutes of treatment, Haaland is fine to continue.
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1 mins: Haaland goes down in the opening 20 seconds after a challenge from Godfrey. It was accidental but it looked like Godfrey raked down the back of Haaland’s Achilles. There’s a bit of concern for City here, Haaland receiving treatment.
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A minute’s applause is observed ahead of kick-off, in memory of Brazil legend Pele.
And we’re underway at the Etihad Stadium.
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Here we go!
Julian Alvarez is presented to the home fans with his World Cup medal and the teams are out onto the pitch at the Etihad Stadium.
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- Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 11 home league games against Everton (W7 D4), having lost four in row against them at the Etihad before this.
- Everton have lost each of their last nine Premier League games against Manchester City – only against Portsmouth have they ever lost more consecutively in their league history (13 between 1947 and 1956).
- Manchester City have lost their final league game in just one of the last 21 calendar years (W11 D9), going down 1-0 at Liverpool in 2016. However, the Citizens are winless in all four of their Premier League games played on New Year's Eve (D3 L1).
- Everton are unbeaten in their last six league matches played on New Year's Eve (W4 D2), though this is their first such match since a 1-0 win at Sunderland in 2005.
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A quick bit of transfer news.
Fabrizio Romano claims City are ready to trigger to the release clause of Argentine wonderkid Maximo Perrone, who plays for Velez Sarsfield.
Manchester City will proceed with the payment of release clause for Máximo Perrone — it’s not ‘City Group deal’, it’s Manchester City direct deal as reported on Thursday. 🔵🇦🇷 #MCFC
Perrone would join City right after the Sudamericano Sub 20. $8m deal ⤵️ https://t.co/eZeHTcnHh1
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 31, 2022
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A big show of faith from Pep Guardiola in Rico Lewis the 18-year-old is handed his third successive start.
Guardiola has just been speaking ahead of the game and was asked what he is expecting from Everton today.
“Big long balls to Calvert-Lewin, Onana second balls, runs from Gray, attack the channels, set-pieces… a difficult game,” said the City boss.
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It’s a big afternoon for this man. Kick-off is now just 20 minutes away...
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Manchester United have beaten Wolves 1-0 in the early kick-off at Molineux.
That means United move to within three points of City, but Pep Guardiola’s side will be looking up at Arsenal.
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Some wholesome content at the Etihad...
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 31, 2022
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After defeat to Wolves on Boxing Day, Frank Lampard could not have a tougher assignment as the pressure grows at Everton.
Lampard is under real pressure with Everton sitting 16th in the table and just one point above the relegation zone.
“They are difficult because of their pure quality level,” he said of City. “We know that. They have possibly the greatest coach in the world and incredible amount of talent and back-up. Having been a year at City I have respect for that process they have gone through.
“You have to understand how the game might look and give everything to work and remain organised, especially defensively. We have to believe we can impose ourselves. We were unfortunate against them at Goodison last year.”
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Everton are without Anthony Gordon and Yerry Mina today due to illness.
"There’s a bit of illness in the group,” Frank Lampard has confirmed. “Anthony and Yerry are both under the weather so miss out."
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The City squad has arrived...
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 31, 2022
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City have an opportunity to cut Arsenal’s lead at the top of the Premier League to two points before the Gunners face Brighton in the evening kick-off.
Guardiola believes Arsenal deserve to be top but believes his side have shown the “desire” to push them all the way.
“Arsenal have done brilliantly and have been better than us so far. For a long time they have not been there and they want to continue being there,” he said.
“Their lead is not 15 or 20 points, we are close. I prefer to be closer but we have not finished the first leg [of the championship].
“Winning four in five years and seeing the way we played at Leeds, after the contenders all won, I see the desire. The moment I feel something is broken I will resign or not extend.”
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Manchester City make one change from their win over Leeds, as Bernardo Silva returns in place of Ilkay Gundogan.
Kyle Walker, Kalvin Phillips, Phil Foden and Joao Cancelo remain on the bench, while Julian Alvarez returns to the City squad for the first time since winning the World Cup with Argentina.
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So the big team news for Everton is that Dominic Calvert-Lewin is back in the starting line-up and makes his first appearance since November 5.
Today is only his fifth start of the season so his return is a major boost for Frank Lampard, who switches to a back three with Conor Coady returning to the team.
Ben Godfrey makes his first start since the opening day of the season after recovering from a fractured fibula.
Team news: Calvert-Lewin starts for Everton
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Man City XI: Ederson, Lewis, Stones, Akanji, Ake, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish
Subs: Ortega, Walker, Phillips, Cancelo, Gundogan, Alvarez, Gomez, Foden, Palmer
Everton XI: Pickford, Patterson, Mykolenko, Godfrey, Coady, Tarkowski, Gueye, Onana, Iwobi, Gray, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Begovic, Holgate, Keane, McNeil, Doucoure, Maupay, Coleman, Vinagre, Davies
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Team news is coming up from the Etihad in under 15 minutes...
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Ahead of today’s game, Frank Lampard said he tried to sign Erling Haaland when he was Chelsea manager.
Lampard made his approach for Haaland 2019, when the Norwegian was playing for RB Salzburg.
“He is an amazing player and the ultimate top level players generally can do what he does in a top level league,” said Lampard. “I coached against him in a pre-season game when he was playing for Salzburg. I tried to sign him for Chelsea and it was not to be.
“It was clear in our pre-match preparation what this boy was. Fair play to him. We are going against him and I respect those at the top of their game. I watched the World Cup final with [Kylian] Mbappe and [Lionel] Messi and Haaland has got himself in that bracket at a very young age.
“[Stopping him] is a task because of his qualities and power. We are all seeing it. There is nothing but respect there. When you go against him you have to try not to give him the space he wants. He can hurt you in a moment.”
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Pep Guardiola has said the desire Manchester City showed when beating Liverpool and Leeds was evidence of why he signed a new contract.
The two wins came in City’s first two matches since Guardiola agreed his fresh one-year deal – with the option of another 12 months until the summer of 2025 – during the World Cup.
And Guardiola has urged his side to continue performing as they did in those matches against Everton.
“It is the results [that matter] – if we are tired of each other then I will not finish this contract,” Guardiola said.
“The contract is just paper. If I extend it’s because I have the feeling that we can still play good – like the last two games. We did many good things [in those games] and still have the desire and hunger to do it.
“When you win a lot, it is easier to handle the situations but on the other side it is: ‘Oh, we have to do it again’. It’s complicated.”
This afternoon’s setting!
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Haaland with 20th goal already
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Erling Haaland scored twice at Elland Road, taking his Premier League tally for the season to 20. His side have played 15 matches.
He’s the fastest ever to 20 goals in the Premier League, with the Golden Boot looking an absolute certainty. The current record is 34... we can surely expect that to go before too long.
Guardiola on Phillips
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Pep Guardiola joked that Kalvin Phillips has the “perfect body” after City’s win over Leeds.
Phillips was on the bench against his former club, having been left out of the squad completely in the Carabao Cup win over Liverpool as his manager revealed he had returned from the World Cup overweight.
Guardiola changed his tune somewhat in midweek: “He [Phillips] has the perfect body now - so sexy.”
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Man City were beaten by Brentford in their last home match in the league, and only edged past Fulham in the one before that, but a more routine afternoon is expected here.
The problems continue to mount for Lampard and his Everton side - anything other than a heavy defeat at the Etihad would be a surprise.
Man City to win, 4-0.
Everton team news
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Conor Coady should return for Everton after he was ineligible to face Wolves, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin could be fit after missing out on the squad completely in that defeat.
“We need to get Dominic fit and look who else we can bring in to help score goals and encourage competition,” said Lampard on Friday.
“We will look to see what we can do in the window, to start games and to change games from the bench. We are looking at lots of players.”
Man City team news
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Kyle Walker, Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva could all return to the Man City XI having been benched for the win at Leeds.
Julian Alvarez is unavailable following the World Cup final while Ruben Dias is out with a hamstring injury.
Guardiola confirmed the striker’s return, he said: “[Alvarez] will come back soon, yeah. After New Year’s Eve, he will be here.
“He is coming back fit. He is in condition to train at a high level and to play, and after we will decide.”
Predicted Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Laporte, Cancelo; Silva, Phillips, De Bruyne; Foden, Haaland, Grealish.
How to watch Man City vs Everton
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TV channel: The game will not be broadcast live in the UK.
Live blog: Good news though - you can follow all the action right here with us!
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Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Manchester City vs Everton!
Pep Guardiola’s side looking to close the gap to Arsenal going into the New Year, Everton hoping for a shock result to move away from the relegation zone.
We’ll have all the latest updates, build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 3pm GMT. Stay tuned!