Manchester City soccer club defeated Everton in round 36 of the Premier League on Saturday and is holding on to the top spot only by goal differential. The match played at Goodison Park, home of Everton, ended with a high score of 3-2. Also, the star of the game was Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko who scored two goals for City.
The victory for Manchester City was a difficult one as a win was mandatory in order to stay in the lead of the English soccer league. Everton was in the top four before losing to City on Sunday afternoon, but, now, with the loss, Everton sits in fifth place.
The home team opened the scoring in the 11th minute of the match with an outstanding strike from 25-yards out, via midfielder Ross Barkley. Manchester City responded with Argentine striker Sergio Aguero 10 minutes later.
Before the break, Bosnian striker Dzeko scored in the 43rd to put City on top with a score of 2-1. Dzeko had subbed in the game for Aguero due to an injury. The Bosnian forward filled in Aguero’s place just perfectly as he went on to be the player of the game. Dzeko added another goal in the 48th minute after the break.
Everton was given a bit of hope to tie the game in the 65th minute when Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored. The second goal for Everton was not enough and a third never followed. The loss put Everton out of the UEFA Champions League qualification status for next year. As of now, in fifth place, Everton only qualifies for the UEFA Europa League.
Manchester City needed the win to catch up to Liverpool in points. Both teams have 80 points each, but City is in control of the lead with the goal differential, which is the first tiebreaker. City has 59 points in differential compared to Liverpool’s 50 points.
There are also two games left in the English Premier League, so who ever loses a game in the next two rounds, then that team loses the chance to win the English league title. If both teams win their remaining games, then whoever has a higher differential in points wins the title, which is currently favoring Manchester City.
The two games left for Manchester City include Aston Villa on May 7 and West Ham for May 11. Both games will be home games for City which will serve as a huge advantage. Plus, both of these teams are not in the top-ten of the Premier League. Aston Villa is placed as 14th and West Ham is at 12th place.
The defeat over Everton was essential for City. If this game would have resulted in a loss, City might have not been able to see hope for the title in the English Premier League. The last time Manchester City won the title was for the 2011-2012 season, and it was their third ever. If it happens this year, it will City’s fourth title of the Barclay’s Premier League.
Commentary by Jose Herrera