Man City 1-1 Everton: Wayne Rooney scores 200th Premier League goal in feisty draw
By Patrick Surlis
Last Updated: 22/08/17 6:51am
Raheem Sterling's late strike earned a 1-1 draw for Man City against Everton in a bad-tempered Premier League game at the Etihad.
Wayne Rooney's 200th Premier League goal gave the visitors the lead (35) on Monday Night Football before Kyle Walker was controversially sent off for two yellow cards before half-time.
Sterling equalised for City with eight minutes to play and there was still time for Morgan Schneiderlin to receive his marching orders for a second booking after a challenge on Sergio Aguero.
The hosts squandered two good chances to go ahead as first Aguero uncharacteristically hesitated in front of goal, allowing Phil Jagielka to make a last-ditch challenge, before David Silva's low drive struck the base of Jordan Pickford's post.
Everton swiftly took advantage of City's wastefulness and went in front through former Manchester United captain Rooney.
Man City: Ederson (6), Walker (5), Kompany (6), Stones (6), Aguero (7), De Bruyne (6), Sane (5), D Silva (6), Fernandinho (6), Otamendi (6), Jesus (5)
Subs: B Silva (6), Danilo (7), Sterling (7)
Everton: Pickford (7), Keane (7), Williams (7), Jagielka (7), Schneiderlin (6), Baines (6), Gueye (6), Holgate (6), Rooney (7), Davies (6), Calvert-Lewin (7)
Subs: Sigurdsson (6), Klaassen (6), Besic (6)
Man of the Match: Wayne Rooney
He turned home Dominic Calvert-Lewin's cross to become only the second Premier League player after Alan Shearer to reach 200 goals.
It got worse for City just before half-time when Walker was dismissed for two quick-fire yellow cards. His first came after a mistimed tackle on Leighton Baines and the City summer signing was dismissed for a second booking after backing into Calvert-Lewin.
Everton’s club-record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson was named on the bench before coming on in the second half, while Sandro Ramirez was left out of the match-day 18 altogether. City made one change from the 2-0 victory over Brighton as Leroy Sane was preferred to summer signing Danilo.
City created the better opportunities after the break despite being a man down as substitute Bernardo Silva snatched at a volley, Sterling fired over and Pickford smartly kept out Danilo's low effort.
Everton club-record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson came on for his debut but had little impact before Sterling scored with an instinctive volley following a poor clearing header by Mason Holgate.
City pushed for a winner after Schneiderlin's red card and went close when Bernardo's measured pass almost picked out David Silva but Davy Klaassen's expertly-timed interception denied the Spaniard.
- Manchester City defender Kyle Walker's two yellow cards were just one minute and 57 seconds apart in this match.
- Everton are the first opposition team that Pep Guardiola has failed to beat within his first three league meetings as a manager.
- Everton had eight English players in their starting XI for this match - the first time that they have had as many in their starting line-up for a Premier League game since Boxing Day 1997 (also 8).
Man of the match - Wayne Rooney
The former United skipper enjoyed his goal - the celebration said it all, hands cupped to his ears in front of the home fans - but it was another impressive overall performance.
Calvert-Lewin occupied the central role and Rooney supported, covering a good amount of ground in the middle of the pitch.
Following his debut header against Stoke, he's now in a rich vein of form having scored in five of his last eight league appearances.
Pep Guardiola: "At half-time we changed. During the second half we created more chances. We brought more players into the middle for more control and we created enough chances.
"We are here for the results so at the end we have to try to analyse the performance but it is one of the most proudest days of my life seeing how we have done."
Ronald Koeman: "We're disappointed. Of course maybe you will sign for that point before the game, but (we were) 1-0 up at half-time and 11 against 10.
"We had problems with keeping the ball and we played too fast the long ball. We worked really hard for the result, and one point is a good result."
City will travel to Bournemouth, live on Sky Sports Premier League on Saturday.
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It is shaping up to be a busy week for Everton, who now head to Croatia to face Hajduk Split in the Europe League play-off round first-leg.
They then return to England to take on defending Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.