- Wayne Rooney isn’t finished, yet
- Kyle Walker sees red in his home debut
- Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines impressed and goalkeeper Ederson failed his first real test
- Substitute Raheem Sterling provided the equalizer with eight minutes from time
Two goals in the two opening games for Everton this season and Wayne Rooney is casting doubts on the ‘finished’ tag he was associated with in his later years at Manchester United. As he wheeled away in excitement after putting the ball between Keeper Ederson’s legs and into the net, Rooney celebrated his 200th goal in the Premier League.
Interestingly, his 50th, 150th and now 200th goal were all against the same side. The goal made him just the second player to score 200 EPL goals, the other being Alan Shearer with 260 goals to his name.
Referee Bobby Madley added controversy to the game as he issued two red cards in what could be called questionable decisions. The first of went to Kyle Walker who on his home debut was adjudged to have fouled Mason Holgate. The second red of the night went to Morgan Schneiderlin for what looked like a second bookable challenge on Sergio Aguero.
This left the Everton coach, Ronald Koeman, implying that the referee was trying to even things up with the second red card of the night against Morgan Schneiderlin. “I was in a better position for the second yellow of Walker and he played the ball. But away at City, sending off a player of City and you know what the referee will do then” the Everton manager said.
Pep was seen in a heated discussion with fourth official Michael Oliver at half-time as City trailed. At the restart, City controlled the game in a manner they were expected to. But they just couldn’t find a breakthrough as the Toffee back four was resilient, with Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines starring.
This coupled with the fact that the home side wasn’t as clinical as they should have been almost added up to make the Cityzens lose their first home game of the 2017/2018 Premier League season.
But Raheem Sterling’s equalizer came in the 82nd minute as he pounced on Holgate’s weak defensive header to rifle a shot into the bottom corner. For all the City push for a winner, it was not to be as Everton held firm for the draw.
The result means the unwanted record continues for Guardiola as he has never beaten Everton since becoming the City manager.
Of course, there was time for some banter after the game.
Awolope Kolawole. You can follow him on twitter @Kopainzy.
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