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Everton 4-0 Manchester City: Toffees counter hammers leaky City

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  • Lukaku opened scoring
  • Mirallas made it 2-0 straight out of half
  • 18-year-old hits Everton’s third

After Everton’s second goal, Pep Guardiola was shown with a gloomy expression, staring straight into the ground without even watching as the game continued on. It was a fitting expression as Everton’s cutting edge on the counter-attack downed a leaky Manchester City 4-0 at Goodison Park.

On a day of Manchester vs. Liverpool, the latter struck the first blow, leaving Manchester City a whopping 10 points adrift of the league’s top spot as Everton’s counter-attack was ruthless, a stark contrast to the toothless visitors. The Toffees picked up four shots on target on the day, and Claudio Bravo came up empty-handed on all four.

Everton looked early on for the long ball to Romelu Lukaku, while City maintained possession with little result. On the break, Everton had the ball in the net through Kevin Mirallas, but it was ruled out as Seamus Coleman was offside. Following a cagey first 10 minutes, the game sprung open.

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City had its own early chance, also on the break, as Kevin De Bruyne sprung down the left and fed Raheem Sterling one-on-one with Leighton Baines in the box. Joel Robles came out of the net and smothered the ball, taking down Sterling as well with no call from referee Mark Clattenburg. They had another on 25 minutes as de Bruyne again from the left sent a spectacular ball to the far post where David Silva was waiting all alone, but Robles was again there to smother it before Silva could get a good shot off.

Everton had fewer chances, but took the one big one it had. After Gael Clichy gave the ball away in midfield, 18-year-old Tom Davies threaded a perfect through-ball to Mirallas, and his square pass across the box to Lukaku allowed the Belgian to simply touch home.

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After going down, City continued to pummel the Everton goal. Sterling unleashed a vicious one from outside the box that went just wide on 38 minutes. Manchester City finished with a massive 71% possession, but nothing to show for it.

Out of halftime, Everton stunned the visitors straight away. Yaya Toure gave the ball away this time, and Ross Barkley fed Mirallas who hit into the far corner just past a sliding John Stones, just 62 seconds into the second half, leaving Pep Guardiola staring straight into the ground.

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Changes were rung past the hour mark, as Guardiola replaced Pablo Zabaleta with striker Kelechi Iheanacho, while Ronald Koeman brought on Morgan Schneiderlin for his Everton debut, but it was another first that put an exclamation mark on the game as the 18-year-old Davies picked up his first Premier League goal with a smart finish dinked over a charging Claudio Bravo.

They’d get a fourth in laughable fashion, through 19-year-old Ademola Lookman on his Premier League debut. John Stones, in an attempt to clear the ball, fired it against Seamus Coleman. The ball caromed back into the box straight into the path of Lookman, who hit through the legs of Claudio Bravo and into the back of the net.

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The Everton win brings them up to 33 points, although the gap between their 7th place and Manchester United in 6th is still a large six points with the Red Devils still yet to play. Manchester City, meanwhile, drops a full 10 points behind leaders Chelsea, while they remain outside the top four, two back of both Liverpool and Arsenal.

Everton 3-0 Norwich: Toffees trounce Canaries in Tim Howard’s finale

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James McCarthy, Kevin Mirallas, and Leighton Baines did their part to send Tim Howard off in style, and Norwich had little to offer the American’s goal as Everton finished a trying season on a high at Goodison Park.

With former manager Roberto Martinez dismissed just days ago, Joe Royle and David Unsworth teamed up to take charge of the Toffees, and they put the home side into the offseason with some positives to look forward to.

Howard was forced into his first save on 9 minutes when a cross from Ivo Pinto from the right was intended for Cameron Jerome, but Howard was able to clear the danger over the end line. Everton went close down the other end as Gareth Barry pilfered the Norwich midfield and found Romelu Lukaku, but his low shot was saved acrobatically by John Ruddy.

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Everton went in front just before the 20 minute mark thanks to a fantastic counter-attack. Howard fed James McCarthy from the box, and the 25-year-old burst forward through the middle. He found Tom Davies on the right, who completely bungled Graham Dorrans. McCarthy picked up the loose ball and rifled home a sparkling shot to give Everton the opening goal.

Both teams lost a player early to injury, with Norwich needing to sub Martin Olsson off after just 10 minutes, while Everton’s Matthew Pennington was replaced just before the half-hour mark. Just after the Toffees sub, they had a chance for a second as Lukaku sprung countrymate Kevin Mirallas free down the left, but his tight shot beat Rudy and also beat the post.

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Norwich had a chance to equalize in the 41st minute as Cameron Jerome laid off perfectly for Matt Jarvis, but his shot went miles over the bar. They would rue the miss. Moments later, a ball for Gareth Barry over the top for Lukaku forced Robbie Brady to pull him back, and as Lukaku went to ground, the referee pointed to the spot. Leighton Baines slammed home the penalty, and Everton went 2-0 up.

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Straight after the break, the Toffees got a third. James McCarthy on the right sprung substitute Jonjoe Kenny down the edge of the box, and he crossed to the other side for a wide open Kevin Mirallas, who finished strongly to put the Toffees clean through.

The three points means Everton jumps above Swansea on goal differential, as the two teams finish the season with 47 points. Norwich end the year in 19th, heading to the Championship having just collected 34 points on the campaign.

Watch Live: Southampton vs. Everton (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Down in the sun on the south coast, Southampton take on Everton on Saturday (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

This should be an entertaining clash at St Mary’s, with both teams eager to spray the ball around and play attractive soccer. In the reverse fixture last season Saints won 3-0 to stop an alarming slide just before the festive period, and with both teams coming off opening day 2-2 draws, expect plenty of goals once again.

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The aim for both these teams this season is to finish in the top six, but finishing in the top eight would not be a disaster. With defensive issues for both sides early on in the season, the likes of Graziano Pelle for Southampton and Romelu Lukaku for Everton could have a field day.

In team news both teams make changes in attack as two substitutes who came on and scored late equalizers last week are rewarded with a start. For Southampton, Shane Long comes in to replace Jay Rodriguez, while Arouna Kone replaces Kevin Mirallas in attack for the Toffees.

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Southampton: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Yoshida, Fonte, Targett, S. Davis, Wanyama, Tadic, Mane, Long, Pelle. Subs: Gazzaniga, Rodriguez, Romeu, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Juanmi

EvertonHoward, Galloway, Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Cleverley, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku. Subs: Robles, Besic, Mirallas, Naismith, Osman, Browning, Deulofeu

Everton 2-2 Watford: Thrilling end sees Hornets snare point in Premier League return

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  • Hornets strike first through Layun
  • Barkley nets stunning equalizer
  • Kone with goal, assist
  • Ighalo beats Stones for Watford’s 2nd goal

Ross Barkley and Odion Ighalo traded late goals as Watford picked up a surprising point in its Premier League return, drawing Everton 1-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Mexican international Miguel Layun scored on his Watford debut, while Arouna Kone scored Everton’s other goal.

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The Hornets struck first, sending the traveling fans into a frenzy. Phil Jagielka turned a Watford cross back up the middle, and Layun belted a shot across Howard and into the goal.

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Everton had the better of play moving forward, but Quique Flores’ club was prepared to defend the Toffees’ attack. Heurelho Gomes was on the scene several times, including a leaping tip save of a tricky Kevin Mirallas cross/shot.

Martinez brought off outside back Brendan Galloway for offensive hope in Arouna Kone. Would the 63rd minute move open up the 1-0 game?

A red-worthy foul from Valon Behrami on Mirallas forced the Belgian from the game, but he’d quickly return to the pitch despite apparent and understandable agony.

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Barkley found a deserved equalizer in the 76th minute, as Kone laid the ball off to the young Englishman just outside the 18. Barkley then hammered a out-swerving shot into the upper corner. 1-1.

Then came 20-goal Championship man Ighalo, who took John Stones to school with a cutting move and ensuing shot from outside the 18. The 26-year-old Lagos-born forward had restored Watford’s lead.

Hold on! Kone came back less than two minutes later, latching onto a beautiful hold and pass from Romelu Lukaku to beat Gomes across the goal. 2-2!

Tuesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Moutinho to Arsenal, Rahman to Chelsea

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Multiple reports claim that Joao Moutinho is moving to Arsenal from AS Monaco.

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The Portuguese international is a holding midfielder (rejoice, Gunners fans) and could be snapped up by Arsene Wenger for around $22 million. If that’s true, it would be a steal for a midfielder who has graced the UEFA Champions League with FC Porto and Monaco and is 28 years old. Moutinho would boost Wenger’s options in the depths of the engine room, as Francis Coquelin’s meteoric rise in the second half of last season papered over the cracks by the north London outfit appear woefully short of a true holding midfield player, with Matheiu Flamini close to a move to Galatasaray.

Elsewhere, Chelsea is closing in on Augsburg left back Abdul Baba Rahman after agreeing to sell Filipe Luis back to Atletico Madrid. Rahman, 21, is regarded as the top left back prospect in the Bundesliga and the Ghanaian international could join the Blues for a fee of around $22 million, according to the Daily Mail. Of course, Jose Mourinho is also in for Everton’s center back John Stones as the Blues weigh up whether to make an improved offer of over $40 million for the 21-year-old center back.

Rickie Lambert’s time at hometown club Liverpool appears to be over after just a season at Anfield. Lambert, 33, scored just three times in 36 appearances for the Reds last season and has seen new signings Divock Origi and Danny Ings jump ahead of him in the queue this summer, plus Christian Beneteke’s imminent arrival on Merseyside will see him move further down the pecking order. The Daily Mail and Press Association claim that Norwich and West Brom are both in for Lambert as the former Southampton striker looks to get back to playing regularly.

The Daily Telegraph say that West Ham United are in for Everton winger Kevin Mirallas. According to the report the Hammers have already failed in a $10 million bid for the 27-year-old Belgian international, but they are set to increase their offer for Mirallas. In three seasons with Everton he has scored 28 goals in 106 games but Mirallas infuriated manager Roberto Martinez last January after disobeying team orders as he took a first half penalty kick against West Brom, instead of giving the ball to regular penalty kick taker Leighton Baines, and subsequently missed. Mirallas was subbed off at half time and he has just one-year left on his current deal. A bid of $12 million should do the trick as West Ham look to replace Stewart Downing who they sold to Middlesbrough.