Everton 1-3 Manchester City: Easy as you like

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  • Sane smashes opener (video)
  • Silva pulling the strings
  • 3-0 by the 37th minute

Manchester City scored early and often, clinching the opportunity to win the Premier League in next weekend’s Manchester Derby by beating Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Everton had managed a win and two draws in its last two matches against City, but Pep Guardiola‘s men made sure any dreams of elongating that run were extinguished by halftime (if not earlier).

Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, and Raheem Sterling scored to move the league leaders to 84 points, 16 more than second place Manchester United.

Yannick Bolasie scored his first goal since returning from ACL surgery, but Everton remains ninth with 40 points.

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Sane lashed a David Silva cross home with venom, completing a play started by Aymeric Laporte to give City an early lead.

Bolasie nodded over the goal from a nice Calvert-Lewin cross as Everton provided some City-like play down the right flank in the 12th minute

Jesus darted to the doorstep to make it 2-0 less than a minute later. Sane and De Bruyne produced the opportunity, with Jesus snapping his head through the ball.

A Leighton Baines free kick just cut past the near post in a 19th minute bid to halve the deficit.

City struck for a third on a lightning counter attack, Silva crossing for Sterling and the Englishman and a sliding Michael Keane combining to fool Pickford. Easy as you like, 3-0.

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Pickford made a terrific reaction save when Fernandinho‘s long-range rip turned off Calvert-Lewin’s shoulder.

Everton got their goal out of nowhere, a nice moment for Bolasie. The Congolese winger ripping a shot through Kyle Walker‘s legs and past the outstretched Ederson.

Everton 2-0 Brighton and Hove Albion: Toffees rebound

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  • Bong o.g. opens scoring
  • Tosun makes it 2-0
  • Everton rises ninth

Cenk Tosun scored to help Everton arrest its slump with a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Gaetan Bong also recorded an own goal against Brighton and Hove Albion, which fails to pass Everton and sits 11th with 34 points.

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Everton had a pair of penalty shouts, with Tom Davies taken down  in the box and Yannick Bolasie as well. Neither was clear-cut, but an award would not have been absurd.

The goal was coming, and the Toffees found it via a Yannick Bolasie cross for Theo Walcott which was turned into the goal by Walcott’s marker, Bong.

Tosun got Big Sam a goal off an Everton man, with Leighton Baines combining beautifully with the Turkish striker to give Everton a two-goal lead.

Mat Ryan stopped Wayne Rooney‘s late penalty to prevent an inflated score line.

Anthony Knockaert was sent off late for a studs-up tackle.

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Premier League notes: Wanyama, Bolasie return after long layoffs, Sakho injured

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Two Premier League clubs saw a pair of players return to the field after long spells on the sidelines.

Tottenham revealed that Victor Wanyama took part in training on Monday for the first time since suffering a knee injury in late August, which has kept him off the field since then. Wanyama started in both of Tottenham’s first two fixtures of the season before the injury.

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At the same time in the northwest of England, Yannick Bolasie returned to the field for Everton’s reserves for the first time since suffering a torn ACL last December against Manchester United. Everton manager Sam Allardyce hinted recently that Bolasie could even make the first team subs bench before the end of the calendar year as he continues his rehab.

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Yannick Bolasie finally returns to Everton training (video)

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Among my most quoted coaching lines comes from former University at Buffalo and current Canisius College men’s basketball coach Reggie Witherspoon (and pretty sure it didn’t originate with him).

“It’s more about Jims and Joes than x’s and o’s.”

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So if Everton rebounds from its rough start to the season to reach its preseason potential, there’s a good chance we’ll credit the return of one of the most electric attackers in the game and not necessarily their new boss.

Yannick Bolasie returned to training on Wednesday, and not a moment too soon following a near one-year layoff due to an ACL tear.

There’s no guarantee the 28-year-old Bolasie will have the same burst, of course, but he has the potential to be a season-changer.

Everton was 5-4-4 when Bolasie went down with his injury last season, and improved on the mark the rest of the way, but are a moribund 3-3-6 this season.

Everton: Bolasie posts video, Koeman issues fitness update

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On his day, there are few attackers as electrifying as Everton’s Yannick Bolasie.

Toffees fans can be forgiven for forgetting that on occasion, considering the Congolese winger hasn’t set foot on the Goodison Park pitch in almost a year.

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It was about 11 months ago that Bolasie and Romelu Lukaku were promising plenty of fireworks and revealing they speak in Lingala in order to confuse defenders.

Now Lukaku is painting Europe red with Manchester United, and Everton continues to wait for Bolasie’s return from ACL surgery. That could be coming soon, judging by Bolasie’s Twitter.

Don’t get too excited, though, as Ronald Koeman issued this update in his pre-Europa League press conference Wednesday.

“When I watch it I thought maybe he is available for tomorrow! He is doing well, it’s a long period and he’s working hard. What he did is not only football – you need to be stronger and ready to be competition. Maybe not three, four, five weeks until he’s ready to start first-team training.”