Premier League: 10-man Everton beat Manchester City 2-0
Last Updated: March 16, 2013 7:32pm
Leon Osman's stunning first-half goal set 10-man Everton on the way to an impressive 2-0 win over champions Manchester City in a contentious encounter at Goodison Park.
Vastly improved from last week's FA Cup defeat by Wigan Athletic, Everton were unfortunate to have a Kevin Mirallas effort ruled offside before Osman powered the hosts into the lead on 32 minutes.
Steven Pienaar was sent off on 61 minutes and City were then denied a clear penalty before substitute Nikica Jelavic made certain of the points in the third minute of stoppage-time to make it nine wins in 12 games against the visitors.
Best of the Match
- Man of the match: Seamus Coleman. His exploits down the right gave Kolarov no end of torment and defensively he was equally as committed.
- Goal of the match: Osman's first half stunner gave Hart no chance as it swerved away into the far corner.
- Save of the match: Mucha made a fine double save from Tevez and Milner in the second half, the first real time he was called into action.
- Moment of the match: Fellaini's second half handball occurred well inside the penalty area to deny Tevez, but incredibly the result ended up being a free-kick. Who knows what the outcome would have been if the penalty had been given?
- Talking point: City's Premier League title bid is now surely all but over as they suffer another defeat on the road, while Everton continue to dream of a top-four finish this season.
Marouane Fellaini was booed by Everton fans after being substituted against Wigan and he showed an early measure of his intent to make amends by picking up a seventh minute yellow card for a full-blooded challenge on James Milner.
Everton thought they had taken the lead on 13 minutes when Mirallas lashed home, but he was flagged offside, with replays showing the Belgium international was level with Aleksandar Kolarov.
City started to come into the game, with Everton's stand-in keeper Jan Mucha saving low from Carlos Tevez and twice from Edin Dzeko before Pienaar picked up his first caution for a late challenge on Gareth Barry.
There was no contention about Everton's goal on 32 minutes as Seamus Coleman laid the ball back for Osman and the midfielder's left-footed shot swerved majestically away from Joe Hart and into the net.
The Toffees ended the half positively with Victor Anichebe firing over and then Mirallas saw his header deflected over by Kolo Toure following a poor punch from Hart.
The opening stages of the second half offered little goalmouth action but, just past the hour mark, Everton were down to 10 men when Pienaar was shown a second yellow card for a high challenge on Javi Garcia which could easily have brought a straight red card from referee Lee Probert.
Midway through the second half, Mucha proved himself an able deputy for Tim Howard by pushing away Tevez's close-range attempt before reacting smartly to block Milner's follow-up.
Sylvain Distin headed over Leighton Baines' corner as Everton refused to sit back before again being indebted to Mucha, who rushed out quickly to deny Pablo Zabaleta.
With four minutes to go, City should have been awarded a penalty when Tevez's shot was handled by Fellaini, but Probert gave a free-kick despite the Belgian midfielder being two yards inside the box.
In added time, Everton broke clear as Fellaini passed to Jelavic and the Croatian cut inside before seeing his deflected shot loop over Hart to send the Goodison crowd into raptures and leaving City 15 points adrift of leaders Manchester United after their win over Reading.
City boss Roberto Mancini was too angry to speak after the game and first-team coach David Platt was disappointed with the decision which denied the visitors a penalty.
Platt said: "From where I was live, he's given the handball and I don't know if it's inside the area or not, but you've just replayed it and it's not even on the line of the area, he's three yards off it."
Everton manager David Moyes was delighted with his team's performance, but was also left aggrieved by referee Probert.
Moyes commented: "I thought we played really well in the first half. I thought we had a goal wrongly disallowed, I think there was a penalty kick and I don't think it's a sending off."
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