Monday, February 25, 2008


Everton striker Ayegbeni Yakubu took his tally for the season to 16 goals to keep the club's Champions League dream alive.

Yakubu made the breakthrough in the 30th minute and Joleon Lescott added a second eight minutes later.

It meant Everton regained fourth spot from Liverpool after stretching their unbeaten run in the top flight to seven games.

City's misery was complete in stoppage time when Martin Petrov was sent off for kicking out at Leon Osman.

England manager Fabio Capello continued his tour of top grounds by taking in the game and saw Everton dominate the first half.

City looked nothing like the side that defeated Manchester United and were lacking in ideas.

Everton almost made the breakthrough in the sixth minute following a sweeping move.

Lee Carsley started it and found Steven Pienaar on the left. He delivered a pin-point cross into the area.

Yakubu lost his marker but goalkeeper Joe Hart did enough to put him off and the ball drifted out of play for a corner.

A minute later Everton had claims for a penalty dismissed by referee Rob Styles when a shot from Tim Cahill came off the elbow of Micah Richards.

The visitors came close to opening the scoring in the 28th minute when Pienaar latched onto a pass from Cahill.

He cut inside and steered his effort beyond Hart only to see it come back off the post.

Everton's pressure paid off after 30 minutes when Yakubu made the breakthrough.

Cahill showed good skill in the area and released the Nigerian, who prodded the ball home.

Everton made it 2-0 eight minutes later when Lescott got goal-side of Richard Dunne to head in a cross from Lee Carsley.

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