Sterling scored late for City to cancel out Rooney’s opener to end the match 1-1 after Walker and Schneiderlin were given red cards
- The match ended 1-1
- Rooney and Sterling scored
- Both teams were given a red card apiece
Guardiola’s expensively assembled Manchester City squad were unable to put in a note worthy performance as they ended up drawing at home with Everton. Despite signing players worth 250m over the summer and being touted as frontrunners for the league title this season, Pep proved that he is still far behind the premier league tactically, as he put out a questionable team sheet ahead of the match. Conceding to Rooney after Pep’s 3 at the back was opened, City were further hurt after Walker was awarded a red card for a second yellow. They dug through, however, to finally convert one of their umpteen chances, as Sterling scored off a well-taken volley to salvage a point late on for the hosts.
The atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium as City played their first match on home turf was positive as supporters were quietly overconfident of their team is the best one in the league this season. Wayne Rooney put Everton ahead in the 35th minute and with it also got his 200 goals in the premier league, becoming only the second player to reach the milestone after Shearer. Youngster Calvert-Lewin was brilliant for Everton throughout the evening and showed great cunning to getting Kyle Walker set off.
Down to 10 men, City started the second half strongly, creating a host of chances but not being able to convert any via some poor finishing especially by Sterling. Their repeated attack after the attack ended up in breaking up Everton’s spine up eventually as Sterling netted in a fine volley to bring things back to square one. The referee ended up dishing out another debatable red card on the night as Schneiderlin was given his marching orders for a foul on Aguero. Both teams down to 10 men ended up sharing the spoils in a well-contested match.