Super-sub Nolito spares spot-kick blushes – Manchester City 1 Everton 1


The Blues were indebted to substitute Nolito after his header rescued a point in a frustrating draw against The Toffees from Merseyside.

The Spaniard was celebrating his 30th birthday, nodded home a David Silva cross to level the score after Romelu Lukaku fired Everton ahead just after the hour.

For the second time, this season City missed two penalties in one game, with Everton keeper Stekelenburg saving one in each half. Firstly from Kevin De Bruyne before Sergio Aguero saw his second spot-kick this week, and fourth of the season saved midway through the second half.

The Blues stay top of the league, with Arsenal now second, level on points. Spurs drop to third after a 1-1 draw at West Brom.


So after three games without a win and a trip to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona in midweek, we review some positives from the match.

Leroy SANE

A fantastic first 45 minutes from the youngster, who started a Premier League game for the first time. His pace and trickery were a delight to watch down the right-hand side as he continually terrorized the Everton full-back. After swapping wings with Sterling at the start of the second half, he drifted off slightly, before being replaced by goalscorer Nolito.


The Wizard was at his imperious best and a worthy man of the match. Again named as skipper for the afternoon, ‘Merlin’ was involved in everything. Dictating the game, Silva was at the heart of every City attack. He was felled for the first penalty after Phil Jagielka tripped him in the box and also provided the cross for Nolito to nod home.


The skipper returned following his latest injury setback and made his 300th City appearance in the process. Although thrown up-front as the Blues chased a late winner, it was fantastic just to see the man back on the pitch in the famous sky blue.


The two penalty misses and a disappointing performance by Nigerian wonder kid Kelechi Ihenacho. With Aguero rested for Wednesday;s Champions League tie, it was a perfect opportunity for him to continue his impressive goal scoring tally. However, he failed to get into the game and offered little by way of a serious goal threat. Eventually replaced just before the hour, it was a day to forget the youngster.


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