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Mahrez is joined by his Manchester City team-mates after scoring a wonderful goal to put them ahead against Everton

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  • With a third of the season remaining, City continue to set the standards as they became the first top-flight side to win their opening 10 league games of a calendar year. There is no stopping City now..

 Manchester City secured a 17th straight win in all competitions to move 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League after beating Everton 3-1 at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

Phil Foden's deflected effort gave Pep Guardiola's side the lead (32) but Richarlison restored parity from close range (38).

Riyad Mahrez's brilliant strike nudged the visitors back in front (63) before Bernardo Silva secured the victory for the runaway Premier League leaders (77).

EPL Week 24 Standings

EPL Week 24 Standings

The result moves City 10 points clear of rivals Manchester United at the summit while Everton stay in seventh place following a fifth straight home game without a win ahead of facing Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.

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No stopping City now

With a third of the season remaining, City continue to set the standards as they became the first top-flight side to win their opening 10 league games of a calendar year.

Everton had won just one of their previous 14 Premier League games against Manchester City, winning 4-0 in January 2017 at Goodison Park, but Carlo Ancelotti was seeking a much-improved performance following Sunday's 2-0 home defeat to Fulham.

The Italian recalled Yerry Mina to his defence, but the Colombian was forced off with a suspected calf injury inside the opening 20 minutes. By then, Gabriel Jesus had already gone close to breaking the deadlock when he was fed by Rodri, but Michael Keane did just enough to put the forward off his wayward shot.

The runaway leaders would convert their dominance of the ball into the opening goal in the 32nd minute. Everton could only half-clear a Mahrez cross and the ball fell for Foden whose shot took a deflection off Seamus Coleman - on to replace the injured Mina - to beat Jordan Pickford.

Everton were level six minutes later, however, with Coleman playing an altogether different role. It was his cross that was met sweetly by the run of Lucas Digne on the left side of the area, and when the Frenchman's shot struck the post it bounced straight onto the thigh of Richarlison and in.

It was the first time in 45 days that City had conceded a Premier League goal in open play, stretching back to Callum Hudson-Odoi's late consolation in Chelsea's 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge, but Guardiola's men refused to buckle after the interval.

Pickford was drawn into action within six minutes as Mason Holgate's clearance found Silva, but his low shot was into the England goalkeeper's gloves.

City continued to move the ball quickly as Kyle Walker was afforded too much space to find Jesus to his left with the Brazilian fashioning a yard of space to drill a left-foot shot wide of the near post.

Everton were sitting deeper and deeper and they were fortunate when Rodri rose unmarked to meet Foden's corner just after the hour-mark but he could only plant his header a yard wide.

Everton's luck ran out a minute later, however, when City were rewarded for their endeavour with a second goal. Guardiola had instructed his side to target Everton's makeshift left-back Ben Godfrey, and after Silva found the underlapping run of Mahrez, the Algerian's unerring finish was beyond the reach of Pickford as it nestled into the net via the far post.

Paul Merson told Soccer Special: "It's a worldie! I said they were moving up through the gears, City!"

Ancelotti turned to Joshua King and James Rodriguez on his bench, but there would be no let up for Everton as City raced away with a trademark third 13 minutes before the end.

Again, the ball was worked right as Walker brought in Jesus, whose lay-off found Silva running at pace. His first touch took him away from Keane and his second sent the ball into the net via Pickford's right glove.

There was still time for Guardiola to introduce Kevin de Bruyne following his one-month lay-off as City saw out the game with ease. Ten points clear at the summit, there is no stopping City now.


Source: skysports

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