Manchester City showed there was no lasting damage from last week's surprise defeat at Chelsea as the Premier League defending champions beat Everton 3-1 Saturday.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester City showed there was no lasting damage from last week's surprise defeat at Chelsea as the Premier League defending champions beat Everton 3-1 Saturday.
Gabriel Jesus scored twice and substitute Raheem Sterling grabbed the other goal to lead City back to the top of the standings ahead of second-placed Liverpool's standout game against rival Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.
Jesus pounced on a throughball from Leroy Sane to slide the ball under England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and give the home side the lead midway through the first half.
Good morning! Man City takes the lead against Everton thanks to Gabriel Jesus from inside the box. A win puts Guardiola’s squad back to top of the table, at least until tomorrow when Liverpool faces Man United (📹:@NBCSportsSoccer) pic.twitter.com/FeZcdhqiTn— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) December 15, 2018
The Brazil forward made it 2-0 with a powerful close-range header from another Sane assist in the 50th minute, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton hope of mounting a comeback when he nodded in a cross from Lucas Digne 15 minutes later.
Sterling restored City's two-goal advantage when he headed in a center from Brazil midfielder Fernandinho in the 69th.
Next up for Man City is a trip to Leicester City for the quarterfinal of the League Cup.