EPL: Glorious Day For Nigerian Debutant As Everton Crush Man City
Super Eagles youngster, Kelechi Iheanacho, was left heartbroken as Everton produced a brilliant performance to stun Manchester City and deliver a serious blow to Pep Guardiola’s Premier League title hopes.
It was, however, a glorious day for Everton debutant, Ademola Lookman, who scored the fourth in a 4-0 humiliation of the visitors.
Iheanacho came in as a 62nd minute substitute for Pablo Zabaleta while Lookman replaced Ross Barkley in the 90th minute.
The Toffees willingly soaked up 71% of City possession but restricted Guardiola’s side to few chances and scored with four of just six attempts at goal.
Romelu Lukaku coolly side-footed in a Kevin Mirallas cut-back and the Belgium internationals combined again after the break, Mirallas drilling Lukaku’s through-ball across the keeper.
Tom Davies sent Goodison Park into raptures on just his second league start by dinking a third over Claudio Bravo and £11m January recruit, Lookman, fired between the legs of the keeper in injury time.
Goals from the two teenagers left Everton boss Ronald Koeman visibly elated, while Guardiola cut a frustrated figure, remonstrating with the fourth official late on in what is his heaviest ever league defeat as a manager.
City lacked cutting edge throughout, though had Davies not headed a looping Bacary Sagna header off the line before half-time, they may not have gone on to suffer a fifth league defeat of the season.
They stay fifth, 10 points off leaders Chelsea, while Everton remain seventh.