It was an undeniable truth that Manchester City went into the halftime break with a rather comfortable 0-2 lead against Everton in a dominant display of power. However, this level of confidence was not enough for the ever-demanding Guardiola. As soon as the second half began, an opportunity presented itself and Gundogan, being the opportunist that he was, pounced and fired a deadly free-kick shot into the back of the net, thereby extending City’s already impressive lead.
One must take heed of the fact that the visitors were not content with just a two-goal lead, but instead were determined to increase the gap even further. Thus, they emerged from the break as though their very lives depended on it, guns blazing, with both Ilkay Gundogan and Erling Haaland scoring goals in rapid succession. As if that wasn’t enough, a foul on the edge of the box led to a free-kick opportunity which Gundogan did not waste any time in seizing, curving a beautifully executed shot right into the top corner of the net.
With City now three goals ahead, the prospects for Everton seemed rather dire, to say the least, as the Toffees appeared to be struggling to get a grip on the game. As for whether they would be able to pull back a consolation goal, well, only time would tell. In the meantime, stay tuned to our live coverage to find out.