London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Edin Dzeko scored twice as Manchester City grabbed the Premier League lead with a 3-2 victory over Everton Saturday at Goodison Park.
With the win, City moved to the top of the Premier League on goal difference over Liverpool with each side having two games to play. Manchester City will next play Aston Villa and West Ham.
The defeat crushed Everton’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League as they dropped to fifth place.
City entered the match three points back of Liverpool at the start of the day and fell behind after 11 minutes when Ross Barkley curled a first-time into the top corner of the net from 20 yards after Steven Naismith laid off the ball.
However, City tied the match when Yaya Toure found Sergio Aguero in the penalty area. Aguero then beat goalkeeper Tim Howard at his near post in the 22nd minute.
Dzeko put City ahead in the 43rd minute when he headed home James Milner’s right-wing cross.
In the 48th minute, Dzeko scored again as he turned home a pass from Samir Nasri at the top of the six-yard box for a 3-1 lead.
A headed goal from Romelu Lukaku in the 65th minute brought Everton back into the game but City managed to stave off several attacks to seal the win.
“We have to play teams who are not fighting for anything, they can play without pressure. We must try to win our last two games at home, then we will see what happens,” said Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
“We won and at this moment the most important thing is to win. Today the pressure was maybe too high to play our best football. We played well until 3-2, maybe at that moment the team was a bit nervous,” he added.
Meanwhile, West Ham ensured itself of a place in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over the Tottenham Hotspur at Upton Park.
An own goal from Harry Kane put West Ham ahead before Stewart Downing’s free kick doubled the lead for the hosts shortly before halftime.
In other matches, Aston Villa defeated Hull City, 3-1; Sunderland edged Manchester United, 1-0; Newcastle banked Cardiff City, 3-0; Stoke City routed Fulham, 3-1; and
Southampton beat Swansea City, 1-0.