Erling Haaland scored His first goals since November to assist Manchester City with seeing off a decided Everton side and move top of the Premier League.
The Norwegian has needed to stand by to track down the net since his return from the foot injury that sidelined him for the vast majority of December and January, however he got the ball really rolling here.
His first goal was a splendid first-time finish that gave his side a crucial leap forward in the last part, and he ensured the three goals when he ran clear to space past Jordan Pickford late on.
Up to that point, Everton’s association and flexibility had baffled the reigning champs, who had not dealt with a shot on track until Haaland struck with 19 minutes to go.
The visitors failed to clear a corner and the ball succumbed to Haaland at the back post to crush home a savage first-time strike that Jordan Pickford got a hand to, yet couldn’t keep out.
Haaland was not finished there, and capitalized on the space Everton left pushing for a balancer when he jogged on to Kevin de Bruyne’s through-ball, held off Jarrad Branthwaite and tracked down the base corner of the net.
City’s time in best position might be restricted – Liverpool can recover their put at the culmination later on Saturday when they have Burnley at Anfield – yet their re-visitation of the top of the table interestingly since 24 November is a compensation for their great structure.
This was their tenth progressive success in all contests, including the Fifa Club World Cup and FA Cup, and their 6th in succession in the Premier League.
Everton, in the meantime, stay trapped in the relegation zone and have now gone seven league games without success.