Jesus brace sinks Everton as City return to winning ways

Premier League champions Manchester City put their first defeat of the season well and truly behind them with a commanding 3-1 win over Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

It was also a great day for City's Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, who ended a four-month barren run in the Premier League by scoring their first two goals of the afternoon.

Everton started with three at the back, but it didn't take long for the hosts to start causing problems.

Andre Gomes had to be alert to the danger after Ilkay Gundogan released Leroy Sane down the left flank, and minutes later it was Kurt Zouma who had to get back and make a challenge after Jesus turned away Michael Keane inside the box.

City were applying most of the pressure, but it was Everton who probably had the best chance of the match to date on 15 minutes after Kyle Walker was caught in possession inside his own box by Lucas Digne. The left-back found Richarlison unmarked at the back post, but the Brazilian blazed his volley over the crossbar.

City would find themselves in front not long after, however. Having made a great save to stop Keane from scoring an own goal as he tried to prevent Jesus from getting on the end of a Bernardo cross, Jordan Pickford was powerless to stop City's Brazilian striker from making it 1-0 a minute later.

Yerry Mina gave away an aimless ball in midfield and was then slow to react, playing Jesus onside as a couple of quick passes sent him through on goal. Sane was the man to provide the killer assist, as Jesus collected the pass and stroked the ball effortlessly past Pickford at the near post to put the Citizens ahead.

As the first half wore on, City took complete control of the match, and Everton were lucky to not go further behind before the break, with Sane, Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez all having chances to add to their tally.

The second goal did eventually arrive five minutes into the second half. Having just scored his first Premier League goal in four months, Jesus wasted little time in getting another, as Sane again played provider with a neat cross into the middle, allowing the Brazilian to double City's lead with a buller header past a helpless Pickford.

Everton seemed dead and buried at this point, but they were given a lifeline by Dominic Calvert-Lewin with 25 minutes remaining. Digne was the man who delivered a pinpoint cross into the box, where Calvert-Lewin was waiting to head home after beating Fabian Delph in the air.

Unfortunately for Everton fans, their joy was short-lived, as City scored their third of the afternoon just four minutes later.

Having just come onto the pitch as a substitute, Raheem Sterling was soon celebrating after some clever interplay between Fernandinho and Jesus led to the cross coming in for the new arrival, who headed home from close range to make it 3-1.

That killed any real chance of an Everton fightback, and City were able to see out the rest of the match with ease to put last week's defeat at Chelsea behind them and return to the top of the Premier League table.