Manchester City 4-0 Everton: City boost Champions League hopes

Manchester City 4-0 Everton: City boost Champions League hopes

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Manchester City beat Everton for the 20th meeting in a row to boost their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Women’s Champions League.

City led when Everton’s Simone Magill turned Caroline Weir’s corner into her own net.

Ellen White doubled the lead after good wing play by Lucy Bronze.

City added two late goals when Alex Greenwood scored from Lauren Hemp’s ball and Laura Coombs drove in from Khadija Shaw’s pass.

It was City’s second 4-0 win against Everton in four days, having also beaten them in the FA Women’s Cup on Sunday – and they have won every time they have ever met.

Gareth Taylor’s side, who have won 14 of their last 16 matches in all competitions, are now only behind third-placed Manchester United on goal difference.

Man City’s Keira Walsh on reaching 200 appearancesThe hosts had most of the chances in Wednesday’s win at the Academy Stadium with Weir hammering over from a tight angle and having a volley saved.

White also had a long-range volley saved by Sandy MacIver and Keira Walsh drove wide from distance.

Managerless Everton – who are ninth – had only one shot on target, with former City forward Claire Emslie sending a long-range strike in the first half straight at Ellie Roebuck.

Wednesday’s other Women’s Super League match between Chelsea and Tottenham was called off earlier in the day after a Covid-19 outbreak at Spurs.

Manchester City boss Gareth Taylor on the Champions League battle: “We expect it to be tight. There’s a lot of games to come. It’s good for us in respect of clawing back the position we’re in [after a slow start]. We want to kick on and be positive.

“In the last 16 or 17 games, our record is better than everyone’s and that’s something to be proud of. We’ve scored way more goals than any of our competitors. Our goals against is very good. We have 11 clean sheets in 17 games.

“We’re moving in the right direction but we’re always looking for the icing on the cake. We’re entertaining the supporters and we’re sending them away feeling good.”

Everton caretaker boss Chris Roberts: “I was proud of large parts of the game. It was a night and day performance from the weekend.

“I told the players be proud of 90% of that performance. At this level you can’t switch off against a top team.

“For 10% of the game we did not perform as we can and we’ve lost four goals. It’s a big learning curve. We need to be better in both boxes.”

Line-upsMan City WomenFormation 4-3-3

26Roebuck

20Bronze33Kennedy5Greenwood3Stokes

24Walsh10Stanway19Weir

13Raso18White15Hemp

26Roebuck20Bronze33Kennedy5Greenwood3StokesSubstituted forBlakstadat 86’minutes24Walsh10StanwaySubstituted forCoombsat 78’minutes19Weir13RasoSubstituted forBeckieat 73’minutes18WhiteSubstituted forShawat 73’minutes15HempSubstitutes7Coombs11Beckie12Angeldahl16Park21Shaw30Mace35Keating41BlakstadEverton WomenFormation 5-4-1

1MacIver

21Maier5Björn20Finnigan6George3Turner

11Emslie22Galli17Graham28Bennison

10Magill

1MacIver21Maier5BjörnSubstituted forPattinsonat 55’minutes20Finnigan6GeorgeBooked at 51mins3TurnerBooked at 88mins11EmslieSubstituted forDugganat 77’minutes22GalliSubstituted forChristiansenat 56’minutes17Graham28BennisonSubstituted forDaliat 76’minutes10MagillSubstitutes7Dali8Christiansen9Duggan13Gauvin18Brosnan26Clinton30PattinsonReferee:Scott Jackson

Attendance:1,119

Live TextMatch ends, Manchester City Women 4, Everton Women 0.

Second Half ends, Manchester City Women 4, Everton Women 0.

Foul by Janine Beckie (Manchester City Women).

Izzy Christiansen (Everton Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Julie Blakstad (Manchester City Women).

Kenza Dali (Everton Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Laura Coombs (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Caroline Weir (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Danielle Turner (Everton Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lauren Hemp (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danielle Turner (Everton Women).

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Julie Blakstad replaces Demi Stokes.

Goal! Manchester City Women 4, Everton Women 0. Laura Coombs (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Khadija Shaw.

Goal! Manchester City Women 3, Everton Women 0. Alex Greenwood (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Laura Coombs following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Megan Finnigan.

Attempt missed. Khadija Shaw (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lauren Hemp.

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Laura Coombs replaces Georgia Stanway.

Substitution, Everton Women. Toni Duggan replaces Claire Emslie.

Substitution, Everton Women. Kenza Dali replaces Hanna Bennison.

Corner, Everton Women. Conceded by Demi Stokes.

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