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City beats Everton, favorite to win Premier League

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 3, 2014 at 5:26 pm •  Published: May 3, 2014

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Edin Dzeko's brace helped Manchester City come from behind to beat Everton 3-2 and stay in control of the English Premier League title race on Saturday.

City had won just one of its last 15 matches at Goodison Park and looked like continuing its poor run when Ross Barkley curled in a brilliant shot to give Everton an 11th-minute lead.

However, Sergio Aguero equalized in the 22nd — before going off with an apparent groin injury — and Dzeko scored twice in a five-minute span around halftime to put City 3-1 ahead.

Romelu Lukaku's goal in the 65th set up a tense finish but City held on to provisionally go top of the standings on goal difference from Liverpool, and two points clear of Chelsea.

Victories in its two remaining games — at home to Aston Villa on Wednesday and West Ham on Sunday — should clinch City a second championship in three years.

"The most important thing is to pick up form at the right time and we have two home games left," City captain Vincent Kompany said. "But the past has taught us to be careful."

Liverpool, which lost 2-0 to Chelsea last weekend, was looking for a big favor from its Merseyside neighbor to wrest back the advantage in this most open title race, and Barkley's goal will have been celebrated as much across Stanley Park as by Everton fans inside Goodison Park.

The 20-year-old midfielder, looking to force his way into Roy Hodgson's England squad for the World Cup, showed a glimpse of his undoubted class by curling a first-time effort into the top corner from just outside the area and was excellent throughout.

But Everton was second best after that with City controlling possession and looking more dangerous going forward — even with the 28th-minute withdrawal of Aguero that continued his frustrating, injury-plagued second half of the season.

The Argentina striker had been signaling to City's bench that he was hampered by his injury minutes before he latched onto Yaya Toure's through-ball and drove a low shot inside goalkeeper Tim Howard's near post for his 28th goal of the season. Aguero slumped to the ground five minutes later and was helped off the pitch.

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