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Kolo Toure is sent off by the referee for second bookable offence. Foul by Kolo Toure on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, free kick awarded. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
Kolo Toure is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Kolo Toure concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Neville. Phil Neville takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson played to the near post, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Gareth Barry receives a yellow card for dissent.
Joao Alves Jo is caught offside. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
David Silva takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
Aleksandar Kolarov decides to take the corner short.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Shot from just outside the area by Adam Johnson goes over the bar.
Gareth Barry takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Neville.
Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pablo Zabaleta. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Tevez.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Joao Alves Jo coming on for Mario Balotelli.
Phil Jagielka leaves the field to be replaced by Tony Hibbert.
Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson, save by Tim Howard.
Shot by Mario Balotelli from deep inside the penalty box bounces off the post.
Shot by Adam Johnson from outside the box goes over the net.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
Louis Saha on for Seamus Coleman.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov joins the action as a substitute, replacing Leon Osman.
Adam Johnson takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
Phil Jagielka concedes an unfortunate own goal. Man City 1-2 Everton.Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Phil Jagielka gets a block in. The assist for the goal came from Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Effort on goal by Gareth Barry from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
David Silva takes a shot. Phil Jagielka gets a block in.
Carlos Tevez fouled by Tim Cahill, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Tevez.
David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Neville.
Tim Cahill is caught offside. Free kick taken by Joe Hart.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Tim Cahill. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Tim Cahill is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
Pablo Zabaleta concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Tim Cahill on Kolo Toure, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
Victor Anichebe receives a red card for second bookable offence. Victor Anichebe concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta. Gnegneri Toure Yaya restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Leon Osman on Pablo Zabaleta, free kick awarded. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the direct free kick.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya takes a shot. Jack Rodwell gets a block in.
Victor Anichebe receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Hart by Victor Anichebe. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov by Victor Anichebe. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the free kick.
Effort from outside the box by Aleksandar Kolarov goes wide right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Adam Johnson, Tim Howard makes a save.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
Adam Johnson comes on in place of James Milner.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya concedes a free kick for a foul on Marouane Fellaini. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
Phil Neville concedes a free kick for a foul on Mario Balotelli. Free kick taken by Gareth Barry.
James Milner is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
Mario Balotelli concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Jagielka. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Gnegneri Toure Yaya misses to the right of the goal.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the right by-line, save by Tim Howard.
Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Barry. Aleksandar Kolarov has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Tim Howard makes a save.
Mario Balotelli takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
The referee books Marouane Fellaini for unsporting behaviour. Marouane Fellaini challenges Carlos Tevez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Milner.
Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot. Phil Neville gets a block in.
David Silva takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.
David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Leighton Baines.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from the right by-line to the near post, Vincent Kompany has a volleyed shot. Blocked by Phil Jagielka.
Leon Osman takes a shot. Blocked by Kolo Toure.
Victor Anichebe challenges James Milner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kolo Toure.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Shot from inside the area by Mario Balotelli clears the bar.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the right by-line, clearance made by Jack Rodwell.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Aleksandar Kolarov from the right by-line, clearance by Jack Rodwell.
Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Barry. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Tevez on Phil Jagielka. Phil Neville restarts play with the free kick.
Booking for Vincent Kompany for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Vincent Kompany on Jack Rodwell, free kick awarded. Phil Neville takes the direct free kick.
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
Goal scored by Leighton Baines from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Man City 0-2 Everton.Assist by Tim Cahill.
Mario Balotelli is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Corner taken by Aleksandar Kolarov from the left by-line played to the near post, Mario Balotelli takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Effort from inside the area by David Silva misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on James Milner by Tim Cahill results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Milner.
Tim Cahill finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Man City 0-1 Everton.Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Assist by Seamus Coleman.
The match gets underway.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The second half kicks off.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Manchester City will aim to create their own bit of history by beating Everton at Eastlands on Monday - but for Aleksandar Kolarov it will just be another minor milestone compared to what life as a kid was like.
The blizzard conditions which swept England on Saturday morning, and put paid to key Barclays Premier League matches at Arsenal and Chelsea, mean City will secure top spot on Christmas Day if they can overcome David Moyes' men.
It is something the Blues have not experienced since the new league was formed in 1992.
Indeed, the statisticians have to trawl back through the record books to 1929 to last find City in staring down at the pack on such a significant day in the season.
They would have played two more games than Manchester United, which takes the edge off the situation slightly.
Nevertheless, it shows just how far the Blues have come in the two-and-a-half years since they were taken over by Sheikh Mansour's Abu Dhabi United Group.
For Kolarov, though, it would be a small step in a journey that has taken him from the streets of war-torn Serbia to Premier League riches.
"Players from Serbia are very hungry to work," he told Manc, the official Manchester City magazine.
"We all want to do something because every one of us has some story in their life."
Kolarov's story involves dodging bombs dropped during a three-month NATO raid on "strategic" targets, which unfortunately also claimed civilian casualties.
The memories from 1999, when the defender was only 14 and training with his boyhood heroes Red Star, still burn deep.
"I don't have nightmares but I remember everything," he said.
"You just want to play football but you can't because there are bombs in the city. The first couple of days you have fear for something. Then every day is the same.
"Bombs fell near my house. The windows blew in. There was a military airport near my house so that was a target. They bombed bridges, everything. There were concerts on the bridges. But I didn't go. I played football."
Football proved to be Kolarov's way out.
He still hopes to return to his native Belgrade to play for Red Star, however, for now, the 25-year-old has his sights set on silverware in England.
Even if they beat Everton, Roberto Mancini's men will still trail United, Arsenal and Chelsea in the betting.
But with cash at his disposal and at least one dissenting dressing room voice set to leave next month in Emmanuel Adebayor, the Blues have to be highly fancied.
It does appear the Carlos Tevez saga has been silenced for a short while, although the Argentina star is yet to offer his own view on City's assertion that he should remain at the club despite handing in a well-publicised transfer request.
Tevez did have his anticipated meeting with manager Roberto Mancini despite City's later than expected return from Turin following their Europa League tie with Juventus.
Mancini has already stated Tevez will face the Toffeemen, who did the double over City last season and have won on their last three visits to Eastlands without conceding so much as a goal.
Everton boss Moyes accepts his pre-season aspirations of pushing the likes of City at the top end of the league are now impossible.
Yet as the Toffees prepare for the trip, the Scot has lost none of the conviction that his team are as good a Mancini's expensively-assembled, title-chasing side.
Everton are labouring in the bottom half of the Premier League after seven games without a win but the Merseysiders have proved their quality in the past and Moyes expects them to again.
Moyes said: "I think City are a stronger side, they have had a year more of development. They have spent again to get themselves up there and they look as if they are a bit more established.
"They are a good side with good players and they have got themselves in a healthy position. You won't know until the end but I would still put them as outsiders to win the Premier League.
"I hoped we would have been in a similar position but our start and the way we are at the moment makes that look very impossible."
The Toffees are hoping midfielder Steven Pienaar proves his fitness from a groin injury.
The South African, who was forced off after 66 minutes against Wigan a week ago, tweeted last week that he felt the game might come too soon.
Moyes however has since said the Monday night fixture has afforded him extra time that gives him an "outside chance" of playing.
City miss out on top spot
Carlos Tevez provided Manchester City with some Christmas cheer but Everton denied them the present they really wanted with a 2-1 victory.
Instead of sitting top of the table on December 25 for the first time since 1929, they remain in third, beaten by the Toffees once more who registered their fourth successive win at Eastlands.
First-half efforts from Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines were enough for the visitors, who defended valiantly once they had gained the initiative and secured their first win since October.
Not even the needless dismissal of Victor Anichebe could stop them as Mario Balotelli hit a post after Yaya Toure's deflected effort had pulled one back.
It meant there was no dream end to an evening that began with a statement confirming Tevez's intention to remain at City - for the short-term at least - after a week of bad blood between player and club.
How quickly football can change moods.
Thirty minutes before kick-off, Mancini was all smiles, explaining what a fillip it was that Tevez had withdrawn his transfer request and how the City family were now looking forward to the future with confidence.
Less than an hour later, he was angrily booting over a set of neatly-arranged water bottles, gesticulating wildly at his disappearing defence, not knowing whether to stand or sit such was the height of his agitation.
It is not as though City were without warning.
Everton's last three visits to this ground had ended in victory, the last two of which had involved a goal from Cahill.
That the Australian should find the net with a trademark header, after only four minutes, having been left completely unmarked by Vincent Kompany could explain Mancini's arm-waving reaction.
In fairness to Kompany, he was gambling to try and block a potential Seamus Coleman lay-off to Jack Rodwell.
Unfortunately for the hosts, in doing so, he offered Cahill a far easier opportunity as Coleman picked him out inside the six-yard box.
Everton's second came when Pablo Zabaleta was off the field having stitches inserted in a wound that followed a clash of heads with Cahill.
The bitter pill for City came in the form of Baines and Anichebe combining down the wing Zabaleta was supposed to be patrolling and Cahill providing the lay-off for a precise finish.
It was superb simplicity, although the beauty was lost on Mancini as Baines wheeled away in glee.
For a side that had not won in seven games since October, it was a glorious half, which they defended with vigour.
Six blocks to six shots in one City barrage, Phil Neville getting in the way of a Zabaleta shot and Phil Jagielka stopping one from Kompany, both of which brought penalty appeals.
Aleksandar Kolarov also went close with a free-kick Tim Howard just managed to turn round the post as it threatened to creep in.
The Serb went close with a dipping shot at the start of the second period after David Silva had combined with Tevez to set him up.
But City were running out of ideas until Anichebe threw then a lifeline with his ridiculous red card.
The striker, who has refused to sign a new contract and was a surprise selection ahead of Louis Saha, could just about be excused for barging over Joe Hart as he challenged for a ball he was never quite getting to.
His needless trip of Zabaleta four minutes later was totally irresponsible as it earned an obvious second yellow card and left Everton to fight on with only 10 men.
For good measure, Anichebe threw his gloves at Mancini's feet before marching off down the tunnel.
Even with their numerical advantage, City still needed a massive slice of good fortune to get themselves back into the contest as Yaya Toure's wayward shot struck Jagielka and bounced in.
That Jagielka was forced off through injury merely compounded Everton's woes, although City had gone agonisingly close to grabbing an equaliser when Mario Balotelli sprinted on to Toure's excellent pass, chipped Howard but saw the ball bounce back off the post.
Howard recovered his ground quickly enough to deny Tevez's close range effort with the follow-up.
City piled forward at the end, but their only notable entry into referee Peter Walton's notebook was for the dismissal of Kolo Toure for two injury-time bookings.
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