Premier League: Everton tear Manchester City's title hopes to shreds

City were also denied a clear penalty in the 86th minute when referee Lee Probert awarded the visitors a free-kick for a hand-ball by Marouane Fellaini that occured inside the 18-yard box.

updated: March 16, 2013 22:18 IST
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London: Ten-man Everton sounded a probable death knell on Manchester City's title defence with a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Premier League champions at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Despite the second-half dismissal of Steven Pienaar, Everton dug deep for a victory that means Manchester United can go 15 points clear at the top of the table by winning at home to Reading later.

Leon Osman made the breakthrough for the hosts in the 32nd minute, meeting Seamus Coleman's lay-off with a swerving shot from 25 yards that deceived goalkeeper Joe Hart and flew into the top-left corner.

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