Jesus struggles as Rooney scores 200th Premier League goal

We analyse the performances of Gabriel Jesus and Wayne Rooney after Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Everton.

Niall McCague
by Niall McCague
21st August 2017

article:21st August 2017

Raheem Sterling came on to score an 82nd-minute equaliser as 10-man Manchester City rescued a 1-1 draw against Everton in their opening Premier League home game on Monday.

Wayne Rooney put Everton ahead with his 200th Premier League goal before City home debutant Kyle Walker was contentiously shown a second yellow card following a collision with Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Sterling, a half-time substitute, rewarded heavy City pressure by slamming in a late equaliser and Everton also finished with 10 men after Morgan Schneiderlin, too, was given a debatable second caution.

Here, we analyse the performance of two key protagonists, Jesus and Rooney.



Goals – 0

Shots  2

Shots on target – 1

Touches – 39

Key passes – 0

Dribbles – 2

Dispossessed – 1

Aerials won – 0


Goals – 1

Shots – 3

Shots on target – 2

Touches – 49

Key passes – 2

Dribbles – 0

Dispossessed – 2

Aerials won – 2



Showed nifty footwork in possession but failed to engineer any sort of breakthrough for the home side.

Lacked space around the final third with Leroy Sane playing a similar role on the left.

He was substituted at half-time for Sterling as Guardiola opted for more pace in attack.

His talent is obvious but he made little impact this evening.


Not the force of nature he was at Goodison Park back in 2004 but still looks a menacing presence.

He pushed deeper on several occasions to leave space for Davy Klaassen and the elusive Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and showed eagerness to get on the ball at every opportunity.

His finished his goal superbly but his workrate was mixed.

It was his sixth goal in 11 appearances at the Etihad Stadium – and his second consecutive goal for the Toffees this season.



12th minute (SHOT) – A left flank corner from Kevin de Bruyne is cleared and the ball falls to Jesus who blazes a powerful effort over the bar from 25 metres.

42nd min (SHOT) – A period of sustained pressure from Man City ends with Jesus shooting straight at Jordan Pickford after a cleverly weighed cross from Sergio Aguero. Poor defending from the away side, but they get away with it.


36th min (GOAL) –  Had done little up until this point but silenced the Etihad Stadium crowd with a superb goal. He pounced on to Calvert-Lewin’s right wing cross to slip the ball under the legs of Ederson to give the Toffees the lead.

42nd minute – Gave away possession around the middle and de Bruyne skipped through unopposed to feed Aguero, with Jesus shooting straight at Pickford.

64th minute – Showed intelligence and creativity to spray a well-measured ball into the path of the unmarked Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the right, but his low cross was saved by Ederson.

89th minute – He was substituted for Muhamed Besic.



Jesus failed to provide any spark for Manchester City and looked lost when operating in attack.

Questionable if he can hold the line on his own as he keeps drifting to the left when playing alongside Sane.

If Pep wants to get the best out of the young Brazilian, he should opt for Bernardo Silva instead of Sane and put Jesus more in the final third.



The records just keep piling up for Rooney, joining Alan Shearer in an exclusive club with 200 Premier League goals.

He will be a vital cog for Ronald Koeman’s men as the season progresses.


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