Manchester City stays third in the Premier League after a goalless draw with Everton



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MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City was denied a late penalty as it remained third in the Premier League after a goalless home draw with Everton on Wednesday.

Raheem Sterling went down under a challenge from John Stones in injury time but nothing was given.

Manuel Pellegrini's side dropped two points in its campaign for the Premier League title with City three points behind leader Arsenal.

"Everyone in the stadium could see it, it was so near to the referee and so clear," Pellegrini said. "Both Raheem's legs were taken by Stones but if he doesn't whistle we can't say anything.

"I don't want to continue talking about individual actions in a game. The referee must decide. I just give my views on the overall performance and that one decision."

City dominated - especially in the second half - against Everton but they found goalkeeper Tim Howard on top form.

There was a tame start to the game at Etihad Stadium with many missing the kick-off because of traffic problems.

Both goalkeepers were called into action within seconds of each other. Howard had to push away a Yaya Toure header before Gerard Deulofeu forced City keeper Joe Hart to save his angled shot.

Leon Osman volleyed just past the post for Everton from Romelu Lukaku's cross, with the pair then trading passes - with Lukaku missing the target.

There was nothing to choose between the teams and although Manchester City started to exert more pressure midway through the first half, Everton was comfortable.

Hart had to be quick to get to the ball ahead of Lukaku at the start of the second half but the hosts began to look more dangerous with Everton grateful to Howard.

The United States keeper twice denied Sergio Aguero, pushing away the Uruguayan forward's shot before blocking another effort as well as thwarting Sterling's effort with his foot.

"We did enough to win the game, especially in the second half," Pellegrini said. "Maybe it was a close game in the first half with few chances but in the second half, we dominated possession and shots - I think we did enough to win.

"We deserved more than a draw."

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