This time on Memory Match we take a trip down memory lane to look at Everton’s epic win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium six years ago to the day.
The match was not only remembered for its goals – but moreso for the scuffle between then-managers Roberto Mancini and David Moyes.
Manchester City 0 Everton 2
In the spring of 2010 Manchester City were fighting for a Champions League spot but were also looking for revenge as visitors Everton had won the last three clashes at the Etihad. Aussie midfielder Tim Cahill looked to continue that record as on 33 minutes he put the visitors in front with a trademark header after a cross from left-back Leighton Baines.
Despite Carlos Tevez’s industrious efforts to get his side back into the game, Everton’s backline of Sylvian Distin and Phil Jagielka had a solid game and prevented City from getting any joy in front of goal.
City boss Roberto Mancini tried to get his side back level by bringing on Roque Santa Cruz on 57 minutes ahead of then-England winger Adam Johnson, while Roque Santa Cruz tried his luck with an effort just over the bar.
The visitors killed off the game with an 85th-minute goal by Spanish technician Mikel Arteta. Substitute Jack Rodwell ran down the left and, pulling back into the box for Cahill left it for the onrushing Arteta to bury a shot into the net.
But the major story of the game was the clash between Mancini and Moyes. In the final stages of the contest Mancini angrily raced over to his counterpart in the opposite dugout to claim the ball from the hands of Moyes, sparking a melee on the sidelines and prompting referee Peter Walton to dismiss them both.
Manchester City: Given, Richards, Kolo Toure, Kompany, Zabaleta, Ireland, Barry, De Jong, Johnson, Tevez, Bellamy.
Everton: Howard, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Heitinga, Neville, Arteta, Cahill, Pienaar, Osman, Saha.
What they said
Mancini apologised for his scuffle with Moyes.
“I’ve spoken now with David and if I made a mistake I am sorry.
“I wanted to get the ball because there was another five minutes at the end.”
“This can happen sometimes in a game but it is finished now. I was frustrated for the players.”
Moyes said he shouldn’t have been sent off after the incident with Mancini.
“I wasn’t the one waving my hand for bookings.
“I was very surprised, I didn’t know what I had done wrong. I shouldn’t have been sent off, simple as.
“I held the ball longer than I should have but I was trying to make a change. He showed his passion for his team and his club and I can accept that.”