Follow the score and result with our minute-by-minute commentary of the Premier League game between Everton and Man City at Goodison Park on Saturday, 3 May 2014, kick-off 17.30 BST
Result: Everton 2-3 Manchester City
90 min + 5 PEEEEP! The final whistle goes - City are top of the league.
The City players embrace on the pitch - this was a huge test on paper and so it proved. At 3-1, they looked comfortable but Everton gave them an almighty scare. There was no favour for their city neighbours, though, and the sub-plot of Everton's Champions League hopes was also ended - Arsenal secure qualification for the 17th season in a row.
Chelsea, who remain in mathematical contention, take on Norwich at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, before Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace on Monday with the aim of returning to the summit. City's game in hand is against Aston Villa on Wednesday, before the final-day climax. It's certainly City's title to lose.
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90 min + 4 City are pinning Everton back, by hook or by crook, and doing a decent job of it, too. They're just about seeing this out.
90 min + 2 Everton gift the ball to David Silva on the edge of the box, whose shot is deflected wide. City are not planning an adventurous corner.
90 min SIX MINUTES of added time to come. Cue close-up shot of exasperated City fans.
87 min Close! Deulofeu weaves his way into the City box and the ball ends up in the side-netting. Corner to Everton, which is cleared and there's a puff of the collective cheeks.
84 min Such a lengthy delay screams "INJURY-TIME DRAMA", surely.
83 min Dzeko, whose shoulder appears to be the problem, wanders off the pitch. Aiden McGeady is on for Leon Osman, meanwhile. Some football, please.
81 min City break, and find themselves with numbers in the Everton box. They get in a right muddle, however, and Everton clear. A sixth goal in this game is not out of the question at all. Dzeko is now down injured and Lee Probert doesn't seem to want to help him - this is an amusing stand-off. Here come the stretchers for Dzeko who is, at worst, in mild discomfort. He's also getting booked, whenever he gets up.
77 min This is more than a tad nervy for City, the longer that Everton keep the ball.
74 min David Silva is imminent for Manchester City, as they look to get hold of the ball and see this rather curious game out. Nasri will make way.
70 min City panic themselves into moving upfield, and almost benefit as Zabaleta bursts into the box. Howard saves with his feet.
Philip Podolsky writes:
City's mismanagement of Aguero this season has been shocking. He played 90 min in the cup against a lower division side upon returning from his first injury, and aggravated it in the next match against Spurs - after which Pellegrini coolly conceded it was probably due to muscle fatigue after the cup game. And yet he was rushed against Barcelona to exactly the same effect.
67 min Deulofeu is on for Everton, in place of Jagielka, which rather suggests that they aren't settling for a narrow defeat.
65 min GOAL! Everton 2-3 Manchester City (Lukaku)
And, suddenly, Everton manage to get Baines into a position where he can stretch the City back four. His peach of a cross is met by a crashing/diving Lukaku header, which goes in via the post. Yaya Toure has gone off too, which is another worry for the visitors. Kolarov is on.
62 min City, rather understandably, have retreated into themselves to keep this lead intact and take the three points back to Manchester. Everton haven't managed to get Baines and Coleman into the positions in which they can stretch the City back four.
59 min Mandatory close-up of theatre impresario Bill Kenwright: CHECK
57 min Everton probe around the City box, but this game is in danger of petering out quicker than Peter "Pete" Peterson of Peter Road, Peterborough.
53 min Barkley tries another first-time curler, but it's deflected behind for a corner. City clear, and would do well to just keep the ball away from him at the moment.
50 min There's no indication that the Everton players are taking it easy, though. Barkley is at the heart of everything they muster in the middle of the pitch.
48 min GOAL! Everton 1-3 Manchester City (Dzeko)
City go straight down the other end and double their lead! Samir Nasri puts in a low cross and, finally, Dzeko is in the right place at the right time for it. He pokes it home and City are heading top of the table on goal difference.
46 min Back in action at Goodison. Barkley, who is now officially having a STORMER, charges through the City midfield, and slots a pass through to Naismith, who is foiled by Hart.
18.25 Another chance to look at that Barkley goal. It looks like one of the most satisfying kicks of a football imaginable - it was a goal from the moment he hit it.
Three very good goals in that first half. Ross Barkley's opener was a thing of beauty, and even the prospect of Liverpool being champions couldn't stop Goodison Park celebrating it to the rafters. City remained patient, though, and Sergio Aguero (injuring himself in the process) fired them level. With Fernandinho on in midfield, Toure pressed forward to support Dzeko - who was starting to look as uninspired as Gary Neville - and the Bosnian headed City into a vital lead. Frustration for Liverpool fans, relief for the blue half of Manchester, and continued looks of puzzlement from the Evertonians, who aren't sure what to cheer for.
45 min + 2 "I'm bored!" declares Sky's Gary Neville. This has been a decent game, but its soundtrack could do with livening up. Lukaku, leaning back, hits a first time shot into the crowd.
43 min GOAL! Everton 1-2 Manchester City (Dzeko)
James Milner digs out an excellent cross right in the corner and it's Edin Dzeko who rises highest to plant a header into the corner beyond Tim Howard. Pins are audibly being dropped at Goodison.
39 min A yellow card for Javi Garcia, as Lee Probert goes through the totting-up process and points to various areas of the pitch.
37 min Stones gallops forward into space and tries to release Lukaku in the area, but the assistant's flag cuts the attack short. 30,000+ Evertonians continue to contemplate the horror of a Liverpool league title, meanwhile.
36 min City work the ball well on the edge of the area, but Samir Nasri bends his shot wide of the target.
31 min Toure muscles his way to the by-line and fires the ball across goal. Again, though, Dzeko isn't in a position to convert. Toure already has that do-I-have-to-do-everything-myself look on his face.
28 min Leighton Baines forces a corner for Everton. In it comes, Joe Hart bellows the mandatory "AWAY!" and his defence oblige.
27 min Aguero finally admits defeat and takes to the turf. Men in latex gloves tend to him, but Fernandinho is already coming on to replace him. Just like Yaya Toure's premature exit at Anfield, this is a huge blow for City.
25 min Some expert anatomical work from Henry Winter:
Twitter: Henry Winter - #mcfc respond strongly. Classy from Aguero. 1-1. Howard beaten at near-post. Aguero rubbing his left adductor tho. Concern?
22 min GOAL! Everton 1-1 Manchester City (Aguero)
And again, seemingly out of nothing, we have a goal. Yaya Toure steps into the final third and releases Sergio Aguero, who fires it in at Howard's near post. It's well and truly game on, despite the increasingly odd atmosphere at Goodison. In a further twist, the goalscorer seems to be struggling with an injury - he may well be done here.
20 min Seamus Coleman receives the ball in space on the right, which is enough to elicit an instinctive roar of excitement from the home fans, but his cross is well overhit. Barkley then embarks on a barnstorming run towards the City box and goes down. Referee Lee Probert says no.
19 min The Everton fans aren't exactly in full voice, very possibly because Barkley's goal has added another Liverpool finger on to the Premier League title.
16 min City work an opening for Toure on the left side of Everton's box, but his whipped shot is high and wide.
13 min That goal came out of nothing, and now City visibly pick up the pace. Nasri bends in a cross with the outside of his boot, but Toure's header loops up and down into Howard's gloves.
11 minGOAL! Everton 1-0 Manchester City (Barkley)
Remember the name! Ross Barkley wakes Goodison up with a magnificent, curled effort from 25 yards that dips under Joe Hart's crossbar. Stunning goal.
9 min Javi Garcia's gets his head on the corner, but it's straight at Tim Howard.
8 min It's a rather muted Goodison and not quite the atmosphere that Roberto Martinez had insisted there would be. City allowing the home side a fair bit of possession - they're being patient. Jagielka diverts a cross behind for a corner.
5 min Some very neat passing from Everton finds Baines on the left. His low cross forces Naismith to reach back and his left-foot shot is well wide.
3 min SergioAguero fires a cross in from the right, but Edin Dzeko doesn't gamble on it. City already swarming around the Everton area.
1 min They're under way at Goodison Park. Everton begin by passing the ball about confidently - young defender John Stones is an elegant figure, isn't he?
17.28 The players are out, the pre-match pleasantries are complete - kick-off moments away.
16.59 Slow-motion footage of players wearing massive headphones and clutching washbags! We all know what that means - it means they're anti-social, but very hygienic.
16.36 The teams are in. David Silva's on the bench for City - how long will he stay there?
Everton: Howard, Baines, Stones, Jagielka (c), Alcaraz, Coleman, McCarthy, Osman, Barkley, Naismith, Lukaku
Subs: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Distin, Garbutt, Ledson
Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Demichelis, Clichy, Garcia, Yaya Toure, Milner, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko
Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolarov, Silva, Fernandinho, Negredo, Jovetic
16.22 Afternoon everyone. With matters at the foot of the table closer to being settled, attention turns back to the title race. The lead has changed hands a mere 22 times this season and, thanks to Chelsea's expert smash-and-grabbing at Anfield last weekend, there are still three contenders as we prepare to enter the season's final week.
This evening, Manchester Citycan become the latest leaders with a win at Goodison Park over an Everton side who still harbour hopes of Champions League football next season. The inevitable questions to Roberto Martinez about "doing a favour" for neighbours Liverpool were dealt with in the professional manner you'd expect, but Everton still represent a significant obstacle for Manuel Pellegrini's men. City have lost on their last four visits to Goodison, and stranger things have happened (Connor Wickham, for a start) as the title race has twisted and turned towards its climax, but Yaya Toure and co will take a great deal of stopping here.
Team news on the way soon.
Here's John Ley's match preview...
Everton (Possible, 4-4-1-1): Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines; Naismith, McCarthy, Osman, Deulofeu; Barkley; Lukaku.
Out: Barry (ineligible), Gibson, Koné, Pienaar (all knee), Mirallas (groin), Oviedo (broken leg), Traoré (hamstring).
Test: Distin (hamstring).
Manchester City (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Hart; Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy; Touré, Fernandinho; Silva, Agüero, Nasri; Dzeko.
Out: Nastasic (knee), Navas (ankle).
Referee: Lee Probert. Matches: 19, R2 Y29.
Betting: Home 7-2, Away 8-11, Draw 11-4.
Everton captain Phil Jagielka returns to the squad for the visit of Manchester City after a 10-week absence with a hamstring injury.
Fellow centre-back Sylvain Distin is still a doubt after a similar problem forced him to miss last weekend's defeat at Southampton.
On-loan Gareth Barry is unavailable against his parent club while fellow midfielder Steven Pienaar is still not available.
Manchester City, meanwhile, have playmaker David Silva available but fellow Spaniard Jésus Navas, who has missed the last three games, remains on the sidelines with his own ankle problem.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini reports no other injuries ahead of Saturday's match but defender Matija Nastasic is not yet match fit after three months out with a knee injury.
Roberto Martínez says the suggestion any Evertonians would happily see their team lose to Manchester City to prevent Liverpool from winning the title is just ‘banter’.
It is fair to say opinions are divided on that.
Nevertheless, the ultra-professional Spaniard and his players have European qualification and the chance to host a Merseyside derby in the Champions League on their mind. City have the title in their grasp again.
It is tough to imagine a team with such class failing to take its second chance.
Stat of the game: Manchester City have lost on their last four league visits to Everton, scoring just one goal and conceding seven.