Erling Haaland scored his first goal since November to help Manchester City defeat a determined Everton side and claim the top position in the Premier League standings

The Norwegian player had to wait to find the net since recovering from a foot injury that kept him out for most of December and January, but he made up for lost time here.

His first goal was a brilliant finish that provided his team with a crucial breakthrough in the second half, and he secured three points by running down the field to beat Jordan Pickford towards the end of the game.

Until then, Everton’s organization and resilience had frustrated the defending champions, who hadn’t managed to get a shot on target until Haaland struck 19 minutes before the final whistle.

The visitors failed to clear a corner, and the ball fell to Haaland at the back post to score with a powerful first-time shot that was blocked by Jordan Pickford but couldn’t be stopped.

Haaland didn’t stop there; he took advantage of the space left by Everton while pushing for an equalizer as he sprinted onto Kevin de Bruyne’s through-ball, holding off Jarrad Branthwaite and finding the bottom corner of the net.

City’s time at the top of the standings may be limited – Liverpool could reclaim their spot at the summit later on Saturday when they host Burnley at Anfield – but their return to the top spot for the first time since November 24th is a reward for their impressive performance.z z z z z z z z z z z z z z

This was their tenth consecutive win in all competitions, including the FIFA Club World Cup and FA Cup, and their sixth straight win in the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Everton remains trapped in the relegation zone and has now gone seven league games without a win.