Marten Stekelenburg was the star for Everton with two penalty saves as Manchester City came from behind to grab a point.
It was a game that saw two old friends – Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman – come face-to-face in the Premier League and City couldn’t make their possession count with Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero missing penalties before Nolito scored to earn a point after Romelu Lukaku’s opener.
It seemed the loss to Tottenham before the international break did a lot more damage to City than ending their unbeaten start to the season and losing their first game, as they appeared tentative within the opening exchanges, which is unlike the Manchester City we have seen so far this season.
Of course, they started the game dominating possession, but Everton seemed capable and closed the City players as soon as they got on the ball, which made it difficult for them to threaten.
That notwithstanding, they kept having the ball more than their opponents, and had their first real chance in the 28th minute when David Silva drove a shot just over the crossbar from the edge of the box off a Kevin De Bruyne pass.
But Guardiola’s men will have their biggest opportunity just before half time, when Phil Jagielka tripped Silva in the box for a penalty. De Bruyne stepped up to take it but saw it saved by Stekelenburg, which ensured the half ended goalless.
Everton continued with the game-plan of containing their hosts and pressing them when necessary and it almost paid off in the 51st minute, Gerard Deulofeu’s shot from long range was saved by Claudio Bravo for a corner kick.
Shortly afterwards, Guardiola introduced Aguero for Iheanacho, but he didn’t immediately register the impact City would have wanted, instead it was Everton who took the lead, Lukaku pulling the trigger after a great solo run.
But just when the Tofees thought they were in to shock City at the Etihad, Jagielka conceded another penalty, this time Aguero stepping up to take the responsibility, but his effort was again saved by the excellent Stekelenburg to maintain Everton’s lead.
Two minutes later, Silva sent a superb ball into the Everton area and Nolito was on hand to latch on to it with a header that beat the Everton goal and City were level, but they should have been ahead.
Tried as Guardiola’s men did, it wasn’t to be their day as they once again dropped points in the Premier League, meaning they have failed to win their last two games in the League and winless in their last three games in all competitions.