Manchester City avoided an early season setback on Monday night by rescuing a home draw against Everton.
Wayne Rooney's 200th goal in the Premier League had given Ronald Koeman's side the lead before Raheem Sterling scored an equaliser in the 83rd minute to share the spoils.
Both sides were also reduced to 10 men, with Kyle Walker and Morgan Schneiderlin shown second yellow cards in separate incidents towards the end of each half.
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Despite being at a numerical disadvantage for much of the game, a defeat at this stage of the campaign would have still represented a big blow to Pep Guardiola's men, who many have tipped to win the title.
Nevertheless, the City boss was still relieved to have picked up a point.
“We are here for results to win games. We didn’t win," Guardiola said as per the Manchester Evening News.
“We did everything to win - 10 v 11 against a top quality team.
“I prefer to win the game. We wanted to start good at home. I have no regrets.”
Of course, so early on in the season, managers are still trying to work out their best combinations, line-ups and set pieces.
And if Guardiola learned anything from last night's clash, it's that Fernandinho shouldn't be allowed to take a throw-in ever again.
During the closing stages of the game and in his haste to get the ball back into play, Fernandinho produced one of the worst throw-ins you're likely to witness this season.
We say throw-in but the ball never actually made it onto the pitch - see below.
So the Brazilian might have been a bit unlucky that the ball slipped out his hands at the crucial moment but it could have easily ended much worse.
Despite Rooney's rather ambitious pleas, the City midfielder was allowed to have a second bite of the cherry.
Fernandinho and co. will be hoping they get back to winning ways on Saturday when they travel to Bournemouth for the early kick-off.
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