By James Agberebi:
Manchester City were held to a thrilling 1-1 draw by Everton in the English Premier League at the Etihad on Monday night.
Former Manchester United striker gave Everton a first half lead before substitute Raheem Sterling equalised for City less than 10 minutes left in the game.
Rooney’s goal was his 200th in the EPL making him the second player after Alan Shearer (260) to hit the 200 milestone.
Both teams had a player sent off as former Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker was sent off for City and Morgan Schneiderlin for Everton.
City moved up to fifth on four points in the league table, while Everton, also on four points, are eighth.
City had the game’s first big chance in the sixth minute following a dangerous free-kick swung in by Kevin De Bruyne which Rooney almost diverted into his own net.
Three minutes later Sergio Aguero tried a shot from distance but his effort swerved wide off target.
City went close again and they were almost rewarded in the 26th minute after a low strike from Nicolas Otamendi which was parried by Jordan Pickford.
City continued to ask all the questions and should have taken the lead on 32 minutes but Aguero who was played through on goal by De Bruyne delayed his shot before the ball was cleared off his feet.
Just two minutes later David Silva hit a superb low shot off a pass from Aguero which came off the post.
Against the run of play City found themselves 1-0 down as Rooney finished off a beautifully laid pass from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who had left Fernandinho on the floor with a feint.
Things went from bad to worse for City as new signing Walker was sent off on his home debut after receiving his second yellow card for a collision with Calvert-Lewin.
City made an early change in the second half with Sterling replacing Gabriel Jesus.
City substitute Bernardo Silva almost made an immediate impact sfter coming on but miscued his effort which went wide.
Two minutes later Sterling unleashed a shot from distance but his effort went over the bar.
Sterling was presented with another chance in the 74th minute after he was set up by Aguero but blazed his effort way over the bar from range.
Sterling finally got on the score sheet in the 82nd minute volleying in from the edge of the box to draw City level.
With one minute left, Everton were reduced to 10 men as Schneiderlin was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Aguero.
City almost won it in the final seconds of the game but Davy Klaassen made a timely clearance from a dangerous cross away for a corner.