Manchester City showed there was no lasting damage from last week’s surprise defeat at Chelsea as the Premier League defending champions beat Everton 3-1 Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus scored twice and substitute Raheem Sterling grabbed the other goal to lead City back to the top of the standings ahead of second-placed Liverpool’s standout game against rival Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

Jesus pounced on a throughball from Leroy Sane to slide the ball under England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and give the home side the lead midway through the first half.

Everton's Richarlison, right, challenges for the ball Manchester City's Aymeric Laporte, left, during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Everton’s Richarlison, right, challenges for the ball Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte, left, during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

The Brazil forward made it 2-0 with a powerful close-range header from another Sane assist in the 50th minute, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton hope of mounting a comeback when he nodded in a cross from Lucas Digne 15 minutes later.

Sterling restored City’s two-goal advantage when he headed in a center from Brazil midfielder Fernandinho in the 69th.

Manchester City's Fabian Delph, right, and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, center challenge Everton's Theo Walcott, left, during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Manchester City’s Fabian Delph, right, and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, center challenge Everton’s Theo Walcott, left, during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Everton at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Dec. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

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Source: The Associated Press

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