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Koeman hails Rooney after landmark strike

Everton boss Ronald Koeman paid tribute to Wayne Rooney but was left disappointed as his side conceded a late equaliser against 10-man Manchester City.

Rooney netted his 200th Premier League goal after 35 minutes before Kyle Walker saw red on his home debut for Manchester City just before half-time.

City pushed for the equaliser with 10 men in the second half and eventually found it when substitute Raheem Sterling volleyed home to secure a 1-1 draw.

Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was also sent off in a frenetic finish at the Etihad Stadium and Koeman had mixed feelings after the game.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Toffees boss said: "We're disappointed. Of course maybe you will sign for that point before the game, but (we were) 1-0 up at half-time and 11 against 10.

"We had problems with keeping the ball and we played too fast the long ball. We worked really hard for the result, and one point is a good result."

The performance of Rooney, who also scored in the 1-0 victory over Stoke in Everton's first game of the Premier League season, impressed Koeman.

The Dutchman added: "In the first game when we played Stoke at home, there was a difference between him and the rest about cleverness in the game, view of the game and also tonight he had a big impact on the final result."

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