Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s sensible header ensured new-look Everton made a flying begin to the Premier League season with victory at Tottenham.
Calvert-Lewin gave Hugo Lloris no probability upon getting connecting with Lucas Digne’s in-swinging free-kick to earn the Toffees a primary win over Spurs since 2012.
In a high-octane come upon, Jordan Pickford produced two very good saves to stay out Dele Alli and Matt Doherty, who used to be making his debut after signing from Wolves.
But with new signing James Rodriguez in very good shape, Everton totally deserved their win after a hard-working efficiency.
Everton will have to have taken the lead within the early levels however Richarlison misplaced his footing after rounding Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.
New-look Everton flip at the taste
After Everton’s disappointing 12th position ultimate season, their lowest place since 2003-04, Carlo Ancelotti has launched into an formidable rebuilding activity, particularly focused on the midfield.
As smartly as Rodriguez, Brazil’s Allan and Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure have additionally been drafted in to offer power and creativity within the engine room – and all 3 gave Ancelotti large encouragement for the season forward.
Rodriguez, specifically, stood out, along with his high quality passing and created 5 alternatives for his team-mates, probably the most by means of a participant on their Premier League debut since Alexis Sanchez again in August 2014.
The Toffees may – and will have to – have received by means of a extra good-looking margin against a static Tottenham facet in need of concepts.
Rodriguez two times picked out Richarlison after half-time however the Brazilian, who wasted a perfect probability within the first half of after sprinting previous Toby Alderweireld and rounding Lloris, used to be not able to punish Spurs.
Allan, who performed beneath Ancelotti at Napoli, used to be calm and composed as Everton appeared rejuvenated after a deficient 2019-20.
Pickford’s saves to stay out Alli and Doherty had been a very powerful, with Ancelotti thrilled with a clean-sheet win against an aspect that completed 10 issues and 6 puts above them ultimate season.
Flat get started by means of Spurs
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho used to be unsatisfied with Everton’s objective, claiming the free-kick which ended in Calvert-Lewin’s winner used to be taken from the unsuitable position.
But over the 90 mins, Spurs had been distinctly 2nd easiest and their loss of danger used to be summed up by means of the truth Harry Kane best touched the ball two times in Everton’s penalty house.
Son Heung-min used to be Spurs’ most deadly participant, specifically within the first half of when he arrange probabilities for Kane and Alli.
Kane appeared a shadow of the participant who completed ultimate season with 5 targets in 3 video games whilst Alli, regardless of forcing a wonderful save from Pickford, used to be changed at half-time.
Mourinho mentioned earlier than the sport that he sought after a brand new striker earlier than the switch window closes subsequent month and this efficiency will give a boost to his wish to fortify the squad.
New signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg additionally began however used to be not able to have the similar have an effect on as Everton’s new additions.
Man of the fit – James Rodriguez (Everton)
Head get started – the stats
- Only Chris Wood (14) and Harry Kane (12) have scored extra headed targets within the Premier League because the starting of the 2017-18 marketing campaign than Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin (11).
- Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has been defeated at the opening matchday of a league marketing campaign for the primary time in his managerial profession.
- Everton have secured their first Premier League win in London in 9 video games.
- Only Pep Guardiola (4/4) can boast a greater 100% successful ratio at the opening weekend of a Premier League season than Everton supervisor Carlo Ancelotti, who has received each and every of his 3 fits to kick-off an English top-flight season (additionally Frank Clark, 3).
- Since his Premier League debut in August 2018, best Andy Robertson (24) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (25) have registered extra assists within the festival among all defenders than Everton left again Lucas Digne (12).
Both groups are in cup motion in midweek. While Tottenham shuttle to Bulgaria in midweek to stand Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the second one qualifying spherical of the Europa League on Thursday (17:00 BST), Everton host League Two Salford City on Wednesday in the second one spherical of the Carabao Cup (20:15).
- 2DohertySubstituted forNdombeleat 76′mins
- 5HøjbjergBooked at 85minutes
- 8WinksSubstituted forBergwijnat 60′mins
- 27Lucas Moura
- 20AlliSubstituted forSissokoat 45′mins
- 7Son Heung-Min
- 6D Sánchez
- 21André GomesSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 68′mins
- 19RodríguezSubstituted forDaviesat 90+2′mins
- 9Calvert-LewinSubstituted forKeanat 89′mins
- 10G Sigurdsson
- 31Neves Virgínia
Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Everton 1.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Everton 1.
Richarlison (Everton) wins a loose kick within the attacking half of.
Foul by means of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).
Substitution, Everton. Tom Davies replaces James Rodríguez.
Substitution, Everton. Moise Kean replaces Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Richarlison (Everton) wins a loose kick at the left wing.
Foul by means of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).
Attempt stored. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) proper footed shot from the fitting facet of the field is stored within the centre of the objective. Assisted by means of Abdoulaye Doucouré.
Attempt stored. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the field is stored within the centre of the objective. Assisted by means of Ben Davies with a go.
Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the fitting facet of the six backyard field is blocked. Assisted by means of Toby Alderweireld with a headed go.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by means of Séamus Coleman.
Attempt neglected. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the field is just too excessive. Assisted by means of Son Heung-Min with a go following a nook.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by means of Allan.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a loose kick at the left wing.
Foul by means of Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur).
James Rodríguez (Everton) wins a loose kick within the defensive half of.
Foul by means of Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Tanguy Ndombele replaces Matt Doherty.