Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s good 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 after connecting with Lucas Digne’s in-swinging free-kick to earn the Toffees a primary win over Spurs since 2012.
In a high-octane encounter, Jordan Pickford produced two wonderful saves to maintain out Dele Alli and Matt Doherty, who was making his debut after signing from Wolves.
However with new signing James Rodriguez in wonderful type, Everton absolutely deserved their win after a hard-working efficiency.
Everton ought to have taken the lead within the early levels however Richarlison misplaced his footing after rounding Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.
New-look Everton activate the fashion
After Everton’s disappointing twelfth place final season, their lowest place since 2003-04, Carlo Ancelotti has launched into an bold rebuilding job, particularly concentrating on the midfield.
In addition to 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 three gave Ancelotti large encouragement for the season forward.
Rodriguez, specifically, stood out, together with his high quality passing establishing good possibilities.
The Toffees might – and may – have gained by a extra good-looking margin towards a static Tottenham facet in need of concepts.
Rodriguez twice picked out Richarlison after half-time however the Brazilian, who wasted an ideal probability within the first half, was unable to punish Spurs.
Allan, who performed underneath Ancelotti at Napoli, was calm and composed as Everton appeared rejuvenated after a poor 2019-20.
Pickford’s saves to maintain out Alli and Doherty have been essential, with Ancelotti delighted with a clean-sheet win towards a facet that completed 10 factors and 6 locations above them final season.
Flat begin by Spurs
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho was sad with Everton’s purpose, claiming the free-kick which led to Calvert-Lewin’s winner was taken from the improper place.
However over the 90 minutes, Spurs have been distinctly second finest and their lack of risk was summed up by the very fact Harry Kane solely touched the ball twice in Everton’s penalty space.
Son Heung-min was Spurs’ most threatening participant, notably within the first half when he arrange possibilities for Kane and Alli.
Kane appeared a shadow of the participant who completed final season with 5 targets in three video games whereas Alli, regardless of forcing a wonderful save from Pickford, was changed at half-time.
Mourinho mentioned earlier than the sport that he wished a brand new striker earlier than the switch window closes subsequent month and this efficiency will reinforce his have to strengthen the squad.
New signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg additionally began however was unable to have the identical impression as Everton’s new additions.
Each groups are in cup motion in midweek. Whereas Tottenham journey to Bulgaria in midweek to face Lokomotiv Plovdiv within the second qualifying spherical of the Europa League on Thursday (17:00 BST), Everton host League Two Salford Metropolis on Wednesday within the second spherical of the Carabao Cup (20:15).
Extra to observe.
- 2DohertySubstituted forNdombeleat 76′minutes
- 5HøjbjergBooked at 85mins
- 8WinksSubstituted forBergwijnat 60′minutes
- 27Lucas Moura
- 20AlliSubstituted forSissokoat 45′minutes
- 7Son Heung-Min
- 6D Sánchez
- 21André GomesSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 68′minutes
- 19RodríguezSubstituted forDaviesat 90+2′minutes
- 9Calvert-LewinSubstituted forKeanat 89′minutes
- 10G Sigurdsson
- 31Neves Virgínia
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Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Everton 1.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Everton 1.
Richarlison (Everton) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by 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 free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).
Try saved. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) proper footed shot from the appropriate facet of the field is saved within the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.
Try saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Ben Davies with a cross.
Try blocked. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the appropriate facet of the six yard field is blocked. Assisted by Toby Alderweireld with a headed cross.
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Séamus Coleman.
Try missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the field is just too excessive. Assisted by Son Heung-Min with a cross following a nook.
Nook, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Allan.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur).
James Rodríguez (Everton) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Tanguy Ndombele replaces Matt Doherty.