James Rodriguez offered the spark on his debut as Everton opened their Premier League season with a 1-Zero win at Tottenham.
- Associated Press London
- Last Updated: September 14, 2020, 9:40 AM IST
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Dominic Calvert-Lewin produced the aim and James Rodriguez offered the spark on his debut as Everton opened its Premier League season with a 1-Zero win at Tottenham on Sunday.
Calvert-Lewin rose above defenders Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld to satisfy Lucas Digne’s free kick and energy a header previous goalkeeper Hugo Lloris 10 minutes into the second half.
Everton had squandered a far simpler likelihood to take the lead within the first half when Richarlison missed an open aim. The Brazilian sprinted onto Ben Davies’ misplaced backward go and rounded Lloris however scooped a shot over an unprotected web from a good angle.
At least Richarlison was getting near scoring. Tottenham striker Harry Kane was ineffective in entrance of aim, with solely two touches within the Everton penalty space.
It was the primary time Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho who has beforehand managed Chelsea and Manchester United has misplaced his opening match of a Premier League season, having been unable to signal a backup choice to Kane.
Everton’s largest signing of the curtailed summer time break was James from Real Madrid the place he fell out of favor. And the Colombian midfielder was sharp on his debut in solely his second match since February on the coronary heart of the attacking menace and pinging balls with precision.
Another participant who has been reunited with Carlo Ancelotti Allan, who joined from Napoli was additionally dominant in midfield towards an ineffective Tottenham.
It was the primary time Everton has gained away at one of many top-six sides since 2013.
The victory was an indication of Everton’s potential to have the ability to break into the European locations in Ancelotti’s first full season in command of a group he dragged away from relegation hazard right into a 12th-place end in July.
Mourinho additionally took cost throughout the first half of final season as Tottenham completed sixth.