Everton got off their 2020/21 Premier League campaign to a flying start as Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s superb second-half header gave them an impressive opening-day away win against a “lifeless” Tottenham on Super Sunday.
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham didn’t look all great in the match with striker Harry Kane only touching the ball twice in the Everton box but Carlo Ancelotti’s men should be given all the credit for ensuring that was the case.
Richarlison rounded Hugo Lloris but blazed over before both Dele Alli and Matt Doherty were denied by Jordan Pickford at the other end as both teams had chances but couldn’t convert during a goalless first half.
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Everton’s forward Calvert-Lewin rose tall to power a header into the top corner from Lucas Digne’s deep free-kick to put them ahead and the visitors comfortably held on with Spurs’ efforts to form a comeback lacking.
For Everton, optimism will be high as they won away at a top-six side for the first time since December 2013. Everton had more of the ball, created chances, and took the one that mattered, solid defensively, and thoroughly deserved the win.
On the other hand, there would be concerning signs for Jose Mourinho as he lost on the opening day of a league season for the first time as a manager.
Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)
- Everton have managed to secure their first Premier League win in London in nine games (D4 L4), with this only their second top-flight win in the capital in their last 20 matches (2-0 vs West Ham in March 2019).
- Only Pep Guardiola (4/4) can boast a better 100 percent winning ratio on the opening weekend of a Premier League season than Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti, who has won each of these three matches to kick-off an English top-flight season (also Frank Clark, 3).
- Tottenham have suffered their first defeat on the first match of a top-flight season since 2015-16 (0-1 vs Man Utd) and their 11th overall. In fact, only West Ham (14) have kicked off more Premier League campaigns with a defeat than Spurs.
- Everton’s James Rodríguez created five opportunities for his teammates during this match with Tottenham, the most by a player on their Premier League debut since Alexis Sanchez back in August 2014 (5 vs Crystal Palace).