Norwich's record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel's superb header rescued a point in a thrilling opening-day encounter with Everton.

The Canaries took the lead against the run of play after the break when Steven Whittaker shot home from a tight angle after his initial strike hit the post.

Ross Barkley capped a superb display to level from long range and Seamus Coleman tapped in to make it 2-1.

But Van Wolfswinkel, who cost £8.5m, nodded in Whittaker's sliced cross.

The Netherlands international striker's towering header into the top corner will have given plenty of encouragement to a City side whose eagerness to improve on last season's 11th-placed finish was clear from their hectic summer transfer dealings.

Having spent around £25m during the close season, manager Chris Hughton could have a difficult time tempering the rising expectations around Carrow Road.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez

Most of the strengthening came in attacking areas with Hughton clearly mindful of the need to bolster a side who managed just 41 league goals last time out - the third worst in the top flight.

Only two of their seven new faces started, but both Van Wolfswinkel and winger Nathan Redmond made promising debuts.

However, the visitors, inspired by a sensational performance from 19-year-old Barkley, showed the greater control and quality in a match that exploded into life after the interval.

Roberto Martinez may have been taking charge of his first competitive match as Everton boss, but the line-up and performance had all the hallmarks of his predecessor David Moyes.

The midfield had a familiar feel with Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar and Kevin Mirallas typically busy and tidy.

But the classy Barkley caught the eye for the Toffees, finding space with impressive ease and linking up brilliantly with his more experienced colleagues.

Barkley blazed one shot over and Marouane Fellaini headed over from a corner but Everton's best first-half openings fell to Mirallas, who dragged one shot just wide and had another goal-bound effort blocked by Russell Martin.

Opening-day despair

Norwich have now not won an opening-day fixture in the last 11 seasons, with their last top-flight victory coming in 1992 when a Mark Robins hat-trick helped them secure a stunning 4-2 win against Arsenal at Highbury.

Everton have lost eight of their last 12 opening-day matches and have beaten the Canaries in only three of their last 13 Premier League meetings.

Norwich's only noteworthy chance of the first half saw Van Wolfswinkel mistime his leap and make a mess of an Elliott Bennett cross.

Mirallas again went close soon after the restart after excellent work from Coleman.

But the home side took the lead when right-back Whittaker made the most of a lucky ricochet to score from a tight angle after his initial strike rebounded off the left-hand post.

Everton responded in fine style and it was no surprise that Barkley provided the inspiration. The teenager, making just his fifth league start for the Toffees, crashed his side level with a fabulous 25-yard strike that flew across Ruddy and into the far corner.

And within five minutes it was 2-1 to the visitors when a delightful pass by Pienaar found Nikica Jelavic inside the box and, although the Croatian's shot was saved by John Ruddy, Coleman followed up to knock the ball in from close range.

It was the home side's turn to show their spirit and although there was another slice of luck about their goal, the finish from Van Wolfswinkel was wonderful as he rose to head Whittaker's mis-hit cross into the top corner.

Both sides threatened in a frantic finale, but the visitors came closest to taking all three points when Martin blocked a Jelavic shot moments after Ruddy had thwarted Steven Naismith from point-blank range.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton on record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel:

"He's certainly done today what we wanted him to do. That's about working hard for the team. He certainly gave us a good outlet up front. He's a willing runner up front and I'm really pleased for him. It was certainly a nice feeling to get a goal on his debut.

Draw was a fair result - Hughton

"He is someone that is used to scoring goals. The challenge now is to do it at the top level.

"He certainly works hard and I think he will be a threat. We need to provide him with the service. We got in some really good positions and perhaps our quality let him down a bit.

"I think it was a fair result. They showed what a good side they are. They are seasoned side so we are delighted with the result. You want to win every home game but overall I am quite happy."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez on midfielder Ross Barkley:

"We are very pleased with his overall contribution. Tactically he was outstanding. That was a very mature performance for a young man. I was very pleased with that because we've seen that in pre-season.

"You want to have as many players who can give you something special as you can. Ross has got that talent. I think we have a few throughout the squad. And that's important for competition. I'm pleased with the manner in which he wants to learn and to listen and wants to develop. To have a player with that ability at that age is an incredible asset.

"He's been at Everton for a long time and he's had his problems with injuries. I can only speak about his attitude and the way he looks after himself and the way he works in pre-season. I'm pleased he's been able to show everyone he's ready.

"That's what important about his play. He can understand what he needs to do to be effective off the ball. He wants to take information in and wants to understand. I thought he was perfect at it.

"Conceding two goals made it difficult but we created some good chances and showed some good signs. In general terms I am delighted. We looked like a team that could create enough chances. It was a very positive start from a tricky fixture."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Norwich

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 Martin Booked
  • 03 Whittaker
  • 06 Turner Booked
  • 18 Garrido
  • 04 Johnson
  • 08 Howson
  • 17 E Bennett
  • 22 Redmond (Olsson - 86' )
  • 09 van Wolfswinkel
  • 14 Hoolahan (Tettey - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Bunn
  • 23 Olsson
  • 24 R Bennett
  • 21 Butterfield
  • 25 Fox
  • 27 Tettey
  • 19 Becchio

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 03 Baines
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 15 Distin
  • 23 Coleman
  • 11 Mirallas (Naismith - 70' )
  • 20 Barkley (Anichebe - 90' )
  • 21 Osman
  • 22 Pienaar
  • 07 Jelavic (Kone - 81' )
  • 25 Fellaini

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 05 Heitinga
  • 26 Stones
  • 09 Kone
  • 10 Deulofeu
  • 14 Naismith
  • 28 Anichebe
Ref: Oliver
Att: 26,824

Match Stats

Shots

8 19

On target

2 6

Corners

6 8

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:25

Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:36 Substitution

Substitution Ross Barkley leaves the field to be replaced by Victor Anichebe.

90:00 +2:24

Jonathan Howson manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:50

Seamus Coleman makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:46

Russell Martin makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:44

The ball is swung over by Arouna Kone.

89:33

Elliott Bennett takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin.

89:26

Clearance by Phil Jagielka.

89:25

A cross is delivered by Bradley Johnson.

89:00

Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.

88:57

Free kick taken by Elliott Bennett.

88:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Howson by Marouane Fellaini.

88:14

Clearance by Marouane Fellaini.

87:44

Shot by Seamus Coleman missed to the left of the target.

87:18

Clearance made by Elliott Bennett.

86:37

The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson.

85:54

Clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.

85:29

Clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.

85:27

Bradley Johnson takes the free kick.

85:15 Substitution

Substitution Martin Olsson replaces Nathan Redmond.

84:57

Leon Osman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson.

84:05

Clearance by Michael Turner.

84:01

Marouane Fellaini makes a clearance.

82:00

Russell Martin manages to make a clearance.

81:37

Ross Barkley delivers the ball.

81:12

Clearance by Steven Whittaker.

80:49

Tim Howard takes the free kick.

80:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel on Sylvain Distin.

80:10 Substitution

Substitution Arouna Kone replaces Nikica Jelavic.

79:27

Shot by Nikica Jelavic. Blocked by Russell Martin.

79:23

Steven Naismith has an effort at goal. John Ruddy fumbles the ball.

79:19

The ball is delivered by Marouane Fellaini.

79:12

Bradley Johnson manages to make a clearance.

79:09

Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick.

78:30

Unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka by Ricky van Wolfswinkel results in a free kick.

78:22

Russell Martin makes a clearance.

76:46

Seamus Coleman makes a clearance.

76:43

Jonathan Howson crosses the ball.

76:06

Clearance made by Sylvain Distin.

76:03

Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.

75:46

Steven Pienaar restarts play with the free kick.

75:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel on Ross Barkley.

74:52

Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.

73:17

The ball is swung over by Elliott Bennett.

72:39 Substitution

Substitution Wes Hoolahan goes off and Alexander Tettey comes on.

70:50

Steven Whittaker provided the assist for the goal.

70:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Ricky van Wolfswinkel - Norwich 2 - 2 Everton Ricky van Wolfswinkel scores. Norwich 2-2 Everton.

70:50

Shot by Steven Whittaker went wide left of the target.

70:33

Clearance made by Phil Jagielka.

70:08

Leighton Baines takes the free kick.

69:38 Substitution

Substitution Steven Naismith replaces Kevin Mirallas.

69:00

Michael Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Mirallas.

67:41

Clearance made by Phil Jagielka.

67:06

Clearance by Leon Osman.

67:03

The ball is sent over by Javier Garrido.

64:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Seamus Coleman - Norwich 1 - 2 Everton Seamus Coleman slots the ball left footed into the goal. Norwich 1-2 Everton.

64:29

Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. John Ruddy fumbles the ball.

62:44

Clearance made by Michael Turner.

62:41

Centre by Leighton Baines.

62:17

Centre by Elliott Bennett.

62:06

Leon Osman makes a clearance.

62:05

The ball is crossed by Elliott Bennett.

61:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Pienaar on Elliott Bennett.

61:27

Clearance made by Leighton Baines.

60:02

Assist on the goal came from Seamus Coleman.

60:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Ross Barkley - Norwich 1 - 1 Everton Ross Barkley scores a left footed goal. Norwich 1-1 Everton.

59:22

Clearance made by Bradley Johnson.

59:19

Free kick crossed by Leighton Baines.

58:03 Booking

Booking

58:03

Michael Turner goes into the book.

57:56

Michael Turner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar.

57:41

Free kick taken by Marouane Fellaini.

57:40

Bradley Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross Barkley.

57:27

John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.

57:08

Unfair challenge on John Ruddy by Phil Jagielka results in a free kick.

57:03

Corner taken by Kevin Mirallas from the .

56:20

Clearance by Seamus Coleman.

56:19

Elliott Bennett takes the free kick.

55:45

Unfair challenge on Wes Hoolahan by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick.

55:04

Ross Barkley has an effort at goal. John Ruddy catches the ball.

54:47

The ball is sent over by Kevin Mirallas.

54:26

Clearance made by Leighton Baines.

54:07

Clearance by Russell Martin.

53:35

Free kick taken by John Ruddy.

53:14

Unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker by Phil Jagielka results in a free kick.

53:07

Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line.

52:28

Ross Barkley makes a clearance.

52:24

Clearance by Leon Osman.

52:23

Corner taken by Elliott Bennett from the right by-line.

50:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Steven Whittaker - Norwich 1 - 0 Everton Steven Whittaker slots the ball right footed into the goal. Norwich 1-0 Everton.

50:29

Steven Whittaker takes a shot and bounced off the post.

50:27

Clearance made by Leighton Baines.

49:27

Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.

49:16

Ricky van Wolfswinkel concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman.

49:12

Free kick taken by Javier Garrido.

48:47

Wes Hoolahan fouled by Leon Osman, the ref awards a free kick.

48:14

Kevin Mirallas takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.

48:12

The ball is swung over by Seamus Coleman.

47:53

Clearance made by Michael Turner.

46:59

Clearance by Leon Osman.

46:24

Steven Pienaar sends in a cross.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:54

Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.

44:19

Shot by Ross Barkley missed to the left of the net.

44:12

Leighton Baines produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Blocked by Michael Turner.

43:17 Booking

Booking

43:17

The referee cautions Russell Martin for unsporting behaviour.

43:08

Russell Martin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Mirallas.

42:56

Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance.

41:37

Steven Whittaker takes a shot. Steven Pienaar gets a block in.

41:08

Phil Jagielka makes a clearance.

40:10

Jonathan Howson manages to make a clearance.

39:39

Ricky van Wolfswinkel manages to make a clearance.

39:30

Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.

38:53

Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.

38:52

Jonathan Howson sends in a cross.

38:42

Clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.

38:12

Michael Turner makes a clearance.

38:07

Centre by Steven Pienaar.

37:55

Seamus Coleman produces a cross.

37:34

Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance.

37:30

Centre by Javier Garrido.

37:21

Leon Osman manages to make a clearance.

36:21

Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.

34:59

Shot by Phil Jagielka went over the crossbar.

34:54

Corner taken by Leighton Baines.

33:03

Free kick taken by Bradley Johnson.

32:10

Clearance made by Jonathan Howson.

32:05

Corner from the left by-line taken by Leighton Baines.

31:38

Steven Pienaar takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Steven Whittaker gets a block in.

31:36

Michael Turner makes a clearance.

31:31

Corner taken by Leighton Baines.

31:10

Clearance made by Jonathan Howson.

31:05

The ball is swung over by Steven Pienaar.

30:19

Corner from the right by-line taken by Elliott Bennett.

29:53

Tim Howard manages to make a clearance.

29:52

Clearance by Ross Barkley.

29:47

Free kick taken by Elliott Bennett.

28:59

Unfair challenge on Elliott Bennett by Sylvain Distin results in a free kick.

28:43

Clearance by Michael Turner.

28:40

The ball is sent over by Kevin Mirallas.

28:15

Corner taken by Kevin Mirallas.

27:48

Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Russell Martin gets a block in.

27:11

Jonathan Howson manages to make a clearance.

26:51

Clearance made by Michael Turner.

26:45

Leighton Baines manages to make a clearance.

26:39

Russell Martin manages to make a clearance.

26:36

A cross is delivered by Kevin Mirallas.

25:52

Marouane Fellaini takes a fantastic shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

25:45

Corner taken by Leighton Baines.

25:26

Michael Turner makes a clearance.

23:43

Clearance made by Russell Martin.

23:04

Kevin Mirallas has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

21:32

Header at goal by Marouane Fellaini goes over the bar.

21:28

Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line.

21:07

Clearance by Javier Garrido.

21:02

Leighton Baines delivers the ball.

20:18

Free kick taken by Tim Howard.

19:56

Russell Martin is penalised for a handball.

19:49

Corner taken by Elliott Bennett from the right by-line.

19:17

Clearance made by Leighton Baines.

19:15

Nathan Redmond produces a cross.

19:05

Javier Garrido crosses the ball.

18:08

Tim Howard takes the free kick.

17:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ricky van Wolfswinkel on Tim Howard.

17:37

Corner taken by Elliott Bennett from the left by-line.

17:11

Clearance by Sylvain Distin.

17:08

Corner taken by Elliott Bennett.

16:39

Ricky van Wolfswinkel delivers the ball.

15:57

Centre by Seamus Coleman.

15:38

Ross Barkley takes a shot. Blocked by Russell Martin.

14:55

Tim Howard takes the free kick.

14:48

Tim Howard fouled by Ricky van Wolfswinkel, the ref awards a free kick.

14:35

Corner taken by Elliott Bennett.

14:08

Ricky van Wolfswinkel has an effort at goal. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.

14:05

The ball is crossed by Elliott Bennett.

12:50

Clearance made by Michael Turner.

12:32

Clearance made by Sylvain Distin.

11:47

Shot by Steven Pienaar missed to the right of the net.

11:21

Marouane Fellaini makes a clearance.

10:25

Michael Turner restarts play with the free kick.

10:17

Russell Martin fouled by Kevin Mirallas, the ref awards a free kick.

9:17

Nathan Redmond has an effort at goal. Kevin Mirallas gets a block in.

9:15

Clearance by Marouane Fellaini.

9:12

Elliott Bennett crosses the ball in from the free kick.

8:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Hoolahan by Leon Osman.

8:34

Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.

8:15

Ricky van Wolfswinkel concedes a free kick for a foul on Phil Jagielka.

8:01

Clearance made by Michael Turner.

6:37

Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.

6:35

Russell Martin takes the free kick.

4:58

Clearance made by Sylvain Distin.

4:50

Phil Jagielka has a headed effort at goal. John Ruddy safely holds on.

4:47

Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick.

4:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Bradley Johnson.

3:48

Clearance made by Bradley Johnson.

3:45

Centre by Leighton Baines.

2:22

Clearance made by Russell Martin.

2:18

Clearance by Sylvain Distin.

2:00

Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.

1:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Howson on Marouane Fellaini.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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