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Everton 1-0 Chelsea: Richarlison winner boosts strugglers' survival hopes

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport at Goodison Park
Everton's Richarlison
Richarlison's winner has moved Everton to within two points of safety

Everton moved to within two points of the Premier League safety zone with a priceless win over Chelsea that was inspired by a thunderous atmosphere at Goodison Park.

Starting the day in the relegation places, five points behind Leeds and Burnley, the hosts were lifted by their fans in their attempt to extend a 68-year stay in the top flight.

Everton's aggressive pressing was eventually rewarded a minute after the break when Richarlison dispossessed Cesar Azpilicueta on the edge of the area and scored his ninth goal of the season.

The Brazilian celebrated by picking up a smoke flare that had landed on to the pitch and throwing it back towards the stands.

Vitalii Mykolenko could have doubled the lead soon afterwards but skewed wide, and Everton were indebted to two stunning saves from Jordan Pickford to keep themselves in front.

First, the Everton keeper denied Azpilicueta after Mason Mount's shot hit both posts and spun out. From the resulting corner, Pickford then took Antonio Rudiger's shot fully in his face, needing medical treatment.

It was an incredible effort from the England stopper, who also saved from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but typified Everton's approach as they dug in to thwart Thomas Tuchel's side, even if that raw approach drew complaints from the German.

Demarai Gray and Anthony Gordon could have made the game safe late on, but Frank Lampard saw his side hold out against his former employers, to earn only his fourth win in 13 Premier League games in charge.

The victory was vital, reducing the gap behind Leeds and Burnley, with the Toffees having a game in hand on their relegation rivals.

Chelsea, meanwhile, will rue the fact they could not turn their possession into goals, with their preparations hampered by fireworks being set off during the night outside their hotel.

Tuchel said they had not affected his team, but was left to reflect on a defeat that could harm their chances of finishing third after Arsenal climbed to within three points of Chelsea by beating West Ham.

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If Everton and their fans were attempting to rattle their opponents, it worked, for what could prove to be a crucial step towards safety.

With so much at stake, once again the supporters helped boost a struggling but spirited team to earn a third win in four home matches, which will be key to their chances of survival.

Chelsea's build-up had been disrupted, with midfielder Jorginho admitting he was woken by the fireworks outside the Chelsea hotel on Saturday night.

Before kick-off, thousands of Everton fans lined the streets outside Goodison Park, attempting to lift the mood that had been dampened by relegation rivals Burnley's 2-1 victory at Watford on Saturday.

And in a full-blooded match, that noise helped set the tone as the hosts tore into their opponents with an aggression which was met with approval from their fans.

At times, it spilled over. Fabian Delph was fortunate not to go in the book for a foul on Jorginho, and then did shortly before half-time with a late challenge on Mount.

Seamus Coleman and Yerry Mina, back in the side, unsettled Azpilicueta, who was also booked after taking issue with Everton's Colombian defender. Tuchel was furious with some of the treatment handed out to his players on his first visit to Goodison Park.

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The football on show was limited in the first half, but it did not deter from a raucous occasion.

Mount curled an effort over after eight minutes. Loftus-Cheek, who replaced N'Golo Kante in midfield, made some dangerous runs from deep, and Gordon was a lively presence, shooting wide of the near post with a left-footed effort.

But no sooner had fans taken their seats for the second half, Everton went ahead and it was a goal made as a result of their tactics.

Azpilicueta dawdled on the edge of the penalty box, allowing Richarlison to pinch the ball from him, receive it back from Gray and slot in at the Gwladys Street End to send the stadium into ecstasy.

Three minutes later, Mykolenko hit the side netting from close range.

But around the hour mark, the home fans were rewarded with more good defensive play from their team, which was cheered as strongly as if Everton had scored.

Mount's initial effort somehow stayed out after he hit both posts, before Pickford produced the first of two miraculous saves, firstly to deny Azpilicueta who had the goal at his mercy.

From the resulting corner, Pickford blocked Rudiger's point-blank effort to keep his goal intact.

Following that commotion, and with Chelsea desperately searching for an equaliser, the game opened up, leading to further chances for Gray and Richarlison.

Pickford was called into further action to deny Loftus-Cheek and Mateo Kovacic. But after seven minutes of stoppage time, the relief and delight inside Goodison was almost tangible as Lampard and his players celebrated a famous win.

Player of the match

RicharlisonRicharlison

with an average of 6.59

Everton

  1. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    6.59

  2. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    6.49

  3. Squad number36Player nameAlli
    Average rating

    6.41

  4. Squad number33Player nameRondón
    Average rating

    6.40

  5. Squad number6Player nameAllan
    Average rating

    6.25

  6. Squad number11Player nameGray
    Average rating

    6.14

  7. Squad number23Player nameColeman
    Average rating

    6.06

  8. Squad number13Player nameMina
    Average rating

    6.05

  9. Squad number24Player nameGordon
    Average rating

    5.99

  10. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré
    Average rating

    5.95

  11. Squad number19Player nameMykolenko
    Average rating

    5.93

  12. Squad number17Player nameIwobi
    Average rating

    5.93

  13. Squad number4Player nameHolgate
    Average rating

    5.85

  14. Squad number8Player nameDelph
    Average rating

    5.81

Chelsea

  1. Squad number19Player nameMount
    Average rating

    5.46

  2. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek
    Average rating

    5.11

  3. Squad number16Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    5.07

  4. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva
    Average rating

    5.06

  5. Squad number24Player nameJames
    Average rating

    5.03

  6. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger
    Average rating

    4.85

  7. Squad number11Player nameWerner
    Average rating

    4.84

  8. Squad number29Player nameHavertz
    Average rating

    4.77

  9. Squad number3Player nameAlonso
    Average rating

    4.65

  10. Squad number5Player nameJorginho
    Average rating

    4.51

  11. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
    Average rating

    4.32

  12. Squad number8Player nameKovacic
    Average rating

    4.29

  13. Squad number22Player nameZiyech
    Average rating

    3.88

  14. Squad number10Player namePulisic
    Average rating

    3.84

Line-ups

Everton

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 17Iwobi
  • 23ColemanBooked at 38mins
  • 13Mina
  • 4HolgateBooked at 90mins
  • 19Mykolenko
  • 24Gordon
  • 16Doucouré
  • 8DelphBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAllanat 71'minutes
  • 11GraySubstituted forAlliat 90+4'minutes
  • 7RicharlisonSubstituted forRondónat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kenny
  • 5Keane
  • 6Allan
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 15Begovic
  • 26Davies
  • 32Branthwaite
  • 33Rondón
  • 36Alli

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 16Mendy
  • 28AzpilicuetaBooked at 38minsSubstituted forPulisicat 68'minutes
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 2RüdigerBooked at 17mins
  • 24James
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forKovacicat 45'minutes
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 3AlonsoBooked at 76mins
  • 19MountBooked at 36mins
  • 29HavertzBooked at 83mins
  • 11WernerSubstituted forZiyechat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 8Kovacic
  • 9Lukaku
  • 10Pulisic
  • 14Chalobah
  • 17Saúl
  • 22Ziyech
  • 23Kenedy
  • 31Sarr
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
39,256

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home22%
Away78%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 1, Chelsea 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 1, Chelsea 0.

  3. Booking

    Mason Holgate (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea. Hakim Ziyech tries a through ball, but Thiago Silva is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Reece James (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Dele Alli (Everton).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Reece James (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Dele Alli replaces Demarai Gray.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Édouard Mendy.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Anthony Gordon (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Séamus Coleman.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Abdoulaye Doucouré.

  15. Booking

    Kai Havertz (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kai Havertz (Chelsea).

  17. Post update

    Jordan Pickford (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Salomón Rondón replaces Richarlison because of an injury.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Reece James.

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