Everton defeat lacklustre Chelsea

Frank Lampard’s men were handed their second defeat of the campaign by a disciplined Everton team, who nullified Chelsea’s attacking threat and countered with pace. Chelsea’s forwards never got involved in the game and put in an abject performance to lose the opportunity to go top the table.

Chelsea made a confident start knocking the ball around with their full-backs attacking on every possible opportunity. The visitors started to dominate possession and pass with authority through the midfield lines, but couldn’t find the elusive pass in the final third. For the second successive game Chelsea conceded the first goal after Mendy hacked Calvert-Lewin down in the box and Sigurdsson stepped up to slot home the penalty.

Chelsea increased their pace after conceding and Jordan Pickford denied Reece James twice, first from a free kick and then from a shot outside the box onto to the post to preserve Everton’s lead. The Toffees almost doubled their lead after Richarlison was put through on goal by Sigurdsson on the break, but the forward’s low shot was saved by Mendy.

It was an open game in the second half with Mason Mount almost curving a ball into the net with Pickford nowhere to be seen after punching a clearance, and Richarlison drawing a good save from Mendy on the break. Chelsea were let off the hook after the referee awarded a penalty for Everton, but was overturned by VAR for an offside on Calvert-Lewin. Chelsea were left frustrated with their possession not resulting in any kind of threat and Everton counterattacking dangerously. The visitors were unlucky for the second time after Mason Mount’s free kick came off the base of the post with Pickford well beaten. The hosts defended well in the final ten minutes to see out the game and hand Chelsea their second defeat of the season.

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