Match Report: Everton v Chelsea – 18/03/19
FT: Everton 2-0 Chelsea 18/03/19
Everton managed to pick up their first 3 points against a top 6 side for the first time since 2017 with an emphatic win against Chelsea. Which was much needed for Everton fans after the disappointment at St. James’ Park.
Chelsea started the game the better team with Eden Hazard receiving the ball from Gonzalo Higuain. The Belgian managed to beat 2 Everton with his superb dribbling and released a curler of a shot which looked destined for the bottom corner, but the shot found its way to the post.
Chelsea had another good chance with former Everton player Ross Barkley playing a great ball through to Higuain. The argentine controlled it well but he scuffed it and even though the ball beat Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane was able to clear it easily.
As the first half came to a close, Everton knew they had to come out fighting in the second half, and come fighting out they did. With a corner being whipped in and the ball meeting Calvert-Lewin’s head but his header was denied by Kepa only for Richarlison to head home from close range on the rebound. You could say it was an undeserved lead for the Toffees but they won’t care.
Chelsea almost had an instant reply! With a ball being booted up long to Kante. The Frenchman played it back to Higuain and the Chelsea man hit a venomous from 20 yards but Pickford got down fast to deny him expertly.
Everton were still very much in this though and this was shown when Coleman cut inside the box, the Irishman was dispossessed easily by Kante. But Richarlison came flying across to nick the ball and inevitably be tripped by Marcos Alonso. Gylfi Sigurdsson became the 2nd player behind Paul Pogna to miss 3 penalties but he made no mistake from the rebound with Kepa saving but he was able to put it back in the net.
In the end, the game could’ve gone either way. With Chelsea dominating the first half but Everton dominated the second half. But goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson made sure the toffees got the win. The win means Chelsea drop to 6th, denting their top 4 chances. Everton stay in 11th, with the game after the international break (West Ham) a must win.