MATCH REPORT: LEEDS UNITED 1-2 EVERTON

Everton continued their impressive away form with a 2-1 win at Elland Road.

Gylfi Sigurdsson finished off a well-worked move on nine minutes before Dominic Calvert-Lewin ended his goal drought in the league with a diving header.

Raphinha pulled a goal back for Leeds early in the second half after Mason Holgate failed to clear but the Toffees held out for their seventh away victory in the Premier League this season.

After a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle at the weekend, Carlo Ancelotti labelled his side ‘lazy’ and his players responded with a hugely energetic first half performance on a ground that has historically been unkind to them, this being only their third league win there in 70 years.

Andre Gomes was particularly impressive, and it was his superb lofted pass that allowed Lucas Digne in down the left flank and his drilled cross was easily swept home by Sigurdsson for Everton’s opener.

The Blues survived a scare midway through the first half when Ezgjan Alioski’s spectacular 20-yard volley stung the post but were otherwise in control for the opening period, not allowing the home side to find their rhythm.

Their hard work was rewarded when Calvert-Lewin headed home Ben Godfrey’s flick-on from a Sigurdsson corner for the England striker’s first league goal in two months.

Having seen his side dominate the first half, Ancelotti will have been frustrated to have seen his team concede a sloppy goal just three minutes into the second, allowing Marcelo Bielsa’s side back into the game.

Leeds had several good opportunities to break through their opponents’ resilient defence and it took a string of magnificent saves just after the hour mark from Robin Olsen, standing in for the injured Jordan Pickford, to help secure Everton’s victory and fire them into sixth place in the Premier League table.

This leaves them four points behind Liverpool but with two games in hand and their ever-improving away form, the Toffees will be in confident mood heading into the upcoming Merseyside Derby on 20 February with their neighbours firmly in their sights.

3 February 2021 – Premier League

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