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Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton: Toffees maintain perfect start at Selhurst Park

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Richarlison made no mistake from the spot after Joel Ward had been penalised for handball

Everton continued their perfect start to the season with a deserved victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s fifth league goal of the season opened the scoring for the Toffees following neat build-up from James Rodriguez and Seamus Coleman.

Cheikhou Kouyate’s free header drew Palace level, but Richarlison restored the visitors’ lead from the penalty spot after Joel Ward was controversially adjudged to have handled Lucas Digne’s knockdown.

Everton had chances to extend their lead in the second half, but Calvert-Lewin shinned Rodriguez’s corner past the post before Colombian Rodriguez had a goal-bound shot blocked by Mamadou Sakho.

Palace saw more of the ball in the closing stages but failed to trouble Jordan Pickford in the Toffees’ goal.

The win lifts Carlo Ancelotti’s side to the top of the Premier League.

Fluid in attack, question marks in defence

This is the first time Everton have won their first five fixtures of a season since 1938 – and the first time they have started a top-flight campaign with three successive victories since 1993-94.

The Toffees were made to work hard against a Palace side who themselves had started the season with back-to-back league wins, but Ancelotti’s team fully deserved the three points.

The visitors – unchanged from last weekend’s win over West Brom – were quick to gain a stranglehold on possession and took the lead when Rodriguez’s first-time pass released Coleman, whose cut-back was tucked home confidently by Calvert-Lewin.

The 23-year-old is the first Everton player to score in three consecutive matches at the start of a season since Steven Naismith did so in 2014-15.

Calvert-Lewin should have doubled his tally in the second half when he beat two Eagles defenders to a Rodriguez corner, but he failed to direct his effort on target.

Michael Keane then appeared to get in the striker’s way from another Rodriguez delivery moments later, allowing Jordan Ayew to clear the danger.

Though pleased with his side’s overall performance, Ancelotti will be disappointed with the manner of Palace’s first-half equaliser, with Kouyate rising unmarked to nod Andros Townsend’s corner past Pickford.

Ward and Palace rue their luck

Ward, who was making his 250th appearance for the south London club, was visibly aggrieved at referee Kevin Friend’s decision to award Everton a 39th-minute penalty after consulting his pitch-side monitor – although the defender’s arm was away from his body when it made contact with Digne’s header.

The 30-year-old had survived an earlier video assistant referee check for a similar incident involving Richarlison, but Friend ruled in favour of the Palace man on that occasion.

There were positives for Roy Hodgson’s team, with summer signing Eberechi Eze producing a lively performance on his full Premier League debut for the club.

Other than Kouyate’s equaliser, however, the hosts failed to muster a shot on target on Pickford’s goal.

The makeshift centre-back went closest to a second Palace equaliser after half-time, but failed to hit the target with his far-post header.

The result stretches the Eagles’ winless home run against Everton to 10 league matches.

Player of the match

RodríguezJames Rodríguez

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number25Player nameEze

  2. Squad number10Player nameTownsend

  3. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté

  4. Squad number22Player nameMcCarthy

  5. Squad number18Player nameMcArthur

  6. Squad number11Player nameZaha

  7. Squad number12Player nameSakho

  8. Squad number27Player nameMitchell

  9. Squad number31Player nameGuaita

  10. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew

  11. Squad number2Player nameWard

  12. Squad number23Player nameBatshuayi

  13. Squad number44Player nameRiedewald

  14. Squad number20Player nameBenteke

Everton

  1. Squad number19Player nameRodríguez

  2. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin

  3. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison

  4. Squad number23Player nameColeman

  5. Squad number12Player nameDigne

  6. Squad number6Player nameAllan

  7. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré

  8. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes

  9. Squad number5Player nameKeane

  10. Squad number13Player nameMina

  11. Squad number10Player nameG Sigurdsson

  12. Squad number1Player namePickford

  13. Squad number26Player nameDavies

  14. Squad number17Player nameIwobi

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 2WardBooked at 58mins
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 12Sakho
  • 27Mitchell
  • 10Townsend
  • 22McCarthy
  • 18McArthurBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRiedewaldat 88′minutes
  • 25EzeSubstituted forBatshuayiat 75′minutes
  • 9J AyewSubstituted forBentekeat 82′minutes
  • 11ZahaBooked at 23mins

Substitutes

  • 4Milivojevic
  • 7Meyer
  • 13Hennessey
  • 20Benteke
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 34Kelly
  • 44Riedewald

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 23Coleman
  • 13Mina
  • 5Keane
  • 12Digne
  • 16Doucouré
  • 6Allan
  • 21André GomesSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 76′minutes
  • 19RodríguezSubstituted forIwobiat 86′minutes
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 7RicharlisonBooked at 60minsSubstituted forDaviesat 90′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kenny
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 17Iwobi
  • 20Bernard
  • 26Davies
  • 27Kean
  • 49Lössl

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