Everton vs. Chelsea score: Jorginho penalty carries Blues in drab opening day showdown

A clumsy penalty from Abdoulaye Doucouré was the difference in the game as Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 on opening day. Frank Lampard’s squad was well lined up and despite being short of strikers, they were able to hold on to Chelsea as the Blues struggled to get their season started. Everton suffered another injury just 18 minutes into the game when Ben Godfrey left the game on a stretcher after a long delay. Considering that his leg was immobilized, it doesn’t look good. He was eventually replaced by Mason Holgate.

From then on, both teams missed a real number nine, but it was Everton who coped better as Anthony Gordon led the charge. Everton could create chances on the counter, but the last ball was not there. Ben Chilwell took a penalty before half time when Doucouré put both hands on his shirt as he went down into the penalty area. Jorginho didn’t mess around as he drove home the penalty to give Chelsea the advantage.

The second half went the same way as the first, but Everton will be the happier team. Amadou Onana stood out in the crowd as sooner or later he will be in Everton’s midfield after they have agreed a deal with Lille, but for Chelsea they missed out on a real nine even with Armando Broja on the pitch. Raheem Sterling filled the role, but he is better off the wing despite his strong pace in the penalty area.

He was smart along with Kalidou Koulibaly making their debut on Saturday, but most of the team didn’t shine with them. Nathan Patterson also created a good chance for Dele Alli when he came in, but Dele didn’t know what to do with the ball in the penalty area when he lost his chance. There was a lot of work to be done for both sides in a game that ended up lasting almost 110 minutes due to several interruptions in each half.

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