Everton and Chelsea played out a tense and exciting encounter at Goodison Park this Saturday evening.
Chelsea sprung a surprise by starting Samuel Eto’o and he had an early chance to open his Chelsea account with a grazing header, but he failed to trouble Tim Howard.
His next chance looked all like it would be his first goal for the club. After a mistake by Tim Howard Andre Schurrle squared the ball to the Cameroonian who had an empty goal to aim at, but Everton debutant Gareth Barry scrambled back to make a key interception.
But despite the Chelsea dominance Everton took the lead on the stroke of half time. Good work out wide from Ross Barkley and Leon Osman saw a ball clipped in high to the far-post which Nikica Jelavic nodded back into the danger zone - and there stood Steven Naismith, to give Everton the lead on his 27th birthday.
The second half continued in much the same vein - with Chelsea dominating possession and hurling chances at Tim Howard’s goal. Meanwhile Everton looked dangerous on the break - and David Luiz might have been counting himself lucky to stay on the pitch after hauling down Mirallas in the final ten minutes.
In fact Leighton Baines almost sealed a 2-0 win with a curling free-kick that hit the bar late on.
And despite all of Chelsea’s huffing and puffing they just could not bag an equalising goal - and Everton won their first game of the season, condemning Chelsea to their first defeat.
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