Everton 0-1 Leeds United – Raphinha’s late goal sinks Everton in high octane fare at Goodison Park Updated for 2023
Updated: 7 December
English Premier League match report: Everton 0-1 Leeds United – Saturday, 28 December, 2020
Everton 0-1 Leeds United Match Report
Leeds United registered their first win at Goodison Park as they rode on Raphinha's second-half strike to emerge victorious on Saturday night. In a game that was played at furious pace, as many as 38 attempts were made on goal.
Leeds were in their customary attack-mode and could have well gone into the lead in the first minute when Raphinha squirted one below Keeper Jordan Pickford. However his effort was cleared off the line.
Abdoulaye Doucoure drew a fine save from Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier in the 7th minute while James Rodriguez and Richarlison seemed to have given the hosts their opener after the former's brilliant effort from an acute angle was ruled out for a marginal offside by VAR.
The Toffees looked to snatch the initiative from the attack-minded Leeds outfit as Mason Holgate and Richarlison forced superb saves from Meslier a little later.
But the Peacocks were hard to contain and it was only Pickford's outstretched leg that saved the hosts from going one down from a goal-bound Patrick Bamford effort while Jack Harrison went closest when his header bounced off the near post as the game went into half-time with a thrilling 0-0 scoreline.
The game continued at a frantic pace with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan registering attempts for Everton and Mateusz Klich doing the same at the other end.
Meslier almost fell to an error when he inadvertently passed the ball to Rodriguez who just couldn't capitalize as he tamely lobbed it back to the Leeds' custodian.
Bamford thought that he had given the Seagulls the lead but his effort into the net from 6 yards in the 66th minute was disallowed as Leeds winger Ezgjan Alioski was adjudged offside in the course of the build-up.
Helder Costa and Alioski could have put the game beyond the hosts' reach as they squandered glorious late chances. After a disappointing 0-0 draw with Arsenal last week, the Goodison Park win was a deserving one for a Marco Biesla's side always on the lookout for goals.
Everton's Saturday home defeat was their fourth in five games, making their unbeaten start to the season seem like a distant memory while for Leeds this was their 3rd away win from four outings on the road.
Everton starting XI:
Pickford (goal), Godfrey, Holgate, Keane, Allan, Davies, Doucoure, Iwobi, James, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Delph, Gomes, Bernard.
Leeds starting XI:
Meslier (goal), Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Alioski, Raphinha, Klich, Harrison, Bamford.
Subs: Poveda, Costa, Rodrigo.
Man of the Match: Kalvin Phillips
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