Premier League: Dominic Calvert-Lewin nets, James Rodriguez shines as Everton beat Tottenham; Leicester victorious

It was the first time Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho — who has previously managed Chelsea and Manchester United — has lost his opening match of a Premier League season, having been unable to sign a backup option to Kane.

The Associated Press September 14, 2020 00:36:42 IST
Premier League: Dominic Calvert-Lewin nets, James Rodriguez shines as Everton beat Tottenham; Leicester victorious

London: Dominic Calvert-Lewin produced the goal and James Rodriguez provided the spark on his debut as Everton opened their Premier League season with a 1-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday.

Calvert-Lewin rose above defenders Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld to meet Lucas Digne's free kick and power a header past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris 10 minutes into the second half.

Everton had squandered a far easier chance to take the lead in the first half when Richarlison missed an open goal. The Brazilian sprinted onto Ben Davies' misplaced backward pass and rounded Lloris but scooped a shot over an unprotected net from a tight angle.

At least Richarlison was getting close to scoring. Tottenham striker Harry Kane was ineffective in front of goal, with only two touches in the Everton penalty area.

It was the first time Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho — who has previously managed Chelsea and Manchester United — has lost his opening match of a Premier League season, having been unable to sign a backup option to Kane.

Everton's biggest signing of the curtailed summer break was James from Real Madrid where he fell out of favour. And the Colombian midfielder was sharp on his debut — in only his second match since February — at the heart of the attacking threat and pinging balls with precision.

Premier League Dominic CalvertLewin nets James Rodriguez shines as Everton beat Tottenham Leicester victorious

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin (second from right) celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's opening goal against Tottenham Hotspur. AP Photo

Another player who has been reunited with Carlo Ancelotti — Allan, who joined from Napoli — was also dominant in midfield against an ineffective Tottenham.

It was the first time Everton has won away at one of the top-six sides since 2013.

The victory was a sign of Everton's potential to be able to break into the European places in Ancelotti's first full season in charge of a team he dragged away from relegation danger into a 12th-place finish in July.

Mourinho also took charge during the first half of last season as Tottenham finished sixth.

Vardy nets brace

Timothy Castagne scored on his Leicester debut before Jamie Vardy netted two penalties in a season-opening 3-0 victory over newcomer West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Sunday.

Castagne, a defensive signing from Atalanta, made an impact at the other end by heading in a cross from fellow Belgian Dennis Praet in the 56th minute.

Vardy doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 74th after being pulled back by Kyle Bartley.

Vardy was on target 10 minutes later — again from the spot — after James Justin was brought down by Dara O’Shea.

Vardy was the league’s top scorer last season which ended in empty stadiums. Fans are also still shut out at the start of the new campaign due to coronavirus restrictions.

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