Everton v Chelsea – Football Match Report – 1 May 2022
Everton picked up a tense 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday, giving Frank Lampard’s side a vital boost as they battle relegation.
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made several incredible saves to deny Chelsea a second-half equalizer after Richarlison put the home side ahead in the 46th minute. Richarlison celebrated in front of Everton fans after their crucial winner, launching a flare into the crowd.
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“That’s what I’m here for and it’s a team effort at the end of the day, it’s about getting three points,” Pickford said.
“I really enjoyed it but that’s what I’m here to do, to help the team. We can’t get too carried away, we have to keep fighting and the fans have played a huge role.
“The manager spoke at half-time and told Richarlison to keep going and your chance will come. It shows you work hard as a team and individually and you will get rewards.”
Chelsea dominated possession for much of the game but couldn’t force their way through the Everton defence, who put on a resolute display in Lampard’s first game against his former club since joining left Stamford Bridge last year.
The result puts Everton just two points from safety in 18th place, with a game in hand over relegation rivals Leeds United and Burnley.
Everton nearly got off to a dream start when Anthony Gordon charged from the kick-off, winning a free-kick just outside Chelsea’s box on 20 seconds, but the resulting effort was curled over Edouard Mendy’s post.
A scrappy half ensued, with no clear goalscoring chances for either team. Chelsea dominated possession but Everton challenged them on the counter, while giving no way at the back as they defended with every man behind the ball.
The home side’s efforts were rewarded immediately after the break, with Richarlison calmly slotting the ball into the Chelsea net after pressing Cesar Azpilicueta on the edge of the Chelsea penalty area.
Their lead nearly doubled just three minutes later when Abdoulaye Doucoure slipped the ball past Vitaliy Mykolenko to put it one-on-one with Mendy, but the Ukrainian sent his effort wide of the post.
Chelsea’s best chance came in the 59th minute when Mason Mount hammered in a volley which ricocheted off both posts. Azpilicueta collected the rebound and fired it towards Pickford’s goal, but the England keeper ran brilliantly across his net to deny the visitors an equaliser, before producing another terrific save to block Antonio Rudiger point blank.
Everton kept pushing for a second, with chances falling to Gordon and Demarai Gray, before seven minutes were added to set up a nervy extra period.
Pickford was again called into action in the 93rd minute to deny a close range effort from Mateo Kovacic and Everton held on to secure the three points.