Everton 0-1 Chelsea: Jorginho's penalty sets Chelsea on road to victory at Goodison Park

Everton 0-1 Chelsea: Jorginho's penalty sets Chelsea on road to victory at Goodison Park
_126226961_gettyimages-1413286235.jpgJoringho has scored 20 goals for Chelsea, with 18 coming from the penalty shot - that is the highest percentage in Premier League history for anyone to have scored more than 10 goals

Chelsea opened the Premier League season with victory over Everton as Jorginho's penalty decided a scrappy contest at Goodison Park.

Thomas Tuchel introduced summer signings Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling from the start but it was one of Chelsea's established stars who settled affairs when Jorginho rolled a composed penalty past Jordan Pickford in first-half stoppage time following Abdoulaye Doucoure's foul on Ben Chilwell.

Everton, without a recognised striker following the sale of Richarlison and injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, battled gamely but were woefully short of quality and threat in attack.

Manager Frank Lampard's cause was not helped by a serious early injury to defender Ben Godfrey, who was taken off on a stretcher following a challenge on Kai Havertz, with Yerry Mina another casualty in the second half.

Chelsea survived in relative comfort and were able to give a debut to new signing Marc Cucurella, the defender signed from Brighton in a deal that could eventually by worth £62m, as they made it a winning start.

Chelsea grind out opening win

Chelsea never needed to touch the heights to beat Everton but manager Tuchel will still be delighted to simply start the season with a win after a turbulent summer.

Raheem Sterling showed in flashes what he will bring while powerhouse defender Koulibaly was able to ease his way into the Premier League against the blunt instrument that was Everton's attack.

Chelsea did not cause Everton too many serious problems but this game was effectively over as a contest because the visiting defence had too much know-how and the home team lacked nous.

Cucurella's debut was only notable for a yellow card after he kicked the ball away in the dying moments as Chelsea ran down the clock against an increasingly frustrated Everton.

Chelsea will be looking to bring in more new faces before the close of the transfer window and have been linked with a succession of names - even though this still represents a very strong squad.

It is all about the result on the opening day and achieving it by whatever means possible, a mission which Chelsea accomplished with plenty to spare.

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Squad number1Player namePickford

Squad number3Player namePatterson

Squad number22Player nameGodfrey

Squad number13Player nameMina

Squad number2Player nameTarkowski

Squad number19Player nameMykolenko

Squad number11Player nameGray

Squad number16Player nameDoucouré

Squad number17Player nameIwobi

Squad number7Player nameMcNeil

Squad number10Player nameGordon

Squad number4Player nameHolgate

Squad number20Player nameAlli

Squad number29Player nameRúben Vinagre


Squad number16Player nameMendy

Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

Squad number26Player nameKoulibaly

Squad number24Player nameJames

Squad number7Player nameKanté

Squad number5Player nameJorginho

Squad number21Player nameChilwell

Squad number19Player nameMount

Squad number17Player nameSterling

Squad number29Player nameHavertz

Squad number10Player namePulisic

Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

Squad number18Player nameBroja

Squad number23Player nameGallagher

Squad number32Player nameCucurella



Formation 5-4-1





1Pickford3Patterson22GodfreySubstituted forHolgateat 18'minutesBooked at 90mins13MinaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forVinagreat 70'minutes2Tarkowski19MykolenkoBooked at 80mins11Gray16Doucouré17Iwobi7McNeilSubstituted forAlliat 61'minutes10Gordon




Formation 3-4-3


28Azpilicueta6Thiago Silva26Koulibaly



16Mendy28Azpilicueta6Thiago Silva26KoulibalySubstituted forCucurellaat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins24JamesBooked at 56mins7Kanté5JorginhoSubstituted forGallagherat 90+9'minutes21ChilwellSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 65'minutes19MountSubstituted forPulisicat 65'minutes17Sterling29HavertzSubstituted forBrojaat 75'minutes


1Arrizabalaga8Kovacic10Pulisic12Loftus-Cheek14Chalobah18Broja22Ziyech23Gallagher32CucurellaReferee:Craig PawsonAttendance:39,254

Live Text

Match ends, Everton 0, Chelsea 1.

Second Half ends, Everton 0, Chelsea 1.

Attempt saved. James Tarkowski (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Demarai Gray with a cross.

Marc Cucurella (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Chelsea).

Nathan Patterson (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Chelsea).

Dele Alli (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Chelsea. Marc Cucurella tries a through ball, but N'Golo Kanté is caught offside.

Substitution, Chelsea. Conor Gallagher replaces Jorginho.

Mason Holgate (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mason Holgate (Everton).

Attempt saved. Armando Broja (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Reece James with a cross.

Armando Broja (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Tarkowski (Everton).

Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vitalii Mykolenko (Everton).

Foul by Christian Pulisic (Chelsea).

Rúben Vinagre (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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