Dominic Calvert-Lewin took a brace when Everton returned to winning ways with a 3-2 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The team of Carlo Ancelotti entered this game after three consecutive defeats before the international break, but closed that slide with an emphatic performance, opening the score after just 42 seconds.
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Fulham gave up possession in their home area, allowing Richarlison to ride in the box. The Brazilian’s cross was deflected into the path of Calvert-Lewin, which bundled a finish in the net from close by.
The Cottagers leveled after 15 minutes, with Bobby Decordova-Reed finishing cleanly over Jordan Pickford and into the far corner of the Everton net, but the Toffees hit back when Calvert-Lewin turned a Lucas Digne cross.
Digne was the provider again when his throw found Abdoulaye Doucoure, who made a six-meter header home to give Everton a two-goal pillow on the way to half-time.
A foul by Ben Godfrey on Aleksandar Mitrovic in the penalty area gave Fulham a chance to score a second, after which Ivan Cavaleiro missed – missing Fulham’s third penalty in a row. Seconds later, Ruben Loftus-Cheek had the ball in the net after a cut-back from Ademola Lookman.
Fulham pushed hard for an equalizer, with Loftus-Cheek and Mitrovic making the difference, but Everton held on for a win that took them to sixth on the Premier League table and keeps the Cottagers in 17th place.
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The introduction of Loftus-Cheek and Mitrovic from the bench in the second half changed the game for Fulham. The strength and presence of both players pushed Everton back and gave the Cottagers a platform in the opposition half. This match might have been a different story if these two players had started. By the time they arrived, Fulham had dug an almighty hole for himself. Despite the defeat, Parker will take over positives from his side’s second half as he gets closer to a familiar lineup.
MAN OF THE MATCH – Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
Calvert-Lewin’s amazing scoring run continued with a double in this win for Everton. With Richarlison and James back on the team, the Toffees looked dangerous in the last third of the field, especially in the first half, with Calvert-Lewin taking the sharpest point in front of goal. Ancelotti is getting the best out of the 23-year-old right now. The team is built around him like an attacking top.
Fulham – Areola 5, Aina 5, Andersen 5, Adarabioyo 4, Robinson 5, Lemina 5, Reed 7, Cavaleiro 6, Cairney 6, Lookman 5, Reid. Subs – Loftus-Cheek 7, Mitrovic 7, Zambo Anguissa 5.
Everton – Pickford 6, Godfrey 4, Keane 5, Mina 5, Digne 8, Iwobi 7, Allan 7, Doucoure 7, James 7, Richarlison 8, Calvert-Lewin 8. Subs – Sigurdsson 5, Davies 5.
1. GOAL! Fulham 0-1 Everton: What a start for the Toffees! They scored within the first minute! Fulham gave the ball away in their own half, Richarlison drove into the penalty area and put the pass on a board for Calvert-Lewin to finish from close range!
15 ‘GOAL! Fulham 1 – 1 Everton: It’s an equalizer! Very nice finish from Decordova-Reed! Cairney made it through and the 27-year-old found the bottom corner of the Everton net with a very nice finish over Pickford! The home team is back on the same level!
30 ‘GOAL! Fulham 1-2 Everton: It’s that man again! Everton sweeps the ball to Digne, leading the cross into Calvert-Lewin and making no mistake finishing close. He is in such exceptional goal form! Calvert-Lewin is on a third hat-trick this season!
35 ‘GOAL! Fulham 1-3 Everton: It’s a third goal for Everton! Terrible defense against Fulham and they now have a mountain to climb! Digne got the cross in the sixteen and Doucoure was ready to go home from close range. The midfielder had a completely free header!
MISSED 68 ‘PENALTY KICK! Can you believe it! Cavaleiro takes the penalty after recent misses by Mitrovic and Lookman, but he is also missed! He kicks the ball on his other foot and he turns around.
70 ‘GOAL! Fulham 2-3 Everton: Fulham has found the back of the Everton net for the second time! Lookman drove into the box and cut the pass for Loftus-Cheek. His shot was deflected from Mina and turned into the back of Pickford’s net. A lifeline for the hosts!
Fulham have missed five of their last eight Premier League penalties, including each of the last three, all taken by different players (Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ademola Lookman and Ivan Cavaleiro).
Everton conceded two or more goals in six consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2008.
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