Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi was not included in Everton’s squad as they opened the 2020/2021 Premier League season with a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, Completesports.com reports.
It was the first time Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has lost on the opening matchday of a league season in his managerial career.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti gave his three summer signings James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye their debut.
Striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin got the only goal of the game in the second half.
Everton had the first big chance of the game in the 16th through Richarlison who latched on to a loose cross-field pass, rounded Hugo Lloris but somehow missed the target from the angle.
Spurs waited until the 33rd minute for their first good opportunity as they countered well from a corner, with Heung-Min Son feeding Dele Alli who forced Jordan Pickford into a good save.
With three minutes left in the first half Pickford once again denied Spurs following excellent link-up play in the area between Harry Kane and Matt Doherty.
Ten minutes into the second Everton scored thanks to Calvert-Lewin who rose highest to meet Lucas Digne’s sensational cross.
Everton went close on numerous occasions but Richarlison was guilty of wasting good chances.
Spurs poured forward to salvage something but could not find a way past the Everton backline.
The win saw Everton climb to fifth position while Spurs are 17th.
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By James Agberebi