Everton 0-1 Chelsea: Jorginho penalty sinks battered and bruised Toffees

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Jorginho, Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Images
Jorginho, Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling Credit: PA Images

Chelsea opened their Premier League campaign with victory over an Everton side who surely have more players injured than available now.

Jorginho converted from 12 yards after Ben Chilwell was fouled in the area by Abdoulaye Doucoure.

That broke a deadlock that had largely been untroubled until then, as both Everton and Chelsea struggled to dust off the cobwebs of pre-season.

Spurs should not expect that Dele Alli payment anytime soon and Everton are cursed

James Tarkowski forced a fine save from Edouard Mendy and Doucoure perhaps should have atoned for his earlier mistake by scoring from an uncleared corner.

Thiago Silva also blocked well after Demarai Gray broke beyond the last line of defence.

Raheem Sterling would have scored on his competitive Chelsea debut were it not for a phenomenal last-gasp intervention from Vitaliy Mykolenko.

The forward, who had a first-half goal ruled out when he was offside from the rebound of an N’Golo Kante shot, had directed an effort towards Jordan Pickford’s goal from Marc Cucurella’s pull back.

Cucurella made his first Blues appearance since joining from the bench, while Kalidou Koulibaly also started.

Everton’s defeat was compounded by injuries to Ben Godfrey and Yerry Mina. The former was stretchered off early on with an ankle problem and the latter hobbled off shortly after the hour mark.

Chelsea were not immune to the curse with debutant Koulibaly also limping off in the final 15 minutes but he played his part in the 1-0 victory by ensuring the hosts were kept at arm’s length for long periods.

Each team started without a recognised striker – new signing Sterling and Anthony Gordon, for the hosts, nominally performing the roles – and there remains business to be done in that area for both sides.

Chelsea are still looking for someone to fill the vacancy left by Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan but Everton’s need is even more desperate as they require cover for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, sidelined for about six weeks, and to provide the threat once posed by Richarlison

As a result goals were likely to be at a premium and the first one particularly important so once Jorginho slotted home from the spot the visitors put themselves in a strong position.

Everton did pose a challenge in the second half, but they just could not make the breakthrough – something they struggled with for large parts of the previous campaign.

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