The first half was of desperately poor quality, with both sides showing little ambition, happy to play in front of the other side’s defence. It was therefore no surprise that Chelsea’s best chance came from a mistake rather than anything creative.
Tim Howard, receiving a back pass, inexplicably chose to pass straight to the lurking Juan Mata. The Spaniard pulled the ball back for Samuel Eto’o, who was faced with an open goal, but Gareth Barry did brilliantly to block with a sliding tackle.
Then, just before half time, Leon Osman received the ball inside the penalty box and stood up a cross to the back post. Nikica Jelavic managed to head the ball back across goal, and Steven Naismith headed into an open net to put Everton ahead.
The match improved in the second half, with Andre Schurrle, Eto’o and Ramires all finding the side netting for Chelsea.
As the pressure grew, Everton would occasionally break, and on one occasion David Luiz was lucky to avoid a red for pulling Kevin Mirallas to the ground as he was about to break clear.
Despite suffering the disappointment of losing the Super Cup on penalties, the 1-0 loss marked Jose Mourinho's first defeat on his return as Chelsea manager as the match with Bayern Munich is classified as a draw.
PRE-MATCH: Gareth Barry started the game, and made an impressive debut for Everton. Romelu Lukaku was unable to play against his parent club, but ultimately he wasn't missed.
29’ – CHANCE: Howard assists Mata - Howard passes straight to Mata, but his ball to an oncoming Eto’o is intercepted by Barry.
45+1’ - GOAL: Everton 1-0 Chelsea - Osman finds Jelavic at the back post, who does brilliantly to head back towards Naismith, presenting him with an open goal.
80' PENALTY? Hazard gives the ball away on the right wing, robbed by Coleman. Coleman advances towards the box, and just before he's there, Hazard sensibly trips him, and earns a booking. Was close to being a penalty but just outside the box.
82' - CONTROVERSY: Luiz booked, introducing Mirallas to the floor as he looked to break through on goal from the halfway line.
89’ - CHANCE: Barkley nutmegs Mikel and earns a free kick just outside the box - So close! Leighton Baines strikes, and Petr Cech can only watch as the ball strikes the corner of the woodwork.
TALKING POINT: Mourinho’s lack of ambition - Against Manchester United and now Everton, Chelsea have failed to use the skills of Mata, Oscar and Hazard to their full effect. Today, it resulted in defeat, and deservedly so.
67% - second half possession halfway into the second half for Chelsea, yet they could not translate that into a single goal.
2 - Naismith has scored twice on his last two Premier League starts, both against Chelsea.
11 - Everton are unbeaten in 11 Premier League home games.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Ross Barkley (Everton): Able to break up play in his own half, and lead attacks out of it. He never got tired and was increasingly effective for Everton. It's too early to put him in the England team, but it's not too early to imagine him in it.
Everton: Howard 6, Naismith 7, Baines 6, Distin 6, Jagielka 6, Mirallas 7, Barkley 7, Osman 6, Barry 7, Coleman 6, Jelavic 6. Subs: Stones 6, Deulofeu 6, McCarthy 6.
Chelsea: Cech 6, Ivanovic 7, Cole 6, Luiz 6, Terry 6, Obi Mikel 6, Ramires 6, Schurrle 6, Mata 6, Hazard 6, Eto’o 6. Subs: Lampard 6, Oscar 6, Torres 6.
- Sports & Recreation
- Steven Naismith
- Gareth Barry
- Leighton Baines
- Ross Barkley