Richarlison scored twice as Everton beat Wolves 3-2 in an entertaining Premier League contest at Goodison Park.
Wolves thought they had earned a point when Raul Jimenez bravely headed home in the 78th minute, but Richarlison showed his own aerial prowess two minutes later to rise above Willy Boly and give Everton all three points.
The Brazilian had put Everton in front in the fifth minute after converting from 16 yards following a defensive miscommunication between Conor Coady and Rui Patricio.
Alex Iwobi scored his first Premier League goal for Everton, converting Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pin-point cross after Romain Saiss had put Wolves level from close-range in a blistering opening 12 minutes.
Boly capped his side’s disappointing day by being dismissed in the dying seconds after a receiving second booking for a foul on the impressive Richarlison.
With only four Premier League games played, Everton climbed to fifth in the table, while Wolves remained in 17th and without a league win.
Everton came into the game having only scored one goal in their previous three Premier League matches.
But with Iwobi and Moise Kean making their first league starts, the Toffees looked transformed in the attacking third.
The summer signings added extra verve to Everton’s attack and allowed more space and time for team-mates Richarlison and Sigurdsson to work their magic.
Kean made a telling contribution in the build-up to Everton’s first goal, his hustling causing confusion in the home defence and allowing Richarlison to pounce.
Then, after Saiss had quickly levelled the scores, Sigurdsson was afforded far too much room to whip in a delicious ball that Iwobi converted unmarked at the far post.
With his side pegged back for a second time, Richarlison, determined to be to on the winning side, made an excellent run into the box and leapt high above the Wolves defence to seal a hard-fought victory for Marco Silva’s side.
Due to their successful involvement in the Europa League qualifiers, Wolves came into the match having already played five more times than opponents Everton this season.
Nuno Espirito Santo shuffled the pack and made four changes from his side’s victory over Torino on Thursday as he continued to manage European and Premier League commitments.
With Matt Doherty missing through fitness issues, Adama Traore kept his place to make his first Premier League start of the season.
Traore, featuring in the new right wing-back role he has adopted, played a pivotal role in Saiss’s equaliser, showing pace and power that Everton and France defender Lucas Digne couldn’t handle.
But just three minutes later, his lack of defensive awareness was exposed when he allowed Iwobi to drift into the box unmarked to put Everton back into the lead.
Wolves have gained 16 points from losing positions since the start of last season and showed resilience to come from behind at Goodison Park.
But with Wolves needing to rotate players to cope with the demands of Europe, they will require regular positive contributions from players like Traore if they are to be successful this season.
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At 23H13 Saturday night, Netcare 911 responded to reports of a collision on Boy Louw Street in Vereeniging.
Reports from the scene indicate that the driver of a light motor vehicle lost control resulting in a rollover down an embankment.
Medics assessed the scene and found that an adult male believed to be the driver was ejected from the car – read more
Source – BBC