18th of March 2019

Blues’ winning run brought to an end away to Everton (2-0)

Chelsea missed the chance to go level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal as they paid the price for not taking first-half chances.

Everton’s six-game winless run against Blues in the league was ended by two second-half goals, one scored by Richarlison shortly after the restart of Sunday afternoon’s game at Goodison Park, and a second netted through a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty which resulted in a goal despite an initial save by Kepa.

Eden Hazard came closest to scoring for Chelsea when he rattled a post early in the game. There were plenty of other attempts too -several with Pedro involved in- but without the deserved reward.

Chelsea had got in behind the opposition back line and worked their goalie, but Everton started the second period as Chelsea had the first, by flying out the blocks. The big difference was they found the net although Kepa can count himself unfortunate in that both goals were from rebounds after he made smart saves, from a corner for the opener and then from Sigurdsson’s penalty. The Everton player followed up to make it what proved to be an unassailable 2-0 lead.

 

- Match stats:

Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Marcos Alonso; Kante, Jorginho (Hudson-Odoi 74), Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 65), Pedro, Higuain (Giroud 65), Hazard.

Booked Alonso 36, Rudiger 60

Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman (c), Keane, Mina Digne; Gueye, Gomes (Schneiderlin 68), Richarlison, Sigurdsson (Davies 86), Bernard (Walcott 78); Calvert-Lewin.

Scorers Richarlison 49, Sigurdsson 72.
Booked Gomes 59

Referee Anthony Taylor
Crowd 39,356

- Match report by chelseafc.com / Pedro17.com 


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