Saturday, 26 September 2020 18:49

Photo Credit:Everton.

Everton continued their perfect start to the season with a deserved victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's fifth league goal of the season opened the scoring for the Toffees following neat build-up from James Rodriguez and Seamus Coleman.

Cheikhou Kouyate's free header drew Palace level, but Richarlison restored the visitors' lead from the penalty spot after Joel Ward was controversially adjudged to have handled Lucas Digne's knockdown.

Everton had chances to extend their lead in the second half, but Calvert-Lewin shinned Rodriguez's corner past the post before Colombian Rodriguez had a goal-bound shot blocked by Mamadou Sakho.

Palace saw more of the ball in the closing stages but failed to trouble Jordan Pickford in the Toffees' goal.

The win lifts Carlo Ancelotti's side to the top of the Premier League.

Meanwhile a dramatic injury-time penalty gave Manchester United victory at Brighton and their first three points of the season in a stunning game at Amex Stadium.

A match packed full of incident was settled with the very final kick as Bruno Fernandes coolly stroked in the winning penalty, spotted and awarded via a VAR check for Neal Maupay's handball from a corner, all after on-field official Chris Kavanagh had blown to signal the end of the match.

Just moments before, Brighton thought they had sealed a point that would have been the least they deserved when Solly March headed in a cross from Alireza Jahanbakhsh.

It was a fitting finale to a madcap, seesaw game that had seen Albion take the lead through a Maupay penalty before United clawed their way back into the ascendency thanks to a Lewis Dunk own goal and a superb solo effort from Marcus Rashford.

As if that wasn't enough, the home side also struck the woodwork five times (with Leandro Trossard responsible for three of them), saw one awarded penalty overruled by VAR and another potential one waved away by Kavanagh.

On top of that, the visitors had two goals ruled out for offside.

But despite still being far from their best, it is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side who emerge with a first win of the Premier League campaign, helping quieten some of the criticism that followed their surprise opening-game loss to Crystal Palace.