Everton win first pre-season game in Dar-es-Salaam

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Gor Mahia 1 - 2 Everton

Everton won the first game of pre-season against the SportPesa Super Cup winners in Dar-es-Salaam, with brilliant goals from Wayne Rooney and Kieran Dowell.

Ronald Koeman choose from a squad of 25 and select Wayne Rooney for his first game since returning to his boyhood club. Two new signings made their first starts the Blues, as Davvy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney were named in the first-half line-up.

Rooney kicked off for Everton a little behind schedule after lots of photos, but no coverage for Blues watching online as the stream from the stadium was down.

Rooney came close in the opening minutes but the ball was scrambled away. The Blues, playing in their light grey second strip were a little sluggish and sloppy as the game got going.

Everton got a free-kick but Rooney overhit it harmlessly through to the keeper.

After nearly 40 minutes of relatively slow play, a stunning goal from Wayne Rooney, who picked the ball up 30 yards from goal, turned and picked out the top left corner with consummate ease, a little reminiscent of that goal against Arsenal at Goodison Park all those years ago! But 2 mins later it was 1-1 as Meddie Kagere powered in a header from a corner.

After changing out the 11 after half-time, Everton looked more lively in attack, Kieran Dowell finally finding the net after numerous attempts had been thwarted by some excellent last-ditch goalkeeping for the Kenyans.

Everton (1st half): Stekelenburg, Kenny, Connolly, Jagielka, Williams, Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Lennon, Klaassen, Lookman, Rooney.

Everton (2nd half): Hewelt, Pennington, Baines, Keane, Besic, Barry, Gana, Davies, Dowell, Mirallas, Calvert-Lewin.

Gor Mahia: O Bonface (Onyango); Nizigiyimana, Haron, Mohamed, Godfrey, Ernest, E Bonface, Kenneth, Kagere, Jacques, Georgeick


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