Blues squander two-goal lead after ridiculous Richarlison 'head-butt'

By Michael Kenrick 25/08/2018 0comments  |  Jump to last

Everton's key player dismissed after allowing Adam Smith to sucker him into the softest of 'head-butts'
Bournemouth 2 - 2 Everton

A crazy game on the south coast, with Everton losing Richarlison after a poor first half for a nothing 'head-butt', then scoring two good goals in the second half, with Smith also seeing red, and Bournemouth scoring off a very soft penalty then getting an equalizer inside 4 minutes to tie the game before a massive collision between Gueye and Keane saw the Everton centre-half stretchered off.

Tom Davies started in place of Schneiderlin. New signings Digne, Zouma, and Bernard were on the bench, along with Kieran Dowell. No place for Ademola Lookman, who is expected to leave the club for RB Leipzig. (Kenny and Pennington were playing at Goodison Park today for the U23s, joining Galloway and Browning.)

For Bournemouth, Dan Gosling played in midfield.

Tom Davies kicked off, Everton wearing their third strip of white shirts, black shorts. Richarlison was double-teamed and dispossessed early and it was scrappy stuff while the teams felt eachother out, the home side getting in some early crosses via Fraser that Everton cleared.

Baines had a shot blocked by Cook, then put in a good cross but Tosun's path was closed. Gana played in Walcott who won the first corner, Sigurdsson delivering very well Keane not connecting well enough. Gana landed awkwardly following an aerial challenge.

Everton were pressing forward well, Coleman getting to the byeline and being fouled — not given. Tosun got his foot trodden on as he dallied a little, then had to overstretch.

Everton were starting to string together quick movement and passes with a half-chance created for Tosun that was fired over. Coleman took his eye off the ball and Bournemouth took advantage, Wilson in acres of space, curling his shot over the angle. In the build-up, Fraser went down heavily after a clumsy challenge on Coleman.

Walcott was gifted the ball by Cook, but was far too indecisive, and a glorious chance evaporated. At the other end, a good cross and a header for King at the post inhibited by Coleman's effective challenge.

A really scrappy Bournemouth attack had everyone scrambling but eventually the ball was cleared and Everton resumed their build-up but were having trouble getting Richarlison into the game, while the home side were ready to break but Wilson was offside. Tosun tried a shot from long range that was wide.

Richarlison fell very awkwardly on his lower back, running backwards and challenging for a difficult aerial ball. Coleman thought he'd won a corner; Richarlison finally got a good run behind and he did win a corner, Sigurdsson finding Richarlison but Keane and Walcott got it all wrong at the far post.

Everton were dominating play and trying to work the flanks but it was breaking down a little too early with no clear chance on goal after 30 minutes. Gueye played a nice ball out to Coleman who had plenty of space and time but messed up his cross.

Tosun and Sigurdsson combined, the Icelander whipping in a fantastic ball that was really inviting but Begovic got to it on the stretch. It went a bit flat, with errors creeping in, Geuye giving away a silly free-kick that was a gift for Ake, it coming off his shoulder.

Coleman did well to play in Sigurdsson but the cross went out for a throw-in. Meanwhile, Smith and Richarlison meeting heads off the ball, the slightest of a head flick, and the referee incredibly showed Richarlison the red card!! Utterly astounding!!!

Everton readjusted to a 4-4-1 formation after the break with Tosun now ploughing a lone furrow. A fine cross by Baines should have produced a clear chance but was spurned.

Evertom were pinned back with the man disadvantage, a strange shot almost fooling Pickford after Holgate dummies it. Everton were clearly rattled with little mistakes appearing all over the field. A poor poor yellow picked up by Sigurdsson for a weak pullback after a sloppy giveawy by Davies.

Somehow Sigurdsson got the ball back and slid a brilliant pass to Walcott who scampered off and fired home an excellent strike on the break, the perfect response to the madness developing in this crazy game.

Bournemouth pushed Everton back, but they defened well enough, giving up a corner. Everton broke and Smith was judged to have dragged back Walcott as the last man, but it was in fact very clever by Walcott, making it look far worse than it was. But Red card for Smith.

Baines curled in the free-kick and Everton really should have scored from the follow-up but the contrived to miss the chance, Davies firing well wide. At the other end, King could run into space and lash his shot over the angle with Pickford covering well.

A free-kick and Sigurdsson clipped over a brlliant cross, Keane climbing cvery high to head down and trough Begovic's feet into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead to the visitors.

Wilson got a free run on goal but Pickford stood up well to deny him an almost certain goal, with Hogate closing in. Tosun then got a stupid yellow for a ridiculous challenge from behind with the ball long gone.

A ridiculous penalty awarded against Baines for putting a hand on Wilson's back, the striker collapsing in a heap. King slotting it well beyond Pickford.

More terrible zonal marking saw Ake react first to return Wilson's header off the post and into the net. Gueye gets himself booked for a silly challenge from behind, and Everton were rocking on the ropes after having done so well to get a two-goal lead. Wilson getting a near-post header off the next home corner.

Tosun was dragged down by Cook but no penalty, says Probert, as Marco Silva made his typically late changes after the damage was done, Calvert-Lewin on for Cenk Tosun, then Bernard replacing Walcott for his debut.

Keane and Gueye both went for defensive headers on the same ball, clashing heavily. Keane needed a lot of treatment, with oxygen and a neck brace before he was finally stretchered off as 6 mins of added time turned into 10 before the game restarted, with Kurt Zouma on in his place.

Coleman git in a late cross that Calvert-Lewin almost beat Begovic to. Sigurdsson was gifted a shot from Begovic's poor throwout but opted to blaze over rather than score the winning goal. The final whistle went after 13 minutes of added to time to bring a crazy game to an end.

Scorers: King (pen:75'), Ake (79'); Walcott (56'), Keane (64')

Bournemouth: Begovic, Daniels, Steve Cook, Ake, Smith [R:58'], Fraser, Gosling, Surman (76' Lewis Cook), Brooks (65' Ibe), Wilson, King (90+12' Mousset).
Subs not Used: Boruc, Francis, Lerma, Defoe.

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Keane (90+7' Zouma), Baines, Gueye [Y:80'], Davies, Sigurdsson [Y:55'], Walcott (86' Bernard), Richarlison [R:44'], Tosun [Y:69'] (84' Calvert-Lewin).
Subs not Used: Stekelenburg, Digne, Dowell, Niasse.

Referee: Lee Probert

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