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Everton 3 - 6 Chelsea: Match Report

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Everton's defensive woes continue in a thriller at Goodison Park

Laurence Griffiths

Everton suffered from a terrible start as Chelsea showed their class at Goodison Park to win an amazing show of football at Goodison Park.

The Londoners had taken an early lead through goals from Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic before Kevin Mirallas brought Everton back in to the game with a header before half time. Samuel Eto'o and Steven Naismith scored for Everton in the second half, but an own goal from Seamus Coleman and then further goals from Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa saw Chelsea get their third win of the season.

The Londoners were ahead inside 30 seconds as Cesc Fabregas played in Diego Costa and he fired powerfully past Tim Howard. They doubled their lead just minutes later as the ball fell to Branislav Ivanovic and he finished past Howard, despite replays showing him to be offside.

Everton thought they had a goal back on 16 minutes though, as Romelu Lukaku thundered a header against the bar and Sylvain Distin turned it home only to discover the assistant referee flagging for offside. The Blues rallied and came at Chelsea, with Steven Naismith having a shot blocked and Eden Hazard lucky not to give away a penalty in the same move.

Chelsea could have been three goals ahead before the break, as Phil Jagielka lost out to Matic and slipped in Costa, but Distin had stepped out and caught the Spaniard offside, with replays showing he was actually onside. It would be Everton to score before the break though, as Seamus Coleman whipped in a cross from the right and Kevin Mirallas rose highest to header superbly past Courtois.

The second half would prove to be as frantic as the first. Everton started brightly, but soon found themselves 3-1 down courtesy of a Coleman own goal. Hazard managed to run past McCarthy and see off Coleman, with his shot taking a wicked deflection and curling inside the goal. Not to be deterred, Everton soon had the score at 2-3 as Aiden McGeady played in Naismith and he took a touch before finishing expertly past the keeper'.

Samuel Eto'o would then replace McGeady, but Chelsea re-opened their two-goal lead as Matic was allowed space 20 yards from goal and he fired at goal, with it taking a deflection to head past Howard. Two minutes later and Everton had it in the net again, and it was debutant Eto'o to grab it, as he headed superbly to pull Everton back in to the game once more.

However, Everton's defence had let them down since the opening day and it would let them down twice again before the game was done. Firstly Costa was not sent off for a dive, before a quick one-two saw Ramires free in the box and he fired in to the far corner to leave the score at 3-5. Martinez soon brought on Muhamed Besic and it was him that ended the game as a contest, as his first touch gave the ball straight to Chelsea who broke and Costa rounded Distin and finished past Howard to leave the final score at 3-6.

A fantastic and somewhat crazy game at Goodison Park, but once again poor defending from Everton costs them the points, despite scoring three at home. They head in to the international break needing serious work on the defence.