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Everton vs Cardiff City: Live Blog | Sigurdsson gives Toffees the win

Premier League action resumes after international break

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Live Blog

Fulltime - Everton win 1-0, having had to do some very gritty defending late in the game. Four straight wins at Goodison Park now in the Premier League!

90+5’ - Late, late corner for Cardiff. Coleman was burned badly by Hoilett that created that. Cleared away!!

90+4’ - Everton again making a poor clearance, giving away a deep throw. Pickford falls on the ball and looks to wind down the clock.

90+2’ - Blues looking nervous in the back, but manage to hoof the ball clear again. Kurt Zouma comes on for Sigurdsson.

90’ - We’ll have five minutes added on.

87’ - Blues continue to push for another, and win a corner. Sigurdsson swings it in, Keane’s header is on target but cleared off the line.
Cardiff counter and Murphy wins a cheap freekick at the edge of the box and the goalline. Paterson gets his head to it and goes well over. Scary moments for the Blues there.

81’ - Everton have been a bit ‘scrambly’ the last few minutes but Lookman has certainly turned into chief creator. Dances through the defence again, and tries to slot it past Etheridge who palms it away for a corner.

79’ - Cunningham runs into Coleman in the box and goes over hard. Away team screaming for a penalty, but Tierney waves their appeals off. I’d say just as 50-50 as when Digne went down in the first half.

77’ - Bernard now off for Cenk Tosun. Richarlison likely to go back to his left wing position.

73’ - Ademola Lookman is the first sub for the Blues, on for Walcott.
Josh Murphy and Junior Hoilett are on for the visitors.

71’ - Everton concede another dangerous freekick, somewhat cleared and then Camarasa has a good sight at goal but Pickford punches clear. The corner is also cleared away by Coleman.

67’ - Deep Cardiff freekick is scrmabled away by Sigurdsson, but the visitors win their first corner. Keane and Gomes combine to clear.

66’ - Blues win a corner after another good chance for Walcott is scrambled away. Cleared easily.

63’ - This is not good. Jordan Pickford comes out to claim a high ball, and Kadeem Harris charges into him in the air. The goalie falls very badly and is in some distress. The Cardiff player is booked for his late challenge. Pickford is back on his feet somewhat gingerly.

59’ - GOAL!! It’s been coming! Walcott with a great run and tries to slot it past Etheridge, the goalie palms it into Sigurdsson’s path and he scores! 1-0 Everton, well-deserved.
The former Swansea City man quite enjoyed sticking the knife in against their Welsh rivals Cardiff.

58’ - Victor Camarasa losing his proverbial shit at the referee Paul Tierney, and goes in the book.

55’ - Fantastic chance for Everton! Sigurdsson goes around the stranded goalie and tries to slot it in, but Sol Bamba clears off the line!

52’ - Good play from Richarlison there holding up the ball, sets up Sigurdsson outside the box but his left-footed shot is way high.

47’ - Toffees pick up where they left off in the first half right away. Walcott is sitting down however, some servicing required on his left ankle it appears. He’s back on the pitch now.

46’ - Cardiff get us underway after halftime, no changes to either side.
Everton late out of dressing room, you can assume Marco Silva had quite a bit to say to the lads.

Halftime - Everton have completely dominated the game here, controlling possession 73% to Cardiff’s 27%. Blues lead shot differential 6-2, with only two of those on target.

45+1’ - Richarlison puts Lucas Digne through on goal but he’s shunted off the ball in the box. No penalty says the ref. Seemed a 50-50 challenge, to be fair.

45’ - Gomes with a magical swerve and gets to the byline, his low cross just needed a touch but there was no one there. One minute to be added on.

43’ - Cardiff goalie Neil Etheridge the first in the book today, for timewasting.

40’ - Gylfi Sigurdsson with a wicked freekick into the box and it comes to Richarlison, but his tame header is straight at the goalie. He seemed surprised it came to him.

36’ - Yerry Mina ushers Paterson out and almost into the hoardings. Handbags between the two, but hilarious too seeing Mina tower over the Scotsman, who is no small fry himself.

32’ - The passing has been a bit better for the Blues in the last few minutes, pressure mounting on the visitors. Gomes drags his shot wide from distance, as had Idrissa Gueye a few minutes ago.

29’ - Richarlison wins Everton’s third corner. Partly cleared away and Andre Gomes jinks into the box, but goes toow ide and slams it into the side netting.

22’ - Everton have had the best of the action so far, but Cardiff look a well-drilled unit. The referee has certainly been kinder to the visitors so far.

14’ - Possible ‘Vikings’ cast member Aron Gunnarsson’s long throws are going to be a real threat for the Blues’ backline to deal with. Two so far, cleared well.

9’ - Nice run from Theo Walcott puts RIcharlison through and wins a corner. Michael Keane wins that in the air, but can’t get any power on his header.

7’ - Harry Arter goes studs up on Seamus Coleman, but the ref keeps the card in his pocket.

3’- Everton seeing most of the ball early on.

1’- And we’re off!

Lineups: Not surprised to see Marco Silva name an unchanged lineup from the last game at Chelsea, he’s big on continuity in the side. Good to see Yerry Mina get his full home debut today, and his backline partner Michael Keane is marking his 50th game for the Blues.
For Cardiff, an interesting tidbit is that Calum Paterson plays both right back and striker, not a very common pair of positions you’ll see one player in.


Everton went into the international break in good form, especially at Goodison Park where they have reeled off three straight wins, including a friendly against Kenyan champions Gor Mahia. The Blues had done well in holding the unbeaten Chelsea 0-0 away at Stamford Bridge before the break and Marco Silva will be looking to keep that going.

Cardiff City sit in 18th place in the Premier League table with 8 points, having picked up a win over Brighton & Hove Albion in their last game. The Toffees don’t have a good record against manager Neil Warnock, but expectations are high that the home side will put that to rest.

Match Details

Date and start time: Saturday, November 24th at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m ET / 3:00 p.m. BST

Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England

Capacity: 39,572

Weather: 43°F/6°C, cloudy, 0% chance of precipitation, 6 mph winds

How to Watch/Listen

TV: n/a - United States; n/a - United Kingdom; Optus Sport, beIN Sports, Flow Sports,

Radio: evertontv, TalkSport Radio World

Live stream: NBC Sports Gold

Gamethread: Comments section below starting one hour before game time

Information from LiveSoccerTV.com

Lineups

Everton

Starting XI: Pickford; Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman; Gomes, Gueye; Bernard, Sigurdsson, Walcott; Richarlison

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Zouma, Davies, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin, Tosun

Cardiff City

Starting XI: Etheridge; Ecuele Manga, Morrison(C), Bamba, Cunningham; Ralls; Camarasa, Gunnarsson, Arter, Harris; Paterson.

Subs: Smithies, Peltier, Bennett, Hoilett, Murphy, Reid Ward.

Last Meeting

Seamus Coleman grabbed a late winner scoring in time added on for the Blues to win 2-1 at Goodison Park back in March 2014, when Cardiff City were last in the Premier League.