Everton closed the gap with Burnley and Leeds United down to just two points with a game in hand on Sunday with a monumental victory in their fight against relegation against third place Chelsea. Richarlison’s goal just one minute into the second half ended up being the winner, with heroic performances from Jordan Pickford and Yerry Mina at the back keeping the FA Cup Finalists and defending Club World Cup champions at bay for 97-plus minutes.
Chelsea have had a wretched run as of late when visiting Goodison Park, having failed to win a game at the Grand Old Lady since their title-winning season in 2017. The next season saw a scoreless draw play out between the two sides, but Everton have now won all of the four meetings since, winning 7-1 on aggregate across those games.
Chelsea have lost at Goodison Park for a fourth consecutive season for the first time since 1973.— Upper 90 Football Podcast (@U90Football) May 1, 2022
Hope stays alive for Everton! pic.twitter.com/HB0McgVHYF
Chelsea Club Captain Cesar Azpilicueta was at the center of everything during Sunday’s match, including Richarlison’s winner. The Spaniard made an uncharacteristic mistake which led to Richarlison slotting past Edouard Mendy; that goal ended up being enough to secure a priceless victory for Everton.
In his 9 year career at Chelsea, in the Premier League, Cesar Azpilicueta had never made an error directly leading to a goal (per @premierleague).— Matchday365 (@Matchday365) May 1, 2022
Until he came up against Frank Lampard’s Everton. pic.twitter.com/iWsSM2X6NC
Jordan Pickford delivered an unbelievable performance in goal for Frank Lampard’s side, producing two of the best saves you’ll see all season within 30 seconds of each other. The undebatable Man of the Match, in my opinion, was one of if not the main reason that Everton were able to hold on to three precious points under constant second-half pressure from the reigning Champions of Europe.
Jordan Pickford’s game by numbers vs Chelsea:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) May 1, 2022
17 shots faced
6 successful long passes
5 saves made
4 saves inside the area
2 big chances saved
2 high claims
1 ground duel won
One of the best goalkeeping performances we’ve seen this season. pic.twitter.com/BnrvHHHWqG
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Just when Everton needed him most, Richarlison was johnny-on-the-spot yet again. The Brazilian has now scored over 20% of his Premier League goals against the “Big Six”, proving he never backs down regardless of the opposition.
Richarlison's strike against Chelsea was his 10th Premier League goal against the 'Big Six':— Squawka (@Squawka) May 1, 2022
◉ 3 vs. Chelsea
◎ 2 vs. Liverpool
◎ 2 vs. Man City
◎ 2 vs. Arsenal
◎ 1 vs. Man Utd
Just Tottenham left to complete the set. pic.twitter.com/3Te8fF0xno
Sunday’s match was Frank Lampard’s first time managing against the club he scored a record 211 goals for and managed to Champions League qualification. 461 days after he was bitterly sacked, Lampard finally got his retribution against Chelsea. He’s never been happier to see them lose.