Everton’s relegation fears grew stronger on Wednesday when they lost 3-2 to Burnley at Turf Moor.
An end-to-end game, in which both teams led on different points, was finally decided by a late goal from Maxwel Cornet, who took advantage of a sloppy defense by the visitors to score a goal that could go a long way to defining Burnley. . season.
The game started at a decent pace, with the first chance falling to Ashley Westwood inside ten minutes. She found some space on the edge of the area, but her curling effort deflected just off Jordan Pickford’s far post.
A few minutes later, the Clarets took the lead through Nathan Collins, who walked away from the crowd following a corner kick and kicked the ball with his side foot into the bottom corner after some poor defense from Everton.
However, Everton had a chance to get things back on track soon after when Anthony Gordon was awarded a penalty and Richarlison was error-free from 12 yards out.
That gave Everton renewed confidence and the Toffees continued to press for the go-ahead goal, with Richarlison coming close to adding a second shortly after.
Five minutes before half-time, Everton were awarded a second penalty after a clumsy free kick from Aaron Lennon, and Richarlison put in his effort in the same way to put his team up 2-1 before half-time.
As in the first half, Burnley started the second up, but Richarlison came close to adding the third when Nick Pope’s shot hit the outside of the post.
Everton had to pay when Jay Rodriguez fired the hosts level in the 57th minute. The striker made a clever run into the box and finished off a Charlie Taylor cross from inside the six-yard box.
Frank Lampard’s side did not allow him to slow down and largely dominated in pursuit of the fifth goal of the match, although they did not really test Pope too much.
And as the clock ticked down, the game became more like a basketball game, with both teams flying into each other, and Burnley began to make their presence known.
With five minutes remaining, it was Burnley who found the crucial goal. This time, it was Cornet who was on the receiving end of a cutback, with the winger firing wide to seal the three points.
Nick Pope (GK) – 6/10 – Helpless by the two penalties but in general he did well.
Connor Roberts (RB) – 3/10 – Ruined by Richarlison over and over and over again.
Nathan Collins (CB) – 7/10 – He took his goal very well and did his best to try to keep his side in this.
James Tarkowski (CB) – 7/10 – He had to work hard to deal with Everton’s strikers. Some fantastic recovery blocks.
Charlie Taylor (LB) – 6/10 – He struggled against Gordon but showed a great change of pace to help Rodriguez. Involved in the third as well.
Aaron Lennon (RM) – 5/10 – A poor decision on the second penalty, but he showed some energy after the break.
Ashley Westwood (CM) – 5/10 – He enjoyed a very good start, but faded in the first half. He did his best to recover after the break.
Josh Brownhill (CM) – 4/10 – An early booking and a bit choppy performance.
Maxwel Cornet (LM) – 6/10 – He shot badly at the unmentionables in the first half and took a long time to recover, but he scored the fundamental goal well.
Wout Weghorst (ST) – 4/10 – He found it difficult to get into the game and his heist game was not good enough.
Jay Rodriguez (ST) – 6/10 – He had a quiet first half but showed his intelligence for his goal. A smart run.
Matt Lowton (RB, 72′ for Roberts) – 6/10
Matej Vydra (ST, 80′ by Weghorst) – 6/10
Dwight McNeil (RM, 84′ for Lennon) – N/A
Jordan Pickford (GK) – 5/10 – He was not covered in glory by the Burnley goal. I’m not even close to that.
Jonjoe Kenny (RB) – 4/10 – Guilty of going over the line at some junctions, but went on to try to interrupt Burnley. He wasn’t always right.
Ben Godfrey (CB) – 5/10 – Generally good, but guilty of a nasty slice that ended up costing Everton.
Jarrad Branthwaite (CB) – 5/10 – He looked composed in the first half but guilty of some bad moments after the break.
Vitaly Mykolenko (LB) – 5/10 – He seemed to panic under pressure every time Lennon got close to him.
Anthony Gordon (RM) – 6/10 – Lead by example with your pace of work. Another impressive performance from the youngster.
Mason Holgate (CM) – 4/10 – Booked after two minutes for a difficult challenge and seemed scared to make a tackle after that.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (CM) – 3/10 – Not a great performance from Doucoure. He seemed a bit lost and out of rhythm. Careless pressure for the final goal.
Alex Iwobi (LM) – 6/10 – A solid demo from Iwobi. Some crazy moments, but overall they seemed dangerous at all times.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (ST) – 5/10 – He found it difficult to get involved in the box, but he made a handful of good passes to those around him.
Richarlison (ST) – 7/10 – Two classy penalties and several moments of danger. He might as well have had a few more goals to his name.
Demarai Gray (RM, 73′ for Gordon) – 6/10
Salomon Rondon (ST), 87′ by Holgate) – N/A