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Wolves snatch draw from 10-man Everton

Wolves snatch draw from 10-man Everton

11/08/2018 at 18:42Updated 11/08/2018 at 21:58

Premier League, Molineux - Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (Neves, 44, Jiménez, 80) Everton 2 (Richarlison, 17, 67)

Richarlison struck a double on his debut but it wasn't enough to earn Marco Silva a win in his first competitive match in charge as 10-man Everton were held to a 2-2 draw at Wolves.

The £50m summer signing from Watford twice gave the visitors the lead, but on each occasion Nuno Espirito Santo's Championship winners fought back to earn a share of the spoils in their first top-flight match in six years.

The Toffees will feel the match turned on Phil Jagielka's straight red card as they looked in control at 1-0 up. The defender was penalised for lunging at Diogo Jota as he attempted to rectify his own mistake just before the interval. Ruben Neves stepped up to curl home the resulting free kick and cancel out Richarlison's close-range opener.

Richarlison then added a superb second in the second half to cap an eye-catching display, but the visitors couldn't hold out with the on-loan Raul Jimenez nodding in a superb leveller 10 minutes from the end.

Wolves will be happy with their never-say-die spirit and will now visit Leicester next Saturday, while Everton host Southampton.

Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers scores his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton FC at Molineux on August 11, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers scores his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton FC at Molineux on August 11, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.Getty Images

TALKING POINT

Richarlison shines but Everton's old guard struggle. There have been clear signs Everton's defence has been in need of shake-up in recent seasons - and this was further proof that Marco Silva has done the right thing in seeking new recruits. Both Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma will add power and pace to a backline that again looked susceptible when Wolves did press. Jagielka's error was avoidable and while Silva named just one debutant for this opening weekend fixture, it won't be long before he bloods all of his new signings - which could be bad news for some long-serving players.

At the other end, Richarlison showed that he loves working under his former Watford boss, and on this evidence he looks like a shrewd signing despite the large fee and loss of form in the latter part of last season.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Richarlison (Everton). The Brazilian capped a fine debut with a clinical brace. He clearly feels at home under Silva, having notched all seven of his Premier League goals while working with the Portuguese manager. Can he be the man to score the bulk of Everton's goals? It remains to be seen, but this is a good start for a young player with bags of potential.

Highlights: Richarlison med fornem Everton-debut mens Jagielka så rødt mod Wolves!

Highlights: Richarlison med fornem Everton-debut mens Jagielka så rødt mod Wolves!Eurosport

PLAYER RATINGS

WOLVES: Patricio 7, Doherty 7, Bennett 6, Boly 6, Coady 6, Jonny 6, Neves 7, Moutinho 7, Costa 6, Jiminez 7, Jota 6. Subs: Bonatini 5, Vinagre 5, Gibbs-White n/a.

EVERTON: Pickford 6, Coleman 6, Jagielka 4, Keane 6, Baines 6, Gueye 6, Schneiderlin 6, Walcott 5, Sigurdsson 5, Richarlison 8, Tosun 7. Subs: Holgate 6, Niasse n/a, Digne n/a.


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KEY MOMENTS

17' - GOAL! Wolves 0-1 Everton. Richarlison breaks the deadlock with a simple finish from close range after Baines' left-wing free kick had caused panic in the Wolves defence.

41' - EVERTON RED CARD! Jagielka is given a straight red for bringing down Jota 20 yards out. The defender stretched for it and caught his opponent on the ankle after some poor control gave the Wolves man the chance to nip in and try to race in on goal.

44' - GOAL! Wolves 1-1 Everton. Neves curls the 20-yard free kick over the wall and into the top corner. Pickford got fingertips to it, but couldn't keep it out.

59' - EVERTON CHANCE. Tosun suddenly finds space 25 yards out, but his low effort is easily pushed away by Patricio, with Walcott seemingly well placed for a through pass.

60' - WOLVES CHANCE. At the other end, Jimenez breaks the offside trap and races into the right of the area onto Ryan Bennett's clever pass. The forward takes aim but can't drill his shot beyond Pickford who makes a superb stop.

65' - EVERTON CHANCE. Tosun whips a lovely ball to Richarlison at the far post, but Walcott somehow fails to bury the Brazilian's nod down.

67' - GOAL! Wolves 1-2 Everton. RIcharlison bursts into the left side of the box onto Tosun's lay off and curls a lovely, low finish into the far corner.

80' - GOAL! Wolves 2-2 Everton. Wolves are level once again! Jimenez thumps a great header beyond Pickford from Neves' probing cross.

KEY STATS

Richarlison scored with his very first shot as an Everton player; this after failing to score with each of his previous 53 with Watford in the Premier League.

Richarlison is the first Everton player to score a brace on his Premier League debut since Jo in February 2009 (v Bolton Wanderers).

Neves has scored seven league goals from outside the box since the start of the 2017-18 season, more than any other player in the top four tiers of English football.

Everton have received more red cards (90) than any other team in Premier League history.

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