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Chelsea hammer Palace in second half onslaught, Everton sink Brighton

Ben Chilwell marked his Premier League debut for Chelsea by scoring a goal and creating another for Kurt Zouma before Jorginho sealed the win against Crystal Palace with two penalties.

By: Reuters | Updated: October 3, 2020 10:43:36 pm
Jorginho celebrates scoring the fourth goal with Timo Werner. (Source: Reuters)

Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at home in the Premier League on Saturday as Ben Chilwell marked his league debut for the Blues by scoring a goal and creating another for fellow defender Kurt Zouma before Jorginho sealed the win with two penalties.

Palace had stifled Chelsea in a goalless first half but Chilwell punished them for their first defensive error, scoring from close range in the 50th minute after Mamadou Sakho fluffed a clearance and allowed Cesar Azpilicueta to line up a cross.

Chelsea, seeking to settle their stuttering start to the season, doubled their lead in the 66th minute when the visitors failed to clear a corner and Zouma rose above everyone else to meet a cross by Chilwell and send a header past Vicente Guaita.

Jorginho made sure of the win when he converted two penalties in the space of five minutes late in the game.

Chelsea coach Frank Lampard will be as happy with his team’s first clean sheet of the season as the four goals they scored.

Rodriguez double, Calvert-Lewin strike sees Everton down Brighton

James Rodriguez netted twice and Dominic Calvert-Lewin became the first Everton player to score in the opening four matches of a Premier League season as they beat Brighton & Hove Albion 4-2 on Saturday to stay top of the table with a maximum 12 points.

The hosts produced another classy performance with Rodriguez’s fellow Colombian Yerry Mina also on the scoresheet for Carlo Ancelotti’s high-flying side who next face champions Liverpool in the Merseyside derby after the international break.

New England call-up Calvert-Lewin took his tally to nine goals from six games in all competitions when he rose at the far post to head home a Gylfi Sigurdsson cross in the 16th minute before Neil Maupay levelled from close range in the 41st.

Everton’s England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford gifted Brighton the equaliser when he spilled a tame mis-hit shot by Leandro Trossard, leaving Neal Maupay with a simple task of tucking the ball in from close range.

Yerry Mina restored the home side’s lead on the stroke of halftime, heading home an inch-perfect free kick at the near post floated in by Rodriguez, who added a second-half brace.

Rodriguez swept the ball home from eight metres to make it 3-1 in the 52nd minute after a fine assist by Alex Iwobi, who released Abdoulaye Doucoure on the left flank in the 70th to set up Everton’s fourth for the Colombian forward.

Midfielder Yves Bissouma pulled one back for the visitors with a cracking shot from 25 metres in stoppage time but it was too little, too late to deny the high-flying Toffees.

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