Sigurdsson On The Spot To End Chelsea Run  (Sky Sports)

Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Gylfi Sigurdsson scores from the penalty spotGylfi Sigurdsson's first Premier League goal of the season ensured Everton secured a 1-0 win over Chelsea to end the Blues' 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

With 2,000 supporters back in the stands at Goodison Park, Sigurdsson's calmly-slotted 22nd-minute penalty proved to be enough to secure all three points for Carlo Ancelotti's side.

Mason Mount struck the woodwork twice in the second period, while Everton were denied a second penalty after a VAR review showed Dominic Calvert-Lewin to have been in an offside position in the build-up.

The result moves Everton up to seventh in the table after only a second win in eight Premier League games while Chelsea remain third, two points behind leaders Tottenham.

Player ratings

Everton: Pickford (7), Holgate (8), Mina (8), Keane (9), Godfrey (8), Doucoure (7), Allan (7), Sigurdsson (8), Iwobi (7), Calvert-Lewin (7), Richarlison (7).

Subs: Andre Gomes (n/a), Davies (n/a), Kenny (n/a).

Chelsea: Mendy (6), James (6), Zouma (6), Thiago Silva (6), Chilwell (6), Kante (6), Kovacic (6), Havertz (6), Mount (6), Werner (6), Giroud (6).

Subs: Abraham (6), Gilmour (n/a).

Man of the match: Michael Keane.

How Ancelotti got the better of Lampard

By the end of this battling home performance, the 2,000 supporters inside sounded like 20,000 as the Grand Old Lady shook for the first time in nine months. Chelsea arrived on Merseyside with plenty of swagger, but Lampard warned his side against dropping standards ahead of the busy festive schedule.

Everton shaded the opening 10 minutes with Sigurdsson setting up Richarlison for the game's opening chance, but the Brazilian's shot was tame and straight at Edouard Mendy. Sigurdsson was the provider once more as his corner was headed over by Yerry Mina as the visitors struggled to find their rhythm.

Everton were compact and limited Chelsea to hopeful crosses in the opening half, and midway through it, Carlo Ancelotti's side were presented with the opportunity to take the lead in route one fashion. Jordan Pickford's punt downfield was won in the air by Calvert-Lewin, who then ran onto his own lay-off before being wiped out by Mendy.

It was as straightforward a penalty decision as you are likely to see all season - and Sigurdsson made little fuss of the ensuing spot-kick, giving Mendy the eyes as he rolled the ball to his left.

Chelsea sought an immediate response, and very nearly restored parity immediately as Reece James hit the post as Everton failed to clear a corner, with replays showing Pickford had got the slightest of touches to the effort.

Kurt Zouma, on his return to Goodison following his year-long loan spell during the 2018/19 campaign, then latched onto Olivier Giroud's knock-down but fired straight at Pickford. Everton were happy to play on the counter-attack and Richarlison ought to have done between when released again by Sigurdsson but his shot failed to trouble Mendy.

With 2,000 supporters back in Goodison - 1,500 in the Gwladys Street and another 500 in the Top Balcony - there was no such semblance of behind-closed-doors fatigue as Lampard considered a tactical reshuffle. Everton had won their previous six league games in which they led at half-time - but Mount very nearly levelled within a minute of the restart.

Thiago Silva's long ball was punched clear by Pickford, but with the England No 1 stranded out of his goal, N'Golo Kante set up Mount, whose shot grazed the crossbar.

Everton then threated a second as Sigurdsson released Richarlison down the left and his right-foot shot was parried away by Mendy. The Iceland international was enjoying himself in the absence of James Rodriguez as his deep cross when then taken off the head of Calvert-Lewin by Mina.

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Chelsea continued to press and were very nearly punished for their high line as Alex Iwobi released Calvert-Lewin before the striker was fouled inside the box by Ben Chilwell, but upon review, VAR Andre Marriner correctly overturned the decision for offside in the build-up.

The flashpoint checked Chelsea's momentum as Lampard turned to Tammy Abraham for the final 20 minutes, but it was from a dead ball where the visitors very nearly levelled. Abdoulaye Doucoure upended James, and from the ensuing free-kick, Mount struck the foot of Pickford's post.

By then, Ancelotti knew it would be his night as Chelsea surrendered the chance to move top.

Mersy Blues - Opta Stats

Everton have won three consecutive Premier League games against Chelsea for just the second time (also Feb 2010-Feb 2012).

Chelsea suffered their first Premier League away defeat of the season (W3 D2), with their last two defeats on the road coming on Merseyside (also 3-5 v Liverpool in July).

Everton had 28% possession in this match, their lowest on record in a single Premier League match they went on to win (since 2003-04).

This was Everton's first Premier League clean sheet since the opening day against Tottenham (1-0), with the Toffees having conceded in each of their last 10 before today.

Chelsea failed to have a single shot on target in the second half, with their last effort on target coming in the 28th minute courtesy of Kurt Zouma.

What's next?

Everton travel to face Leicester on Wednesday at 6pm while Chelsea are at Wolves a day earlier; kick-off at Molineux is at 6pm.


Everton Pickford, Holgate, Mina, Keane, Godfrey, Doucoure, Allan, Sigurdsson (c) (Gomes 83), Iwobi (Davies 86), Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison (Kenny 90)
Subs Not Used Olsen, Tosun, Bernard, Gordon
Booked Richarlison, Doucoure
Goals Sigurdsson 22 (pen)

Chelsea Mendy, James, Zouma, Silva (c), Chilwell, Kante, Kovacic (Gilmour 82), Havertz (Abraham 68), Mount, Werner, Giroud
Subs Not Used Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Jorginho, Anjorin
Booked Kante, James, Silva

Attendance 2,000

Referee Jon Moss

VAR Andre Marriner