Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s superb second-half header gave Everton an impressive opening-day away win against a lifeless Tottenham on Super Sunday.
Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham were “lifeless, flat” and “walking around the pitch sulking” for large chunks of the second half, said Sky Sports’ Gary Neville on commentary, with Spurs registering just nine tackles to Everton’s 18, and Harry Kane touching the ball only twice in the Everton box.
Both sides had chances in a goalless first half; Richarlison rounded Hugo Lloris but blazed over, before both Dele Alli and Matt Doherty were denied by Jordan Pickford at the other end.
Everton’s winner was coming, and Calvert-Lewin rose brilliantly to power a header into the top corner from Lucas Digne’s deep free-kick, with Spurs’ efforts to form a comeback lacking as the visitors comfortably held on.
For Everton, optimism will be high as they won away at a top-six side for the first time since December 2013, but there were concerning signs for Mourinho as he lost on the opening day of a league season for the first time as a manager.
“The struggle started in the way we pressed or, I will say, in the way we didn’t press because our pressure up was very poor,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I would say it was lazy pressure and when you have lazy pressure, you don’t press and you let opponents build from the back.”
Tottenham: Lloris (6), Doherty (6), Alderweireld (5), Dier (5), Davies (6), Hojbjerg (4), Winks (4), Alli (3), Son (5), Kane (5), Moura (4)
Subs: Sissoko (7), Bergwijn (6), Ndombele (NA)
Everton: Pickford (8), Coleman (7), Mina (7), Keane (7), Digne (7), Allan (9), Gomes (7), Doucoure (7), James (8), Richarlison (7), Calvert-Lewin (8).
Subs: Sigurdsson (6), Kean (NA), Davies (NA)
Man of the match: Allan