Richarlison Bags Winner As Everton Boost Survival Chances Against Chelsea. Everton beat Chelsea to come within two points of the Premier League safety zone thanks to Richarlison’s second-half winner. As Cesar Azpilicueta toyed on the ball, the Brazilian was given the opportunity to slip in and finish comfortably.

Mason Mount hit both posts with a 20-yard attempt for Chelsea before Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved Azpilicueta’s follow-up shot well. With a game in hand on both Burnley (16th) and Leeds (17th), the Toffees have closed the gap to just two points.

Richarlison Bags Winner As Everton Boost Survival Chances Against Chelsea
Richarlison Bags Winner As Everton Boost Survival Chances Against Chelsea

Chelsea came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first 45 minutes but failing to register a shot on target, Mason Mount’s dipping effort from distance touching the roof of the net.

The first goal was always going to be critical, and it came barely a minute after the restart when Richarlison picked Azpilicueta’s pocket, and the Brazilian held his cool to sneak it past Edouard Mendy and send Everton fans into raptures.

It could have been even better for the Toffees moments later when Vitalii Mykolenko was passed through by Abdoulaye Doucoure, but the full-back struggled to hit the target, resulting in a golden opportunity going begging.

Jordan Pickford made two remarkable saves to preserve Everton’s clean sheet, stopping Azpilicueta after Mount’s half-volley struck the post and blocking Antonio Rudiger’s point-blank attempt from the subsequent set-piece.

Demarai Gray and Anthony Gordon came close to a daring Everton as they continued to push bodies forward in search of a devastating second. The hosts, though, retreated into their shell as an agonizing seven minutes were tacked on, and Pickford was forced to make another stop from Mateo Kovacic.

The relief was evident as the final whistle blew, signalling Lampard’s side’s crucial victory. Everton remains in the bottom three, although they are now only a point behind Burnley and Leeds, who are 16th and 17th, respectively, with a game in hand.

Chelsea remains third, three points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, as the race for the top four ramps up ahead of their trip to West Ham later on Sunday.

By Clive Banda

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