Everton 2-1 — 3
Chelsea 1-0 — 1
Everton piled more misery on Chelsea as Steven Naismith fired a hat trick in a 3-1 win at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The champions slumped to 15th in the Premier League with four points from five matches. Everton secured their first home win of the season.
Naismith wasn’t part of manager Roberto Martinez’s plans to start the match, but Muhamed Besic was substituted in the ninth minute with an injury. Naismith came on and did damage, firing three goals past Chelsea goalie Asmir Begovic.
Everton signings Aaron Lennon and Ramiro Funes Mori came on as second half substitutes.
Check below for stats and highlights of the match.
Goals: Everton: Steven Naismith (17′, 22′, 83′); Chelsea: Nemanja Matic (36′)
Shots (On Goal): Everton 14 (9 on goal), Chelsea 15 (2 on goal)
Tackles: Everton 23, Chelsea 19
Fouls: Everton 12, Chelsea 12
Possession: Everton 39%, Chelsea 61%
Cards: Everton: Brendon Galloway (65′), John Stones (87′); Chelsea: Cesar Azpilicueta (88′), Diego Costa (90′)
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Galloway, Barry, McCarthy, Kone, Barkley, Besic, Lukaku
Chelsea: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry, Ivanovic, Matic, Fabregas, Mikel, Pedro, Hazard, Costa.
Steven Naismith Gave Everton a 1-0 Lead
Only on as a substitute because Muhamed Besic had to come off injured, Steven Naismith fired Everton in front in the 17th minute. His header beat Chelsea goalie Asmir Begovic.
Begovic Kept Chelsea Alive With Several Excellent Saves
Everton were dangerous on the counter attack throughout the match, and Begovic had to make several saves to keep Chelsea in the match.
Naismith Scored Again to Double Everton’s Lead
Everton began dominating the game and Begovic had to make a pair of excellent saves to keep the game at 1-0. He couldn’t stop this one though from Naismith, an excellent shot from outside the box.
Nemanja Matic Scored a Screamer to Cut the Everton Lead in Half
The second Everton goal sparked Chelsea into life, and they got on the scoreboard when Nemanja Matic let one fly from well outside the box. It was just his second Premier League goal in more than 50 appearances.
Naismith Finished off Hat Trick & Chelsea
Everton took a 3-1 lead in the 83rd minute when Naismith completed his hat trick.
Preview: Premier League Season Resumes at Goodison Park
Thibaut Courtois miserable start to the season continued this week when he found out that he could miss up to two months with a knee injury. Courtois was sent off in the season opener against Swansea and served a suspension as a result.
Everton added several new faces during the havoc of the transfer deadline, including former Tottenham midfielder Aaron Lennon. Defender Ramiro Funes Mori cost $15 million from River Plate. The Toffies have already played one match against a title contender, and they lost 2-0.
Following the weekend’s action, Chelsea will begin their Champions League campaign at home on Wednesday against Maccabi Tel Aviv.
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