Report: Everton Pay Penalty Against Sevilla

Everton suffered their first pre-season defeat in the opening game of Saturday's Opel Cup tournament in Germany.

Marco Silva's side lost to a penalty won and scored by Sevilla's Lucas Ocampos on 47 minutes - and with only 13 minutes remaining of a 60-minute match. The Argentine didn’t actually connect with his strike as he would have wished, directing it low and down the middle of goal.

Jordan Pickford had dived left but will count himself unfortunate his outstretched right boot deflected the effort into the roof of the net rather than over the top.

All of Everton's starting 11 completed the game, acquiring valuable match-practice two weeks before the Premier League kick off against Crystal Palace.

Sevilla could rightfully claim the opening 10 minutes of this encounter belonged to them.

The Spaniards passed the ball quickly and purposefully, the sharp and clever movement of all five players stationed ahead of sitting midfielder Fernando initially disturbing Everton.

Lucas Digne prompted a turning of the tide on 11 minutes. The Frenchman swarmed all over Ocampos on halfway to dispossess the Argentine, who was left forlornly hobbling away.

Seamus Coleman promptly mirrored his fellow full-back’s effort with a biting challenge on the impressive Nolito.

Everton were in the contest now – and gaining the upper hand before long.

Theo Walcott delicately volleyed a rangy Mason Holgate pass across goal for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

The striker was on the stretch, though, and could only toe wide with his left foot.

Calvert-Lewin was off target with another prodded effort on 20 minutes. This one arrived at the conclusion of a lovely passage of football.

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03:20 Sun 28 Jul 2019


Watch the best of the action from the Blues' clash with the La Liga team.

Andre Gomes kicked it off, circulating possession in the middle of the park. Fabian Delph and Bernard injected the thrust, Gylfi Sigurdsson the guile to thread in Calvert-Lewin.

He jabbed the ball right footed across goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik but beyond the far post.

Sigurdsson’s involvement in the move was a boon for Everton. Fenrnando’s head seemed permanently on rotation as he sought to cage the Icelander.

The Brazilian, new to Sevilla after joining from Galatasaray, was one of three former Manchester City players in the Spanish team.

Jesus Navas’s position at right-back was firmly at odds with memories of him hugging the wing in City’s sky blue.

He found Bernard and Digne tough to contain down Everton’s left. Indeed, had Digne taken something off his intended pass for Calvert-Lewin on six minutes following a one-two with Bernard then the forward would have been in on goal.

Bernard was similarly heavy with a ball intended to free Walcott but which Vaclik raced to clear.

Nolito, the third of those ex-City men, was probably his side’s best player, the most menacing for sure.

He spied an opportunity as Coleman and Yerry Mina swapped passes and rushed in to complete an exchange of his own with Oliver Torres.

Nolito’s ensuing cross was dealt with by Mason Holgate, frustrating Luuk de Jong.

Mina was alive to the danger when Nolito slid a pass behind Coleman for Torres. All this after Ocampos had lashed over with the game’s first effort.

All available evidence would indicate Ocampos fancies himself from range.

His teammates share the former Marseille player’s confidence, too, going by the corner routine which saw Nolito land the ball on Ocampos’s right boot.

His shot was drilled into the ground and reared towards a line of white shirts, six yards from goal and suddenly interested in developments.

Pickford had read what was happening. He flew from his line and rather comprehensively extinguished the threat.

Coleman blocked when Nolito decided to have a go at goal himself.

When he returned to his creative brief, Nolito played another of his trademark, precise 10-yard forward passes, aware Sergio Escudero was making tracks up the line.

Escudero crossed to the near post, Mina on hand to turn the ball into the side netting.

Delph, playing his second game for the Club left Torres in a heap with a ferocious tackle which epitomised the spicy contest unfolding.

Pickford dropped onto a fairly tame shot from Ocampos following Escudero’s cutback shortly after the break.

Delph put himself in the line of a drive from Escudero. Sevilla’s football had lost some of its zip, the La Liga team crossing halfway more in hope than expectation.

For Everton, Digne wanted to drive forward at every opportunity.

Gomes, very good here, ushered in the Frenchman just past 40 minutes.

Ocampos was late realising the left-back had escaped and could only dig himself out of a hole by hauling down Digne.

He was booked. But soon redeemed himself.

Centre-forward De Jong retreated towards halfway and with his back to goal fed Ocampos’s right-wing run.

On reaching the area, Ocampos chopped inside, directly into Holgate.

As the Sevilla player hit the turf referee Marcel Gasteier pointed to the spot. Ocampos then became the first man to score against Everton in 380 minutes of pre-season action.

Vaclik preserved his side’s advantage with a sprawling save on 53 minutes.

Digne swung over a cross from the left. Calvert-Lewin met it with a downward header which skipped from the greasy surface and had Vaclik scrambling right to tip behind.


Everton: Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Holgate, Digne; Gomes, Delph; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin.