Everton Lose To Second-Half Leeds Goal

Everton missed the opportunity to gain ground at the top of the Premier League after a late goal from Raphinha secured victory for Leeds United at Goodison Park.

A game full of chances for both teams was settled when Leeds' Brazilian attacker fired a low 25-yard effort beyond the excellent Jordan Pickford.

Everton created a number of opportunities and twice had goals ruled out for offside in the opening half.

Illan Meslier in Leeds' goal denied Abdoulaye Doucoure and Richarlison but Pickford conjured the stop of the game to deny a first-half Raphinha header.

Everton remain sixth in the Premier League on Saturday night, five points off the summit.

A trip to Burnley is set for next Saturday before manager Carlo Ancelotti's team potentially play in front of supporters for the first time this season when Chelsea come to Goodison in a fortnight.

Twice Everton had the ball in the net in the first 45 minutes – yet we reached the break scoreless.

Leeds would equally have wondered how the game was deadlocked after creating a succession of opportunities, only to find Pickford in stubborn mood – or the woodwork working against them.

If Everton’s first wiped-out effort had counted we’d have been watching it back over and over.

Mason Holgate ushered Alex Iwobi forwards and the wing-back – operating on the left after his turn on the right against Fulham last week – progressed, before cutting back to Richarlison.

His cross to the far post was beautifully controlled on the chest by a fractionally offside James Rodriguez, who defied the acute angle to lift the ball into the net.

Richarlison met James’ corner two minutes before half-time for a more rudimentary finish – but Ben Godfrey was penalised for straying offside and into the eyeline of Meslier.

Frenchman Meslier has been a revelation this season.

And the 20-year-old maintained his terrific form on seven minutes.

Tom Davies – starting in the Premier League for the second time this season and playing at right wing-back – burst forward for the first time to receive a pass from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Doucoure had made his way into the box but was stretching as he made contact with his left boot, nevertheless forcing Meslier into a fabulous stop down to his right.

Everton midfielder Allan has made more tackles than any other Premier League player this season – 35 and counting prior to this match.

But there is far more to the Brazilian’s game than spoiling and blocking.

He carries the ball forwards with the panache of a winger and owns a delicate touch.

Allan scooped the ball over Kalvin Phillips’ head on 13 minutes – shortly after Jack Harrison steered Leeds’ first attempt wide – and surged upfield.

His pass located Richarlison but the right-foot shot was tame and easy for Meslier.

Everton’s two Brazilians linked in almost identical fashion on 42 minutes; Allan advancing, Richarlison firing an effort which had Meslier scrambling to his left to save.

Allan went it alone on the hour, alighting on possession higher up the field and charging into the box but shooting into the side netting.

If Meslier was having a good evening out, then Pickford was showing his quality, too.

Marcelo Bielsa evidently believed his team were set for a lead when the ball landed at Patrick Bamford’s feet 10 yards from goal on 21 minutes.

The Leeds manager spun and raged after Pickford flung out his right leg to deny Leeds' English striker.

Pickford’s next stop eight minutes later was even better.

Raphinha met Luke Ayling’s right-wing delivery with a header back across goal that required Pickford to launch himself full-stretch and save with his left hand.

Leeds, typically, weren’t deterred, keeping play alive for Harrison to eventually smack an effort which Godfrey stopped on the line.

Harrison headed against the meat of the post on 45 minutes – Stuart Dallas providing the service from the left this time – and Bielsa raged again.

More frustration for the Leeds boss right before the whistle: Ayling’s opportunistic strike cannoning favourably off Michael Keane for Mateusz Klich, who bent wide of the far post from 20 yards.

Keane, making his 100th Premier League start for Everton, was over with a header from a James free-kick earlier in the contest.

Another James set-piece located Holgate, escaping at the back-post but directing his volley straight at Meslier.

Meslier had more to do three minutes before the break when Calvert-Lewin’s lay-off invited Richarlison to squirt an effort which would have finished inside the right post without the French keeper’s intervention.

Calvert-Lewin went it alone twice in quick succession after the restart.

Racing down the right and with no viable alternatives, he thrashed a strike which Meslier parried at the near post.

Calvert-Lewin’s attempt from the opposite flank went wide of the far post.

Meantime, another chance for Leeds, Keane getting in the way of Bamford’s latest attempt.

Meslier spared his own blushes by back-pedalling to his goalline and catching James’ lofted attempt after Everton’s Colombian forward was presented with possession by the keeper.

It was Leeds’ turn to have their celebrations cut short with 25 minutes remaining.

Bamford guided in a smart finish but Ezgjan Alioski, who supplied the cross, was offside when he received the ball.

Fabian Delph was on for Davies by now and before long Everton’s other wing-back in Iwobi was replaced by Andre Gomes.

The second change meant a right wing-back role for Doucoure.

He was quickly into his stride in the new position, too, linking with Calvert-Lewin, who was close to collecting the rebound when Meslier spilled James’ shot at the end of the move.

Allan was off target from distance as the pace relented.

But Leeds, who had been quiet as an attacking force for a period, swarmed forwards down the right on 79 minutes.

The ball was funnelled inside via Harrison for Raphinha to arrow an unstoppable 25-yard drive inside Pickford's left post.

Bernard replaced captain Holgate and Everton adjusted their formation but were vulnerable to the counter.

Pickford did exceptionally well to save point-blank from substitute Helder Costa after Alioski awkwardly skewed wide in the box.

And, despite 15 shots - eight of them on target - Everton ended the game with nothing.