In one of the more entertaining football results of the weekend, Raphinha denied Everton the perfect start to the Premier League season as the match ended 2-2. On a historic night, it was the first time in 17 years that Elland Road cold host a full capacity crowd. With the raucous atmosphere, the match certainly lived up to the expectation.
Dominic Calvert Lewin scored in the 26th minute from the penalty spot after Leeds captain Liam Cooper was adjudged to have handled the ball. Leeds united then equalized with a superb team goal scored by Mateusz Klich. Demarai Gray scored his first goal on his return to the Premier League but was denied being the match-winner by a brilliant curling goal by Raphinha.
Leeds: Meslier (7), Ayling (4), Struijk (6), Cooper (4), Firpo (5), Phillips (6), Klich (7), Dallas (6), Harrison (5), Raphinha (7), Bamford (5).
Subs: Roberts (6), Shackleton (6).
Everton: Pickford (7), Coleman (6), Keane (7), Mina (6), Digne (6), Doucoure (6), Allan (6), Iwobi (6), Gray (8), Richarlison (7), Calvert-Lewin (7).
Subs: Townsend (5), Delph (n/a), Kean (n/a).
Man of the Match: Demarai Gray
Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa: “We had a dominance of the game but with that superiority with the management of the ball we should have created more chances on goal and suffered fewer chances on our goal. Our goalkeeper made two interventions that we valued as a goal in our favor today and allowed us to get the draw.”
Everton manager Rafa Benitez: “I’m really happy with the way we managed the game against a team playing at home with their fans back for the first time in a long time. The reaction was very good, we were under pressure but we had good chances and little by little we got stronger and stronger.”
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