Andros Townsend defeated Nick Pope with a stunning goal
Andros Townsend’s brilliant goal crowned another comeback win for Everton when beating Burnley left them level on points with the Premier League top 3.
Townsend, a summer free transfer, also leveled Michael Keane, whose header Ben Mee nodded to a nod in his 200th game for the Clarets.
Five minutes later, the Everton winger scored a 25-yard curling finish in the top corner to delirious Goodison.
Things got even better for the home fans when Abdoulaye Doucoure’s beautiful through-ball hit Demarai Gray a minute later, who left Nick Pope behind for his third goal of the season.
It was an astonishing turnaround for Rafael Benitez’s side who, after an unbeaten start to the season, are now 10 points level with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.
A dramatic play was also punctuated by controversial moments when Mee was body checked by Richarlison that escaped punishment. Burnley defender James Tarkowski seemed to take revenge on the Brazilian with a thoroughbred challenge on the sidelines.
In either case, referee Martin Atkinson did not hold a foul, let alone further punishment.
Benitez was particularly angry about the duel of the Everton striker, who operated alone in the front in the absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who will be out for two to three weeks due to thigh and toe injuries.
However, the Everton coach will be happy to see his side weathered a difficult encounter without their top scorer as the exciting start of the season continued.
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- 22ndGottfriedReplaced byAndré Gomesat 61 ‘protocol
- 14thTownsendBooked at 53 minutes
- 7thRicharlisonReplaced byRondonat 81 ‘protocol
- 11GrayReplaced byIwobiat 88 ‘protocol
- 21André Gomes
- 6thA long
- 7thGudmundssonReplaced byLennonat 76 ‘protocol
- 8thBrownhillBooked at 47 minutes
- 9woodReplaced byRodriguezat 86 ‘protocol
- 10BarnesReplaced byotterat 76 ‘protocol
Match ends, Everton 3, Burnley 1.
Second half ends, Everton 3, Burnley 1.
Attempt saved. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the lower right corner. Supported by Charlie Taylor.
Corner, Burnley. Admitted by Séamus Coleman.
Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt failed. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) header from the center of the box just misses the top left corner. Assisted by Dwight McNeil with a cross.
Replacement, Everton. Alex Iwobi replaces Demarai Gray.
Replacement, Burnley. Jay Rodriguez replaces Chris Wood.
Attempt saved. Dwight McNeil (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal.
Corner, Burnley. Granted by Andros Townsend.
Replacement, Everton. Salomón Rondón replaces Richarlison.
Attempt blocked. Demarai Gray (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Supported by André Gomes.
Attempt failed. André Gomes (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Supported by Lucas Digne.
Replacement, Burnley. Matej Vydra is replacing Ashley Barnes.
Replacement, Burnley. Aaron Lennon replaces Jóhann Gudmundsson.
Offside, Burnley. Jóhann Gudmundsson tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.
Corner, Burnley. Granted by Allan.
Attempt failed. André Gomes (Everton) right footed shot from the center of the box is just missed to the right.
Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Supported by Michael Keane.
Offside, Everton. Séamus Coleman tries a through ball, but Abdoulaye Doucouré is caught offside.
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