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Kariobangi Sharks FC 1 – 1 Everton
Sunday 7 July
Everton’s historic pre-season opener against Kariobangi Sharks in Nairobi ended in a 1-1 draw, before the Kenyan hosts triumphed in a penalty shootout to claim the SportPesa Trophy.
The Blues became the first English Premier League team to play in Kenya, two years after achieving the same feat in Tanzania.
Duke Abuya sent the 60,000 local supporters delirious when he opened the scoring for the Sharks midway through the first half.
Midfielder Joe Williams, a half-time substitute, craftily claimed Everton’s leveller with a low free-kick seven minutes after the restart.
As expected for the first pre-season fixture, and in the afternoon Nairobi heat, Marco Silva was looking for minutes in his players’ legs.
In total, 22 travelling Everton players enjoyed match action, including Theo Walcott, Morgan Schneiderlin, Andre Gomes, Tom Davies and Leighton Baines, who all got through the first half unscathed.
There was, however, the setback of an injury to Ademola Lookman who hobbled from the field early in the contest.
FC Sion 0 – 0 Everton
Sunday 14 July
Everton’s preparations for the new Premier League season continued with a competitive goalless draw with FC Sion in Switzerland.
The Blues’ second friendly of the summer was an opportunity for eight senior players to get their first match action since returning to the squad.
Seamus Coleman, Jordan Pickford, Kevin Mirallas, Michael Keane, Lucas Digne, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernard and James McCarthy all played at least 45 minutes against a side that finished eighth in the Swiss top division last season.
Goalscoring chances were limited throughout, with the closest for Everton being a Keane header ruled out for offside and two late Sigurdsson strikes which struck the bar and post.
The glorious setting of Le Chable, tucked away deep in the Swiss Alps, was the venue for this latest pre-season friendly.
There was a strong turnout from the locals, with opponents Sion based just 30 miles away. Evertonians, too, had travelled to support their team, with a number of blue banners and flags decorating the perimeter of this small but picturesque ground.
Everton began well and had the ball in the net after just 15 minutes, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside. A Baines free-kick – won by the busy Nathan Broadhead – was converted by Keane, who was adjudged to have strayed beyond the defence before planting a header inside the post.
Read more here – https://www.evertonfc.com/match/46988/fc-sion-everton#report
Monaco 0 – 1 Everton
Friday 19 July
Everton rounded off their eight-day stay in Switzerland with
an impressive 1-0 win over Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco.
Seamus Coleman’s brave second-half header decided another keenly-contested pre-season friendly, which was a fitting way to end the Blues’ week of hard work in the Alps.
Lucas Digne, Oumar Niasse, Theo Walcott and Tom Davies all had opportunities to make the margin of victory even more conclusive in what was a dominant and eye-catching performance against their French opponents.
Maarten Stekelenburg played his part in the win, too, denying Rony Lopes with penalty save before half-time.
At the midpoint in pre-season, following three friendlies, Marco Silva will be pleased with his squad’s preparation, as the Blues return to England from their training camp on the back of two successive clean sheets.
Read more here: https://www.evertonfc.com/match/46989/monaco-everton#report
Wigan 0 – 0 Everton
Wednesday 24 July
Fabian Delph played his first football for Everton as Marco Silva’s side played out a scoreless draw with Wigan Athletic.
Midfielder Delph produced an encouraging display in a first half short on chances before being one of nine players replaced at half time.
Everton had chances to pinch a victory after the break but Kevin Mirallas saw a low shot blocked and Fraser Hornby headed over from 10 yards.
Jordan Pickford was the only goalkeeper stretched to any extent in the opening half – and just once at that.
Josh Windass had the effort for Wigan, taking aim with a left-foot blast from 12 yards on 24 minutes but denied by Pickford, down to his left and turning the ball over one-handed.
Everton’s threat was primarily being delivered down the flanks, specifically by full-back duo Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman.
Coleman’s tireless running carried him into a series of dangerous positions. He would have escaped on goal just before half-time but for Robinson being perfectly positioned to intercept Theo Walcott’s pass.
On the opposite wing, Digne and Bernard were busy rekindling the relationship which wreaked so much havoc last term.
Michael Keane received a hefty blow to the face from Evans – booked for his misdemeanour – and was replaced by Mason Holgate 10 minutes before the break.
Chances are, Holgate was ready to go anyway, given Everton changed almost the entire face of their side for the second half.
Pickford remained from the starting XI, Holgate the only other to return for the restart.
Read more her e – https://www.evertonfc.com/match/46986/wigan-everton#report
Sevilla 1 – 0 Everton
Saturday 27 July
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.
Read more here – https://www.evertonfc.com/match/49453/sevilla-everton#report
1. FSV Mainz 05 3 – 1
Saturday 27 July
Lewis Gibson’s first senior Everton goal could not prevent the Blues from losing to hosts Mainz in their second Opel Cup fixture on Saturday.
The Blues, hitherto unbeaten in pre-season, lost by a single-goal to Sevilla earlier in the day and went down by a two-goal margin here.
Everton are back in Germany for their final tune-up game against Werder Bremen next week before the competitive action starts at Crystal Palace on 10 August.
Gibson’s crisp 40th-minute strike after meeting a Kevin Mirallas corner on the full halved Everton’s deficit after the Toffees had fallen two goals behind.
Erkan Eyibil scored for Mainz with an accurate low finish six minutes after his half-time introduction.
The hosts’ first goal, which arrived somewhat out of the blue, was supplied by Robin Quaison, racing away to take the ball past Jonas Lossl and roll home. And Quaison put a seal on the contest when he rattled home from 18 yards with one minute remaining.
Read more here – https://www.evertonfc.com/match/49452/1-fsv-mainz-05-everton#report
SV Werder Bremen 0 –
Saturday 3 August
Richarlison got his first action of pre-season as Everton rounded-off their Premier League preparations with a scoreless draw against Werder Bremen.
The Brazilian winger played the first half in Saturday’s friendly in northern Germany, a week before the Blues open their campaign at Crystal Palace.
Cenk Tosun also returned to match action, stepping off the bench for the final 20 minutes after overcoming a knee injury which had held him back throughout pre-season.
Everton, however, did suffer the setback of losing Fabian Delph who limped off with an injury after only a few minutes.
It was an afternoon when defence came out on top, with goalkeepers Jordan Pickford and Jiri Pavlenka making a number of saves to ensure the game finished goalless.
Everton’s best chances fell to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Bernard in the first half, while substitute Theo Walcott was twice denied in the second. Lucas Digne and Andre Gomes also went close late on, only to be thwarted by the Werder Bremen stopper.