Jose Mourinho suffered a first-ever opening matchday loss, with Carlo Ancelloti’s Everton defeating Tottenham with a decisive lone goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Everton justified the pre-season optimism as Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header earned them an impressive 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League opener on Sunday – the Merseyside club’s first win over Spurs since 2012.
After an even first half in which Richarlison wasted a great chance for Everton and keeper Jordan Pickford denied Tottenham’s debutant Matt Doherty, Everton bossed the second period.
Once Calvert-Lewin sent an unstoppable header past Hugo Lloris in the 55th minute, meeting Lucas Digne’s free-kick to perfection, Tottenham huffed and puffed but offered little.
And while the season is still in its infancy and the transfer window remains open, Sunday’s evidence shows Everton’s prospects of challenging for a European place look brighter than Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.