Three electrifying goals in seven minutes gave Everton a 3-1 win over Burnley at Goodison Park to continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League.
After Burnley dominated the first half, Ben Mee gave the visitors a deserved lead with a header from Johann Berg Gudmundsson (53rd), but the game fell out of nowhere on the hour mark.
First, former Burnley center-back Michael Keane equalized with his own header from a cross from Andros Townsend (60), before Townsend himself curled up a 25-yard stun into the skylight (65 ), a contender for the goal of the season. .
Townsend’s teammate Demarai Gray gave Everton a 3-1 lead just 27 seconds after the restart (66), passing Abdoulaye Doucoure’s pass goal, while Townsend and sub Andre Gomes took was a few inches to add a fourth shortly after.
The result means Everton is fourth with 10 points in four games, while Burnley is 18th with just one point.
How creepy Everton rocked the game
The loss of Dominic Calvert-Lewin forced Rafa Benitez to change form, moving up to three with Richarlison alone in central position, and it didn’t work out at first as Burnley dominated.
Dwight McNeil’s nasty performance was perfect for Wood in the early stages, but the forward ducked in an unusual way and failed to make proper contact from six yards.
Everton struggled to find their stride or even get out of their half for the first 25 minutes as Ashley Barnes and Mee missed half chances, before Josh Brownhill’s low shot in a good space was held by Jordan Pickford.
Everton finally came into the game just before the half hour mark as Doucoure’s pierced shot from inside the box was brilliantly held off by Nick Pope, but Doucoure himself may consider himself lucky that physique rules have been relaxed this season, wrestling James Tarkowski to the ground as he defended a corner but went unpunished, even with intervention from VAR. “It should be a penalty this season,” said Jamie Carragher.
After Everton failed to properly clear a cross early in the second half, Burnley took the lead. The ball fell to Gudmundsson on the right flank, and his perfect delivery was too hard to miss for Mee, who nodded past Pickford at close range.
With Goodison Park calm, no one could have predicted the next Everton blitz. Keane’s excellent header to the post near the center of Townsend’s right wing increased the volume, with Benitez then calling in midfielder Andre Gomes for defender Ben Godfrey, a change he had planned to make even before. the goal.
Everton smelled blood and started attacking in waves as Townsend produced the timing of the game and one of the goals of the season so far. Picking up the ball in space, he took a few touches before completing a magnificent effort in the upper left corner at 25 yards, his first Premier League goal for Everton since a summer transfer from Crystal Palace.
Just seconds after the restart it was 3-1 as Doucoure, who was given a more attacking role thanks to the introduction of Gomes, selected Gray on goal, and he scored under Pope for his third goal for Everton in just three shots. on target.
A creeping Everton wasn’t made there and had two big chances to grab a fourth – Pope brilliantly fended off Townsend’s deflection effort, before Gomes curled up just off the far post inside the box – and the hectic nature of the game continued before the end – time as Tarkowski had a goal ruled on the other end due to Wood’s offside.
There were two changes for Rafa Benitez because he had to do without Dominic Calvert-Lewin in attack. This sparked an adjustment in the three-way lineup with Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey starting. Richarlison started alone up front, while new signing Soloman Rondon was on the bench.
Burnley retained the same starting XI as Leeds’ which meant Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes remained in tandem in attack. Club record signing Maxwel Cornet was in Burnley’s squad for the first time.
While Everton has been pragmatic for long stretches so far this season under Benitez, those scintillating 15 minutes will give Toffees fans hope that this team can do both in a bid to break the top six for. the first time since 2014.
Everton now travel to Aston Villa on Saturday Night Football at 5:30 p.m., live on Sky Sports Premier League, while Burnley host Arsenal at 3:00 p.m. in the Premier League on Saturday.