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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Demarai Gray (41')
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin (58' PEN)

Gray strikes as clinical Everton sink Brighton

New signing Demarai Gray scored his second goal in as many Premier League games for Everton and Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted a penalty as the Toffees continued their good start with a 2-0 win at Brighton on Saturday.

Gray, who joined the Merseyside club from German side Bayer Leverkusen in July, gave the visitors a 41st-minute lead when he beat goalkeeper Robert Sanchez with a crisp low shot into the far corner after darting run.

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Everton dominated and Sanchez kept out a low Andros Townsend drive midway through the first half while his opposite number Jordan Pickford parried a Pascal Gross free kick after Gray had silenced the home fans.

Halftime substitute Joel Veltman gave away a clumsy penalty when he clattered into Seamus Coleman and Calvert-Lewin drilled in the spot kick in the 58th minute but not before a tussle with team mate Richarlison.

The Brazilian forward grabbed the ball and refused to let first-choice penalty taker Calvert-Lewin proceed before he was restrained and ushered away by several Everton players.

Sanchez spared Brighton, who had won both their opening two matches, a bigger defeat when he denied Abdoulaye Doucoure from close range but Everton were well worth their win which put them on seven points from three games.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Chelsea 8 +13 19
2 Liverpool 8 +16 18
3 Manchester City 8 +13 17
4 Brighton & Hove Albion 8 +3 15
5 Tottenham Hotspur 8 -3 15
6 Manchester United 8 +6 14
7 West Ham United 8 +5 14
8 Everton 8 +4 14
9 Brentford 8 +3 12
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 8 0 12
11 Leicester City 8 -1 11
12 Aston Villa 8 0 10
13 Arsenal 7 -5 10
14 Crystal Palace 7 -3 7
15 Southampton 8 -4 7
16 Watford 8 -8 7
17 Leeds United 8 -8 6
18 Burnley 8 -8 3
19 Newcastle United 8 -9 3
20 Norwich City 8 -14 2