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Stoke City 0-3 Everton: Toffees torment Potters

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  • Lennon scores in 3rd-straight game
  • Toffees led 3-0 at half time
  • Two wins on spin for Toffees

Everton beat Stoke City 3-0 on Saturday at a drenched Britannia Stadium as Roberto Martinez’s side dominated from start to finish.

First half goals from Romelu Lukaku, Seamus Coleman and Aaron Lennon did the business and if it wasn’t for the heroics of Jack Butland it could have been many more.

With the win Everton leapfrog Stoke and move on to 35 points, while Stoke have now lost three-straight games.

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After a bright start from Stoke in monsoon-like conditions in Staffordshire they were behind inside the opening 11 minutes. Tom Cleverley broke into the box and as he rounded Jack Butland the Everton midfielder went down under contact and a penalty kick was awarded. Lukaku stepped up and scored his 20th goal of the season in all competitions to put the Toffees 1-0 up.

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Just before the half hour mark Everton led 2-0 with Cleverley’s corner headed home by Coleman. 2-0 to the Toffees and all eyes were on Martinez to see if he was dancing to Derulo on the sidelines.

Everton then made it 3-0 before the break as Philpp Wollscheid’s ball was intercepted by Lennon and he raced clear before slotting home his third goal in as many games.

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Stoke still looked stunned in the second half and Lukaku had a great chance to grab his second and Everton’s fourth but Butland pushed his header onto the bar and over. Great save after a brilliant cross from Ross Barkley.

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It was all Everton in the second half as Lennon turned on the style but taking the ball past three Stoke defenders, then set up Lukaku who was first denied by a block and then by Butland. Glen Johnson had a rasping left-footed shot pushed away by Robles but that was as good as it got for Stoke in the pouring rain.

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Butland then denied Arouna Kone with another good save and Ramiro Funes Mori headed wide soon after as Stoke escaped with a smidgen of self respect after they took a battering at the hands of Everton.

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.

A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.

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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.

Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.

And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.

Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.

Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.

Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.

It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.

Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.

Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.

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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.

That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.

So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.


Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.

So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.

Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.

Report: Everton could land Juventus’ Kean after all

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Everton could end up with one of the hottest prospects in world soccer.

Moise Kean may wind up leaving Juventus due to the club’s failure to offload fellow strikers Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.

And Kean, 19, was poised for a breakthrough to the first team, to the extent that Juve reportedly turned down a $33 million bid from Everton.

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The Toffees, however, may have new life due to the Higuain/Mandzukic problem, and Sky Sports Italia reports that Kean may indeed be an option for Marco Silva‘s club. He could join Michael Keane, if he’s keen.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Kean elected to leave Italy given the racial abuse he’s suffered in Serie A (Though racism is everywhere, of course).

The same report says Kean turned down a Barcelona offer because he would’ve headed on loan, while Arsenal is also said to be in the mix.

Kean scored six Serie A goals with an assist in just 13 matches for Juventus last season after scoring four times for Hellas Verona on loan.