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Calvert-Lewin signs new contract at Everton

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin has signed a new five-year contract until 2025 at Everton as the young English striker has been in sensational form in the second half of the 2019-20 season.

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Calvert-Lewin, 22, has scored eight goals in his last 10 Premier League games for the Toffees and since Marco Silva was fired he’s been a revelation in leading Everton’s forward line.

Caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson and then Carlo Ancelotti have placed their faith in DCL and he has certainly repaid that as his goals have catapulted them from a relegation battle to a European push.

“This is a very proud day. It has been enjoyable for me since the start at Everton and I am enjoying every day coming into training and every minute on the football pitch,” Calvert-Lewin said. “The turnaround we have had since December is fantastic and the belief in ourselves we are back up there and can compete with the best is well and truly there. And with a man like Carlo leading the ship it makes it easier for us to believe in the process.”

Calvert-Lewin is on the cusp on his first call up to the England national team for their friendlies against Italy and Denmark in March and his mobility and hold up play, as well as his finishing, means he is a real throwback center forward.

He is good in the air, quick and his partnership with Richarlison is developing all the time and that means DCL and the Toffees are aiming high under Ancelotti who has totally changed the mood at Everton over the last few months.

“We want to be in Europe and competing in the top competitions. It would mean that bit more to win trophies here because of the journey I have been on with Everton and Evertonians,” Calvert-Lewin said. “It feels personal and that is how I like it. Personally, I want to get to that next level. I like to think I have shown I am ready to live up to the expectations of being Everton’s number nine. But I am well aware of how much I need to improve and how much better I can do. I love where I am and the position I am in and I love playing for Everton Football Club.”

Fresh from Mason Holgate signing a new five-year deal, Everton’s young core are sticking around now that the club finally has a manager in charge who looks like he will be around for at least a few seasons. Ronald Koeman and Marco Silva couldn’t kick Everton on despite heavy spending but Ancelotti is eager to put his faith in youngsters like DCL, Tom Davies and Holgate and with Ferguson in his coaching staff, continuity has been key.

Man Utd, Everton react to wild VAR ending

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Everyone was talking about the incredibly controversial ending at Goodison Park as Everton was deprived a late winner in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin looked to have won the match when his shot was put into the United goal by Harry Maguire, but VAR pulled the goal off the board.

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Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson remained prone on the pitch after De Gea saved his shot, and moved his feet out of the way to allow Calvert-Lewin’s rebound effort to slide inside the near post.

Calvert-Lewin was shown watching back the replay after the match, and could only proffer a question to Heaven.

He gathered his thoughts for a post-match interview on NBCSN.

“In the moment I wasn’t sure but seeing it back Gylfi on the floor didn’t obstruct the line of sight. Fair enough he’s in an offside position but then it takes a deflection and the keeper’s already going the other way. He moves his legs out the way, the keeper’s never gonna save the ball. I’m not sure what it is, but for me being a striker it’s a goal and VAR says otherwise and cancels out the emotion at the end so what can you do?”

The incident left Everton furious.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti was shown a red card for his remonstrations to officials after the match, and took his time before speaking to the cameras.

Ancelotti spent time with the referees in their room after the match, and declined to share what was said.

“It was a situation where the line where Gylfi was offside but in our opinion it did not affect the vision of De Gea,” he said. “We have to continue, no complaints, and look forward. … The vision, no, because he was on the floor. But he was offside and you have to decide if the vision was affected or not. Everyone knows that the decision of the referee is difficult.”

He believes he shouldn’t have been shown the red.

“I didn’t disrespect the referee,” Ancelotti said. “He knows this. But if I have to be banned, I will go to the stands at Stamford Bridge. It’s not a big problem, honestly.”

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could barely find a way to defend the call, offering the language equivalent of a shoulder shrug.

“David says he was distracted so that’s probably enough even though the reaction, he might’ve not saved it anyway.”

Wild VAR ending leaves Everton, Man Utd level

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Bruno Fernandes traded first-half goals in a 1-1 draw between Everton and Manchester United on Sunday at Goodison Park.

Carlo Ancelotti was shown a red card after the final whistle for protesting a disallowed stoppage-time own goal from Harry Maguire.

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Jordan Pickford‘s late double save kept the point with the Goodison Park side.

United remains fifth with 42 points, three back of Chelsea and eight behind Leicester City.

Everton’s 37 points are good for 11th, behind Arsenal on goal differential.

Three things we learned

1. VAR rules out Maguire own goal: Brutal stuff from Harry Maguire here — what are you trying to do, guy? — but VAR had the final word. There is plenty of room for debate as to whether there is a clear and obvious error in the call on the field of a goal.

David De Gea made a great initial save on what was always going to be an embarrassing day for him after a third-minute error. Calvert-Lewin’s tame shot was turned inside the near post by Maguire, and a prone and offside Gylfi Sigurdsson withdrew his feet to allow the ball inside the post.

There are three big questions here: Did Sigurdsson interfere with the play? Was De Gea going to be able to get to the ball? And why is Sigurdsson just sitting on the pitch with the match in the balance?

2. Pickford’s incredible save saves point: Pickford disappointed on Fernandes’ opener, but he stopped the show when he blocked the Portuguese’s 90th-minute shot to Odion Ighalo at the back post. Ighalo helped by pushing the shot toward the center of the goal, where Pickford reacted brilliantly to keep the score line 1-1.

3. Classic tale of two halves: United’s first-half response to De Gea’s mistake was masterful. The Red Devils had almost everything to say about the half, and did almost nothing but defend in the second.

Look at the graph of “attack momentum” from Sofascore. The Toffees had nothing going for the vast majority of the first half, and flipped a switch just before halftime.

Man of the Match: Calvert-Lewin and Fernandes were the difference makers, and we’ll give the nod to DCL for his hard-luck ending. Sorry, Bruno. Great goal, though.

David De Gea and Dominic Calvert-Lewin featured twice in the first five minutes.

The Manchester United took way too much time on the ball and hoofed his clearance into the leaping Calvert-Lewin, whose block bounded into the Red Devils goal for 1-0.

And a Michael Keane long ball met Calvert-Lewin in stride, but De Gea got a piece of the striker’s outside-of-the-boot bid to double the lead.

Nemanja Matic struck a loose ball off the Everton crossbar soon after as the match started with vigor.

The momentum and flow was on United’s side when Fernandes lashed a pretty swerving shot that fooled Jordan Pickford. Hashtag HeWillWantThatBack.

The half became more notable for fouls than chances, though Richarlison missed a bid to head a Leighton Baines cross home in the stoppage time.

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Gylfi Sigurdsson spun a free kick off the near post as Everton sought a go-ahead goal.

The Toffees had the better of the first 20 minutes in the second half, and Richarlison earned a corner off De Gea in the 65th.

De Gea denied Calvert-Lewin four minutes later, the striker sufficiently closed down by Maguire.

United finally got a breath on a 77th-minute charge that Leighton Baines put out for a corner.

Fernandes forced a low save out of Pickford as Everton spent a few minutes down a man due to an injury to Djibril Sidibe.

Pickford’s double save in stoppage time set up Calvert-Lewin for an apparent winner when Maguire deflected a shot past his own keeper, but VAR ruled that a prone and offside Gylfi Sigurdsson interfered with play.

Carlo Ancelotti was displeased, and will not be on the sideline for a while.

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It was almost like David De Gea was waiting for Dominic Calvert-Lewin to arrive at his doorstep.

The Manchester United goalkeeper’s awful lapse in judgment put Everton ahead before three minutes were played at Goodison Park on Sunday.

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Played a safe ball into his box, De Gea dithered with the ball as Everton’s in-form striker closed him down.

De Gea finally attempted to clear the ball as a leaping Calvert-Lewin made himself big to block the attempt.

The forward did that and got a fine result, the ball bounding off his boot and inside the yawning cage for 1-0.

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Calvert-Lewin now has 13 league goals this season, five coming in his last six outings.

Aubameyang fires Arsenal past Everton

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang climbed atop the Premier League’s goal-scoring list as Arsenal beat Everton 3-2 on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.

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Eddie Nketiah also scored for Mikel Arteta‘s men, who allowed a first-minute goal but rebounded to move ninth. The Gunners are four points off fifth.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richalrison scored for Everton, which sits a point behind the Gunners in 11th.

Three things we learned

1. Aubameyang’s class permanent: There’s a new name joining Jamie Vardy atop the Premier League’s goal scoring leaderboard, as Aubameyang bagged his 16th and 17th goals of the season. The Gabonese striker scored with his left foot and his head in putting himself one goal from 50 in his PL career.

2. Leno continues to make Best XI case: The majority of voters have probably used a permanent marker to put Alisson Becker into their teams of the year, but Bernd Leno has been an absolute marvel behind Arsenal’s suspect defense (which returned Sunday after a 270-minute shutout streak).

It’s not just about his shot-stopping, which is supremely good (and yes we know he allowed two on Sunday). Leno connected on five of seven long passes and passed at 90 percent. We know Mikel Arteta wants a ball-mover like Ederson. Leno fits the bill.

3. English youngsters deliver for both teams: Calvert-Lewin may have only converted one of his three prime chances, including a stoppage-time header wide of the goal, but the big Everton striker remains in the midst of his career year. The hosts got a ninth assist in all comps from Bukayo Saka (18) on a first PL goal from Eddie Nketiah, who’s just two years older than the English U-19 star.

That’s not even mentioning another decent-enough day from Mason Holgate, who’s improved dramatically under Ancelotti.

Man of the Match: Aubameyang.

Calvert-Lewin was the beneficiary of miserable Arsenal defending on a first-minute free kick, as Sead Kolasinac followed his mark into the box and David Luiz popped a header into the path of the scorer.

Djibril Sidibe then closed down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the Gabonese was played deep into the Everton third.

Kolasinac had injury added to his insult, his jersey sleeve a makeshift sling for his shoulder as he made way for Bukayo Saka in the 18th minute.

Eddie Nketiah sent Nicolas Pepe into the 18, but the Ivorian’s rocket blasted over the arms of leaping Jordan Pickford.

The Everton keeper would save Pepe in the 26th, but he couldn’t stop Nketiah a minute later. The Englishman leaped to knock in a terrific Saka cross for 1-1.

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The goals kept coming, as Luiz played Aubameyang through the Everton backline for a smashing finish in the 33rd, only to see Yerry Mina cue up Richarlison‘s stoppage-time finish.

The second half saw Arsenal score within a minute of the restart, Aubameyang heading a Pepe cross past Pickford.

Everton began to put pressure on the Gunners, and Leno made an incredible close-range save on Calvert-Lewin in the 73rd.

Leno made another big save when Richarlison trapped a low Delph drive and turned toward the goal.

Granit Xhaka picked off a poor Jordan Pickford pass and Nketiah struck the crossbar in the 86th.