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League Cup: Everton cruise ahead

League Cup: Everton cruise ahead
Players of Everton and Salford City vie for the ball during their match.
London, Sep 17 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 9/17/2020 1:00:09 PM IST

Everton hit the woodwork five times on their way to defeating a spirited Salford City to set up a Carabao Cup third-round visit to League One Fleetwood Town.

Michael Keane’s first-half header, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s first-time finish and a late Moise Kean penalty secured victory for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Italy forward Kean (twice), Sigurdsson and Anthony Gordon (twice) had efforts that struck the bar or post in the second half as Everton had 32 shots throughout the 90 minutes.

Having seen his side open their Premier League campaign with win at Tottenham, Ancelotti made 10 changes for the visit of League Two Salford.

And it was Keane, the only survivor from the side that started in north London, who broke the deadlock after meeting Sigurdsson’s corner, before the Iceland midfielder doubled the lead.

Everton, who have invested about £60m to bring in Brazil midfielder Allan, attacking midfielder James Rodriguez and French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure since the end of last season, lost 18-year-old defender Jarrad Branthwaite to injury in the first half.

Portuguese keeper Joao Virginia, 20, marked his senior debut for the Toffees with a clean sheet, while 19-year-old full-back Niels Nkounkou, signed in the summer from Marseille, also got an outing.

Despite the result Salford, who are only in their second season in the English Football League, were not overawed by the occasion and came close to scoring themselves.

At 1-0, Richie Towell should have equalised but shot over from about 12 yards.

The Toffees wrapped up the tie when Gordon teed up Sigurdsson before Gordon was fouled, Kean slotting home the penalty.

 

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