Everton mount impressive 3-0 win over Cardiff City
Everton FC rediscovered their winning form with the Merseyside derby on the horizon with a convincing 3-0 win over relegation-threatened side Cardiff City thanks to a brace from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Cardiff having soaked five goal against Watford in their last encounter showed a real hunger at the start of this game with striker Kenneth Zohore effort cleared off by the Toffees defence before Idrissa Gueye threatened with an effort from 25 yards that went out for a corner.
The first half fizzled out with neither side effective in the final third with Everton managing the only shot on target and as luck would have it Seamus Coleman sprung the offside trap to race into the box and cut the ball back across goal for Gylfi Sigurdsson to sweep past Neil Etheridge on 41 minutes.
After the break, the Bluebirds went on the attack but all their best attempts came from Aron Gunnarsson long throws . and were punished as Sigurdsson found the back of the net on 65 minutes making him the outright leading Icelandic PL goalscorer with 58 goals in the premier league
Substitute Bernard burst from the wing into the box and beat Cardiff defender Bruno Ecuele Manga with ease before drilling the ball across the face of goal only to be cut out but the clearance fell for the Icelandic attacking midfielder to smash the ball past Neil Etheridge with a powerful strike high into the roof of the near post net.
The match was put beyond Neil Warnock’s side as Idrissa Gueye plays a brilliant through ball in stoppage time which Dominic Calvert-Lewin smashed home a curling the ball around Neil Etheridge to seal victory from outside the box.
Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson said after the 3-0 win: “It was a tough evening and Cardiff are always tough to play against. It was important to get the first goal and I think we controlled it after that.”
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin said: “We had a game plan of trying to dominate the ball well and we did that. It took us a while to get the goal but it was a great finish for Gylfi [Sigurdsson].”
“When I saw the added time go up, I knew there were still three minutes to play so enough time to get a goal. I put my head down and Idrissa [Gueye] put me through. I did what I know which is putting the ball int the net.”