Everton scored three first-half goals en route to beating Fulham 3-2 at Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a brace, while Aboulaye Doucoure netted the other for the visitors as they rise up the Premier League table to sixth place.
The first goal of the game came inside the first minute. Bobby Decordova-Reid lost the ball and then Richarlison showed great footwork to get away from a series of Fulham defenders before playing a left-footed cross along the six-yard area for Calvert-Lewin, who managed to bundle the ball past Alphonse Areola.
Fulham were able to grab an equaliser a quarter of an hour into the match. Some nice play between Tom Cairney and Decordova-Reid led to the latter taking a heavy touch before firing across Jordan Pickford to make it 1-1. Carlo Ancelotti’s side were able regain the lead in the 29th minute, however. Alex Iwobi came inside from the right with speed, played it off to James Rodriguez, who picked out Lucas Digne. The left-back played a first-time cross into the area and Calvert-Lewin was able to get on the end of it to double his tally.
Six minutes later, things went from bad to worse for Fulham. James again sought out Digne and the Frenchman put in a floated cross this time, which Doucoure headed into the back of the net. It would take Fulham until the 67th minute to have a good chance to cut the deficit. Ruben Loftus-Cheek played a one-two with Aleksandar Mitrovic and was then tripped by Ben Godfrey, so the referee whistled for a penalty. Ademola Lookman was criticised after missing a Panenka-style penalty in the final minute of a 1-0 defeat to West Ham prior to the international break, which meant that Ivan Knight stepped up. But his miss was just as bad, as the Portuguese winger slipped upon taking the spot-kick and the ball went wide of the mark.
There would be an almost immediate response, though. Lookman displayed speed down the right as he got away from Digne and pulled it back for Loftus-Cheek, whose shot deflected over Pickford to cut Everton’s lead to just one. However, Fulham were unable to go on and score a third goal. This 3-2 win takes Everton up to sixth in the table, while Fulham are 17th after picking up four points from their opening nine games.