Wolverhampton 1 Everton 2 – Keane header sinks Wolves as Everton move to Top Four
2020-21 EPL match report: Wolverhampton vs. Everton – Tuesday, 12th January 2021
Wolverhampton 1 Everton 2 – Molineux stadium
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Everton moved into the Top four of the Premier League when they beat Wolves 1-2 away at the Molineux stadium.
Despite Dominic Calvert-Lewin not being around owing to a sudden hamstring issue and an unfit Richarlison on the bench, the visiting Toffees roared into the lead in as early as in the 5th minute.
The goal came when James Rodriguez essayed a pass to Lucas Digne who found enough space on the left to deliver a cross to an unmarked Alex Iwobi. The Nigerian made no mistake as he produced a first-time finish to the bottom corner of the net to give his side the opener.
Everton's joy was short-lived as Wolves hit back on the counter.
The visitors conceded a soft corner after Rayan Ait-Nouri careened down the left flank at great speed to find Pedro Neto who coolly volleyed home the hosts' equalizer in the 14th minute.
The game failed to build on the early drama as Leander Dendoncker was unable to beat Jordan Pickford from inside the area. The Wolves defender could not get his header down from a Joao Moutinho free-kick after the break as Wolves remained in control but rarely looked to pose any great threat to a resolute Everton defense.
The nearest the hosts came in the second-half was in the 70th minute when Ruben Neves's 30-yard shot dipped just wide but the Toffees weren't particularly troubled.
Richarlison was introduced by Carlo Ancelotti with barely 14 minutes to go to give impetus to the proceedings.
The change did lift the Everton attack as Andre Gomes worked space on the left before relaying an inviting cross to Michael Keane who rose and crashed in his header to break the deadlock in the 77th minute of play.
Wolves nearly drew level in the closing stages when Neves's free-kick clipped the bar with 5 minutes to go as the visitors held on to mark their sixth win on the road and move to within 4 points of table toppers Manchester United and only one adrift of 2nd and 3rd placed Liverpool and Leicester City.
Nuno Espirito Santo's Wolves succumbing to their 8th loss of the season, find themselves drifting lower to the bottom half in the 14th spot, managing just 22 points from their 18 outings so far.
Wolves starting XI: Rui Patricio (goal), Semedo, Coady, Saiss, Ait Nouri, Neves, Moutinho, Dendoncker, Gibbs-White, Neto, Silva
Subs: Hoever, Cutrone
Everton starting XI: Pickford (goal), Holgate, Mina, Keane, Godfrey, Digne, Doucoure, Davies, Iwobi, Sigurdsson, James
Subs: Gomes, Coleman
Man of the match: Michael Keane
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