Breaking News – Leicester 1-2 Everton: Gylfi Sigurdsson scores 25-yard screamer

A showreel of Gylfi Sigurdsson goals would be quite the watch but his latest might be worth a film all of its own There seemed little danger for Leicester when Sigurdsson shaped to collect a pass in midfield with his back to goal But in an instant he had feinted away from James Maddison, who gave a rueful look to the skies at the deception, then let rip with a shot from 25 yards that bent into the top corner, the ball still seeming to accelerate as it hit the back of the net The goal came with 13 minutes left and won a game for Everton that strengthened belief in Marco Silva’s approach His team deserved victory, and the patterns of his attacking unit were clear throughout Undermined by a red card for Wes Morgan just after the hour, Leicester were nevertheless short of the threat they have carried in two successive wins They failed to put Everton under much pressure and the closest they got to an equaliser was when Daniel Amartey headed Rachid Ghezzal’s late corner wide Silva’s team were bolder, led well by Richarlison as centre-forward and supported by Sigurdsson, Theo Walcott and Bernard Everton beat both Milan clubs to sign Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk and on his first Premier League start the Brazilian showed why interest in him had been high with a performance of delicate touches and inventive passing He started by creating the opening goal after seven minutes He beat Ricardo Pereira then Amartey with consecutive cutbacks before delivering a cross that eluded Kasper Schmeichel’s dive Richarlison was waiting at the far post and though unmarked the finish he delivered was harder than it looked He caught the ball flush on the half-volley to score his fourth goal of the campaign Everton continued to press and Schmeichel had to save from Walcott and Sigurdsson Leicester’s passing was failing to click and another loose ball in midfield set Walcott free Running at speed, he went down when passing Harry Maguire and Everton appealed for a penalty But Andre Marriner was unmoved and replays proved he was correct

Maguire had pulled his hand away at the right moment and Walcott fell due to his own momentum When Claude Puel’s possession-based instructions are failing, Leicester can at least strike on the counter Wilfred Ndidi hit a long ball and Jamie Vardy chased like only he can Michael Keane couldn’t keep pace but did enough to unsettle Vardy and he poked his finish wide Another Leicester break five minutes before the interval did bring the scores level though Nampalys Mendy won possession at an Everton corner and Pereira exchanged lightening passes with Kelechi Iheanacho to race into the box He put Jonjoe Kenny on the floor with two dragbacks then sent Jordan Pickford the wrong way to finish It was the £22million signing’s first goal for Leicester Into the second half Ben Chilwell nearly put Leicester into the lead after gliding through three challenges to shoot, but the ball flew just wide Then Walcott turned Chilwell while collecting a flighted pass from Bernard but his finish was too close to Schmeichel Morgan had looked sluggish throughout proceedings and in the 63rd minute he committed the foul that swung momentum Everton’s way Already booked, the Leicester captain was late to challenge Richarlison and Marriner showed him a second yellow Everton seized the initiave and Lucas Digne, Tom Davies, and Sigurdsson all drew good saves from Schmeichel Leicester’s goalkeeper could do nothing to stop Sigurdsson’s next strike with 13 minutes left The Iceland international has scored some wonderful goals – not least on his first Everton start – but this was as good as any

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