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Rodriguez stars as Everton enjoy best-ever start

3 Oct 2020
Everton v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

Colombian scores twice as Calvert-Lewin maintains his scoring run in 4-2 victory over Brighton

James Rodriguez inspired Everton to their best-ever start to a Premier League season with a 4-2 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin put Everton ahead on 16 minutes, heading in Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cross at the far post to become the first Toffees player to score in their four opening matches of a Premier League campaign.

Brighton equalised four minutes before half-time when Neal Maupay reacted quickest to cross dropped by Jordan Pickford. But Yerry Mina restored Everton's lead before the break, heading in Rodriguez’s free-kick.

After the break, Rodriguez scored twice to put the match beyond Brighton, both times converting at the far post from a left-wing cross.

Yves Bissouma’s magnificent long-range volley in stoppage time was a late consolation for Brighton, who drop to 14th.

Everton are top with four wins from four.

See: Everton report | Brighton report 

Next fixtures

Everton: 17 Oct v Liverpool (H)
Brighton: 17 Oct v Crystal Palace (A)

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