EVERTON beat a lacklustre Tottenham 1-0 in North London thanks to Dominic Calver-Lewin’s thunderous second-half header.
Toffess debutante James Rodriguez also delivered a classy and composed performance on his Premier League debut.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men were head and shoulders above Spurs who looked sluggish and bereft of ideas throughout.
And Calvert-Lewin was head, shoulders, knees and toes above flat-footed Eric Dier as he out-jumped Tottenham’s ‘centre-back’ by a mile to put the Toffees ahead on 55 minutes.
Everton got off to a lightning start and maintained that intensity all afternoon.
Richarlison missed a glaring chance after 15 minutes.
The Brazilian latched onto a through ball, took it round Hugo Lloris but shanked it wide from a tight angle.
Dele Alli forced a good save out of Jordan Pickford on the half hour mark but Harry Kane was fuming with Son-Heung Min for not playing him in instead.
Rodriguez looked every bit the 2014 World Cup star, picking up clever positions before whizzing a shot past Hugo Lloris’s post with ten to go in the first-half.
Spurs had a chance through their own debutante Matt Doherty but it was well saved by Jordan Pickford at the near post.
And Everton finally got their deserved breakthrough just before the hour mark.
Lucas Digne whipped a delightful free-kick in from wide on the left and Calvert-Lewin leapt like a salmon to slam the header past a frozen Lloris from ten yards.
Dier has made public his desire to play at centre-back but his non-existent challenge on Calvert-Lewin will not do his cause any favours as he made it far too easy for the Toffees forward.
Spurs moaned Digne had stolen some yards by taking the free-kick further up the pitch to where the foul occurred.
But replays showed it was a mere four which should be no excuse for the weak defending of the set-piece.
Tottenham showed next to no desire to rescue a point from the game after going behind and Carlo Ancelotti’s men cruised through the remainder of the half and picked up a deserved three points.
TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Doherty, Dier, Alderweireld, Davies;
Hojbjerg, Winks; Moura, Alli, Son; Kane.
EVERTON (4-1-4-1)): Pickford; Coleman, Mina, Keane, Digne; Allan;
James Rodriguez, Doucoure, Gomes, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin.
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