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Football Roundup: Substitutes set up Everton win over Palace

October 22, 2018 09:37 IST


IMAGE: Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates scoring their first goal. Photograph: Peter Powell/Reuters

Two late goals by Everton substitutes brought the Merseysiders a third successive win when they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Goodison Park in Sunday's only Premier League game.

Ademola Lookman set up the first in the 87th minute for another substitute, Dominic Calvert-Lewin to head in and the third replacement, Cenk Tosun, scored two minutes later.


Palace had missed a chance to take the lead when Serbian international Luka Milivojevic's penalty was saved by Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Wilfried Zaha, passed fit after missing an Ivory Coast international in midweek, had won the penalty when he was clipped by Seamus Coleman on the hour.

The miss meant Crystal Palace have scored only five goals in nine games, the second worst record in the Premier League.

Everton moved up three places to eighth in the table, Palace dropping to 15th.

Everton's Portuguese manager Marco Silva, in his first season at the club, was naturally delighted with the effect of his three substitutions.

"We [the staff] are here to make decisions, it is not just the starting 11," he said.

"The three players who came on were aggressive, it is really good and I'm very happy for them."

Crystal Palace, only two points above the relegation places after a third successive loss, were bitterly disappointed, having had a fair share of the game until the dramatic finale.

Espanyol climb to second after win at Huesca

Espanyol continued their rampant run of form by beating basement club Huesca 2-0 on Sunday, recording a third win in four games to climb up to second in the La Liga standings behind city rivals Barcelona.

Borja Iglesias tapped in the first of his two goals shortly before halftime thanks to a perfectly placed diagonal pass from Didac Vila. The striker sealed the win with a dink in the 64th minute.

Before then, midfielder Victor Sanchez had a goal ruled out for offside following a consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR), which had also been used to award Iglesias' opening goal after appeals from the home side.

Espanyol, coached by Rubi who led Huesca to promotion to the top flight for the first time last season, are the only team in La Liga to have won every home game this season but had not tasted victory away this campaign until visiting Huesca.

If Espanyol win at Real Valladolid on Friday, they will provisionally go top of the standings.

Icardi snatches stoppage time winner for Inter in derby

Inter Milan

IMAGE: Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi scores. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/Reuters

Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi scored with a stoppage-time header to give his side a 1-0 win over neighbours AC Milan in their derby at San Siro on Sunday.

The match was heading for a tame goalless draw until Matias Vecino floated over a long cross from the right, Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was caught in no man's land and Icardi scored at the far post in the 92nd minute.

The Argentina forward, who missed two goals when the sides drew 0-0 in April in their previous meeting, had barely been involved in the game until that point, apart from having an early goal chalked off for offside.

Mateo Musacchio also had one disallowed for Milan just before halftime.

Inter went third in Serie A with 19 points from nine games, six behind leaders Juventus who drew 1-1 at home to Genoa on Saturday. Milan are 12th with 12 points, having played one game fewer.

Hofmann's maiden hat-trick sends Gladbach into second place

Jonas Hofmann scored his first Bundesliga hat-trick as Borussia Moenchengladbach hammered Mainz 05 4-0 on Sunday to climb to second place in the standings.

The 26-year-old winger put the hosts ahead in the 21st minute and almost got a second with an audacious lob on the half hour mark.

He again got onto the score sheet in the 53rd when he slotted in at the far post, before completing his hat-trick 10 minutes later, firing into an empty goal after rounding keeper Florian Mueller to finish off yet another quick Gladbach break.

Thorgan Hazard, who helped set up two of Hofmann's goals, had made it 3-0 in the 58th with Mainz capitulating early in the second half.

Glabdach move up to second place on 17 points, ahead of third-placed Werder Bremen on goal difference. Champions Bayern Munich are a point behind in fourth place after their 3-1 win over VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Earlier Hertha Berlin stumbled to a 1-1 draw at home against Freiburg, to drop to sixth on 15.

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