Report: Everton 1 Cardiff 0

first_imgGylfi Sigurdsson scored a second-half winner to give Everton a deserved 1-0 Premier League home victory over struggling Cardiff City.Marco Silva’s men made it four straight league wins at Goodison Park thanks to Sigurdsson’s seventh goal of the season after 59 minutes.Despite the tight scoreline, Everton were comfortable for much of the game as they moved into the top six ahead of next week’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool and left Cardiff in the bottom three. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Michael Keane had a header saved by Neil Etheridge, while Andre Gomes – fit to play despite injury ruling him out for Portugal – fired against the side netting in an opening period that saw Cardiff’s defence largely frustrate the hosts.Richarlison, fresh from scoring for Brazil against Cameroon, could only direct a free header from Sigurdsson’s cross straight at Etheridge in the chance of the half just before the break.An excellent Sol Bamba goal-line clearance was all that denied Sigurdsson after Bernard had set up his left-footed effort from a tight angle.But the Iceland international was not to be denied in Everton’s next attack just before the hour mark. Following Richarlison’s flick, Theo Walcott surged through on goal, and when his effort brought a one-handed save by Etheridge, Sigurdsson tapped in the rebound from 10 yards.Having suffered a nasty blow to the head in an awkward landing earlier in the second half, Jordan Pickford did well to parry Victor Camarasa’s strike as Cardiff sought a way back into the game in a brief spell of pressure which also saw an angry Greg Cunningham have a penalty claim denied after being challenged by Seamus Coleman.That good fortune was all Everton needed to see out the victory, Ademola Lookman, Richarlison and Cenk Tosun forcing late saves from Etheridge in the closing stages, although Callum Paterson gave them one final scare with a header over at the death.  FULL-TIME Everton 1-0 CardiffGylfi Sigurdsson scores the only goal of the game as the hosts dominate at Goodison#EVECAR— Premier League (@premierleague) November 24, 2018What does it mean? Everton building momentum The solid if not spectacular win moves Everton above Manchester United in the table and builds on a solid run of recent results that has seen them lose just once in seven league games and steady the ship after a mixed start. Their home form will be a significant boost to Silva – stretching back to last season they have lost just one of their last 10 at Goodison Park in the top flight.Cardiff’s defence looked more resolute than it has done recently, but their problems are at the other end – 11 goals scored in 13 games the main contributor for their slow start to the Premier League campaign.Sigurdsson shines againAs well as hitting the winner, Sigurdsson had Everton’s best other opening with an effort cleared off the line, and also set up two chances for his team-mates. He continues to impress this year after being criticised in his first campaign following his big-money move from Swansea City.Arter struggles to make an impactHarry Arter returned from suspension for this encounter, but struggled to make an impact before being replaced by Junior Hoilett after 74 minutes. He created zero chances for his team-mates, and only had 10 total passes in the Everton half.Key Opta Facts- Cardiff have scored fewer away goals than any other side in English league football this season (2).- Everton had 71% possession – their most in a Premier League game since February 2016 (76% vs West Brom). – Since the start of last season, Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored more goals in all competitions than any other Everton player (13). What’s next?Everton go into next Sunday’s derby at Anfield in fine form, while Cardiff are under pressure going into their home game against Wolves on Friday. That game is followed by matches with West Ham, Southampton, Watford and Crystal Palace – a run of fixtures that could ultimately prove pivotal in their bid for survival. read morelast_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Don’t think setting targets has ever been an issue, says Rayudu

first_imgBrief Scores: India (252-all out) beat New Zealand (217-all out) by 35 runs in Wellington. James Neesham 44; Yuzvendra Chahal (3/41) (SCORECARD)India batsman Ambati Rayudu said on Sunday that the second-ranked ODI team has never had an issue with setting targets in limited-overs cricket. India beat New Zealand by 35 runs and finished the five-match series on a high, winning it 4-1.After getting bowled out for their lowest-ever total (92) in New Zealand in the fourth ODI in Hamilton last week, India opted to bat first once again in the series finale in Wellington. The visitors were reeling at 18 for 4 after the top-order failed for the second successive time in the series.Unlike the Hamilton ODI, Ambati Rayudu, who picked up the Man of the Match award, put his hands up and struck a well-paced 90 and stitched a 98-run stand for the fifth wicket with Vijay Shankar and helped India out of trouble. A late cameo from Hardik Pandya 22-ball 45, which had five sixes and two boundaries helped India to 252.India then sealed the ODI with an all-round bowling effort, led by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who picked up 3/41 from his 10-over quota.”Don’t think setting totals has ever been an issue. That was a one-off game in Hamilton. Might face similar challenges in future. Great effort by our bowlers,” Rayudu said.With the likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in the side, India are always looked at as a side that loves chasing. Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma even insisted that India would have opted to chase if the series were on the line but the dead-rubber was an opportunity to test themselves.advertisement”If the series was alive, we would have chased. We wanted to test ourselves today. I couldn’t ask for more,” Rohit said.Rayudu finished the series as the top-scorer with 190 runs from five matches at 63.33.India will now be hoping to finish the tour of New Zealand on a high by sealing the three-match T20I series, which starts on February 6 in Wellington.Also Read | India vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya hits hat-trick of sixes for 5th time in careerAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya’s calculated assault was magnificent, says GavaskarAlso See:last_img read more