2020-21 English Premier League
  • Raphinha (79')

Raphinha's late strike gives Leeds victory at Everton

Brazilian winger Raphinha scored his first goal for Leeds United to give his side a 1-0 win in an eventful Premier League game full of disallowed goals and superb saves at Goodison Park on Saturday.

With England manager Gareth Southgate watching from the stands, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford was in fine form, blocking a shot from Patrick Bamford with his legs and diving at full stretch to deny Raphinha.

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Everton's James Rodriguez and Richarlison had the ball in the net in the first half but both efforts were ruled out for offside, and Leeds keeper Illan Meslier made superb saves from Mason Holgate and Richarlison to keep his clean sheet intact.

Jack Harrison went closest for Leeds, smacking a header off a post as the first half ended goalless, and Meslier was almost caught out early in the second period when he passed the ball to Rodriguez but recovered to catch the Colombian's tame lob.

There was no let-up in the action and Bamford had a goal ruled out for offside in the 65th minute before Raphinha took centre stage.

The Brazilian, signed from Rennes in October, appeared to be looking for a pass but he checked back, driving the ball between the legs of defender Ben Godfrey and in at the foot of the far post in the 79th minute.

The two teams managed 38 goal attempts in the match but that proved the only one to count and the victory lifted Leeds to 11th place in the table on 14 points. Everton are in sixth place on 16 points.

"It was a very entertaining game," Leeds manager Mario Bielsa told Sky Sports.

"The result was a fair one and the performance of our team was a satisfactory one."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 34 +47 80
2 Manchester United 33 +29 67
3 Leicester City 34 +22 63
4 Chelsea 34 +22 61
5 West Ham United 34 +11 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 +22 56
7 Liverpool 33 +16 54
8 Everton 33 +3 52
9 Arsenal 34 +9 49
10 Aston Villa 33 +10 48
11 Leeds United 34 -2 47
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 -13 42
13 Crystal Palace 33 -22 38
14 Brighton & Hove Albion 34 -4 37
15 Southampton 33 -18 37
16 Burnley 34 -16 36
17 Newcastle United 34 -20 36
18 Fulham 34 -20 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 34 -34 26
20 Sheffield United 34 -42 17