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Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace: Premier League – as it happened

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A fine free-kick from Romelu Lukaku and a superlative header from Christian Benteke earned Everton and Palace a point each at Goodison Park

That’s all from me. It’s been a joy. Here’s your proper actual match report. Bye!

Related: Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke heads home to earn draw with Everton

A couple of Crystal Palace players have spoken to Sky. Firstly Christian Benteke:

I think it’s a fair result tonight. I think it was a great performance from the lads. We really fought hard, we came back in the game, and one points is good. It’s never easy to play against Everton, especially when they’re at home, but we showed great team spirit.

I thought I pulled out of it. It’s a bit harsh to be honest. Obviously we made a hash of it in the wall, the lads should have jumped but didn’t. Probably my decision. It was one of those ones that was borderline whether we should jump or not. We spoke about it and it was my call. Obviously the wrong one.

The referee said James McArthur was down the line with the goalkeeper. I’m not sure if he was or not. It’s a bit soft if I’m honest.

In this month Crystal Palace have won more points (10) than they did in January, February, March, April and August put together (9).

That was really quite a lot of fun. Everton go third, Palace stay seventh.

90+5 mins: And that’s yer lot!

90+4 mins: One booking for the road from the referee, after Cleverley tripped Zaha with a quite extraordinarily cynical ankle-nip.

90+3 mins: Andros Townsend goes off and Lee Chung-yong replaces him.

90+1 mins: Into stoppage time we roll. There’s going to be four minutes of it, inevitably.

88 mins: Ward has the ball in defence, and Bolasie flies in to challenge him. One foot wins the ball, the other leg takes out Ward most emphatically, and Bolasie gets booked.

86 mins: Gueye and Bolasie combine beautifully on the right flank before the former finds Coleman scampering into all sorts of space. That, however, is very much the highlight of the move, which ends with a cross that Funes Mori controls so hopelessly 20 yards out that the ball goes out of play.

83 mins: In a throwback to their goal, Kelly crosses to Benteke. This time though the striker decides to nod the ball back to Townsend rather than send it towards goal. Wrong call.

82 mins: My new friend Banker, who appears to have some kind of refereeing affiliation, emails about that disallowed Palace goal: “Oh lord Simon, the disallowed goal was two of the hardest situations combined for the assistant to deal with. Firstly, the player at the back stick was in an offside position when the ball was played but did not become active. I don’t think the assistant has flagged for that. Then McArthur runs close to the ball in front of the goal. Is he ‘clearly attempting to play a ball which is close to him when this action impacts on an opponent’? I don’t think the assistant can decide that. We can only hope that the officials have talked over the intercom and that Moss has used his better angle to interpret the situation. This just highlights the impossible job officials have with some offside situations.” Doesn’t it just.

81 mins: Chance for Everton! Lukaku’s first-time touch to Coleman is lovely, and the full-back bursts into the area before shooting high with Delaney gearing up for another manic challenge.

81 mins: Another substitution – Oviedo is off, and Funes Mori is on.

80 mins: Kelly jumps with an arm around the neck of Lukaku, who wins the ball, thinks about the situation, waits a few seconds and then decides really he should probably have dived that time when he felt a defender touch him. He dives anyway, just for old time’s sake, and wins a free kick from a misty-eyed official.

78 mins: And Palace make their first change, bringing Cabaye on for McArthur.

78 mins: Gueye and Townsend touch shoulders on the left flank. The winger goes over, and Gueye gets booked.

77 mins: The night’s first substitution, with only 13 minutes to play, sees Barkley replaced by Mirallas.

76 mins: Chance for Palace! A corner from the right is headed out to Ward, who heads back into the area, where the defence has pushed up and Tomkins has run clear. His header on goal is weak and easily saved – he had time to control it and read the paper before shooting if he’d fancied.

75 mins: Palace are absolutely peppering the area with crosses, but Everton are marking Benteke well and repeatedly scrambling clear. It’s not exactly comfortable though.

72 mins: Barry commits another foul, a push out on the right wing, and Palace have another dangerous set piece. The ball looks to be going to Benteke but is half-cleared, sent back in, looks to be going to Benteke again, is half-cleared again, and then Stekelenburg intervenes to punch to ball out of play, and flatten Ledley in the process.

69 mins: He does shoot, but into the wall.

68 mins: Moments later Townsend goes down over Barry’s proffered leg and the referee gets his card out again. It looks like Townsend will have a shot from the free kick.

67 mins: Townsend becomes Palace’s latest yellow card recipient, for attempting to foul Barkley. Imagine what would have happened if he’d actually fouled him.

66 mins: Oooh! Everton win a corner, which is glanced goalwards by Barry, wide of the near post. It was probably going wide anyway, but Jason Puncheon on the far post made sure.

65 mins: Come on, it’s not that bad.

@Simon_Burnton Only been watching since halftime. Is Martinez back in charge?

63 mins: The ball is absolutely flying around Goodison Park. It’s not quite end to end, but it is approximately 18-yard line to 18-yard line.

62 mins: Here’s the critical moment in full, as the ball is played in to the Everton box:

Controversial moment as #CPFC have a goal ruled out. Correct decision? Watch on SS2 or follow https://t.co/dVLjODiUsz pic.twitter.com/yLNRASk301

60 mins: Moments later Gueye chips the ball into the box, and Bolasie’s overhead kick looks very nice, but sends the ball wide.

59 mins: Lukaku has the ball pretty much where Bolasie did a few minutes ago – perhaps his angle is a little more unfavourable – but he does shoot. It’s blocked.

58 mins: Replays suggests that was a poor decision – Delaney was level with Ashley Williams, and standing right next to him just to make the linesman’s decision a little easier.

57 mins: Palace have a goal disallowed! The corner is cleared, crossed back in, and headed home by Delaney, but the linesman is flagging.

56 mins: Andros Townsend has had a very quiet evening – Zaha has been much more influential – but he has just won a corner, which is something.

53 mins: Benteke has also been booked, possibly for being unhappy that a handball Palace were claiming went unspotted by the officials. If so, it’s Palace’s third booking for dissent tonight. I’m all for cracking down on dissent, but really there hasn’t been very much of it, and this is getting a bit silly.

52 mins: What a chance for Eveton! Bolasie’s excellent chest control sends him running down the inside left channel into the penalty area. He might have shot from a reasonably acute angle, but instead he checked back and lays the ball across goal to Gueye, who shot into Kelly.

Palace send in another early cross – Kelly with it this time – and Benteke outjumps Coleman at the far post and sends the ball back across goal and perfectly inside the far post. That’s a sensational header.

48 mins: “Thought you might like to know that our announcer, Peter Drury, referred to the celebratory hug between Lukaku and Koeman after the goal as a ‘low counties cuddle’,” writes JR. I do like to know that.

46 mins: Peeeep! We’re back under way. Goodison, here’s what you missed.

The players come back out, with Sweet Caroline ringing out over the Tannoy. I’m disappointed it’s not Friday’s Child by Will Young, or Friday Night by the Kids from Fame.

“Hmm Simon. I disagree,” insists Banker. “As much as it pains me to blow the whistle of one of my own. From my view Mr Moss was clearly a late replacement and has left his running shoes and indirect salute in the dressing room. A dressing down awaits.” One thing we can probably agree on is that it was a fine strike from Lukaku, one of those free kicks that looks so ludicrously easy it’s a wonder there aren’t 10 a game.

Oh, actually they’re wrong. Clearly the referee thought Delaney was kicking or attempting to kick Jagielka, rather than simply engaging in dangerous play:

A direct free kick is awarded if a player commits any of the following offences against an opponent in a manner considered by the referee to be careless, reckless or using excessive force:

“Jags handled the ball just before his face was narrowly missed but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t clearly a foul against him,” writes Banker. “The real problem is that Moss should have awarded an indirect free kick for playing in a dangerous manner. Where is Clatts when you need him eh?”

On a similar theme:

@Simon_Burnton not to let Delaney off the hook for almost booting Jagielka's head into Row Z, but isn't high boot/dangerous play an IFK?

An indirect free kick is awarded if a player:

As Sky cut to ads, we hear the opening bars of the Cure’s Friday I’m in Love echo around Goodison Park. Disappointingly literal disk jockeying there.

45+2 mins: Barkley doesn’t shoot. Instead he produces a horribly weak kind-of-cross, which is dismissively thumped clear. And that’s it for half one!

45+1 mins: It will end with another free-kick shooting chance for Everton, after Ledley provokes Bolasie into falling over. This time Tomkins talks his way into the book.

45 mins: Suddenly the half is nearly over. There will be one minute of first-half stoppage time, as always.

42 mins: A fine passage of play from Everton ends with Barkley passing to Coleman, surging into the area. For a moment, it looks certain to lead to a great chance, but the pass was a bit close to him for a first-time shot, and his first touch took him too wide.

39 mins: “Do you think the Bosnian guy was looking for offers? I’m thinking of how that might pave the way to paid supporters/supporter sponsorship heading towards a ‘career fan’ sort of employment status,” writes JJ. “Still working on the economic model …”

Yup, good luck with that.

37 mins: Though Delaney really needs to stop going into challenges like a rabid maniac.

36 mins: Jagielka’s handball came fractionally before he was nearly decapitated, so really that should have been a free kick to Palace.

From 20 yards, Lukaku sends the ball over the wall and in at the near post with his left foot!

34 mins: Now Delaney competes against Jagielka for a high ball. Jagielka wins the ball (with his hands, to be fair); Delaney kicks Jagielka (actually he just misses, to be honest). Anyway, it’s a free kick.

33 mins: Palace win a corner, from which Stekelenburg steps off his line and brushes McArthur. The referee decides this is free kick worthy. If such contact routinely led to free kicks there would be hundreds every game, and never any time for anything else.

31 mins: Delaney and Bolasie compete for a high ball. Bolasie heads the ball; Delaney heads Bolasie. The physios are on.

29 mins: Still an enjoyably manic game, though it is tiptoeing towards needs-a-goal status. “I can’t help but wonder, of all the club letters penned to the Bosnian kid, did Cambridge’s have the best style and grammar?” asks Peter Oh. A fine question. Here’s their response, which is a little underwhelming, to be honest.

Thank you very much for your email. Cambridge United is a very special club for a variety of different reasons on and off the pitch! I have attached a link which reveals all here.

I hope this helps in the search for your new club. If you have any further questions just let me know.

27 mins: Lukaku falls over McArthur’s challenge, 25 yards out, and when the referee blows his whistle Puncheon is booked for quibbling. Nothing immediately comes from the free kick.

25 mins: Everton try to break, but Palace’s defenders sprint harder and in greater numbers than the attackers, and it all peters out a bit, ending with Oviedo overhitting a cross out of play.

22 mins: Palace are having a period of domination, peppering the Everton area with early crosses, and it doesn’t really matter how wayward they are if the defence aimlessly boots the ball straight back at them whenever they get it.

19 mins: This is manic stuff, thoroughly entertaining even if it will at some point reach needs-a-goal status. Ledley gets in a muddle in the middle, gives the ball to Barkley, who passes to Lukaku, whose low drive flies straight at Mandanda.

16 mins: A booking! Oviedo gets it, for stopping Zaha’s run with a blatant arm-round-the-neck-and-heave.

14 mins: Oviedo bursts forward, is found by Cleverley’s chip over the visiting defence and is ludicrously taken out by Delaney in the penalty area. It was as clear a penalty as you’ll ever see, but luckily for Palace the linesman was waving his flag.

14 mins: Bolasie started on the left and is now on the right, from where he just sent in another fine cross. When he doesn’t have the ball, though, he’s still standing around wincing a bit.

12 mins: The night’s first shot comes from the boot of Barkley, who runs from the centre circle until, about 30 yards out, he thumps it high and wide.

11 mins: The home side have had 75% of possession in the first 10 minutes.

10 mins: … which looked to be heading perfectly for Williams to volley, but for some reason he decided to let it fly between his legs. If he thought he had a team-mate poised behind him, he was wrong.

9 mins: Perhaps he’s OK after all, because his next involvement is on the left wing, and his excellent cross looks destined for Lukaku’s forehead, but he barely touches the ball, and it comes off Delaney for a corner.

8 mins: Bolasie wins the ball from Zaha but seems to have hurt his back in doing so, and is doing a lot of standing around wincing.

7 mins: Coleman gets the ball again, and wins a corner again, Zaha back defending. Barkley takes it, and Williams heads it straight into Jagielka’s back.

5 mins: Coleman stands in all sorts of space for an age while Everton keep the ball in a congested midfield. Eventually Barkley finds him, and he beats Kelly but the ball is turned behind. This corner also comes to nought.

4 mins: For all the wingers on the field the best cross of the early exchanges comes from Joel Ward, which is headed behind by Williams. The corner is headed clear.

1 min: With 30 seconds on the clock Bolasie has already attempted a cross and a shot, both of which hit a nearby defender.

1 min: Peeeeep! Everton get the game under way.

If there was a countdown clock running, it would have a very small number on it.

The teams are out of the tunnel.

The teams are in the tunnel. Exciting times.

Alan Pardew on tonight’s game:

It’s interesting for me to see if they’re as brave as I think they’re going to be. The problem we had last year is we didn’t grind enough results out, and we made a lot of changes over the summer to make sure that got rectified. So I don’t want to see a defeat to our name today.

You may have read about this guy, who wrote to all 92 English league clubs asking why he should support them, received 10 replies and picked Everton’s as the best. The clubs that wrote back to him were: Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Everton, Chelsea, Manchester United, Southampton, Stoke, Ipswich, Cambridge United and Barnet. Tonight’s his first game at Goodison Park.

Ronald Koeman, who’s an excellent talker and seems to intriguingly combine friendliness and toughness, has been talking about Ross Barkley again:

In several moments of the game he’s losing balls that he cannot lose. And he needs to work and he needs to press. I don’t discourage the talent of the player, but he’s no more a talent because it’s his fourth, fifth season in the Premier League – he’s a first team player and you need to show that.

Townsend won. Zaha is miffed.

Currently on Sky, Andros Townsend and Wilf Zaha are playing each other in an extended advert for Fifa 17.

“If we are going to achieve what we want to achieve this season, we need to win the game on Friday,” says Romelu Lukaku. Strong words.

One person who isn’t in the Palace side, though, is Yohan Cabaye, who has started only two league games this season, the last of them on 20 August (the two games he started are also the only games Palace have lost).

PARDEW: Leaving Yo out of the side shows the strength of the team because he hasn't been playing badly. #CPFC

So Wilfried Zaha is fit and starts, alongside Andros Townsend and Jason Puncheon, in a totally offensive (in a positive footballing sense) Palace side.

The team sheets are in, and these are the names upon them:

Everton: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Oviedo, Cleverley, Barry, Gana, Bolasie, Lukaku, Barkley. Subs: Robles, Mirallas, Lennon, Valencia, Funes Mori, Davies, Holgate.
Crystal Palace: Mandanda, Ward, Tomkins, Delaney, Kelly, McArthur, Ledley, Townsend, Puncheon, Zaha, Christian Benteke. Subs: Flamini, Cabaye, Campbell, Hennessey, Lee, Fryers, Wickham.
Referee: Jon Moss.

| Team news! Here's our XI and subs to face @CPFC – COYB! #EFCmatchday pic.twitter.com/a7MEh0Ep9l

Here is tonight's Palace line-up: #EVECRY pic.twitter.com/hs2RQacDt8

Win and they’ll be second in the table. Draw and they’ll be third. Lose and they could be overtaken by Crystal Palace. This is the equation facing Everton this evening. Entertainment should be guaranteed, given the presence of wingy wingers in both teams – Wilfried Zaha is apparently fit to play for Palace, Andros Townsend is in full flow, while Yannick Bolasie faces his former chums – and prolific burly Belgian hitmen for all of them to feed: Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals in his last four games against Palace, while Christian Benteke has scored four goals in his last five games against Everton.

Townsend is one of the few Palace players who Bolasie doesn’t know particularly well, though they aren’t complete strangers. “We played against each other in the Newcastle-Palace game last season,” Townsend has revealed, “and had a bit of banter because I think I ran back and dispossessed him.” Good times, good times.

Here’s something that Jacob Steinberg thinks you should look out for tonight:

Briefly tipped as unlikely title contenders, Everton have had a deflating couple of weeks since beating Middlesbrough on 10 September, following up their exit from the EFL Cup at the hands of Norwich City by losing at Bournemouthlast weekend. Ronald Koeman was deeply unimpressed with his team’s performance in the 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth and, for now, Everton’s task is to show their new manager that they can live up to expectations on a consistent basis. Players such as Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley have so much more to offer and Koeman will demand a response when Crystal Palace, energised by Christian Benteke’s goals, come to town on Friday night.

Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

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Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke heads home to earn draw with Everton

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Everton’s impressive start to the season is in danger of fizzling out. They avoided a third consecutive defeat here, but were only able to score through a set piece and Crystal Palace will be bitterly disappointed at seeing a perfectly valid potential winner wrongly chalked off in the second half.

The visitors were worth at least a point, playing a neat counterattacking game and coming back strongly after Everton had taken a first-half lead. Ronald Koeman said Everton would have to show more aggression and intensity if they were to return to second place in the table, and if that was the aim his players failed to produce.

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Everton v Crystal Palace: Premier League – live!

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So Wilfried Zaha is fit and starts, alongside Andros Townsend and Jason Puncheon, in a totally offensive (in a positive footballing sense) Palace side.

The team sheets are in, and these are the names upon them:

Everton: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Oviedo, Cleverley, Barry, Gana, Bolasie, Lukaku, Barkley. Subs: Robles, Mirallas, Lennon, Valencia, Funes Mori, Davies, Holgate.
Crystal Palace: Mandanda, Ward, Tomkins, Delaney, Kelly, McArthur, Ledley, Townsend, Puncheon, Zaha, Christian Benteke. Subs: Flamini, Cabaye, Campbell, Hennessey, Lee, Fryers, Wickham.
Referee: Jon Moss.

| Team news! Here's our XI and subs to face @CPFC – COYB! #EFCmatchday pic.twitter.com/a7MEh0Ep9l

Here is tonight's Palace line-up: #EVECRY pic.twitter.com/hs2RQacDt8

Win and they’ll be second in the table. Draw and they’ll be third. Lose and they could be overtaken by Crystal Palace. This is the equation facing Everton this evening. Entertainment should be guaranteed, given the presence of wingy wingers in both teams – Wilfried Zaha is apparently fit to play for Palace, Andros Townsend is in full flow, while Yannick Bolasie faces his former chums – and prolific burly Belgian hitmen for all of them to feed: Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals in his last four games against Palace, while Christian Benteke has scored four goals in his last five games against Everton.

Townsend is one of the few Palace players who Bolasie doesn’t know particularly well, though they aren’t complete strangers. “We played against each other in the Newcastle-Palace game last season,” Townsend has revealed, “and had a bit of banter because I think I ran back and dispossessed him.” Good times, good times.

Here’s something that Jacob Steinberg thinks you should look out for tonight:

Briefly tipped as unlikely title contenders, Everton have had a deflating couple of weeks since beating Middlesbrough on 10 September, following up their exit from the EFL Cup at the hands of Norwich City by losing at Bournemouthlast weekend. Ronald Koeman was deeply unimpressed with his team’s performance in the 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth and, for now, Everton’s task is to show their new manager that they can live up to expectations on a consistent basis. Players such as Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley have so much more to offer and Koeman will demand a response when Crystal Palace, energised by Christian Benteke’s goals, come to town on Friday night.

Related: Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

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Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace attuned to Yannick Bolasie threat

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• Winger faces former club in Everton’s colours on Friday
• Pardew admits Bolasie can be ‘undefendable at times’

Alan Pardew has admitted Yannick Bolasie can be “undefendable” when at the top of his game but is confident his Crystal Palace side will find a way of negating their former team-mate in Friday night’s trip to Everton.

Bolasie, who had cost Palace around £300,000 from Bristol City in 2012, played a significant part in the south London club establishing itself in the Premier League over the past three years before departing for Goodison Park this summer in a deal that could be worth £30m. The 27-year-old will confront his former team-mates on Merseyside with Palace, who are likely still to be without the hamstrung Scott Dann, braced for a difficult evening.

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Jack Wilshere’s ‘step back in time’ at Bournemouth lauded by Eddie Howe

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• Arsenal midfielder’s loan to club ‘where not everything is done for him’ praised
• Wilshere’s fitness judged week by week and he is not far away from full match

Eddie Howe has commended Jack Wilshere’s influence on his Bournemouth squad and believes the midfielder has made a brave “step back in time” to join the club. The on-loan Arsenal player shone alongside Harry Arter and Andrew Surman, playing for 76 minutes on his first home start in Bournemouth’s win against Everton .

Related: Junior Stanislas earns Bournemouth deserved home victory over Everton

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Daniel Amokachi: ‘Football in Finland is too nice – I want to change that’

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The former Nigeria and Everton striker is in charge of semi-professional JS Hercules and having acclimatised to the weather, is now focused on making his squad more ‘cocky and mad’

It took a visit to a sports bar for Daniel Amokachi to realise exactly what he had got himself into. He had been in Oulu for a matter of weeks and decided to venture into town for the weekend’s big Premier League match. Manchester City v Manchester United would surely draw a crowd, even up here in northern Finland, and the scene when he arrived was encouraging.

“The place was jam-packed, and I assumed everyone was there to watch the game,” Amokachi says. “But then it just emptied; they’d all been watching ice hockey, and when that finished there were only three of us left. A Manchester derby, and only three of us. That’s when it hit me that ice hockey is number one here and nobody cares about football, and it’s when I realised: ‘Ooh, there are a lot of obstacles here.’”

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Junior Stanislas earns Bournemouth deserved home victory over Everton

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Ronald Koeman had said it would be crazy to consider Everton as title contenders and his team did little to endorse those lofty hopes here, as they fell to their first Premier League defeat of the season. For Eddie Howe, this was a true Bournemouth performance, one full of intensity and energy, as his side recorded back-to-back home wins for the first time in the Premier League since March. Howe apologised to the supporters for his team’s dismal performance in the defeat by Preston North End last Tuesday, but was never in danger of having to do similar here.

Bournemouth set the tone from the first whistle, the striker Callum Wilson glancing a header narrowly wide after 61 seconds. After five minutes there was Andrew Surman’s crunching challenge on Gareth Barry. Then Wilson easily evaded the attention of the Everton captain Phil Jagielka, racing through on goal before Maarten Stekelenburg, the Everton goalkeeper who turned 34 on Thursday, smothered to allow the visitors a moment’s respite. The bite of the Bournemouth midfield was all too much for Everton, who were overawed by the magnificent Harry Arter, undoubtedly the man of the match, Surman and Jack Wilshere, who was substituted late on to a standing ovation.

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Everton’s Idrissa Gueye: ‘I am a perfectionist. I don’t like losing the ball – ever’

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Ronald Koeman’s 26-year-old midfielder – signing of the season so far – on his journey from Senegal to Merseyside

“Perfect in every aspect of football.” Of all the tributes paid to Idrissa Gana Gueye for his impact at Everton – the new N’Golo Kanté, the signing of the season so far or an absolute steal at 6.3% of the cost of Paul Pogba, to repeat a few – none have been as hard-earned or important as Ronald Koeman’s description of his display against Middlesbrough last Saturday. And what does Gueye recall of the game? A missed tackle. Perfect does not sit easily with a perfectionist.

Everton were 3-1 ahead and comfortably repelling Middlesbrough’s attempts to get back into the contest when, to general astonishment around Goodison Park, their relentless midfielder slid into a challenge near the touchline and did not emerge with the ball. Gueye punched the pitch in anger as his opponent escaped. He broke into laughter in stoppage time when, having sprayed a pass out to Tom Cleverley, the realisation dawned that the Everton substitute was in the technical area waiting to replace Gareth Barry. They were the only slips in a performance that warranted high praise from Everton’s demanding manager and maintained the Senegal international’s seamless transition from Aston Villa. But that tackle …

Related: Ronald Koeman rules out Oumar Niasse rescuing Everton career

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Bournemouth v Everton: match preview

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Everton travel to Bournemouth aware that victory could see them soar to the top of the Premier League. Regardless of that, it’s another opportunity for Ronald Koeman’s side to showcase their intentions, while they can extend their unbeaten start in the league to six matches. Romelu Lukaku, who has scored five goals already this month, is expected to return from a toe injury after missing the midweek EFL Cup defeat by Norwich City. This fixture last season acted as a springboard for Bournemouth, who equalised in the eighth minute of stoppage-time to record a 3-3 draw. The neutrals, and Bournemouth, would most probably settle for the same again this time around. Ben Fisher

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Ronald Koeman rules out Oumar Niasse rescuing Everton career

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• ‘We have enough strikers, different strikers. I prefer these not Niasse in team’
• Koeman keen for team to bounce back at Bournemouth after EFL Cup exit

Ronald Koeman has quashed any prospect of Oumar Niasse rescuing his Everton career by insisting he does not want the £13.5m striker in his team.

Related: Twenty years of Wenger: where are the Arsenal manager’s rivals from 1996 now?

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Ronald Koeman slams Everton defence after Norwich spring EFL Cup shock

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• Koeman: ‘Their second was really bad defending by four or five of our players’
• Norwich manager Alex Neil praises display by much-changed team

Ronald Koeman was left cursing poor finishing and “really bad defending” as Norwich City of the Championship came to Goodison Park in the EFL Cup and inflicted a 2-0 defeat, his first as Everton manager.

Related: Norwich stun in-form Everton as Steven Naismith makes mark on return

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Arsenal and Liverpool cruise to EFL Cup wins, Norwich shock Everton: clockwatch – as it happened

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Lucas Pérez scored twice to help Arsenal to a 4-0 win at Nottingham Forest, Liverpool romped to a 3-0 victory at Derby and Norwich surprised Everton at Goodison Park

There’s been an goal in the early stages of extra time between Leicester and Chelsea. Find out more with Barry Glendenning here.

Related: Leicester City v Chelsea: EFL Cup – live!

Arsenal seal their win with another fine goal: Oxlade-Chamberlain dummies the ball, and then receives a fine through ball from Lucas Perez – what a game the Spaniard has had – before the England international hits a left-footed finish into the bottom corner.

In Europe, Milan have extended their lead over Lazio to 2-0 thanks to a Niang penalty. PSG, meanwhile are 3-0 up over Dijon, with Cavani and Lucas Moura adding to the French champions’ tally. Rangers’ match with Queen of the South has finished 5-0, with Waghorn bagging a hat-trick, that’s his 37th goal in 43 appearances for the Glasgow club. They are through to the semi-finals of the League Cup in Scotland.

There’s been a red card in the Leicester – Chelsea match, with the scores at 2-2, as the match heads for extra time. Find out more with Barry Glendenning.

Related: Leicester City v Chelsea: EFL Cup – live!

Blackburn concede another late goal, just as they did at Elland Road last week! Woods bundles one of the worst finishes of all time just over the line.

Glenn Murray hooks the ball across the six yard box, and Hemed is there to stab it in. All hands on deck now for 10-man Reading, who have five minutes to cling on for.

After Dan Gosling had given Bournemouth the lead, Danish striker Makienok again pops up with five minutes to go. It looks as though we’re heading into extra-time in this one!

What a goal! Goodison Park falls silent, as Jacob Murphy turns nicely on the edge of the area, gets some space on his left foot and curls his effort into the top corner, glancing on the underside of the bar, leaving Stekelenburg completely helpless. The Dutchman could only watch as it sailed past him. Shock result on the cards.

Everton haven’t had a goal threat tonight, and started without a striker, although Arouna Koné is on the bench. Strange decision from Koeman. No sign of Oumar Niasse, who joined the club for £13.5m in January. He scored in midweek for the club’s U23s, but not even on the bench tonight.

Related: Everton’s Oumar Niasse: ‘I am a fighter, someone who always wants the ball’

Great goal from the Spaniard, holding off the considerable figure of Matt Mills, rounding the Nottingham Forest keeper and slotting in. There’s a few afters with Mills but he’s up on his feet and off to celebrate with the jubilant Gooners in the stands. Lovely stuff.

Quick as a flash, Don Kavanagh with the answer.

“Dundee; Dundee Utd; Greenock Morton; Queen of the South; Queen’s Park.”

I haven’t mentioned Leeds v Blackburn yet, and that’s because it’s been an absolutely dire match at Elland Road, where there are just 8,000 people watching. Leeds beat Rovers 2-1 in a Championship match exactly a week ago.

“Evening Michael,” emails Simon McMahon. “As well as Rangers v Queen of the South, there’s also Morton v Dundee United in the Scottish League Cup quarter finals [Currently 2-1 to Morton]. An an old quiz question for you – can you name the five Scottish clubs that have a double ‘e’ in their name?”

Send your answers to michael.butler@theguardian.com or tweet @michaelbutler18.

Two goals in two minutes as Rangers make it 3-0 at Ibrox through Martyn Waghorn, the man involved in that training ground altercation. Rangers had previously made it 2-0 through Andy Halligan.

Mancienne fouls Akpom in the area, and Lucas Perez steps up confidently to score his first Arsenal goal.

Despite Reading being a man down, Jaap Stam’s side have extended their lead through the excellent John Swift, who curls a beauty into the top corner, a near-identical strike of the goal he scored against Barnsley at the weekend.

Grabban sends Maxwell the wrong way from 12 yards, after Preston were penalised for a handball – Gradel’s free-kick struck an arm en route to goal. Two minutes later, Gradel lines up another free-kick and hits the bar! Still 1-1.

The Belgian races behind the Derby defence, and despite shooting from a tight angle, squeezes his shot past Mitchell and into the roof of the net. Liverpool have looked top drawer tonight.

Just for the record, here are the list of nations who have qualified for the women’s Euro 2017 next year. England beat Belgium 2-0 tonight, Wales drew 0-0 with Austria and miss out on qualification, whilst Scotland beat Iceland 2-1 away, but finished second behind tonight’s opponents in Group 1.

#WEURO2017#NED – hosts#GER – holders#AUT#BEL#DEN#ENG#FRA#ISL#ITA#NOR#RUS#SCO#ESP#SWE#SUI
Draw 8 November
Play-off#ROU v #POR

Chelsea have drawn level in Leicester, after coming back from 2-0 down. More here.

Related: Leicester City v Chelsea: EFL Cup – live!

Firmino and Coutinho play a one-two on the edge of Derby’s box, and despite the presence of six County defenders, the Brazilian tiptoes through several challenges and calmly passes the ball into the corner. Class.

Full-time in Spain, and Malaga have come from behind to beat Eibar 2-1. Sevilla v Real Betis kicks off in about eight minutes.

Peeeeeep! We’re back underway in the EFL Cup.

Four days, 11 goals scored, one goal conceded. Wow.

Piszczek’s first Bundesliga goal in two years. This is a quite remarkable performance from Dortmund, who apart from a 10 minute period at the start of the second half, have obliterated one of the best sides in the division, away from home. This is a Dortmund side that sold Gundogan and Mkhitaryan in the summer, and is missing Reus, Sahin, Schurrle, Durm, and Kagawa tonight. Frightening.

“Strangely innocuous, in fact invisible, display by Lucas Pérez for Arsenal,” emails Charles Antaki. “There are times when even Elneny is further forward, but it’s hard to see what he’s bringing to the game. Is Sanogo available?”

For the latest scores in England and across Europe, click here.

Chelsea have pulled one back against Leicester. More here.

Related: Leicester City v Chelsea: EFL Cup – live!

Against the run of play, but Dortmund twice hit the home side on the counter-attack. Devastating play from Castro, who slices through the middle of Wolfsburg’s defence and cooly squares the ball across the six yard box for an easy finish at the back post for the Gabon striker. Not five minutes earlier, the obscenely talented Ousmane Dembélé scored a near identical goal, although the French teenager did look a tad offside when Castro provided another assist.

Former Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett given his marching orders for a late slide tackle on Oliver Norwood, although replays show that he tried to pull out. Two minutes later Glenn Murray hits the bar for Brighton, Reading are going to have to hold on – they won on Saturday with 10 men, away at Barnsley.

It had to be! The former Everton favourite races through on goal, slips, and the ball balloons up in the air, over Stekelenburg and into the net. It’s against the run of play, and Everton should have had a penalty awarded earlier, but the Goodison Park faithful applaud their former player. He was a popular player on Merseyside, not least for things like this

Related: Steven Naismith buys Everton tickets to give to Liverpool’s unemployed

Leicester are 2-0 up at home to Chelsea. More here.

Related: Leicester City v Chelsea: EFL Cup – live!

In Europe, Carlos Bacca has given Milan a 1-0 lead against Lazio, and PSG have taken a 1-0 lead through an own goal from Dijon’s Adam Lang.

Jason Holt taps in from close range, his first of the season. Queen of the South have looked good though so far tonight, they are riding high in the Championship, and have won the last seven matches.

After a corner causes chaos in Derby’s box, Liverpool’s centre-back adjusts his body well and hooks the ball into the bottom corner to the give the Reds the lead.

@michaelbutler18 Liverpool fan here. Terrified that Darren Bent will hit us again with that beach ball number https://t.co/95YDcuCEMi

Two goals in three minutes puts Newcastle in control at St James’ Park, Yoan Gouffran with an excellent strike from the edge of the box, after Matt Ritchie’s opener, a wonderful controlled curling effort, after a lovely one-two undid the Wolves defence. Wolves beat Newcastle just four days ago, remember.

Related: Newcastle United crash at home to Wolves and have Vurnon Anita sent off

Having piled on the pressure since half-time, Wolfsburg deservedly pull one back, after Didavi steals in at the near post to prod a neat finish after a wondrous cross from their new signing Blaszczykowski. Wolfsburg had an effort cleared off the line, they are making a game of it.

A near carbon copy of the Swiss midfielder’s goal at the weekend! Xhaka hits in from all of 40 yards, it takes a slight deflection, but continues to fly towards the top corner Stojkovic, in Forest’s goal, should do better, but can only get a weak hand to it, and the ball drops into the net. No ‘hush’ celebration this time.

Okazaki has given Leicester City the lead against Chelsea. Find out more with Barry Glendenning right here.

Related: Leicester City v Chelsea: EFL Cup – live!

12 min: The City Ground rises to applaud Brian Clough, 12 years after his death. It’s a great atmosphere in Nottingham, “You’ve only come to see the Arsenal” sing the visiting fans. “Champions of Europe – you’ll never sing that” reply the Forest faithful.

Full-time in Ligue 1’s early game, and Toulouse have won 2-1 away at Lille, with former Sunderland striker Ola Toivonen getting both goals for the visitors.

The first EFL Cup goal of the night – the Danish striker Simon Makienok, on a one-year loan deal from Italian Serie A side Palermo, finds some space at the back post and makes no mistake.

Carney cuts inside on her right foot, feinting to shoot, before smashing a deflected strike past the Belgium goalkeeper. It’s now finished there, so a 2-0 win for the Lionesses, they top Group 7.

Karen Carney scores England's 2nd goal. Video: BBC, UEFA EURO 2017 #WEURO2017 #womensfootball #EURO2017 #Lionesses pic.twitter.com/GTHGlKh9rH

Peeeeeep! The EFL Cup ties are underway. Keep an eye out for Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings, who is making his first appearance since the beginning of last season. Mings became the Cherries’ record signing last June, but was ruled out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury on the first day of the season against Leicester.

Very strong Liverpool team out tonight: Coutinho, Origi and Firmino forming a potent front three against a Derby side that has struggled so far this season in the Championship. With no European football this season, it’s obvious that Klopp are targeting Cup glory, with the carrot of a Europa League spot at stake for the EFL Cup winners, that’s no surprise.

1 – Liverpool have been eliminated from just one of their last 13 League Cup ties against lower league opposition. Bullies.

No Joey Barton of course for Rangers tonight, after the Englishman was suspended for three weeks by the Glasgow club. The Guardian’s Donald McRae sat down with Barton, who is also under investigation for allegedly breaking betting rules.

Related: Joey Barton: ‘If someone is looking for conflict I won’t shy away from it – ever’ | Donald McRae

Everton v Norwich
Everton: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Holgate, Ashley Williams, Funes Mori, Cleverley, Gana, Lennon, Barkley, Valencia, Deulofeu.
Subs: Robles, Jagielka, Kone, Mirallas, Bolasie, Barry, Oviedo.
Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bennett, Bassong, Brady, Thompson, Mulumbu, Josh Murphy, Naismith, Pritchard, Oliveira.
Subs: Jones, Canos, Lafferty, Turner, Morris, Godfrey, Grant.
Nottm Forest v Arsenal

Nottm Forest: Stojkovic, Pereira, Mancienne, Mills, Lichaj, Cohen, Dumitru, Lansbury, Kasami, Osborn, Bendtner.
Subs: Fox, Carayol, Pereira Lica, Hobbs, Grant, Vellios, Smith.

Arsenal:
Martinez, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Gabriel, Gibbs, Xhaka, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Reine-Adelaide, Akpom, Lucas Perez.
Subs: Bielik, Zelalem, Da Silva, Mavididi, Macey, Sheaf, Willock.

Nikita Parris scores her third England goal in just her third England appearance, heading the ball home – all 5ft4in of her! Remember England are already qualified for Euro 2017, but will finish top of their group with a win here.

Dortmund are on fire! After disposing of Darmstadt 6-0 on Saturday, Dortmund are already 2-0 away in Lower Saxony – Aubameyang latching onto a clever backheel from Raphael Guerreiro, beating his man and finishing cooly in the the corner. The man is a class act. Guerreiro had earlier given Dortmund the lead with a deflected effort.

Nice goal by #aubameyang great player pace skill goals he got the lot #nufc #borussiadortmund https://t.co/hoLU9k1x5C

More narrative, as if you needed it.

Current Forest men @lansburyhenri and @bendtnerb52 will hope to get one over on former #NFFC loanee @aaronramsey’s @Arsenal this evening. pic.twitter.com/Btii4wWpDM

Nottingham Forest will hold a 12th-minute tribute to Brian Clough in their match against Arsenal tonight – it is 12 years since the great man died.

Derby County will also hold a minute’s silence in memory of club stalwart, Gordon Guthrie MBE, who served as a player, a club physiotherapist/trainer, and kit manager serving over a dozen managers, including Brian Clough. He has a stand named after him at the iPro stadium.

GORDON GUTHRIE: #DCFC will hold a minute's silence in memory of Gordon Guthrie tonight: https://t.co/MrEQPRgL2c #DCFCvLFC #dcfcfans pic.twitter.com/sUpmx1n0aE

Derby v Liverpool
Derby: Mitchell, Christie, Pearce, Keogh, Olsson, Baird, Johnson, Hughes, Butterfield, Weimann, Bent.
Subs: Weale, Ince, Camara, Blackman, Lowe, Elsnik, Rawson.
Liverpool: Karius, Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Henderson,
Coutinho, Lucas, Grujic, Firmino, Origi.
Subs: Lovren, Milner, Mane, Mignolet, Can, Ings, Oviemuno Ejaria.

AFC Bournemouth v Preston

Half-time scores in the women’s Euro 2017 qualifiers, involving some of the home nations. England and Scotland have already qualified for the finals in Holland next year, and England will cement top spot in Group 7 if they draw with their nearest rivals Belgium. 0-0 in that one at the moment. Scotland are guaranteed one of the six best runners-up spots, they are second in Group 1, behind Iceland. 1-1 currently in Reykjavik.

Half-time in the last #WEURO2017 qualifiers
As it stands
Qualified: Denmark, Italy, Austria, Russia
Play-off: Romania, Finland
Out: Portugal pic.twitter.com/18Y2vC34rB

Of course, if you’re a more monogamous type, you can always head over to our Leicester City v Chelsea MBM. Barry Glendenning is at the helm for that one.

Related: Leicester City v Chelsea: EFL Cup – live!

Hello world! What an evening of EFL Cup/Bundesliga/Serie A/La Liga/League One/Scottish League Cup/Ligue 1 we have for you tonight. Lots of different football matches, kicking off at lots of different times, a night of chaos beckons! I’ll be doing my best to help you see the Chris Wood from the Tricky Trees – but if you happen to be at tonight’s games for some actual insight or even if you’re not and just fancy giving your 2p’s worth, do get in touch via michael.butler@theguardian.com or tweet @michaelbutler18.

Here are the main matches we will be following tonight, plus a smattering from League One, La Liga, Scotland and the rest of the Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

Michael will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s Daniel Taylor on Nottingham Forest’s impressive youth policy:

It is probably a reflection of Nottingham Forest’s difficulties in the modern era that when they renew acquaintances with Arsenal on Tuesday it will be the first time in the 21st century they have encountered the club who wear the same colours because it was Forest, 130 years ago, who donated a red strip to help set them up.

The last occasion the two sides met was in January 1999 when Ron Atkinson had just been appointed as Forest’s manager and infamously began his short, undistinguished spell more like Rowan Atkinson by climbing into the wrong dugout. Forest, with the fingers of relegation closing round their necks, lost 1-0 and it was their next home game when they played in a nine-goal thriller against Manchester United that is still talked about on the banks of the Trent. Unfortunately for Forest, they scored only one of the goals.

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