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Sheffield United 0-1 Everton: Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late winner sends Blues second

Gylfi Sigurdsson scores

Everton moved up to second in the Premier League after edging a tight contest against Sheffield United at rain-lashed Bramall Lane.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late effort, which found the bottom-left corner, saw Carlo Ancelotti’s side extend their winning run to four matches as they leapfrogged Leicester and Manchester United in the process.

It also inflicted more heartbreak on the Blades, who remain without a win and rooted to the bottom of the table.

In a game of few chances, Oliver Burke’s flashing drive represented the hosts’ best effort.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Sigurdsson had both threatened to break the deadlock for the visitors before the Iceland midfielder sealed all three points.

Ancelotti’s side get the job done

While Everton looked resolute in defence and competent in midfield there was a noticeable absence of invention to their play for large periods of this encounter.

But even without James Rodriguez, who is still nursing a calf injury and Richarlison who is adhering to concussion protocols, Ancelotti’s side eventually got the job done.

After a relatively uneventful opening, which the Blades appeared to shade, Alex Iwobi’s speculative drive prompted more urgency from the Blues.

England forward Calvert-Lewin almost scored a contender for goal of the season, expertly running on to and chesting Michael Keane’s raking pass beyond Jack Robinson but then volleying just wide of the far-left corner from the edge of the penalty area.

Sigurdsson was next to go close, unloading a curling strike that just missed the top-right corner from 20 yards.

However, after the interval they displayed few signs they were capable of a winner until Sigurdsson brilliantly latched on to Abdoulaye Doucoure’s touch and dispatched a low drive past Aaron Ramsdale.

Coming after the disappointment of their Carabao Cup quarter-final exit, it was the perfect response from Everton who have now enjoyed four consecutive wins twice in a season for the first time since the 1986-87 campaign, when they were last champions of England.

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Sheffield United

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameRamsdale

    Average rating

    4.51

  2. Squad number6Player nameBasham

    Average rating

    4.48

  3. Squad number12Player nameEgan

    Average rating

    4.68

  4. Squad number19Player nameRobinson

    Average rating

    4.18

  5. Squad number2Player nameBaldock

    Average rating

    4.30

  6. Squad number22Player nameAmpadu

    Average rating

    4.50

  7. Squad number23Player nameOsborn

    Average rating

    4.19

  8. Squad number3Player nameStevens

    Average rating

    4.13

  9. Squad number17Player nameMcGoldrick

    Average rating

    4.40

  10. Squad number24Player nameBrewster

    Average rating

    4.06

  11. Squad number14Player nameBurke

    Average rating

    4.16

Substitutes

  1. Squad number9Player nameMcBurnie

    Average rating

    4.13

  2. Squad number11Player nameMousset

    Average rating

    4.06

  3. Squad number16Player nameNorwood

    Average rating

    3.91

Everton

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player namePickford

    Average rating

    6.55

  2. Squad number4Player nameHolgate

    Average rating

    6.83

  3. Squad number13Player nameMina

    Average rating

    7.21

  4. Squad number5Player nameKeane

    Average rating

    7.46

  5. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey

    Average rating

    7.26

  6. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré

    Average rating

    7.24

  7. Squad number26Player nameDavies

    Average rating

    6.95

  8. Squad number17Player nameIwobi

    Average rating

    6.71

  9. Squad number10Player nameG Sigurdsson

    Average rating

    7.50

  10. Squad number24Player nameGordon

    Average rating

    6.21

  11. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin

    Average rating

    7.06

Substitutes

  1. Squad number20Player nameBernard

    Average rating

    7.13

  2. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes

    Average rating

    6.82

  3. Squad number23Player nameColeman

    Average rating

    6.99

Line-ups

Sheff Utd

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 6Basham
  • 12Egan
  • 19RobinsonBooked at 90mins
  • 2BaldockBooked at 71mins
  • 22Ampadu
  • 23Osborn
  • 3Stevens
  • 17McGoldrickSubstituted forNorwoodat 63′minutes
  • 24BrewsterSubstituted forMoussetat 76′minutes
  • 14BurkeSubstituted forMcBurnieat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Fleck
  • 9McBurnie
  • 10Sharp
  • 11Mousset
  • 13Lowe
  • 15Jagielka
  • 16Norwood
  • 20Bogle
  • 21Verrips

Everton

  • 1PickfordBooked at 90mins
  • 4Holgate
  • 13Mina
  • 5KeaneSubstituted forColemanat 66′minutes
  • 22GodfreyBooked at 89mins
  • 16Doucouré
  • 26DaviesSubstituted forAndré Gomesat 74′minutes
  • 17Iwobi
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 24GordonSubstituted forBernardat 55′minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 9Calvert-LewinBooked at 52mins

Substitutes

  • 2Kenny
  • 14Tosun
  • 18Nkounkou
  • 20Bernard
  • 21André Gomes
  • 23Coleman
  • 32Branthwaite
  • 33Olsen
  • 49Lössl

Referee:
David Coote

Match Stats

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Match ends, Sheffield United 0, Everton 1.

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