Before the final whistle, Chelsea and Everton had combined for 24 fouls, four yellow cards, and 33 shots, and the result was a 1-0 victory for the Toffees at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The frustrated Blues were booked four times, including three yellows in the span of seven minutes from the 79th to 86th, and managed just six shots on goal on 24 total shots.
Midfielder Steven Naismith made his first start of the season and earned his sixth career goal for Everton in the final stage of the first half, while goalkeeper Tim Howard made six saves for the clean sheet.
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, John Mikel Obi, David Luiz and Branislav Ivanovic were each booked in the increasingly physical match up.
Before the close of the first half, Naismith accepted a flying header pass from forward Nikica Jelavic, and headed home a goal at close range to put the Toffees ahead.
The match marked the first start and appearance for Chelsea’s recently acquired striker Samuel Eto’o. Manager Jose Mourinho had said the Cameroonian star would play a significant role in the attack, but that he was more likely to come off the bench.
The 32-year-old came out firing with a missed header in the center of the box off a delivery from Ramires in the fifth minute, and his right-footed shot from outside the box missed high and wide in the 18th. He had several more attempts throughout the match, but came up empty on each.
The victory is the first for the Toffees in the Premier League this season, and gives them six points on the season. Chelsea have seven points after four matches.
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