Jorginho’s penalty gives Chelsea a narrow win in the opening day at Everton

Italian midfielder Jorginho’s first-half penalty was enough to give Chelsea a 1-0 victory at Everton on Saturday, giving their new Premier League campaign a positive start.

Chelsea scored a home goal at the 13th corner in the first half but looked frustrated as the interval approached, before Jorginho turned from the spot after Bentlewell was fouled to take the lead.

It was Italian midfielder Jorginho’s atonement when Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saved his penalty in the Euro 2020 final last July.

Edouard Mendy made a spectacular save early in the second half, denying Abdullah Doukour kept Chelsea’s advantage.

England forward Raheem Sterling could have made an impressive debut in the second half, but his close-range effort came off just a little.

After a tumultuous season following the sale of the club to an investment group led by Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boley, it mattered little as Chelsea easily picked up three points.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said: “A win is a win. That’s what we play for. There are good points.

“We got three points and a clean sheet. We’ll go from here. We didn’t risk what we usually do in the last 25 metres.”

Frank Lampard called on his Everton team to improve this season in his pre-match program notes, but a disastrous pass from Ben Godfrey saw him make a last-minute recovery tackle in just 15 minutes, costing him the injury. I was forced.

Everton later confirmed that Godfrey had been taken to hospital for a lower leg injury.

Pickford forced a spectacular save as Mason Mount scored Chelsea’s first shot.

Sterling had the ball in the net towards the end of the opening period, but was correctly flagged for offside.

Long first-half interruptions followed as a result of Godfrey’s injury, and in the added nine minutes, Jorginho scored what proved to be the winner following a clumsy tackle on Doucour. This means that 18 of Jorginho’s 20 goals in the Premier League have come from penalties in his spot.

Everton, who suffered their first opener defeat since the 2011/12 season, lacked the necessary qualities, especially in attacking areas, and the second half was a cage of few chances.

“I thought we played well against a tough opponent,” Lampard told the BBC. “I thought the only difference between the teams was the penalties.

“With just the slightest lack of concentration, they hit their target. A draw felt like a fair result.” Jorginho’s penalty gives Chelsea a narrow win in the opening day at Everton

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