Everton lost their first league game of the season as they were beaten 2-0 by Southampton. Danny Ings was the architect of the two goals which were scored by James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams in the first half.
The Toffees were without Andre Gomes and Seamus Coleman due to injury while Richarlison was suspended. Lucas Digne was sent off for Carlo Ancelotti’s side for a challenge on Kyle Walker-Peters.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who had scored seven goals in his first five Premier League games, only had two touches in the Southampton penalty area and completed five passes.
Ings set up Ward-Prowse with a weighted outside of the foot and the midfielder powered his shot past Pickford in the 27th minute. Eight minutes later, Ings crossed for Adams and his deflected shot beat the Everton keeper.
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After Everton’s defeat, it means it’s the first time since 1968 that every top division side has lost one of their first six games.
The match was one year to the day that Southampton were hammered 9-0 by Leicester, a result that has proved to be a turning point for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side with the Saints winning 16 of their 34 league games since.
Southampton are now unbeaten in four since losing their first two matches of the season and are up to fifth place. Che Adams failed to score in his first 24 league games for Southampton but has now scored six in his past 12 matches.