W Rooney (45+1)
Everton vs Stoke
3:00pm Saturday 12th August
WATCH: MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
EVERTON 1-0 STOKE
A superb late save from Jordan Pickford denies Stoke a last gasp draw, and it is a fairytale return to the Premier League with Everton for Wayne Rooney after his header wins the match for the hosts.
Stoke had few clear cut chances to speak of but certainly performed better in the second half.
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EVERTON 1-0 STOKE
90+3: SAVE!! What a shot from Shaqiri after a darting run but Pickford makes a stop that is more than level to it, pushing away his fierce drive with a strong, leaping save.
Fantastic from both players.
90+2: An end-to-end match now with both sides looking for another late goal, but the defences are doing their job at the moment. Rooney wins a free kick to cheers from the home fans and look to retain the ball.
90: A late corner for Stoke as they ask questions of the Everton defence, but Pickford gets a hand to the delivery and Martina manages to kick it clear.
Four minutes added on.
88: A deep free kick for Everton as Rooney is fouled. They pump it forward but it looks to be a case of keeping possession now as the seconds tick down.
85: A yellow card for Martina now as he tugs back Choupo-Moting.
82: Crouch is playing target man for Stoke at the moment as they look to pump balls into the box for the big man to latch onto. However, at the moment, the deliveries are just coming up short for the striker.
80: Choupo-Moting nearly makes it a debut to remember as he tries to hook the ball into the back of the net with a high boot, but he can only find the head of Jagielka as Stoke are penalised for a foul.
77: Another solid debut for Ramirez, who is now replaced by Kevin Mirallas.
76: OFFSIDE!! Nearly an equaliser for Stoke as the ball is played into the box and Diouf tries the spectacular with an overhead kick, but it doesn't quite come off.
But the ball does fall to the waiting Crouch, and he tries to poke it home but Pickford is off his line to block before the linesman flags the Stoke striker for offside.
73: Another decent idea from Everton as Rooney and Calvert-Lewin again link up down the right-hand side before the former whips a cross into the box, finding the head of Ramirez.
Rather than going for goal though, he attempts to head it back into space but there's no one there to convert and Allen clears.
72: Stoke make their first changes as Peter Crouch comes on for Berahino and Bojan makes way for debutante Eric Choupo-Moting.
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70: More good play from Everton as Calvert-Lewin is again nearly there to tap home after Keane heads the ball back across goal from a Gueye cross.
The defender picks up a bloody nose in the process and receives some medical attention.
69: SAVE!! Calvert-Lewin beats Zouma this time, leaving the defender on the floor before powering into the box and going for goal on the left-hand side, but Butland makes a superb save to deny Everton the second goal.
Zouma looks in a bit of bother, but gets up to defend the corner.
66: A few choice words from Allen for the referee there as Schneiderlin clatters into a challenge on the Welshman, but gets away without a booking.
The Everton midfielder is given a talking to by Neil Swarbrick and probably should have been booked really.
Shaqiri takes the free kick but it lands straight into the hands of Pickford.
63: Cries of handball from the Goodison Park faithful as Rooney and Calvert-Lewin again look for an opening in the box and the ball appears to hit the hand of Zouma as he clears.
However, Neil Swarbrick is unmoved and waves away the claims.
62: CLOSE! Better from Everton as Martina picks out Clavert-Lewin in the middle of the box and he rises to meet the cross, but again Zouma is there to deny his a clear shot on goal as the ball goes wide.
60: A solid debut from Klaassan but he makes way for Tom Davies for the final half an hour. A huge cheer for the academy prospect as he comes onto the field.
59: CHANCE!! The best chance Stoke have had this half as Allen does well to pick the ball out of his feet with tackles flying in before slotting into the feet of Fletcher.
He takes aim and it's a fizzing effort but it just whistles past the post.
57: Another great move from Everton there and that man Rooney is involved once again with the most sublime cross pitch pass to Baines, who he picks out on the left flank.
He in turn tries his luck but his effort is blocked before Klaassan attempts to fire home the cleared ball but it lands straight into the arms of Butland.
54: BLOCK!! Great block from Zouma there as Calvert-Lewin looked to be in on goal with only Butland to beat after a fine throughball from Rooney.
But the Chelsea loanee gets back to tackle the Everton youngster in the box and it's a great effort all around.
52: COLLISION! Get the stretcher out, there's been a three way collision as Clavert-Lewin, Zouma and Butland all end up in a heap on the floor while chasing down a long pass.
None of them seem too hurt though as Rooney delivers the resulting corner which Stoke clear.
50: CLOSE! Stoke have come racing out of the traps in the second half as Pieters sends a fantastic ball across the face of goal, which four Stoke players miss including Berahino and Diouf.
While that is going on, Baines is on the floor after taking an elbow to the face from Shaqiri, who is lucky not to be booked there.
MADE YOU WAIT
47: A half-chance early on for Berahino as he nicks the ball away from Keane who is going to tackle the striker, before attempting to curl the ball into the top corner but it flashes wide.
46: Everton get the game back underway at Goodison Park.
Cuco Martina makes his Everton debut, coming on for Ashley Williams. Ronald Koeman has reverted to a back four after using three centre-backs in the first half
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A very quiet first half at Goodison Park until the fourth official signalled for a minute of added time... Then enter Wayne Rooney.
He nodded home in added time to announce his arrival back at the club in some style after a solid first half performance from the England man.
Both sides will be wanting to tweak their game plans at half-time though.
GOAL! EVERTON 1-0 STOKE (Rooney, 45+1)
You just knew he was going to have something to say in this game and it is a fairytale return to Goodison Park for Rooney.
It is a lovely worked goal which Rooney himself sets off as he plays a one-two with Gueye, who in turn taps into the feet of Ramirez before the latter finds Calvert-Lewin. He in turn whips a cross into the box that meets the head of the forward, and he makes no mistake in firing past Butland.
It's a fantastic celebration from Rooney and his team-mates, and a timely goal for the hosts.
EVERTON 0-0 STOKE
45: One minute of added time at the end of the first half.
EVERTON 0-0 STOKE
43: Free kick to Stoke as Gueye pulls down Bojan. The Potters man looks to be in a bit of pain but is OK to continue.
Shaqiri delivers but the Everton defence just about manage to hack it away with a few flailing limbs.
41: Corner for Everton after some good work from Calvert-Lewin who collects a long pass from Rooney, but Pieters just nicks it out of his path.
Rooney delivers into the box but the home side are eventually penalised for a foul, giving Stoke the free kick.
39: So nearly an in road for Everton as Rooney, Gueye and Dominic Calvert-Lewin link up on the right of the pitch but as the former tries to dance past Cameron into the box, the Stoke man nicks the ball back and clears the danger.
36: A half chance for Bojan after some good play from Berahino to maintain possession, with the former driving down the wing before trying his luck but again, it flies over Pickford's bar.
35: Rooney has done well to defend corners so far and he does so again as Shaqiri whips in an effort but the Everton forward gets ahead of Cameron to clear.
Diouf tries his luck not long after but he lashes at the ball to send his shot wide. He had plenty of time to set himself up in the box but just doesn't use the advantage.
33: WIDE! It's not the best Rooney has ever produced as he sends the free kick well wide of the posts. A groan of frustration rings out around Goodison in what has been a game with little quality thus far.
32: Rooney cuts a frustrated figure as he twists and turns his way around his marker and is shouting for someone to pass it to, but no one was there to help.
Everton have the free kick now as Allen fouls Gueye. He needs to be careful after his recent booking. Rooney over the set piece...
29: First yellow card for Allen as he clips Rooney in the middle of the park. A couple of tasty tackles have been going in lately and it's the spark this game needs.
27: A good spell of possession from Everton as they look to create some chances with Stoke not seeing much of the ball in the last few minutes.
They have a throw-in now though as Jagielka plays an misplaced pass, which is unusual for him.
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24: A good period for Everton as they win a corner, with Ramriez smashing an attempted cross into the backside of Zouma. Rooney lines it up...
SHOT! Phil Jagielka runs towards it and flicks the ball outwards to the top of the box, landing at the feet of Gueye who tries his luck but it fires well wide of the post.
21: STRIKE! A decent effort from Gueye as he collects the ball in the middle of the park and makes a little run to the top right corner of the box before going for goal himself and it's as decent a strike as we have seen so far, but Butland has it well covered.
20: A decent passage of play between Rooney and Idrissa Gueye there as they knock the ball between themselves, looking for an opening.
Gueye attempts to find Klaassen on his left but the ball runs too long for the midfielder and Stoke regain possession.
18: Everton are sitting incredibly deep at the moment as Stoke look to take control of this one.
The Potters pass the ball between themselves before it lands at the feet of Shaqiri who attempts a run across the top of the box with a view to shooting, but Keane is tracking him all the way and the Stoke man doesn't quite manage an effort.
16: Free kick to Stoke which Shaqiri delivers into the box. Joe Allen has a bite at the ball but sees his effort blocks before doing the same again.
Ramriez then latches onto the loose ball and attempts to break with Davy Klaassen but the former is eventually flagged for offside.
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