Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-first-half Lewin’s goals were enough to give Everton a rare Elland Road victory as Leeds were defeated 2-1 on Wednesday in a pulsating game.
Within nine minutes, before Calvert-Lewin ended his seven-game goal drought with a close-range header before the break, Sigurdsson tapped in Lucas Digne’s brilliant cross to hand the Toffees the lead.
In a frenetic first half, with Ezgjan Alioski rattling the post, Leeds was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet, but it took just three minutes to half the deficit in the second period as the crisp finish of Raphinha laid the foundations of a comeback.
Leeds laid siege to the Everton post, but as he prevented Mateusz Klich, Raphinha, and Jack Harrison from salvaging a point, he found stand-in goalkeeper Robin Olsen in inspired form.
In their 50 top-flight visits to Elland Lane, Everton’s second Premier League win away at Leeds was their fifth and pushed Carlo Ancelotti’s side up to sixth in the table, while Leeds stayed 11th after their brave struggle fell short.
Everton took the lead after a high-octane start, during which Raphinha – who scored the Goodison Park winner the last time the two sides met – saw a first-minute attempt blocked behind him.
A beautifully worked move saw Andre Gomes release Digne down the left, and the late-arriving Sigurdsson clinically dispatched the full-cross. back’s