Everton 1-0 Stoke: Wayne Rooney finishes fairytale return

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The brilliant new era at Goodison Recreation area had a sluggish opening 45 minutes. Then, just as the particular tannoy announcer reported âOne additional minuteâ? Sandro Ramirez fed Daniel Calvert-Lewin, whose cross was fulfilled with a terrific jump plus header from Wayne Rooney. Cue bedlam.

Rooney never going in order to be denied the headlines upon a first Premier League look for his boyhood club intended for 13 years. After all, heâs been writing his own scripts since he announced himself in order to the world on a single ground along with a goal against Arsenal old 16.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes didnât even bother to namecheck him in describing the champion. âYou know who was often going to be part associated with the story and thatâs exactly how it panned out, â? he or she grimaced.   

Wayne Rooney completed his return to Goodison Park with a sensational header to beat Stoke 1-0 in their opening game

Wayne Rooney completed his return to Goodison Park with a sensational header to beat Stoke 1-0 within their opening game

The Toffees forward ghosted into the box after pushing away Joe Allen before Dominic Calvert-Lewin floated the ball in

The Toffees forward ghosted into the particular box after pushing away May well Allen before Dominic Calvert-Lewin sailed the ball in

His header sailed beyond Jack Butland in the Stoke goal as he registered his first goal for Everton since leaving in 2004

His header sailed beyond Jack Butland in the Stoke goal since he registered his first objective for Everton since leaving within 2004

Rooney sprints to the adoring fans as team-mates Daby Klaassen and Idrissa Gueye celebrate with the returning hero

Rooney sprints towards the adoring fans as team-mates Daby Klaassen and Idrissa Gueye commemorate with the returning hero

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND LITTLE LEAGUE TABLE

Everton (3-5-2): Pickford 6. five; Keane 7, Jagielka 7, Williams 5. 5 (Martina 45 6); Calvert-Lewin 6. 5, Schneiderlin seven Gueye 7. 5, Klaasen six (Davies 60 6), Baines six; Rooney 7, Ramirez 6. five (Mirallas 77 6)

Subs unused: Stekelenburg, Besic, Holgate, Lookman

Goal: Rooney 45

Booked: Martina

Stoke City (3-4-3): Butland seven; Cameron 7, Shawcross 6. five, Zouma 7; Diouf 6. five, Fletcher 6, Allen 6, Pieters 6. 5; Shaqiri 6, Berahino 6 (Chouplo-Moting 72 6. 5), Bojan 5. 5 (Crouch 72 6)

Subs unused: Grant, Manley, Tymon, Adam, Sobhi

Booked: Allen

Referee: Neil Swarbrick 7

Attendance: 39, 045

Premier League Premier League Championship League One League Two Scottish Premiership Scottish Div 1 Scottish Div 2 Scottish Div 3 Ligue 1 Serie A La Liga Bundesliga

On an afternoon that will Ronald Koeman gave five costly signings their Everton league debuts, it was the sixth, Rooney, who proved most influential, not really just for the quality associated with his finish â? his very first goal for the club within 4, 870 days â? yet the way he helped their team-mates overcome the line.

Not only was half the group new but Koeman also elected for a different system, 3-5-2, which he hastily altered in the interval because it looked sketchy.

Yet Rooney remained above the particular fray, putting his foot upon the ball in the right instances and producing the pass associated with the match which would possess given Calvert-Lewin a second objective had it not been intended for a wonderful last-ditch challenge simply by Kurt Zouma.

âIt was the great goal by Wayne plus he was the one gamer in an Everton shirt who else was comfortable on the presentation from the first second in order to the last, â? said Koeman.   

Everton boss Ronald Koeman steps out of the tunnel at Goodison Park ahead of their Premier League opener

Everton boss Ronald Koeman steps out of the particular tunnel at Goodison Park forward of their Premier League opener

Everton new boy Michael Keane sets his stall out early as he puts in a tackle on Stoke defender Erik Pieters

Everton new boy Erina Keane sets his stall away early as he puts within a tackle on Stoke opponent Erik Pieters

Stoke playmaker Joe Allen shifts the ball away from Morgan Schneiderlin during a glorious day on Merseyside

Stoke playmaker Joe Allen shifts the golf ball away from Morgan Schneiderlin throughout a glorious day on Merseyside

Allen puts pressure on Rooney as the former Manchester United captain looks to control a difficult ball

Allen puts pressure upon Rooney because the former Manchester Usa captain wants control a tough ball

Stoke boss Mark Hughes gestures from the sideline after Bojan Krkic is brought down during a heavy challenge

Stoke boss Tag Hughes gestures from your sideline right after Bojan Krkic is brought straight down during a heavy challenge

Leighton Baines, who was honoured for his 10 years of service before the game, tugs back Xherdan Shaqiri 

Leighton Baines, who was honored for his 10 years associated with service before the game, tugs back Xherdan Shaqiri 

Gueye unleashes a shot as Saido Berahino attempts to block but the ball fizzes wide and the deadlock is not broken

Gueye unleashes an attempt as Saido Berahino attempts to block but the particular ball fizzes wide and the particular deadlock is not broken

âEverton choice he made was the correct one. In difficult moments associated with the game, he showed their experience. He was clever upon the ball. That is exactly why we signed him, to display his team-mates everything experience. â? ***)

And boyish joy too. Whenever Calvert-Lewin swung more than a wonderful arced cross towards the penalty place, Rooney took advantage of a good absent Stoke defence to obtain admirable climb in his step and power a header that will gave Jack Butland no possibility.

The set you back the corner banner and knee slide celebration has been a pure spontaneous release associated with emotion. Stoke must be tired of him. In January Rooney obtained a late free-kick against these to claim the goalscoring record from Sir Bobby Charlton.

Such was the hype around Everton this season after the number of key signings, a person would have forgiven Stoke when they hadnât bothered to turn upward.   

But Rooney was the man to open the scoring for Everton this season after his burst into the box with a terrific run

But Rooney has been the man to open the particular scoring for Everton this time of year after his burst to the container with a terrific run

He sends his header back across goal leaving Butland helpless before he ran off in celebration at Goodison Park

He sends his header back again across goal leaving Butland weak before he ran off within celebration at Goodison Park

Rooney's team-mates congratulate him as he opens his Everton account for the second time with a glorious header

Rooney’s team-mates congratulate him when he opens his Everton account intended for the 2nd time with a wonderful header

Hughes tells his team to calm down and regroup after Everton take the lead but his side went into the break 1-0 down

Hughes tells their team to calm down plus regroup after Everton take the particular lead but his side proceeded to go into the break 1-0 down

Yet it was the visitors who else looked more comfortable playing three-at-the-back in the opening 45 mins albeit without troubling Evertonâs £30million âkeeper Jordan Pickford.

In comparison, Koemanâs two wing-backs Calvert-Lewin plus Leighton Baines looked very unusual bedfellows and despite taking the particular lead in injury-time, Koeman got off Ashley Williams at the particular turnaround and sent on professional right-back Cuco Martina to go back to some standard 4-4-2.

Everton appeared much more cohesive after that plus Stokeâs only chance of a good equaliser came here at the passing away when Pickford dived brilliantly in order to keep out Shaqiriâs shot along with the visitorâs first shot upon target.

âThe team looked anxious on the ball in the particular first half, â? said Koeman. âIt was vital that you change the particular system and we were much more comfortable in the second half with no creating big chances.   

Cuco Martina, who replaced Ashley Williams at half time, fends off the advances of defender Geoff Cameron

Cuco Martina, who replaced Ashley Williams at half time, fends from the advances of defender Geoff Cameron

Rooney and Allen don't hold back as the pair go full-blooded into a tackle but the Everton man comes away with the ball

Rooney and Allen don’t hold back as the particular pair go full-blooded into the tackle but the Everton guy comes away with the ball

Stoke's new signing Darren Fletcher attempts to rally his troops as they bid for an equaliser at Goodison Park

Stoke’s new signing Darren Fletcher attempts to rally their troops as they bid intended for an equaliser at Goodison Park

âWe had a lot of brand new players out there which probably didnât help. But we didnât possess a lot of options along with Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley, Adam McCarthy, Seamus Coleman, Yanick Bolasie, Ramiro Funes Mori all hurt.

âBut there were more chances, a lot more shots on target and earned to win. A clean page was extremely important. â? ***)

Stoke dropped their attacking talisman Marko Arnautovic to West Ham in the particular summer and for all the particular pretty patterns they weaved, this was only if Peter Crouch plus debutant Eric Choupo-Moting came upon for the last 18 mins, they carried much attacking danger.

âEverton have spent lots

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