Everton put a dent on Chelsea’s hopes of a European place in the Premier League standings Sunday evening with a 2-0 win over the Blues at the Goodison Park.
Abdoulaye Doucoure and substitute Lewis Dobbin both fired the home side to their three consecutive Premier League victory for the first time since 2021.
Everton which were docked 10 points for financial reasons has thus moved four points clear of the relegation zone.
It was a close and high octane first half with Jordan Pickford making decent saves to deny Enzo Fernandez’s rasping shot and Cole Palmer’s dipping drive from range.
Jack Harrison’s acrobatic half volley flew narrowly wide and it was Everton’s most presentable opportunity in the opening period.
Dwight McNeil forced visiting goalkeeper Robert Sanchez into an excellent stop at the start of the second half but the keeper was taken off as he copped an injury trying to save that effort.
The loss is Chelsea’s seventh in the league under Mauricio Pochettino this season, dropping them one place to 11th, as they were leapfrogged by neighbours Fulham after the Cottagers’ 5-0 thrashing of West Ham.
The in-form Toffees had beaten Newcastle United 3-0 midweek as they continue to weather the recent off-the-field storm.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.