England Andre Gomes’ superb free-kick sends Everton to FA Cup fourth round

Andre Gomes’ superb free-kick earned Everton a 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace and a home tie against Luton Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

After a goalless draw at Selhurst Park 13 days previously, Gomes’ inch-perfect set piece in front of the Sir Philip Carter Park Stand just before half-time settled it at Goodison Park.

Sean Dyche made four changes from the side that started the home draw with Aston Villa, with Joao Virginia – who impressively kept a clean sheet in the initial Cup clash with Palace, Nathan Patterson, Dwight McNeil and Gomes recalled to the starting line-up.

Abdoulaye Doucoure and Seamus Coleman missed out on the matchday squad, while Jordan Pickford and Arnaut Danjuma took a place on the bench.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin dug out a shot from an acute angle on 13 minutes, forcing Sam Johnstone into action as he clawed the ball behind for a corner.

The first real flash point came midway through the first half when Jack Harrison went down under a challenge from Tyrick Mitchell on the line of Crystal Palace’s penalty area – but the Blues’ appeals for a penalty were waved away by referee Tony Harrington were waved away and the wait for a first spot-kick of the season went on.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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