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First-half goals by Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin secured Everton’s fourth straight away win and sent them sixth with a pulsating 2-1 victory at Leeds United.

Sigurdsson handed Carlo Ancelotti’s side a ninth-minute lead with a side-footed finish thanks to a fine cross from the left by Lucas Digne.

Ezgjan Alioski slammed a powerful volley against a post for Leeds before Calvert-Lewin doubled the Toffees’ lead with a far-post header four minutes before half-time.

Three minutes after the break Patrick Bamford fed Raphinha, who made it 2-1 with a composed strike.

A stunning triple-save by goalkeeper Robin Olsen maintained Everton’s lead as he kept out efforts by Mateusz Klich, Raphinha and Jack Harrison.

On 71 minutes Stuart Dallas’s cross was headed on to the crossbar by Bamford, and Everton held out for the win.

Everton have 36 points, four behind fourth-placed Liverpool with two matches in hand.

Leeds lie 11th on 29 points.

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Former Blade Dominic Calvert-Lewin was quickly back into the goalscoring groove after making his mark in Everton’s 3-0 FA Cup fourth-round win over Sheffield Wednesday.

The ex-Sheffield United trainee, who made a dozen appearances for the first team before moving to Goodison Park in 2016, scored his first goal in 50 days after returning from injury to help set up a fifth-round tie at home to either Wycombe or Tottenham.

Their performance was comfortable but not convincing against the Championship’s second-bottom team until two set-piece goals inside four second-half minutes from Richarlison and Yerry Mina.

However, there was never any real threat of an upset as Everton, in their 26th year without a trophy, edged closer to ending their long wait for silverware.

It owed much to the creative talents of James Rodriguez, who cruised through the game playing at his own pace but still dominated the ball and looked to be close to reaching the form which helped fire the Toffees to the top of the Premier League early in the season – even if both his assists came from corners.

If that continues, Calvert-Lewin – out since New Year’s Day because of a hamstring injury but who actually only missed two matches due to a Covid postponement against Aston Villa – will certainly benefit more.

Wednesday midfielder Adam Reach, who together with captain Barry Bannan provided the visitors’ creativity, served an early warning with a shot palmed away by Robin Olsen, one of five changes made by Carlo Ancelotti.

It was the incentive the hosts needed with Richarlison having a header tipped onto the crossbar and a goal ruled out for offside after a thread-needle through-ball from Rodriguez, whose clever pass at the end of an intricate passing move saw Calvert-Lewin denied at the near post.

But the England international was sharpest when it came to reacting to Andre Gomes’ cross, sliding in at the far post to divert home his 15th goal of the season just before the half-hour mark.

Andre Green’s Wednesday debut, after being released by Villa this month, lasted 45 minutes before he was replaced by Josh Windass but the change made little difference.

Calvert-Lewin was denied again when goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith turned his shot behind but the game was wrapped up around the hour mark.

Both goals came from almost identical corners from Rodriguez, the first flicked in by Richarlison with the second powered home by Mina.

With the job done – and Leicester to come on Wednesday – Ancelotti withdrew both his senior forwards and late on handed debuts to academy graduates Tyler Onyango, 17, and Thierry Small, who at 16 years and 176 days took the record for being Everton’s youngest away from Jose Baxter, who was 15 days older when he made his bow in 2008.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin struck late on as 10-man Everton twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Liverpool.

Sadio Mane gave Liverpool a third-minute lead, converting a cross from the rampaging Andrew Robertson.

But after Virgil van Dijk had limped off, Michael Keane headed in James Rodriguez’s corner on 19 minutes for Everton’s first Goodison derby goal in five seasons.

After half-time, Richarlison hit a post, before Mohamed Salah’s spectacular shot on 72 minutes made it 2-1 for his 100th goal for Liverpool.

With nine minutes remaining, Calvert-Lewin headed in Lucas Digne’s cross but then Richarlison was sent off for a foul on Thiago.

Jordan Henderson thought he had won it for the champions in stoppage time, but his effort was overturned by the VAR for offside.

Everton drop points for the first time this season but are top with 13 points. Liverpool rise to second on 10 points.

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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti was named Premier League Manager of the Month for September and said their strong start to the season can be the ideal launch pad to push for a European spot.

Ancelotti’s side have set the early pace in the top flight with wins over Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace last month, before they defeated Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday to maintain their perfect start.

“The key was the first match at Tottenham. That victory increased our confidence. We worked well in the transfer market. We signed players we need… they’ve adapted really fast,” the Italian coach said in a Premier League statement here.

“Our target is to reach Europe next season and to stay at the top for as long as possible… We’ve started really well and we hope to continue it and to win this award again.”

It is the fifth time the 61-year-old has claimed the prize, with his four previous awards coming during his time at Chelsea.

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 23, won the Player of the Month prize for September, marking the first time the Merseyside club have claimed both awards since Phil Jagielka and manager David Moyes did so in February 2009.

Calvert-Lewin, who scored on his England debut in Thursday’s 3-0 friendly win over Wales at Wemmbley, netted five league goals last month and was also on the scoresheet versus Brighton.

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin wrote another chapter in his breathtaking start to this season with a hat-trick as Everton won their sixth straight game from the start of a campaign for the first time in 82 years.

This wasn’t as straight forward for Everton as the scoreline suggests.

Indeed the Blues were at their most fluent before half-time and were unlucky to lead only 1-0 at the interval.

Robert Snodgrass equalised immediately after the restart – which angered Everton.

They’ve been here before of late, pegged back by both West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace before running out winners.

Everton promptly hammered on West Ham’s door and crashed through when Richarlison meandered across the edge of the box before unleashing a drive which deflected off Declan Rice and wrong-footed Darren Randolph.

Richarlison was soon forced off injured, however and Everton will be keeping their fingers crossed following problems for three players.

The brilliant pair of Richarlison and Allan went off inside eight hurtful second-half minutes – after Jonjoe Kenny’s enforced withdrawal four minutes before the break.

It was Richarlison’s replacement Alex Iwobi who did a lot of the leg work for Everton’s third goal.

Collecting a pass from Gylfi Sigurdsson, he crafted room to shoot, striking the far post.

The ball rebounded for Calvert-Lewin to turn home.

And when Calvert-Lewin completed his second treble in 11 days, Everton were guaranteed their Carabao Cup fourth-round place.

Sigurdsson was the provider, forcing a pass through a narrow gap. Calvert-Lewin prodded past Randolph for his eighth goal of the campaign.

From Michael Keane’s carefully lifted pass from his own half, through Calvert-Lewin’s gorgeous touch to pull the ball from the sky, to the striker’s classy finish, Everton’s first goal was a work of art.

Calvert-Lewin left Declan Rice trailing to fasten onto the pass from Keane, who skilfully avoided a challenge from Manuel Lanzini before releasing his teammate.

The Everton forward used his left instep to control, steadying himself before easing his right-footed finish past Randolph.

Carlo Ancelotti’s teamsheet read like a statement of intent, James Rodriguez and Allan both included for their first Carabao Cup appearances.

And James was in sumptuous touch, gliding between wings to feed a succession of wonderful passes to his forwards.

One ball inside Ben Johnson for Richarlison defied science and drew audible gasps from those fortunate enough to be inside Goodison Park.

Richarlison gave it the finish it deserved, too, but the Brazilian had strayed marginally offside before placing the ball in the net.

James was having fun running with the ball, his opponents backing off every time.

Snodgrass got in a tangle and ended up on the deck trying to halt the Colombian in one instance.

When James went deeper, he fed a ball down the line for Calvert-Lewin – repeatedly running down young right-back Johnson’s channel.

Calvert-Lewin cut inside but sent his strike from 18 yards whizzing over the top.

For all the magical moments from James and Richarlison, it was Everton’s third South American in Allan who drew an appreciative roar from his watching teammates with a terrific challenge to thwart Felipe Anderson on the break.

Anderson had forced Jordan Pickford into a save down to his right on seven minutes but there was little from West Ham going forwards.

Lanzini tumbled in the box but was penalised for handball and Sebastien Haller couldn’t stretch far enough to meet a terrific Aaron Creswell delivery from the left.

Another Creswell cross, moments before half-time, was headed beyond the far post by Lanzini.

The visitors were unsure at the back, Creswell keeping Randolph honest with a hard-hit backpass and Fabian Balbuena heaving a sigh of relief when his gift of possession to Calvert-Lewin came to nothing.

West Ham’s hesitancy was understandable nevertheless. If it wasn’t James gunning for them, it was Richarlison.

Scorer of three goals in his past two games – including a double in the previous round at Fleetwood Town – Richarlison began here with a surge into the box which required three defenders to stop.

He danced through again on 20 minutes, slipping inside Balbuena and opting to shoot early with the outside of his left boot.

Randolph did very well to scoop the ball over at close range.

The one disappointment for Everton in the opening 45 minutes came with the injury to Kenny, who insisted on staying on the pitch to avoid leaving his team a man short defending a corner before hobbling off.

The home team sustained another blow scarcely 20 seconds after the restart.

West Ham’s equaliser was simple in its execution but an excellent strike from Snodgrass.

Anderson collected an overhit cross on the left and fed the ball back for Snodgrass on the edge of the box.

The Scot met it first time with a shot which arced across Pickford and into the right corner.

Everton responded with a Richarlison strike from the left of the box against the base of Randolph’s right-post and a shot from distance hit too high by Calvert-Lewin.

Allan was brilliant again to scupper Anderson on the counter, then it was James and Richarlison back to the fore, combining to supply Gylfi Sigurdsson in the middle of the penalty area.

Sigurdsson’s shot was firm but repelled by the excellent Randolph.

The goalkeeper was stranded soon after, though, Randolph initially shifting left when Richarlison let fly from 18 yards – but undone by a deflection off Rice’s back which sent the ball on a trajectory down the middle of goal.

Richarlison’s night was ended when he fell awkwardly, the South American replaced by Alex Iwobi.

The nature of these games, winner-takes-all and no extra-time meant West Ham would inevitably begin throwing caution to the wind.

A cluster of claret-and-blue shirts were waiting when Andriy Yarmolneko headed into the middle after Snodgrass dug out a cross.

The ball dropped for Lanzini but he dragged his effort wide.

Pickford athletically helped over an effort from Haller after the Frenchman controlled on his chest and aimed an overhead kick.

With Richarlison and Allan off, it appeared Everton were set for a backs-to-the wall job to see this out.

The red-hot Calvert-Lewin emphatically dismissed that notion.

Everton have scored 12 times in three games in this competition with a +9 goal difference.