Jorginho’s first-half penalty was enough to earn Chelsea a first win at Everton since 2017 with a 1-0 victory at Goodison Park.
Jorginho converted from the spot with what was the third opening-weekend penalty he has scored for the Blues, after Abdoulaye Doucoure had halted Ben Chilwell’s run into the box with a clumsy challenge.
That goal came after more than eight minutes of first-half injury time, added largely due to a nasty early injury suffered by Ben Godfrey in a challenge with Kai Havertz, which saw him stretchered off and taken to hospital.
The hosts struggled to challenge in open play without a recognised striker on the pitch but from two corners, James Tarkowski forced Edouard Mendy into a fingertip stop before Doucoure pulled an excellent sprawling save out of the Chelsea goalkeeper.
Demarai Gray also beat Thiago Silva in a footrace into the area in a rare promising moment in open play for Everton before the defender recovered to block his effort behind, but the hosts lacked the quality to find a way through as they fell to an opening-day defeat for the first time since 2012.
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