Sport Everton 1-0 Stoke: Fairytale Rooney Strike Hands Toffees Opening Day Win Over Potters

02:00  13 august  2017
02:00  13 august  2017 Source:   90min

Rooney didn't trade Man Utd for Everton to take his 'foot off the gas'

  Rooney didn't trade Man Utd for Everton to take his 'foot off the gas' A first-half header against Stoke City marked a goalscoring return for the 31-year-old with the Toffees and he hopes it is a sign of things to comeWayne Rooney is motivated by the high expectations on his shoulders after marking his Everton return with the winning goal against Stoke City.

Wayne Rooney 's romantic Everton return is complete after the striker bagged the only goal in the Blues' 1 - 0 opening day victory over Stoke City. On his second league bow for his boyhood club, Rooney rose to meet Dominic

Everton 1 - 0 Stoke : Shay Given own goals sees Toffees stay unbeaten. Sign in to watch highlights of Everton's 1 - 0 win over Stoke . Peter Crouch started for the Potters after his hat-trick against Stevenage in the EFL Cup on Tuesday and Stoke targeted him with floated crosses from the right.

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Wayne Rooney's romantic Everton return is complete after the striker bagged the only goal in the Blues' 1-0 opening day victory over Stoke City.

On his second league bow for his boyhood club, Rooney rose to meet Dominic Calvert-Lewin's inviting cross and send a bullet header into the net to cap a scintillating Toffees break - his first goal for the club for a Premier League record 4,869 days.

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Rooney didn't trade Man Utd for Everton to take his 'foot off the gas'

  Rooney didn't trade Man Utd for Everton to take his 'foot off the gas' A first-half header against Stoke City marked a goalscoring return for the 31-year-old with the Toffees and he hopes it is a sign of things to comeWayne Rooney is motivated by the high expectations on his shoulders after marking his Everton return with the winning goal against Stoke City.

Of course Wayne Rooney scored in Toffee blue, and Everton's rejuvenated side is 1 - 0 . It finished 1 - 0 . Guess who scored. [ RECAP/VIDEO: Everton 1 - 0 Stoke ]. Bournemouth struggled throughout and West Brom and Tony Pulis were the deserved winners on opening day .

Stoke news: Latest news from the Bet365 Stadium as the Potters suffer opening day defeat by Everton . Wayne Rooney completed his return to Goodison Park with a sensational header to beat Stoke 1 - 0 in their opening game.

Stoke proved a tough nut for the Blues to crack and had their fair share of chances to nick something from the contest, but it was to be Rooney's day in the sun.

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Everton struggled to gain a foothold in the game in the early stages, and it was the purposeful Potters who found their rhythm sooner as they probed with intent.

It was the away side who, through a Mame Biram Diouf burst down the right, that almost carved out the match's first chance, but Jordan Pickford was alert to turn the auxiliary wing-back's cross behind for a corner.

The first half-chance for the Toffees, meanwhile, came through debutant Sandro Ramirez. The striker collected Rooney's lay off but, after darting infield, dragged his right foot shot wide of the target.

Rooney: Everton return brings out the best in me

  Rooney: Everton return brings out the best in me A first-half header against Stoke City marked a goalscoring return for Wayne Rooney at Everton and he hopes it is a sign of things to come.Wayne Rooney is motivated by the high expectations on his shoulders after marking his Everton return with the winning goal against Stoke City.

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Even a man with 199 Premier League goals is going to notice the combination of returning home, Opening Day , and a go-ahead goal. Stoke one shot on frame. Stoke City’s lively second half wasn’t enough to offset Wayne Rooney ‘s first half stoppage time goal, and Everton edged the Potters 1 - 0

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Idrissa Gana Gueye drew a fine stop from Jack Butland after a storming run into Stoke's half, and the midfielder pinged another effort wide from the Blues' first corner just shy of 25 minutes.

A Stoke counter brought Bojan into play down the inside left flank, but the Spaniard fired his left foot drive over the bar as Michael Keane bore down on him.

Rooney's moment, from the match's first genuine passage of play, brought about the game's first goal on the stroke of half-time. Rooney played a one-two with Gueye, and immediately fed Sandro down the inside right channel.

The Spaniard turned and fed Calvert-Lewin out wide, and his first time cross was met by the head of the on-rushing Rooney who guided a superb header past Butland to send Goodison into raptures.

That's why Rooney's in my fantasy team - Everton keeper Pickford delights in hero's return

  That's why Rooney's in my fantasy team - Everton keeper Pickford delights in hero's return Jordan Pickford had an unblemished start to life in goal for Everton and thanks Wayne Rooney for boosting his fantasy football prospects.Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had an extra reason to cheer Wayne Rooney's winning goal against Stoke City on Saturday.

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Everton got their Premier League season up and running with a 1 - 0 victory over Stoke City. Wayne Rooney scored on the brink of half-time to put the Toffees ahead upon his Stoke have now failed to win in 16 of their last 20 away games and have lost four in their last five opening weekend matches.

Stoke wasted no time in trying to level proceedings at the start of the second half - Berahino's curling shot, however, flew wide of the goal.

Kurt Zouma's expertly-timed tackle on Calvert-Lewin prevented the young forward from potentially making it 2-0 from Rooney's through ball soon after.

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Rooney was certainly pulling the strings now, and his perfectly weighted ball found Baines in acres down the left. The veteran full-back's cut back, however, was only scuffed into the arms of Butland by Davy Klaassen.

A scrappy phase of play was finished off by Darren Fletcher just shy of the hour mark, but the Stoke debutant's fierce low drive whistled past the post, before Calvert-Lewin flashed a header wide of the mark from substitute Cuco Martina's cross at the other end.

Kurt Zouma's slip allowed Calvert-Lewin to bear down on goal to try and wrap up the points, but Butland was equal to his shot as he turned it around his near post.

A late flurry of activity from Stoke - and in particular the towering figure of Peter Crouch - caused a nervy end to the game, and Pickford produced an outstanding one handed save from Xherdan Shaqiri's ferocious strike in the final moments to hand Everton all points.

'More to come from Rooney' .
Former Everton and England forward Tony Cottee says there is "a lot more to come" from Wayne Rooney after his match-winning display against Stoke. Lifting three trophies at Manchester United last season was not enough to satisfy the 31-year-old, whose frustration at a lack of regular first-team football grew under Jose Mourinho.Rooney took the early-summer decision to leave Old Trafford after 13 years and rejoin his boyhood club Everton, who he inspired to a 1-0 victory over the Stoke in his first Premier League appearance for the club in 4,837 days.

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