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.in

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  Everton v Stoke preview Wayne Rooney is set to make his first Premier League start for Everton in 13 years against Stoke on Saturday.Wayne Rooney is set to make his first Premier League start for Everton in 13 years in Saturday's season opener against Stoke at Goodison Park.

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

Fairytale Wayne Rooney Strike Hands Everton Opening Day Win Over 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.

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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 strikes in Everton win

  Rooney strikes in Everton win Wayne Rooney scored on his Premier League return to Everton as they beat Stoke 1-0 in their opening fixture of the season. It was a fairy-tale return to his boyhood club as Rooney headed home the winning goal in the added minute of injury time in the first half, and sealed the three points for the hosts.The Toffees had drawn their last four opening day matches but managed to hold out for the victory against a Stoke side who had very few clear-cut chances, with Xherdan Shaqiri almost snatching a draw late on, only to be denied by a superb Jordan Pickford save.

Everton 1 - 0 Stoke : Wayne Rooney nets on Premier League return for Toffees . Everton boss Ronald Koeman says his side didn't put in a good performance but added that opening day nerves played a part after they beat Stoke .

Everton 1 - 0 Stoke : Wayne Rooney completes fairytale return to Goodison Park as he heads the winner for boyhood club to earn opening - day victory Wayne Rooney

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's Everton move 'fantastic'

  Rooney's Everton move 'fantastic' Stoke midfielder Darren Fletcher believes Wayne Rooney's return to Everton is a "match made in heaven".Stoke midfielder Darren Fletcher believes Wayne Rooney's return to Everton is a "match made in heaven" and backed his former Manchester United team-mate to prove he is still a top-class player.

Stoke news: Latest news from the Bet365 Stadium as the Potters suffer opening day defeat by Everton . The Toffees forward ghosted into the box after pushing away Joe Allen before Dominic Share or comment on this article: Everton 1 - 0 Stoke : Wayne Rooney completes fairytale return.

Wayne Rooney scored on his Premier League return to Everton as they beat Stoke 1 - 0 in their opening fixture of the season. The Toffees had drawn their last four opening day matches but managed to hold out for the victory against a Stoke side who had very few clear-cut chances, with

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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.

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.

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.

SAT 12 Aug 2017Premier League. Everton 1 Stoke 0 . Rooney (45'+ 1 minutes). Calvert-Lewin also went close for the home side as Stoke struggled to break Everton down on the opening day . Xherdan Shaqiri's long-range effort did force new Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford into a fine save in

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.

'That's why Rooney's in my fantasy team' - Everton keeper Pickford delights in hero's return .
The ex-England U21 international enjoyed a Premier League debut to remember for the Toffees, with a former Manchester United star aiding his causeEverton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had an extra reason to cheer Wayne Rooney's winning goal against Stoke City on Saturday.

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