Playing at the Goodison Park in the Carabao Cup’s Round of 16, Everton hosted Watford this Tuesday. With goals from Holgate and the Brazilian Richarlison, the Toffees made it to the quarterfinals of the domestic cup. However, despite the apparent easy win, it was a dramatic game.
The first half of the game at Goodison Park was really weak, with some terrible finishings from the strikers, as the goalkeepers barely worked.
However, things changed after the break, as we witnessed some action into the match. The hosts were pushing hard for an opener, and a goal seemed to be close.
Until the 70th minute, Everton had at least three chances to score, as the Brazilian keeper, Gomes, saved Watford, and the crossbar did all the hard work on Iwobi and Digne’s efforts.
On 72 minutes, the Toffees’ goal finally came out. After a good cross, Holgate appeared alone in the box to just nod into the nets, as the Goodison Park erupted. 1-0 Everton.
After that, it was time for the Hornets to step up and try something else offensively. They had some good chances as well and were high-pressing Everton. A very apprehensive atmosphere could be felt at the Goodison, as it seemed like the game would head to extra-time.
In a counterattack though, the Blues from Liverpool counted on Richarlison’s talent, as he got the ball, rounded the defender, and smartly tapped over his countryman Gomes to make it 2-0 to Everton.
With the 2-0 win at home, Everton made it to the Carabao’s Cup quarterfinals, and wait up until the draw to get to know their opponents in the next phase. We surely cannot expect much from Everton either, but it’s good for both team and fans to have an experience of at least dreaming of winning a cup after such a long time.