(AP) — BRIGHTON, England — In Everton’s 2-0 Premier League victory over Brighton on Saturday, Dominic Calvert-Lewin had to wrestle the ball away from teammate Richarlison before converting a second-half penalty.
After Seamus Coleman was brought down in the box by Joel Veltman in the 56th minute, Richarlison grabbed the ball and initially refused to hand it over to Calvert-Lewin, Everton’s designated penalty taker.
The England international took a short run-up and blasted low into the bottom left corner, just beyond goalkeeper Robert Sanchez’s right hand at Amex Stadium, who immediately hit the turf in despair.
Everton took the lead in the 41st minute when Demarai Gray collected a pass into space from midfielder Allan and slotted a left-footed shot past Sanchez’s left foot.
Under new manager Rafael Benitez, Everton has seven points from three games. After victories over Burnley and Watford, it was Brighton’s first loss of the season.
Richarlison has been linked with a move, but Benitez stated on Friday that the squad has no intention of selling the Brazil attacker.
Richarlison was clutching the ball and spoke to Everton captain Coleman when teammate Andros Townsend poked it loose for the disputed penalty. Calvert-Lewin was able to pick it up as a result.
Before Calvert-Lewin scored, Coleman walked Richarlison away from the penalty spot.
Calvert-Lewin was replaced in the 69th minute due to a muscular complaint. He walked away from the field on his own.
Gray joined Everton in the offseason after spending the previous season on loan at Bayer Leverkusen.