James Rodriguez opened his scoring for Everton with a goal against West Brom, as Slaven Bilic's side imploded on the stroke of half-time.
Having been behind early in the game, Carlo Ancelotti's side took the lead just before the break thanks to James' first goal for the club, as he struck the ball from outside the area past the diving Sam Johnstone.
James Rodriguez is off the mark! :large_blue_circle:- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2020
He finds the bottom corner to put Everton in front. pic.twitter.com/3dwMzGhBQp
James move from Real Madrid to the Toffees this summer was seen as one of the biggest moves of the summer and, along with fellow midfield additions Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, he had an impressive debut against Spurs last week.
After all the optimism from the win over Jose Mourinho's team last week, Carlo Ancelotti's men actually found themselves 1-0 down after 10 minutes.
Grady Diangana, who controversially moved from West Ham this summer, scored on the break, with Jordan Pickford partially at fault.
Everton were level just past the half-hour mark when Dominic Calvert-Lewin's back-heel was given by VAR, after it was initially wrongly given offside, then West Brom's implosion happened.
Just as it looked like the sides would go into the break level, Rodriguez scored his first for the club to put them ahead. Kieran Gibbs was then sent off in injury time for pushing the goalscorer off the ball.
As the teams and the referees went into the changing room for half-time, Mike Dean was approached by an incensed Slaven Bilic, wanting answers for the red card, and the Baggies' boss was shown a red card himself.
A goal and a red card to finish off the half, it's all gone wrong for West Brom!- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2020
Slaven Bilic vents his frustrations at Mike Dean :rage: pic.twitter.com/2GBqEsnHqv
West Brom will do extremely well to come back from here.
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