Friday 18 August 2017

Lukaku the missing ingredient for Toffees

Everton missed the potency of Romelu Lukaku in their 1-1 friendly draw with Porto. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Everton missed the potency of Romelu Lukaku in their 1-1 friendly draw with Porto. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Nigel Whittaker

An eventful day at Goodison Park saw Everton celebrate Leon Osman's 11 years of service and present record-signing Romelu Lukaku to the crowd, but the Toffees had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Porto.

Everton, who struggled to craft clear-cut opportunities in the absence of a recognised No 9, went ahead nine minutes before the interval when Steven Naismith coolly side-footed the ball home.

Lukaku was paraded to rapturous applause during the break and his potency was clearly the missing ingredient as Porto fought their way back into the game, with Jackson Martinez grabbing a deserved equaliser.

Thibaut Courtois got the nod ahead of veteran Petr Cech for Chelsea's game with Werder Bremen only to find himself on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline.

The Belgian goalkeeper, returning to Stamford Bridge after two years on loan in Spain with Atletico Madrid, was beaten from the spot by Eljero Elia before Ludovic Obraniak's powerful header made it 2-0.

Didier Drogba made his return to action for Chelsea in the second half, but failed to inspire a comeback and Felix Kroos made it 3-0 with another spot-kick late on.

Two goals in two minutes from Luis Alberto and Ezequiel Rescaldani consigned West Ham to a 2-0 defeat to Malaga as the Spanish side won the inaugural Schalke Cup at the Veltins-Arena.

Newcastle rounded off the tournament by humbling the hosts 3-1 thanks to goals from Emmanuel Riviere, Rolando Aarons and Remy Cabella, while Donis Avdijaj pulled one back for Schalke.


Elsewhere, former Barcelona forward Bojan struck a sweet left-footed drive from 25 yards to earn Stoke a 1-1 draw at Blackburn after Jordan Rhodes had nudged the hosts in front with a trademark poacher's finish just before half-time.

Newcastle United have signed Argentinian striker Facundo Ferreyra on a season-long loan from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, the Premier League side announced yesterday.

Ferreyra (23) played for Banfield and Velez Sarsfield in his homeland before joining Shakhtar in 2013.

He was one of six foreign players who had refused to return to Donetsk after a friendly in France two days after the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down over eastern Ukraine last month.

"I like the Premier League and when I knew that Newcastle were interested in me, it was a very easy decision to make," he said.

Last Friday, Pardew played down the likelihood of a deal for Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy, who scored 14 goals in 27 games for the Magpies on loan last season.

Remy (27) was expected to join Liverpool before a deal collapsed, and Pardew had confirmed his interest in re-signing the France international earlier this week.

"We've not really had much contact with Loic and I don't see that evolving if I'm honest," Pardew said.

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