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Doucoure’s brace of assists propels Iwobi’s Everton past Burnley

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The Mali prospect put an impressive performance for the Toffees, helping them to claim a comeback victory over the Clarets

Everton secured a comfortable 3-1 triumph over Burnley in Monday’s English Premier League encounter with Abdoulaye Doucoure bagging two assists.

Lifted by their 2-0 away victory over Brighton and Hove Albion their last time out, the Toffees welcomed the Clarets to the Goodison Park with the ambition of continuing their notable run.

Despite an impressive showing, the hosts were unable to get the goals as the first half ended 0-0.

Eight minutes into the second half, Sean Dyche’s side took a shock lead through Ben Mee who was assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Gudmundsson scampered after Ben Godfrey’s original clearance to send a cross from the right that the Englishman powered past Jordan Pickford from inside the six-yard box.

Nonetheless, the lead last for just seven minutes as Rafael Benitez’s team restored parity courtesy of Michael Keane with Andros Townsend supplying the assist.

Townsend turned goal scorer five minutes later to put Everton ahead for the first time in the game as he was teed up by Mali prospect Doucoure.

A minute later, the African star set up Demarai Gray to give the Toffee a 3-1 lead.

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With that Doucoure has now provided two assists in a single Premier League game for the third time, previously doing so for Watford against Wolverhampton Wanderers in October 2018.

The former France youth international capped his remarkable display with a goal in the 68th minute, however, it was chalked off by referee Martin Atkinson for offside.

Burnley returned home with heads bowed low as they were unable to erase the deficit despite making three substitutions.

Doucoure was in action from start to finish whereas, Nigeria international Alex Iwobi was introduced for Gray with two minutes left on the clock while Cote d’Ivoire midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin was an unused substitute.

Thanks to this result, Everton climbed to eighth in the EPL log having accrued eight points from four matches as Burnley sit in the 17th point with just two points.

Next up for Benitez’s men is a trip to Villa Park where they take on Aston Villa on September 18. Dean Smith’s men bowed 3-0 to Chelsea in their last outing.



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