Bailey cameo inspires Villa to 3-0 win over Everton in EPL

The winger, signed from Bayer Leverkusen in the offseason, came on in the 61st minute when the score was 0-0 and went off with a muscle injury in the 81st, by which time Villa had scored all of its goals.

Leon Bailey and Tyrone Mings

Aston Villa's Leon Bailey and Tyrone Mings celebrate with teammates as Lucas Digne of Everton scores an own goal.   -  Action Images via Reuters

Leon Bailey’s explosive 20-minute cameo propelled Aston Villa to a 3-0 win over Everton in the English Premier League as Rafa Benitez slumped to his first loss in charge of the visitor on Saturday.

The winger, signed from Bayer Leverkusen in the offseason, came on in the 61st minute when the score was 0-0 and went off with a muscle injury in the 81st, by which time Villa had scored all of its goals.

In the space of nine minutes, right back Matty Cash slammed home a rising shot from the edge of area, Bailey sent in an inswinging corner that was glanced into his own net by Everton left back Lucas Digne, then Bailey surged into the area after a swift counterattack and lashed a powerful shot high past Everton goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in the 75th.

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Everton collected 10 points from its first four games under Benitez but stumbled at Villa Park under the weight of a slew of injuries that robbed the Spaniard of key players Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Jordan Pickford and Seamus Coleman for the game.

It was Villa's second league win.

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