Calvert-Lewin, Rodriguez strike as Everton rolls on

The result left Everton top of the standings on a maximum 12 points from four games, three ahead of Leicester City and champion Liverpool.

James Rodriguez celebrates scoring against Brighton.   -  AP

Dominic Calvert-Lewin became Everton's first player to score in the opening four matches of a Premier League season as it beat Brighton & Hove Albion 4-2 on Saturday to keep its perfect start intact.

The result left Everton top of the standings on a maximum 12 points from four games, three ahead of Leicester City and champion Liverpool, who each have a game in hand.

Calvert-Lewin took his tally to nine goals from six games in all competitions when he rose at the far post to head home a Gylfi Sigurdsson cross in the 16th minute before Neil Maupay levelled from close range in the 41st.

Yerry Mina restored the home side's lead on the stroke of halftime, heading home an inch-perfect free kick floated in by fellow Colombian James Rodriguez.

Good work from substitute Alex Iwobi presented Rodriguez with a second-half brace as he swept the ball home from eight metres to make it 3-1 in the 52nd minute before he capped another flowing move in the 70th.

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Midfielder Yves Bissouma pulled one back for the visitor with a cracking shot from 25 metres in stoppage time but it was too little, too late to deny high-flying Everton a fourth successive league win.

“This is the moment of Dominic Calvert-Lewin now,” Toffees' boss Ancelotti told the BBC.

“There is not just one reason. He is confident, we are seeing him improving and he is scoring goals and that is the most important motivation for a striker.”

Speaking of Rodriguez seamlessly settling into a wide forward's role on the right flank, the Italian said: “The players with quality have not a problem with that. The quality is there because football is not so complicated.

“The pitch is always the same, the opponents are always 11, the ball is the same, the goal doesn't move. Football is simple. It is not complicated.”

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