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Everton were able to hold on in the second half to secure three points against Leeds United. Goals from Gylfi Sigurðsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the first half secured the three points for Everton.

In the ninth minute, Sigurðsson took the lead for his side after a brilliant cross from Lucas Digne on the left-hand side of the field.

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Leeds United responded well with two chances, the first going to Ezguyen Alioski whose volley from a corner smashed into the post. The second chance went to Pascal Struijk whose header was brilliantly saved by Robin Olsen in the Everton goal.

Calvert-Lewin scored for the first time in eight games from a corner after a header was flicked on by Ben Godfrey. This was the eighth time Leeds have conceded from a corner this season.

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Raphinha was able to score early in the second half with a brilliant finish as he was able to smash the ball into the corner of the goal. Leeds were fortunate not to give away a penalty for handball with the ball striking Ayling’s arm.

Olsen, who was in for the injured Jordon Pickford, made a brilliant double save to keep his side in the lead.

Calvert-Lewin had a chance to wrap up the game late on with a one-on-one but his shot was saved by Illan Meslier. Shortly afterwards Joshua King came on for Everton to make his debut after signing for the Merseyside side.

Patrick Roberts had the last chance for Leeds but smashed the ball over the bar. Leeds put late pressure on Everton but couldn’t get an equaliser.

The victory means that Everton are in sixth and are closing in on the Champions League places. Leeds remain in 11th after moving up a place in the league on goal difference after Southampton’s 9-0 loss yesterday.

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