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BBC pundit seriously impressed by Richarlison in Everton clash

Jordan Harris

Michael Brown has told BBC Sport that Richarlison was magnificent to score both penalties that Everton received during the first-half of their massive Premier League clash with Burnley on Wednesday.

Frank Lampard’s side desperately needed a positive result at Turf Moor. They have been woeful on the road since the Englishman was appointed. And Burnley are one of only three teams below them in the table.

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Everton could not have got off to a worse start. Nathan Collins put Burnley in front after just 12 minutes. The Toffees were beaten much too easily from a corner.

However, they ultimately went into the break ahead. And it was Richarlison who showed the composure to turn the game around.

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Everton won their first penalty after Anthony Gordon was bundled over. It was clever play from the winger to make sure that he was clipped.

Richarlison strolled up to the ball and waited for Nick Pope to commit before stroking the effort home.

‘Magnificent’: Richarlison lauded after Everton brace

And four minutes before the break, the Brazilian then put Everton in front. Vitaliy Mykolenko seemed to go to ground incredibly easily after being clipped by Aaron Lennon. And Mike Dean gave the penalty after being told to consult the screen.

Mykolenko was definitely caught by Lennon. However, he managed to plant his foot before going to ground. In previous years, it would have been a stonewall penalty. But it seemed incredibly soft.

Everton however, will argue that they were due the rub of the green after some of the baffling decisions that have gone against them.

And Richarlison made the most of the chance, scoring once again.

And that prompted Brown to laud the forward and his coolness in such a tense and pivotal moment.

“Magnificent composure from Richarlison, you fancied him all the way,” he told BBC Sport.

“He waited for Pope to commit and he put it in exactly the same corner as before.”

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