A brilliant strike from Pedro in the 66th minute broke the deadlock, and then goals from skipper Gary Cahill and substitute Willian made sure of the three points for Antonio Conte’s side.
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“It feels massive, we did what we need to do and it is a great victory, we knew this was like a final,” Cahill told Sky Sports.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman had no doubt his team had lost to the team who will win the title.
“It is really tough to beat
There was no sign of a wobble from the Londoners, however, and they came through this test with barely a hint of nerves.
Everton were without their key French international defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who was ruled out with a thigh injury, and that robbed them of the solidity that has been a feature of their recent performances.
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Nonetheless, the home side started brightly, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin striking the post in the second minute after a sublime pass from Ross Barkley.
Koeman’s side struggled to create real openings, however, and
Pedro broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion, making some space for himself and then beating Maarten Stekelenburg with a left-foot drive from 25 metres out that flew into the top corner.
The visitors doubled their advantage when Stekelenburg could only parry out a low, diagonal free kick from Eden Hazard and captain Cahill pounced to fire home the loose ball.
The visiting fans applauded their team off the field at the end, confident that there will be more celebrations to come in the next few weeks.