Richarlison scores twice but Wolves rescue draw against 10-man Everton

Raul Jimenez

Raul Jimenez is on loan at Wolves from Benfica

Richarlison scored twice on his debut but 10-man Everton were left frustrated as Wolves claimed a point on their Premier League return.

The Brazilian winger stabbed home his first from close range, before stroking in a delightful second.

The Toffees had been in control for the opening 40 minutes, but skipper Phil Jagielka was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Diogo Jota.

Wolves levelled at 1-1 from the resulting free-kick with midfielder Ruben Neves curling into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Raul Jimenez struck straight at Jordan Pickford from close range in the second half, but the on-loan Mexican made amends by burying a header with 10 minutes remaining from Neves’ cross.

New Everton boss Marco Silva told BBC Sport: “I don’t have doubts. Even when Richarlison doesn’t score he works really hard to help his team. I’m sure the fans will be proud of him.

“He did very well. He worked hard, which is what I expect from him.”

Richarlison said he was “happy” and would remember the day “the rest of my life”.

Wolves spoil Richarlison-Silva reunion

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Red card had a big impact on game – Marco Silva

Silva was linked with a move to Goodison Park last season but Everton appointed Sam Allardyce instead, who oversaw an eighth-place finish.

Silva was sacked by Watford in January with the Hornets blaming Everton’s interest for a downturn in form. The Toffees finally got their man this summer after dismissing Allardyce.

The Portuguese’s first signing was Richarlison from his former club and much was made about the potential £50m fee, particularly having not scored for Watford since last November.

But it looks to be a shrewd move by Silva to link up again with the 21-year-old, who displayed his qualities inside and outside the box.

Playing from the left, he posed a dangerous threat to Wolves wing-back Matt Doherty and his 13 sprints during his 86 minutes on the pitch was bettered only by team-mate Seamus Coleman (15).

Richarlison opened the scoring with a opportunistic strike as Wolves failed to clear a Leighton Baines free-kick into the box, while his second was a measured finish into the far corner.

He also came close to making a goal when his knockdown fell nicely in the box for Theo Walcott, but the former Arsenal man’s scuffed shot failed to threaten Rui Patricio.

Richarlison added: “I have to thank my colleagues because we had to run double with one player less, so it is a special day for me.”

Everton would have been in a better position to claim all three points had Jagielka not been dismissed after losing control of the ball deep in his own half and catching Jota on the shin in trying recover possession.

“Phil Jagielka’s red card was a harsh decision,” said Silva. “Not only the red card but they scored from the free-kick.”

Battling Wolves impress on return

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Wolves 2-2 Everton: We showed ‘character’ to comeback against Everton – Santo

Wolves won the Championship with ease last season, claiming 99 points as they returned to the top flight for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign, when they finished bottom.

They spent big money in the summer on eight recruits, helped by agent Jorge Mendes’ contacts, including the signings of former Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Patricio and international team-mate Joao Moutinho from Monaco.

In all, Portuguese manager Nuno Espirito Santos fielded five compatriots – the most by any Premier League club – and he will be pleased by the fighting spirit shown by his team.

Although they struggled to impose themselves on the game early on, Wolves battled back to earn a point on a day when fellow promoted sides Fulham and Cardiff went down to 2-0 defeats.

Nuno said: “We have character because we came back from a goal down twice, which is not easy.

“Today taught me that we can react to goals but we have a lot to improve. We have always known we have quality but we are in a growing process. It was the first time for a lot of us in the Premier League but we will get better and better.”

Ex-Porto captain Neves was one of the best players in the Championship last season and he impressed on his step up by scoring one goal and making the other.

He looked comfortable in possession too – his 111 touches on the ball and 93 passes were more than any other player on the pitch – and he contributed defensively by winning the ball back six times.

Neves said: “I am very happy to help the team achieve a point but we want to win games, mainly at home.”

Wolves have been tipped by many pundits to claim a top-half finish this season and they could well achieve that target after making a promising start to the new campaign.

Man of the match – Ruben Neves (Wolves)

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves<!–

Could Neves do it in the Premier League? He sure can. A brilliant all-round performance, which included a stunning free-kick

Wolves player’s long wait – the stats

  • Wolves are now seven league matches without a victory against Everton (D5 L2) since a 2-1 win in May 2004.
  • Everton have drawn their past three opening day Premier League matches against newly promoted sides, also doing so in 2014-15 against Leicester City and 2015-16 against Watford – all finished 2-2.
  • Richarlison found the net with his first two shots in the Premier League for Everton, having failed to score with any of his last 53 shots as a Watford player.
  • Since the start of last season, Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in the top four tiers of English league football (seven).
  • Everton’s red card was their 90th in the Premier League – more than any other side.
  • Wolves defender Matt Doherty made his second Premier League appearance – 2,513 days after his first in September 2011; only two outfield players have had a longer wait for their second appearances – Erik Nevland (3,667) and Darren Pratley (2,835).

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Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Everton 2.

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Everton 2.

Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Bennett.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Digne (Everton).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution, Everton. Lucas Digne replaces Richarlison because of an injury.

Delay in match Richarlison (Everton) because of an injury.

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Morgan Gibbs-White replaces João Moutinho.

Substitution, Everton. Oumar Niasse replaces Cenk Tosun.

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Everton 2. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Michael Keane.

Attempt blocked. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross.

Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton).

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre replaces Jonny.

Attempt missed. Jonny (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Cenk Tosun (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Mason Holgate.

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Léo Bonatini replaces Hélder Costa.

Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton).

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 2. Richarlison (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cenk Tosun.

Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Mason Holgate (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Bennett.

Attempt missed. Michael Keane (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Rui Patrício.

Attempt saved. Cenk Tosun (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Everton. Seamus Coleman tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Everton 1.

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