Rafa Benitez puts Richarlison in his place after Everton penalty argument

Date published: Saturday 28th August 2021 6:04 - Dan Burnham

Richarlison argues with his Everton teammates about taking the penalty against Brighton, August 2021

Everton manager Rafael Benitez has put Richarlison in his place after he argued with Dominic Calvert-Lewin over who would take Everton’s penalty against Brighton.

The Toffees were victorious over the Seagulls on the south coast, but the 2-0 win didn’t come without controversy. After Demarai Gray had opened the scoring in the first half, Seamus Coleman won a penalty to give his side the chance to double their lead.

Richarlison laid claim to the ball and refused to give it up, forcing captain Coleman to intervene.

The Brazilian forward, who has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, unwillingly handed it over to Calvert-Lewin, who duly converted.

On the incident, Benítez said to Sky Sports: “With the penalty, (Dominic Calvert-Lewin) is the first taker, Richarlison knows he’s the second one.

“The main thing is that he scored, we won. We have to compete in training to see who scores more penalties, but at the moment Dominic is the first one.”


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Benitez kept Richarlison on the pitch despite his dissent. He then went on to pick up a booking for a foul on Brighton’s Yves Bissouma.

Gray, meanwhile, grabbed his second goal in two games after netting against Leeds last weekend. This prompted praise from his manager.

“We showed good team spirit, organisation and desire,” said Benitez. “I’m really pleased, we won, clean sheet – lots of positives.

Rafa Benitez barks order during Brighton vs Everton, August 2021

“We had chances in the first half but we were missing the last pass, we improved in the second half.

“Demarai Gray has been working hard in training, he’s improving. He has more confidence and he’s pushing to play.

“It’s nice having players that train that way, making sure the manager selects them.”

Brighton not at their best 

Away from the Toffees, Brighton manager Graham Potter admitted his side weren’t up to scratch and didn’t deserve to get anything from the match.

“We weren’t really bad – not that good either. The better team won,” he told Sky Sports.

“If you make an error against these types of teams, they can punish you, they’ve got good players. I thought we responded well at half time. Over the course of the game, I’ve no complaints with the result.

“We weren’t at our best. We lacked that little bit of quality and they were dangerous on the transition while we were trying to push for a goal.”

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