Moise Kean bundles home the only goal of the game from Demarai Gray’s assist as Rafa Benitez’s Everton beat UNAM Pumas 1-0 to make it two wins from two at the Florida Cup
Everton beat Millonarios in their opening Florida Cup game via penalty shootoutThe Toffees have followed that up with a 1-0 victory over UNAM Pumas in FloridaMoise Kean scored the only goal of the game for Everton in the 20th minute New signing Demarai Gray grabbed the assist for Rafa Benitez’s Everton side
Rafa Benitez’s side narrowly overcame Millonarios via a penalty shootout in their first outing at the Florida Cup with new boys Andros Townsend, Asmir Begovic and Demarai Gray all featuring.
The trio all started at the Camping World Stadium on Wednesday, and it was Gray who played an influential role for the Toffees as they went 1-0 up against the Pumas in the first half.
Moise Kean celebrates after scoring the winner for Everton against UNAM Pumas in first half
Kean saw his initial effort saved before he tucked home the rebound from close range
The former Leicester winger, who signed from Bayer Leverkusen in a cheap GBP1.7million deal last week, played a brilliant ball to release Moise Kean through on goal.
With plenty of time to think about where he was going to roll the ball home, Kean – who has returned from his PSG loan spell – struck his initial effort straight at Pumas’ keeper.
But Kean was fortunate to pick up the rebound and tap home into the empty net in the 20th minute.
Begovic had hardly anything to do in the first half, until right at the very end, before Benitez made a whole host of changes to his side at half-time – with only Lucas Digne and Michael Keane remaining from the opening period.
New signing Demarai Gray grabbed the assist for Kean in the opening period in Florida
The Toffees continued to dominate in the second half and looked in control throughout, as Benitez got more familiar with his new squad in Florida.
However, a tougher test lies ahead next weekend when Everton take on Manchester United in their final pre-season friendly before the arduous Premier League schedule begins a week later.
Everton begin the 2021-22 campaign against Southampton at home on August 14, and it will certainly be interesting to see what reception Benitez gets from the Goodison Park faithful following his time in charge of Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
Rafa Benitez’s side ensured they made it two wins from two at the Florida Cup on Wednesday
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