Everton suffer 4-0 defeat to Minnesota United as Dele Alli misses a sitter

Everton suffer 4-0 defeat to Minnesota United as Dele Alli misses a sitter

Everton suffer 4-0 defeat to Minnesota United as Dele Alli misses a sitter

Everton suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to MLS side Minnesota United in the final game of their US Tour.

Minnesota scored three times in the first-half before adding a fourth ten minutes from time on a miserable day for Frank Lampard's side.

Everton's day was summed up by an awful miss from Dele Alli who skewed his shot wide from a yard out in front of an open goal.

The ball was fizzed into the path of the former Tottenham star by Mason Holgate, evading the Minnesota keeper and Alli having a simple tap-in.

However, the former England international side-footed the ball wide when it looked harder not to score.

As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Lampard said after the game that the players need to move on from the emotions of surviving in the Premier League last season.

He said: 'If we don’t want to be in that situation again, they have to be better and I have to be better.

'The players in the dressing room need to understand that they’ve put in a very poor performance individually and collectively.'

Lampard also spoke about the importance of improving the squad in the summer transfer window, after losing Richarlison to Tottenham.

He said: 'There is no doubt about it. When you think of where we were last year, we have lost a big player in Richarlison, we wish him well, but our club now continues.

'We know there is a void in forward areas, we are short in numbers there. Also, through the team, there are things I want to strengthen, and I can be honest about that, because a club like Everton has to have a competitive squad.'

Everton had chances to open the scoring but it was Minnesota who took the lead.

Emanuel Reynoso scored from the penalty spot after his cross hit the hand of Tom Davies inside the box.

Despite Everton having more chances to score, Minnesota doubled the lead, as Kemar Lawrence's wicked cross was deflected into his own net by Michael Keane.

Luis Amarilla then bundled home from close range to make it 3-0 after Jordan Pickford saved from Bongokuhle Hlongwane.

Both sides made wholesale changes at half-time  with only Demarai Gray and Anthony Gordon staying on for Everton.

Everton conceded a fourth goal ten minutes from time when Abu Danladi finished from six yards.

It was Everton's second defeat of pre-season after previously suffering a 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Sunday.
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