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Sep 12, 2015 at 12.45pm UK at Goodison Park
Naismith (17', 22', 82')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Matic (36')

Half-Time Report: Steven Naismith brace puts Everton in front against Chelsea

Everton find themselves holding a 2-1 lead half-time lead over Chelsea in the Premier League, following a first-half brace from substitute Steven Naismith.

First-half substitute Steven Naismith's brace has earned Everton a 2-1 half-time lead over visitors Chelsea in their Premier League clash at Goodison Park this afternoon.

Steven Naismith celebrates scoring the opener for Everton against Chelsea on September 12, 2015© Getty Images

Everton threatened in the early stages when Romelu Lukaku leapt unmarked inside the box, but he was thwarted by some commanding strength from stand-in Chelsea stopper Asmir Begovic.

Home midfielder Muhamed Besic started the encounter promisingly, but he pulled up not long after with a hamstring problem and had to eventually be replaced by Naismith.

Chelsea failed to offer much going forward, and Everton soon made them pay when Naismith linked up with Brendan Galloway to head the defender's cross beyond Begovic after some standout movement in the box.

Steven Naismith is congratulated by teammate Ross Barkley after scoring Everton's second against Chelsea on September 12, 2015© Getty Images

The Toffees sensed that another goal could be in the offing, leaving Seamus Coleman to charge down the flank and whip a ball in for Arouna Kone, who saw his header turned away smartly by a besieged Begovic.

The Chelsea stopper could not hold out for much longer, though, as Naismith returned to bag a second with a stunning solo effort into the bottom-left corner from all of 25 yards out.

Steven Naismith scores Everton's second against Chelsea on September 12, 2015© Getty Images

With the game positioned well in Everton's favour, Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic looked to give his side a route back into the match by converting a strike from range that swerved beyond a helpless Tim Howard in the 36th minute.

The visitors' confidence grew after the goal and they dominated the final minutes of the first half, leaving Everton centre-back John Stones to make a telling interception to deny Diego Costa late on.

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Steven Naismith is congratulated by teammates after he completes his hat-trick against Chelsea on September 12, 2015
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Friday's key events

· Great Britain's women aim to secure their place on the podium as they face India in the bronze medal match (2.30am)
· Netherlands - silver medallists five years ago - and Argentina battle for the gold medal in the women's final (11am)

· The women's gold medal will be decided as Australia and USA go head to head (3.30am)

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· Tom Daley already has one Olympic gold to his name in Tokyo, and he begins his bid for second in the men's 10m platform. Teammate Noah Williams is also involved in the preliminary round (7am)

· Jason Kenny's reign as sprint king may be over, but Jack Carlin looked strong in his bid to succeed his compatriot. He takes on Harrie Lavreysen in his sprint semi-final (8.10am), with the final taking place later in the day (10.35am)
· The women's madison makes its Olympic debut at the velodrome as Team GB duo Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny look to add another medal to their collections (9.15am)

· Hosts Japan will look to get themselves on the podium as they face Mexico in the men's bronze medal match (10am)
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