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Summary

  1. Wayne Rooney starts on Everton return
  2. Five summer signings in Toffees' starting XI
  3. Darren Fletcher and Kurt Zouma make Stoke debuts

Live Reporting

By Alex Bysouth

All times stated are UK

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Everton 1-0 Stoke

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FULL-TIME

Everton 1-0 Stoke

And that's it - Wayne Rooney's goal proves the winner.

What a return for the boyhood Blues fan.

CLOSE!

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Great save from Jordan Pickford!

Xherdan Shaqiri waltzes forward and leathers an effort towards goal, but the young keeper flies across his line to tip wide.

Superb stuff.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Everton are hanging on a little at Goodison Park.

It's everyone inside their own half as Stoke continue to launch balls into the box, but guess who's back there? Wayne Rooney... he's certainly put a shift in today!

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has looked pretty lively since coming on, he runs at Michael Keane and then forces the former Burnley defender to poke the ball behind.

Jordan Pickford comes for the corner, doesn't quite get a glove on it, but a big blue boot whacks that down field.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Last few minutes at Goodison Park and it's getting scrappy, Cuco Martina fouls Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and then kicks the ball away to pick up a yellow card.

The Potters loft it forward and Peter Crouch, arms and legs flailing, wins a corner.

Peter Crouch
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Everton 1-0 Stoke

Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Rooney is enjoying this now. A man back in his natural habitat.

The goal he scored just before half-time is set to enter Everton folklore and Rooney is playing a little deeper now… trying to thread passes through to Dominic Calvert-Lewin up top.

This may be The Rooney Show and many of the headlines will be already written, but Everton need to concentrate until the three points are secure because Stoke have been more threatening in this second half with Peter Crouch and new signing Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting proving as much of a handful as he is a mouthful.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Stoke are going for the direct approach, and why not with Peter Crouch, Mame Biram Diouf and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting all on the pitch.

It takes a brave header from Phil Jagielka to help Everton survive.

Ronald Koeman's outfit now looking to finish this game off on the break.

Mark Hughes' best bits

Mark Hughes is an early contender for most facially animated manager of the year judging by these images from Goodison today. Has a way to go before he can usurp a certain German manager though.

Mark Hughes
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Mark Hughes
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Mark Hughes
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Mark Hughes
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SUBSTITUTION

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Final sub for Everton. Sandro Ramirez makes way for Kevin Mirallas.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Acrobatics from Mame Biram Diouf!

Peter Crouch's presence in the Everton box causes all kinds of confusion, and his team-mate decides to flick the ball up and attempt an overhead kick.

He gets more air than leather.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Sandro Ramirez is desperate to get a goal on his Premier League debut.

Moments after Jordan Pickford flew off his line to punch a searching Stoke ball clear, the striker finds himself on the edge of the area at the other end and cuts inside only to see his shot blocked.

The former Malaga man has had a couple of similar opportunities, all dealt with by the visitors.

SUBSTITUTION

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Saido Berahino's number is up. On jogs the unmistakable frame of Peter Crouch.

Here's someone not so familiar too. Bojan goes off for new boy Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

Fit that on the back of your shirt.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Everton are piling on the pressure. Stoke can't clear and the Toffees get another corner. It's Dominic Calvert-Lewin of all people roughing up the Potters' defenders.

Michael Keane takes a whack to the mouth and gets a bloody lip to show for it.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

My dad would say Tom Davies is a throwback to good ol' days, with his scruffy hair and socks round his ankles.

The boy can play a bit, too. He's been involved in a couple of promising Everton moves since coming on.

It's another youngster who goes close for the Toffees though. Dominic Calvert-Lewin pinches the ball off Kurt Zouma and drives into the area before forcing Jack Butland to tip wide.

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Everton 1-0 Stoke

Stoke look most dangerous from set-pieces, especially with Xherdan Shaqiri delivering.

Everton give the Switzerland international another chance to do so and it's a teasing, in-swinging ball from the winger, but Jordan Pickford does superbly to gather.

That's why Everton paid top dollar for the young stopper.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Everton are finding a lot more space going forward this half.

The Toffees work it wide to Cuco Martina and the substitute flings in a cross towards Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but the youngster can't direct it on target.

He's looking lively.

Cuco Martina
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SUBSTITUTION

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Off goes new boy Davy Klaassen on the hour, on comes homegrown favourite Tom Davies.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Stoke need something here, and they almost find it through new signing Darren Fletcher.

The Scot lines up a drive from the edge of the Everton box and fires it low, but narrowly wide of Jordan Pickford's post.

Former Manchester United players coming to the fore at Goodison.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Wayne Rooney has found his range. Will that goal be the catalyst to rediscovering his confidence?

The forward clips a delightful ball out to Leighton Baines, who pulls it back to Davy Klaassen on the edge of the box.

The Dutchman goes with the outside of his right boot, but his dipping cross drops only into the hands of Jack Butland.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Now it's Everton with a chance at the other end. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has found himself in acres of space, he takes a touch, steadies himself... and there comes a sliding Kurt Zouma to block the shot.

Great recovery from the on-loan Chelsea defender.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Leighton Baines has the sweetest of sweet left feet. The Everton full-back fires a crossfield pass all over 60 yards into the path of Wayne Rooney, but the forward can't gather cleanly.

Stoke's play is a little more scrappy since the break, but twinkle toes from Xherdan Shaqiri sends the winger clear on the right before Everton scramble the cross clear.

End to end at the minute.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Beautiful ball from Erik Pieters. Delicious. The cliched 'corridor of uncertainty', but there's no one there to tuck it home as it whizzes across the face of goal from Stoke's left.

Mark Hughes would have been gambling on that in his heyday.

Everton 1-0 Stoke

There's a battle for you. Sandro Ramirez goes shoulder to shoulder with Mame Biram Diouf and gives away the free-kick.

Stoke look to loft it forward, but it's headed out of play for an Everton goal-kick.

Goodison Park looks a little more settled after that Rooney goal at the end of the first half.

SUBSTITUTION

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Everton have made a change at the break. New signing Cuco Martina is on in place of Ashley Williams at the back.

KICK-OFF

Everton 1-0 Stoke

We're back under way. Wayne Rooney gets the second half going.

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'That goal will give him an awful lot of joy'

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Martin Keown

Former Arsenal defender on Football Focus

Wayne Rooney was in the right place at the right time. That goal will give him an awful lot of joy.

Everton were slow to get into the game, but it was a great way to end the half.

HALF-TIME

Everton 1-0 Stoke

And that's the break.

Everton have the lead, Wayne Rooney has the biggest smile in the whole of Goodison.

'What a goal, what emotion and what celebration!'

Everton 1-0 Stoke

Dion Dublin

Former Leicester & Man Utd forward on Final Score

Wayne Rooney first received the ball 25 yards outside the box, and he laid it off. He then made his way into the box only to find the ball heading straight for him.

What a goal, what emotion and what celebration!

GOAL - Everton 1-0 Stoke

Wayne Rooney (45 mins)

Wayne Rooney heads in for Everton, and the fairytale return is alive!

Everton had failed to string two passes together today, but the first time they keep hold of the ball it ends up in the back of the Stoke net.

Rooney was involved earlier in the move as the ball was whipped wide to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who delivered a teasing ball into the box for the striker to rise and nod beyond Jack Butland.

Lovely move.

Wayne Rooney celebrates
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Everton 0-0 Stoke

Remember Harry Kane taking corners for England at the Euros? Well, Everton are employing a similar strategy and getting new centre forward Sandro Ramirez to take theirs.

Better than that, both forwards are over there - Sandro rolls it short to Wayne Rooney and, unsurprisingly, the Toffees look a little short on numbers in the box.

Everton 0-0 Stoke

That's a foul throw. Cue a Twitter meltdown about how much these players get paid and they can't even take a throw-in...

Mame Biram Diouf is the culprit. He looks baffled.

Everton 0-0 Stoke

Darren Fletcher weights a perfectly judged long pass out to Bojan on the left, but Michael Keane just stands up and collects a weak cross from the diminutive forward.

Davy Klaassen hasn't seen much of the ball so far for the Toffees, but the former Ajax playmaker finds a bit of space on the half-way as Everton sense a break.

It comes to nothing.

Everton 0-0 Stoke

Wayne Rooney has done more in his own box than Stoke's so far. England's all-time leading scorer meets another Xherdan Shaqiri corner to get rid of any danger.

Mame Biram Diouf fancies his chances with a half-volley from the corner of the Everton box, but he gets that all wrong and it trickles wide of the opposite post.

So much for all those Premier League goals this season...

Everton 0-0 Stoke

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It looks like Everton are trying to go around the outside of Stoke...

It's pretty congested in the middle and the hosts have opted to hit the flanks with Leighton Baines and Dominic Calvert-Lewin so far.

YELLOW CARD

Everton 0-0 Stoke

Joe Allen goes into the book.

He pulls back Wayne Rooney as the Everton forward looks to surge over the halfway line.

He's already paid out for a new haircut, now the Welshman will need to dig into his pockets to settle his booking fine too.

Everton 0-0 Stoke

Everton have already played two competitive games in the Europa League this season, you wouldn't think so from this performance so far as Ronald Koeman's side aren't looking at all sharp in their passing.

Phil Jagielka stitches Leighton Baines up with what looked like an easy ball, and Stoke get a throw.