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    Villa beats Everton 2-1 as Gerrard gets better of Lampard

    BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND (AP) – Steven Gerrard got the better of former England teammate Frank Lampard in their first meeting as managers as Aston Villa beat Everton 2-1 thanks to goals by Danny Ings and Emi Buendia in the Premier League yesterday.

    Ings turned inside the penalty area after receiving a pass from strike partner Ollie Watkins, took an extra touch to his left and scored with a fierce left-footed strike in the 31st minute.

    Watkins, back in the starting team after being a substitute in the 2-0 loss at Bournemouth last weekend, also set up Buendia for the second goal in the 86th. The Argentina playmaker slipped a pass through to Watkins, whose low centre across the face of goal was tapped in by Buendia.

    While Villa secured its first win of the season, it was a second straight loss for Lampard’s Everton, which barely threatened until Lucas Digne bundled the ball into his own net from a cross by substitute Amadou Onana in the 87th.

    The closest the visitors came before that was a goal, scored by Anthony Gordon at a corner, that was ruled offside against the winger.

    Aston Villa’s Danny Ings scores during the English Premier League football match against Everton at Villa Park in Birmingham, England. PHOTOS: AP
    Everton’s head coach Frank Lampard reacts during the match

    There was a late flurry of efforts by Everton in stoppage time but Villa held on.

    Gerrard and Lampard were long-time teammates for England – they were brilliant as individual players breaking forward from midfield but struggled to be compatible as a pair in central midfield – and went into senior management around the same time in 2018.

    Gerrard looks to have the better squad at his disposal for this season, with Boubacar Kamara – newly signed from Marseille in central midfield – impressing for Villa with his energy and reading of the game.

    Lampard is missing a presence up front for Everton with Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured and Richarlison having been sold to Tottenham.

    Everton lost its opener 1-0 against Chelsea and could be set for another relegation fight after narrowly avoiding the drop last season.

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