Nikica Jelavic was lucky not to get sent off for dusting up Javier Chica as Everton beat Betis
If this was a Premier League match Nikica Jelavic would have been sent off.
Everton beat Betis 2-1 on Sunday in Roberto Martinez’s first match in charge of the Toffees at Goodison Park.
Nikica Jelavic gave Everton fans plenty more reason to believe the striker will be in tip-top form during 2013-14 as the Croatian bagged the opener in the first half. It was Jelavic’s fourth goal of pre-season, and another signal that his goalscoring instincts are tuned in for the upcoming campaign.
However not everything Jelavic did was commendable.
The match threatened to turn ugly when Nikica Jelavic was upended by Javier Chica in a rash challenge from behind near the halfway-line. The Everton striker reacted badly to the foul, twice pushing Chica with ever increasing intensity.
Referee Howard Webb stepped in, and rather than pulling for a red card the official handed Jelvaic a verbal ticking off. The Everton forward was fortunate.
Watch Nikica Jelavic dust up Javier Chica below.