Everton 1-1 Leicester

Richarlison’s injury-time equalizer gave Everton a 1-1 draw with Leicester at Goodison Park and an invaluable point in their battle against relegation.

Harvey Barnes’ 5th-minute strike seemed to have doomed the Toffees to a demoralizing third successive and eighth home Premier League loss of the season.

Richarlison squandered two brilliant chances to bring Everton back into contention but, after countless chances were passed up by Leicester to wrap up victory, the Brazilian more than made amends in the second minute of added time when he found the far corner. to provoke scenes of joy. in a restless Goodison.

The draw sees Everton establish a four-point lead with seven games remaining over relegation rivals Burnley, who host Southampton on Thursday live on sky sportswhile Leicester remain ninth having seen three points slip away in added time in their previous two league outings.

player ratings

Everton: Pickford (6), Coleman (6), Godfrey (7), Mina (7), Mykolenko (6), Allan (5), Delph (7), Iwobi (6), Gordon (6), Gray (5), Richardson (6).

Substitutes: Rondon (7), Alli (6).

Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Pereira (6), Fofana (7), Evans (7), Castagne (6), Tielemans (7), Mendy (6), Dewsbury-Hall (7), Maddison (7), Barnes (7 ), Iheanacho (6).

Substitutes: Amartey (n/a), Daka (5), Lookman (5).

The man of the match: Kiernan Dewsbury Hall

Richarlison’s last-gasp leveler lifts Everton

The rigors of Leicester’s domestic and European campaign, which reached the 49-game mark at Goodison, forced Brendan Rodgers to shuffle his package with a Premier League season-high seven changes, but it didn’t show.

Harvey Barnes of Leicester celebrates after scoring the first goal (AP)
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Harvey Barnes of Leicester celebrates after scoring the first goal (AP)

Only one last challenge from Seamus Coleman prevented Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall from putting Leicester ahead in the first minute, and it wasn’t long before the breakthrough came, with Barnes firing from the post after Kelechi Iheanacho’s shot was blocked. of James Maddison fell. on their way.

Everton should have drawn a line under their lethargic start just after the quarter hour when Anthony Gordon’s whipped cross put the equalizer on a layup for Richarlison, but with Leicester’s goal wide open in front of him, the Brazilian somehow opened up. wide open

team news

  • Yerry Mina and Demarai Gray returned as Everton made two substitutions since a 1-0 win over Man Utd.
  • Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, Timothy Castagne, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho returned as Leicester made seven changes since the loss at Newcastle.

Everton took until late shots of the half to make another attempt on Leicester’s goal, but Demarai Gray deviated from a well-worked corner routine when the Toffees failed to score a first-half goal for the 22nd time this season.

When nearly an hour had passed and Everton had woken up after the break, the introduction of Salomon Rondon gave the hosts a focal point of who produced his first shot on goal in the 68th minute as Kasper Schmeichel saved Richarlison.

Richarlison equalizes for Everton at the end of the match (AP)
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Richarlison equalizes for Everton at the end of the match (AP)

Leicester should have put the game to bed, but Pickford cleared away their ferocious drive before two crucial Fabian Delph blocks prevented the midfielder from doubling the visitors’ lead.

Richarlison missed a header from six yards, Rondón headed wide and Everton’s chances seemed to have vanished until the Brazilian finally scored to completely change the mood ahead of a daunting fixture that includes games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester. again.

Leicester lacks avant-garde – Match Stats

  • Leicester City have dropped 19 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, with only Newcastle (24) and Southampton (23) losing more.
  • Everton’s goal courtesy of Richarlison was timed at 91:56, their most recent draw in a Premier League game since February 2021 against Man Utd (94:50) and their last at Goodison Park since November 2019 against Manchester United. the Spurs (96:57).
  • Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has never won away to Everton as manager in all competitions (P9 W0 D7 L2), the most he has visited an opponent without a win in his managerial career.
  • Leicester’s first goal, scored by Harvey Barnes in the 5th minute, was their earliest goal since the start of a Premier League match since November 2020 against Leeds, a goal also scored by Harvey Barnes in the 3rd minute.

Lampard: Anything is possible for Everton

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Frank Lampard was unhappy with Everton’s first-half performance against Leicester, but felt they deserved a point for improving after the break.

Everton manager Frank Lampard: “A late goal that gives you an equalizer feels really positive. That’s something we want to change. Something we haven’t been able to do well enough in my time here is tie games when we’re not playing as well as we should be, and there have been recent games where the performances were good and we didn’t get anything.

“As long as we stay in the games and keep fighting in the games, anything is possible. It’s a short run, but it’s the rebound of coming off a good result against Manchester United to get another point on the scoreboard. It might be an easy thing.” . to throw at players who lack spirit or drive and they certainly don’t.

“We are not in a moment of pretty patterns and an idea of ​​our philosophy for the next two or three years, the first phase is if we can fight or show character to stay in this league and they showed it tonight.”

Rodgers: Leicester lacks cutting edge

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Brendan Rodgers was frustrated not leaving Goodison Park with all three points as Leicester held off Everton on a late Richarlison goal.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers: “I think performance-wise we were excellent. Once we got into the second half, we just needed a little more composure in the last third of the pitch to close out the game. At 1-0 you always have to go straight into the final. and unfortunately right at the end we conceded the goal.

“You think about the great result Everton had here 11 days ago (beating Manchester United), this is our fourth game in that period. The level the players played was really high. Overall, I’m delighted with the way they let’s play”. .”

Everton remaining matches

April 24 – Liverpool (a), live on Sky Sports

May 1 – chelsea, live on Sky Sports

May 7 – Leicester

May 10 – Watford (a)

15 th of May – Brentford (h)

may 19 – Crystal Palace (h)

May 22nd – Arsenal (one)

Whats Next?

Sunday, April 24, 4:00 p.m.

Start 16:30


Everton travel to Liverpool for the Merseyside derby on super sunday at 16:30 – live Sky Sports Premier League – while Leicester take on Midlands rivals Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday at 3pm.

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