Everton FC 2 Liverpool FC 2 - EFC final whistle match report as Blues fight back
28 October 2012 03:47
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A KEVIN MIRALLAS inspired Everton FC retrieved a 2-0 deficit to claim a remarkable derby draw at Goodison today.
Then the Blues survived what had appeared to be an injury time winner by Luis Suarez, ruled out for offside.
Everton trailed to a Leighton Baines own goal and a Suarez header, but with Mirallas causing mayhem down the Reds' left Everton pulled a goal back fro Leon Osman then levelled through Steven Naismith.
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But the Belgian winger limped off at half-time and Everton didn't quite have the same threat in the second half, although they went close.
But the first 45 minutes will live long in the memory.
In an astonishing half of football Everton trailed 2-0, came roaring back to level and might have gone in at the interval ahead.
They trailed in the 14th minute when Luis Suarez crashed a shot across the face of goal which crashed into Baines and flew past Howard for an unfortunate own goal.
Suarez, clearly stung by David Moyes' pre-match assertions about his theatrical tumbling, ran half the length of the pitch in celebration before throwing himself comically to the floor, right in front of a glowering Moyes.
Six minutes later Suarez upset Moyes even further when he glanced Steven Gerrard's free-kick neatly past Howard.
Liverpool were ecstatic, but Everton's reaction was instant.
They forced a corner, curved in by the outstanding Mirallas, and when Jones' punch only reached the edge of the penalty area Leon Osman chested down before crashing his first derby goal in 18 attempts past the Reds keeper.
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Everton were in the ascendant and after 35 minutes they levelled after outstanding work by Mirallas and Fellaini.