March 27, 2023

Everton earn crucial point with late equalizer against Chelsea

March 19, 2023
Everton Chelsea

Chelsea’s three-game winning streak in all competitions was ended on Saturday as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Everton in the Premier League.

Abdoulaye Doucoure scored the first equalizer and set up the second for substitute Ellis Simms in the 89th minute to earn what could be a crucial point in Everton’s fight against relegation.

Simms’ first goal for Everton was a show of composure and confidence as he beat goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with a low shot from a tight angle to silence the Stamford Bridge crowd.

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Chelsea struggled to create much in a forgettable first half against a compact Everton side. However, the game came to life after the break when Joao Felix broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute with a low shot past Jordan Pickford. U.S. forward Christian Pulisic thought he had doubled the lead with a curling effort minutes later, but it was disallowed for offside.

Doucoure then leveled with a header from a corner in the 69th minute that crossed the line before it was cleared by Kai Havertz.

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Chelsea was back in front after Reece James was fouled in the area, and Havertz converted from the penalty spot in the 76th minute. Simms came on shortly afterward and had the last say with a composed finish after Doucoure had teed up his run into the area. The draw means Everton is two points above the relegation zone in 15th place, while Chelsea is in 10th place.

Despite struggling to create many chances in the first half, Chelsea appeared to be in control of the game after taking the lead.

However, Everton refused to give up and fought back with determination to earn a valuable point. The result leaves Chelsea still in mid-table but shows that Everton is not giving up in their fight against relegation.

Simms’ goal was a significant moment for the young striker and could prove to be a turning point for Everton as they look to secure their Premier League status for next season.

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