Premier League: Everton 3 Aston Villa 3
By Football News
Everton scraped a point against Aston Villa in stoppage time in a thrilling encounter at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Villa took an early lead through Christian Benteke, but they were soon pegged back as Everton equalised through Victor Anichebe before Gabriel Agbonlahor scored before half-time.
Benteke added Villa's third in the second half as they looked to be cruising towards the three points. Marouane Fellaini pulled one back before equalising in the final minutes to rescue a point.
Villa came into this match with little confidence, but one would not have guessed that as Charles N'Zogbia cut in from the right, slipped the ball through to Christian Benteke who powered past Johnny Heitinga before sliding a shot into the bottom far corner of the goal, giving the visitors a third minute lead.
They had the lead, but there was not much Villa could do to prevent Everton's ensuing superiority as David Moyes' side dominated possession and created several opportunities, but they just could not find the finish.
However, eventually Everton had the equaliser and it came in similar circumstances to Villa's opener as Kevin Mirallas played a ball into Anichibe, who then held off Ciaran Clark with ease and slid the ball into the bottom corner.
With that, the match looked like it would only go one way, but there was another twist as Lambert's team took the lead for the second time.
Everton failed to clear a corner properly and the ball found its way to Ashley Westwood on the right flank.
The midfielder whipped in an inviting ball and Agbonlahor nodded it past Tim Howard.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first as Everton pushed and pushed for goals, but Villa looked imperious on the counterattack and a good pass through to Andreas Weimann from Agbonlahor should have resulted in a third, but the forward blasted over when one-on-one.
Nevertheless, it was not long before Villa had their third. Matthew Lowton put in a great cross from the right and Benteke held off Heitinga to glance the ball into the bottom corner with his head.
Everton were in disarray, and when Moyes replaced danger man Mirallas plenty of boos were audible around the ground, but they grabbed a lifeline soon after.
Bryan Oviedo played a pass into the area for Fellaini from the left, and after a one-two with Anichebe the midfielder powered a shot past Guzan. As the full-time whistle got nearer Everton continued to camp in the Villa half.
Six minutes of added time were issued and Fellaini saved a point for Everton as he headed in Baines' corner and he almost grabbed a fourth, but Villa held on for a point.