Everton seal Premier League survival with dramatic comeback

The Toffees will be in the top-flight next term once again after Frank Lampard’s side defied the odds to come back from the brink

Everton have sealed their Premier League survival after mounting a dramatic second half comeback to claim a 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park in a five-goal thriller.

Frank Lampard’s side looked set to take their fight to avoid relegation all the way through to the final day of the season after first-half goals for Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew left the Toffees unstuck.

But goals from Michael Keane, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin after the break delivered a remarkable turnaround to spark wild scenes on Merseyside.

How did Everton’s remarkable comeback unfold?

Having been sunk by Mateta’s header and an almost comedy goal by Ayew, the Toffees were left needing a mammoth push after the interval in order to avoid dicing with the drop on Sunday.

Michael Keane got the ball rolling nine minutes into the second half with a chopped flick across the box to earn Everton’s first response, before Richarlison curled a shot home with a quarter-hour left on the clock following a deflection around the penalty area.

But it was Calvert-Lewin’s flying header with injury time fast approaching that finally put the hosts over the top to clip the wings of the Eagles, and the final whistle sparked wild jubilation as the striker was mobbed by delirious supporters in a flare-strafed pitch invasion.


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