Ar­field late win­ner breaks Ever­ton hearts

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Canada in­ter­na­tional Scott Ar­field’s 90th-minute win­ner earned Burn­ley an im­prob­a­ble 2-1 vic­tory over a dom­i­nant Ever­ton at Turf Moor yes­ter­day.

Ever­ton im­pressed in a 1-1 draw with Manch­ester City last week­end and were look­ing to close to within a point of Pep Guardi­ola’s side in the Premier League ta­ble.

But af­ter Yan­nick Bolasie had can­celled out Sam Vokes’s opener for Burn­ley, Ar­field slid home at the death to lift Burn­ley three points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone and pre­vent Ever­ton break­ing into the top four.

It was only a sec­ond win in seven league games for Sean Dy­che’s Burn­ley as Ron­ald Koe­man’s Ever­ton reg­is­tered a fourth suc­ces­sive match with­out vic­tory.

Koe­man made two changes to his start­ing XI, re­call­ing Ross Barkley and bring­ing in Kevin Mi­ral­las, who warmed home goal­keeper Tom Heaton’s palms with an early ef­fort fol­low­ing a Bolasie surge.

Barkley was left on the bench for the draw at Manch­ester City and he sig­nalled his de­ter­mi­na­tion to prove his worth to Koe­man with a pow­er­ful strike that Heaton pushed away.

Ever­ton to­tally dom­i­nated the open­ing stages, see­ing over 70 per­cent of pos­ses­sion in the first half hour. But it was Burn­ley who took the lead, six min­utes be­fore half-time, af­ter a blun­der by goal­keeper Maarten Steke­len­burg. The Dutch in­ter­na­tional, who saved two penal­ties at City, could only palm Ar­field’s tame poked shot into the path of Wales striker Vokes, who glee­fully tucked the ball into an un­tended net.

Af­ter Heaton had saved com­fort­ably from Barkley, Bolasie equalised just be­fore the hour, pinch­ing the ball from team-mate Lukaku and slam­ming home his first Ever­ton goal. Ever­ton had all the mo­men­tum and Burn­ley spent the last half an hour on the ropes, Michael Keane intervening to deny Lukaku and Heaton swat­ting away a cross from Bolasie as Lukaku closed in.

But with stop­page time ap­proach­ing, Johann Berg Gud­munds­son’s shot came back off the bar and Ar­field pounced on the re­bound to earn the hosts a smash-and-grab suc­cess. —AFP

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