Otago Daily Times

Ever­ton still top af­ter derby draw

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LONDON: English Pre­mier League leader Ever­ton main­tained its un­beaten start to the English Pre­mier League sea­son with 10 men yes­ter­day af­ter the Tof­fees sealed a con­tro­ver­sial 2­2 draw with Liver­pool, which had Jor­dan Henderson’s late strike ruled out.

Else­where, Manch­ester City eked out a hard­fought 1­0 win over Arse­nal, Chelsea and Southamp­ton shared a 3­3 draw at Stam­ford Bridge and three late goals earned Manch­ester United a flat­ter­ing 4­1 vic­tory at New­cas­tle.

In the day’s big Mersey derby, Liver­pool cap­tain Henderson thought he had scored an in­jury­time win­ner but his strike that looped over Ever­ton goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford was con­tro­ver­sially ruled out for a mar­ginal off­side by the video as­sis­tant ref­eree.

Sa­dio Mane, who made his re­turn to the Liver­pool line­up af­ter re­cov­er­ing from Covid­19, struck the opener be­fore Ever­ton de­fender Michael Keane’s 19thminute header saw the city ri­vals all at time.

Mo Salah re­stored the vis­it­ing side’s lead in the 72nd minute as he col­lected his

100th Liver­pool goal with a snap­shot vol­ley, but Do­minic Calvert­Lewin con­tin­ued his scor­ing streak to sal­vage a point for Ever­ton nine min­utes from the fi­nal whis­tle.

Ever­ton fin­ished the match with 10 men af­ter Richarli­son was sent off late on for a chal­lenge on Liver­pool’s Span­ish mid­fielder Thi­ago.

The Blues were for­tu­nate not to have re­ceived a red card sooner, af­ter Pick­ford clat­tered into Vir­gil van Dijk, rul­ing the Dutch de­fender out for the rest of the game.

Manch­ester City wel­comed back key striker Ser­gio Aguero and the team’s all­time record scorer played 65 min­utes in his square

half­first match since June.

Ra­heem Ster­ling proved the match­win­ner, slot­ting a re­bound into an empty net in the 23rd minute af­ter City mid­fielder Phil Fo­den had a shot par­ried away by Arse­nal goal­keeper Bernd Leno.

Chelsea will rue an­other missed chance af­ter Timo Werner net­ted twice to put it 2­0 up and fel­low new sign­ing Kai Havertz later added a third against Southamp­ton.

But strikes from Danny Ings, Che Adams and a late header from Jan­nik Vester­gaard earned the Saints a share of the points.

Manch­ester United could have been for­given for think­ing it was not its day when, af­ter fall­ing be­hind to a Luke Shaw own goal in the sec­ond minute, Bruno Fer­nan­des missed an early penalty.

But trou­bled cen­tral de­fender Harry Maguire lev­elled the scores af­ter 23 min­utes be­fore a late flurry of goals from Fer­nan­des (86), Aaron Wan­Bis­saka (90) and Mar­cus Rash­ford (six min­utes into added time) gave the score­line a flat­ter­ing look.

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