Ever­ton held by United af­ter late goal ruled out

Pretoria News - - SPORT -

EVER­TON and Manch­ester United drew 1-1 at Good­i­son Park in the Premier League yes­ter­day in an en­thralling game which ended in VAR drama.

A dread­ful er­ror from United goal­keeper David De Gea gifted Ever­ton a third-minute opener – the Spa­niard daw­dled on the ball af­ter a pass-back from Harry Maguire and his at­tempted clear­ance was charged down by Do­minic Calvert-Lewin and flew off the Ever­ton striker into the net.

Calvert-Lewin should have dou­bled the lead shortly after­wards when he broke free of the United de­fence, but shot just wide of De Gea’s right-hand post. United re­sponded well to the early set­back though with Ne­manja Matic hit­ting the cross-bar with a lon­grange ef­fort and then forc­ing Ever­ton keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford into a div­ing save with an­other well-struck drive.

It was Jan­uary sign­ing Bruno Fer­anan­des, the Por­tuguese mid­fielder who has brought some much-needed cre­ativ­ity to the United side, who put the vis­i­tors level with a su­perb low shot from out­side the box in the 31st minute.

There was VAR drama in stop­page time when Ever­ton thought they had a win­ner. Calvert-Lewin’s low shot de­flected off Maguire and span past Gylfi Sig­urds­son who was ly­ing on the floor in what the video ref­eree ruled was an off­side po­si­tion.

Mean­while, wily striker Raul Jimenez struck a su­perb 73rd-minute win­ner as Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers twice came back from a goal down to beat Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur 3-2 and leapfrog them into sixth place in the Premier League ta­ble yes­ter­day.

Jur­gen Klopp

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