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Football news - Late Lucas Digne leveller earns Everton point against Watford

Late Digne leveller earns Everton point against Watford
By Eurosport

11/12/2018 at 08:13Updated 11/12/2018 at 09:15

Premier League – Goodison Park – Everton 2 (Richarlison 15, Digne 90+6) Watford (Coleman OG 63, Doucoure 65)

Lucas Digne’s injury-time equaliser ensured Watford’s wait for a win at Goodison Park goes on after drawing 2-2 with Everton.

Two goals in two second-half minutes and a penalty save two minutes later had appeared to seal Watford a comeback win, but it was not to be as they came up against former manager Marco Silva.

Earlier, Richarlison scored a controversial opener against his former side in the first half, with Theo Walcott in an offside position during the build-up.

Richarlison scores Everton's first goal against Watford

Richarlison scores Everton's first goal against WatfordReuters

The decisions appeared to be going against Watford as Yerry Mina escaped a second yellow before half-time, but luck was on their side when Seamus Coleman inadvertently knocked the ball into his own net.

Watford stole ahead two minutes later thanks to Abdoulaye Doucoure, and after Gylfi Sigurdsson saw his penalty saved by Ben Foster, the hosts levelled at the death, with Digne’s free-kick sealing a point.

Doucoure turns away after scoring Watford's second goal against Everton

Doucoure turns away after scoring Watford's second goal against EvertonReuters

TALKING POINT

Decisions, decisions – Walcott was offside for Everton’s opener, and Mina was lucky not to have been sent off for a second bookable offence. And though Watford took the lead, it looked as though that second decision would come back to haunt the Hornets, with Mina going on to earn the Everton penalty. However, fortune favoured Watford, and punished Sigurdsson for opting to send his spot-kick down the middle. The fortune did not last, though...

MAN OF THE MATCH

Roberto Pereyra (Watford) – The Watford forward delivered a telling contribution at Goodison Park, but it was not quite enough. It was his effort which led to the Coleman own goal, and then the Argentine’s cross was headed in by Doucoure. He proved a constant threat, but will be gutted it did not convert into a win at this now-cursed ground.

PLAYER RATINGS

Everton: Pickford 6, Coleman 6, Keane 7, Mina 6, Digne 7, Gueye 6, Gomes 7, Walcott 7, Sigurdsson 7, Bernard 7, Richarlison 7. Subs: Lookman 6, Calvert-Lewin 6, Tosun 6

Watford: Foster 7, Femenia 6, Kabasele 6, Cathcart 7, Holebas 7, Doucoure 6, Quina 6, Sema 6, Pereyra 7, Success 6, Deeney 6. Subs: Deulofeu 6, Mariappa N/A

Troy Deeney, Richarlison, Everton v Watford

Troy Deeney, Richarlison, Everton v WatfordReuters

KEY MOMENTS

15’ - GOAL! Richarlison scores for Everton! And celebrates, not like we have any problem with that..... It's superb play from Andre Gomes, who takes charge of the situation with Walcott lurking - he may even have touched it while in an offside position - before playing it over for Richarlison who fires in.

39’ - CHANCE! Sema on the edge of the area is almost swiped down by Digne, but the Watford player decides to stay on his feet when he perhaps could have gone down.... instead he plays in a cross which Pereyra can only glance wide. Too honest from the Watford debutant!

45+1’ - There goes the half-time whistle, but only after Success goes down on the edge of the area under a challenge from Mina. Somehow the referee didn't give a foul, and Mina was on a yellow too! Watford will feel hard done by this half.

63’ - WHAT AN OWN GOAL! WATFORD LEVEL! Pereyra begins to wheel away in celebration after stroking an effort towards the far corner, but it hits the post before hitting an unaware Coleman and ricocheting into the net!

65’ - GOAL WATFORD! WHAT A TURNAROUND! Two goals in two minutes... and Everton are stunned! Pereyra's cross is headed in by Doucoure from six yards out and Watford lead!

67’ - FOSTER SAVES SIGURDSSON'S PENALTY! After Mina - who arguably should not be on the pitch - is pushed in the back by Kabasele, Sigurdsson steps up to take the penalty... He opts to go straight down the middle, and the legs of Foster, who had dived to his right, keep the effort out.

90+6’ - GOAL! EVERTON LEVEL AT THE DEATH! Some free-kick this 20 yards out, and Digne has earned Everton a point! Foster no chance.

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