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EPL: Everton score late equaliser to hold Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Simms grabbed the late equaliser for Everton

Everton grabbed an 89th-minute equaliser against Chelsea in a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night.

Ellis Reco Simms, 22, was the hero for Everton as the young striker grabbed his first Premier League goal after dashing past Kalidou Koulibaly to beat Kepa Arizabalaga with his shot.

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Chelsea had started the match with so much promise, limiting Everton to chasing the ball as they controlled possession.

Captain Matteo Kovacic could have opened the scoring for Chelsea as early as the fourth minute but belted wide after the fall fell kindly to him.

Havertz also had a chance in the 11th minute, but the German headed wide from Ben Chilwell’s corner. In the 20th minute, Christian Pulisic also had a chance, but his attempt was easily gathered by Jordan Pickford.

Pickford was then called to action, but he calmly saved from Havertz’s header in the 49th minute.

Everton looked destined for another loss as things didn’t appear to be going for them in the game. They found it difficult to play in Demarai Gray, who appeared to be their live wire. Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi had to hobble off in the 50th minute to change his boots after ripping the one he had started with.

Iwobi vies with Chilwell
Everton’s Iwobi vies for the ball with Chilwell

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Chelsea’s possession and dominance finally paid off in the 52nd through Joao Felix. The Portugal international grabbed his first Stamford Bridge goal after Michael Keane’s tame clearance fell kindly to him.

Everton then thought they had something to put them back in the game. Iwobi crossed into the Chelsea box but the ball only bounced off Keane’s chest for Kepa to save easily in the 54th minute.

Pulisic then thought he had put Chelsea ahead in the 55th, but it was flagged for offside. Koulibaly then fouled Iwobi in the 57th minute at the edge of the area but again, Keane missed his header after running into a good position.

Everton then got back in the game through Abdoulaye Doucoure in the 69th minute. The midfielder headed home from a corner. Although Havertz cleared the ball off the line, it was adjudged to have crossed it and the goal was given.

Things turned around for worse for Everton after Ben Godfrey fouled Reece James in the box for a Chelsea penalty. Havertz stepped up and sent Pickford the wrong direction to restore Chelsea’s lead.

Everton came close in the 81st minute but Dwight McNeil shot wide. Eight minutes later, Simms levelled for Everton, his first goal in 163 minutes in the Premier League.

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Chelsea remain 10th with 38 points while Everton are 15th with 28 points.

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