Everton 1-1 Liverpool: Honours even after frenetic derby

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    Tempers flared in the first half at Goodison Park
    Romelu Lukaku equalised after Danny Ings opened the
    scoring as the Merseyside derby ended 1-1 at
    Goodison Park.
    The visitors took the lead with four minutes remaining
    in the first half when Ings headed home unmarked
    from James Milner’s inswinging corner.
    However, Liverpool were not ahead for long as Everton
    hit back through Lukaku, the Belgian taking full
    advantage of Emre Can’s inability to clear a Gerard
    Deulofeu cross.
    The result leaves Everton a point ahead of Liverpool in
    the Premier League table and just three points off
    second place.
    Danny Ings heads Liverpool ahead unchallenged from a
    The game started at a frantic pace and rarely slowed
    during the first half. Liverpool were on top in the first
    10 minutes and twice Everton needed to be alert to
    prevent an opening goal.
    First, Tim Howard rushed out to slide tackle Milner
    after the midfielder was played through by Daniel
    Sturridge down the inside left channel, before Martin
    Skrtel squared the ball for Sturridge who was only
    denied by Phil Jagielka’s well-timed challenge.
    Everton manager Roberto Martinez was pleased with his
    side’s performance after their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.
    Ings hit a dipping half-volley from the edge of the box
    before the quarter-hour mark before Everton began to
    come back into the game.
    However, it was Liverpool who got in again as Philippe
    Coutinho scooped a lovely pass over the defence to
    Milner but his near-post effort from a tight angle was
    blocked by the legs of Howard.
    Soon afterwards, though, it was Howard’s opposite
    number who was forced into action – Simon Mignolet
    denying first Steven Naismith, then James McCarthy
    with two excellent saves.
    Everton’s Romelu Lukaku levels the score in first-half injury
    The first came after Naismith got free of Mamadou
    Sakho and headed goalwards from eight yards only to
    be denied by a brilliant reaction stop by the Belgian
    ‘keeper and less than two minutes later Mignolet flung
    himself to his right to push away McCarthy’s powerful
    hit from the edge of the box.
    With Everton in the ascendancy, tempers flared just
    after the half-hour with Can and Ross Barkley squaring
    up to one another as the German refused to give the
    ball back for an Everton throw. Milner stepped in to
    hold back the centre-back just as things threatened to
    boil over and before long players from both sides had
    piled in.
    The result was a yellow card apiece for Can and
    Barkley. The latter fortunate not to be sent off having
    escaped a booking for kicking the ball away earlier in
    the game.
    The breakthrough came less than five minutes before
    the break with Ings left unmarked in the six yard box
    to nod a simple head past Howard from Milner’s
    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was proud of his
    player’s effort and positive attitude as they earned a 1-1
    draw in the Merseyside derby.
    Everton responded well, though, and kept Liverpool
    pegged in their own half for the next five minutes until
    they found their equaliser.
    In the end it came courtesy of a defensive error.
    Deulofeu’s cross from the right was a good one but
    Can’s clearance at the far post certainly was not.
    He hit it along the ground and into Skrtel. The ball then
    sat up perfectly for Lukaku to hammer it beyond
    Mignolet into the far corner.
    Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho (second left) and Everton’s
    Romelu Lukaku (second right) clashed in the second half
    Everton remained buoyed by the goal even as the
    second half began and they got on the front foot early
    Tyias Browning saw his header deflected over the bar
    before Mignolet had to get down well to intercept
    Lukaku’s low cross with Deulofeu waiting at the back
    The Toffees’ front man was starting to cause real
    problems for Liverpool’s centre-backs and he helped
    create the space for Aaron Lennon and Barkley to get
    in down the flanks and put in dangerous balls that
    Skrtel did well to clear.
    Barkley threatened again for Everton as he benefitted
    from some slack Liverpool passing to break through
    the centre of the pitch. He reached the edge of the box
    unchallenged but then curled his shot just wide of the
    Derby day talking points
    We reflect on events at Goodison
    Park where it finished all square
    Lukaku tested Mignolet with another shot from inside
    the box before Everton were left fuming after Lucas
    escaped a red card.
    The Brazilian had been booked earlier in the half for a
    foul on Barkley and, when he tripped McCarthy, a
    second booking seemed a formality. However, Martin
    Atkinson kept his cards in his pockets and Lucas
    escaped before being substituted soon afterwards.
    Coutinho then had a shot blocked by Barry as both
    sides pushed for a winner.
    Roberto Martinez (L) and Brendan Rodgers shared the
    spoils at Goodison Park
    There was still time one final flash point in the last
    Sakho and Lukaku clashed inside the Liverpool box
    and had to be dragged apart by their team-mates with
    both seemingly intent on a heavyweight showdown.
    A yellow card each was the result and despite more
    Everton pressure late on it ended all square.
    Player ratings
    Everton: Howard (6), Browning (6), Jagielka (8), Fures
    Mori (7), Galloway (6), McCarthy (7), Barry (6),
    Deulofeu (6), Barkley (7), Naismith (6), Lukaku (8).
    Subs: Lennon (6), Kone (5).
    Liverpool: Mignolet (7), Can (6), Skrtel (7), Sakho (7),
    Clyne (5), Lucas (6), Milner (7), Coutinho (5), Moreno
    (7), Ings (7), Sturridge (6).
    Subs: Lallana (6), Allen (6).

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