Chelsea hosted Everton this Saturday, at Stamford Bridge, for the 28th round of the English Championship, and had to settle for a 2-2 draw. João Félix and Kai Havertz scored for the home team. Doucouré and Simms, with a goal in the 45th minute of the second half, scored for the visitors.
With the result, Chelsea had their sequence of three victories interrupted, losing the chance to approach the classification zone for European competitions. Everton, meanwhile, secured an extremely valuable point in the fight against relegation.
Chelsea are back on the field next Saturday, against Aston Villa, again at Stamford Bridge. Everton will face Tottenham at Goodison Park, in Liverpool, on April 3.
Chelsea had no difficulty dominating the first half, making the “home factor” count, but Everton did everything they could to make life difficult for the hosts in search of the goal. João Félix was the most active player for the Blues in the offensive phase, but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who started the England team, was smart enough to make the necessary interventions.
In the second half, however, Chelsea managed to take danger after just three minutes, when Havertz received a cross and headed towards the ground, requiring another good defense by Pickford, the highlight of Everton at Stamford Bridge.
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But after six minutes, it was hopeless. After insisting so much, João Félix ended up being rewarded with the goal at the beginning of the second half when he had the rebound at the entrance to the area, straightened and hit the corner, seeing the ball hit the crossbar before dying in the back of the net, putting Chelsea ahead on the scoreboard.
Everton barely had time to digest the conceded goal and Chelsea scored again. Pulisic received from João Félix and hit a beautiful shot in the drawer, but the referee had already correctly marked the offside of the Portuguese, responsible for the assist in the move.
Needing to react, Everton got the tie at 23 in a dead ball play. After a corner kick, Tarkowski deflected it with a header and Doucouré completed it, also with a header, for the goal. Chelsea’s defense still made the cut, but the ball had already crossed the line.
But shortly after the draw Chelsea had a penalty in their favor after Reece James was brought down inside the area. Kai Havertz went to the penalty spot and didn’t waste it, moving Pickford to put the hosts back in advantage on the scoreboard.
What Chelsea did not expect was that Everton would still have the strength to seek a draw in the 45th minute of the second half. Simms, who had just entered the game, made a great individual play, leaving Koulibaly behind, invading the area and touching the goalkeeper’s exit, guaranteeing a draw with a taste of victory for the visitors and an extremely valuable point for the team that fights against relegation.
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