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Everton fightback stuns Man U

2012-04-22 15:34

Manchester - Everton twice came from two goals behind to share the points in an extraordinary 4-4 draw away to leaders Manchester United that reignited the English Premier League title race on Sunday.

The result left United six points in front of second-placed local rivals Manchester City.

However, City could cut that gap to just three points if they beat bottom of the table Wolves later on Sunday.

If they do defeat Wolves, City will have the chance to go top of the table on goal difference if they beat United in a Manchester derby at Eastlands a week on Monday.

Everton, who last won at Old Trafford 20 years ago, took a 33rd minute lead when Nikica Jelavic headed in Tony Hibbert's cross as the visitors looked to bounce back from their FA Cup semi-final defeat by cross-town rivals Liverpool.

But United were level before the break when Wayne Rooney, against his former club, powered in a header from Nani's cross.

Danny Welbeck's superb curling shot past former United 'keeper Tim Howard gave Alex Ferguson's men a 2-1 lead before Nani's clever finish on the hour made it 3-1.

Everton, however, would not lie down and Marouane Fellaini's first time shot from Tony Hibbert's cross cut United's lead to 3-2.

But when Welbeck teed up Rooney for the England striker's second goal in the 69th minute, it appeared United had wrapped up all three points.

Everton though had other ideas with Jelavic scoring his second seven minutes from time and, two minutes later, South Africa's Steven Pienaar swept in Fellaini's cross.

United almost won the match in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time but Howard saved from Rio Ferdinand.

AFP

Comments
  • Smith251 - 2012-04-22 15:58

    Go Man City!

      Bob - 2012-04-23 07:43

      Come on City, it's in your hands again, three wins and it's your title.

      Bob - 2012-04-23 07:43

      Come on City, it's in your hands again, three wins and it's your title.

      Bob - 2012-04-23 07:43

      Come on City, it's in your hands again, three wins and it's your title.

      Gunner - 2012-04-23 08:30

      Well done STEVIE P. As predicted, the toffees managed to get something from this game. The title is now in City's hands...

      Gunner - 2012-04-23 08:30

      Well done STEVIE P. As predicted, the toffees managed to get something from this game. The title is now in City's hands...

      Gunner - 2012-04-23 08:30

      Well done STEVIE P. As predicted, the toffees managed to get something from this game. The title is now in City's hands...

  • Rob - 2012-04-22 16:24

    Brilliant....Well done Pienaar & Everton. Enjoy United, but want City to take the title.

  • Jacques - 2012-04-22 16:26

    South Africans influencing the Premier League like a boss!

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-04-22 16:30

    Thumbs up for Manchester

  • Skwertno1 - 2012-04-22 16:52

    Pienaar's showing today should be telling Spurs Harry a thing or two,......

      Gunner - 2012-04-23 08:33

      Nothing to prove to Rednapp...he should not have moved in the first plc. Lets hope Everton can sign him back for a permanent move to Goodison

      Gunner - 2012-04-23 08:33

      Nothing to prove to Rednapp...he should not have moved in the first plc. Lets hope Everton can sign him back for a permanent move to Goodison

      Gunner - 2012-04-23 08:33

      Nothing to prove to Rednapp...he should not have moved in the first plc. Lets hope Everton can sign him back for a permanent move to Goodison

  • kenneth.endres2 - 2012-04-22 17:02

    I hope SA fans noticed today what a classy player Pienaar is but then again he is playing with classy players not the dim wits of Bafana.Great game full marks to Everton they never gave up went 90 mins full go.Both defences slack but some very good build up play by both sides for goals scored.Go United you can still win a 20th

  • Lunga - 2012-04-22 17:06

    Thumbs up if you hate Steven Pienaar and think he should go back to playing in the PSL!!! Thumbs down if you're a City, Arsenal or Liverpool fan and know absolutely nothing about football.

      Niel - 2012-04-22 17:18

      Haters gonna hate man. Steven owned your ass.

      Niel - 2012-04-22 17:18

      Haters gonna hate man. Steven owned your ass.

      Niel - 2012-04-22 17:18

      Haters gonna hate man. Steven owned your ass.

      bbooyse - 2012-04-22 19:47

      :D Sour grapes!

      bbooyse - 2012-04-22 19:47

      :D Sour grapes!

      bbooyse - 2012-04-22 19:47

      :D Sour grapes!

  • Sam - 2012-04-22 19:49

    Very good result for us... Also, makes the derby so much more important! CTID

  • Sharmilen Naidoo - 2012-04-23 08:20

    Well done Everton! Proof once again you are the better team from Merseyside. Proof again this league provides entertaining, end to end games with goals. 3 games left....City keep dreaming.....GO UNITED!!! Number 20 will be a sweet one!

      Gunner - 2012-04-23 08:56

      Well said , but realistically, City are favourites now for the title

      Gunner - 2012-04-23 08:56

      Well said , but realistically, City are favourites now for the title

      Gunner - 2012-04-23 08:56

      Well said , but realistically, City are favourites now for the title

      Bob - 2012-04-23 09:34

      Huh, proof that Everton are the best side in Liverpool, well who was that team we knocked out of the FA cup two weeks ago, and the manure could never score 4 goals against my Liverpool, City for the league now, two cups for LFC and zilch for the scum, not such a bad season after all.

      Bob - 2012-04-23 09:34

      Huh, proof that Everton are the best side in Liverpool, well who was that team we knocked out of the FA cup two weeks ago, and the manure could never score 4 goals against my Liverpool, City for the league now, two cups for LFC and zilch for the scum, not such a bad season after all.

      Bob - 2012-04-23 09:34

      Huh, proof that Everton are the best side in Liverpool, well who was that team we knocked out of the FA cup two weeks ago, and the manure could never score 4 goals against my Liverpool, City for the league now, two cups for LFC and zilch for the scum, not such a bad season after all.

      Bob - 2012-04-23 09:36

      Oh and Gunner, congrats on Van Persie, well deserved, he has had a brilliant season.

      Bob - 2012-04-23 09:36

      Oh and Gunner, congrats on Van Persie, well deserved, he has had a brilliant season.

      Bob - 2012-04-23 09:36

      Oh and Gunner, congrats on Van Persie, well deserved, he has had a brilliant season.

  • Sharmilen - 2012-04-23 12:17

    Gunner they were favourites from August 2011....but you will see come May who's the CHAMPIONS!!!!!

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