London - John Terry snatched a last-gasp
Chelsea equaliser eight minutes into stoppage-time to rescue a dramatic 3-3
draw against Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Chelsea's month-long unbeaten run under
interim manager Guus Hiddink appeared to be at an end when Ramiro Funes Mori
put Everton 3-2 ahead in the 90th minute.
But Blues captain Terry, who earlier scored
an own goal to give Everton their opener, had the last word with a back-flicked
finish worthy of a top striker, although there was controversy over the effort
as the centre-back appeared to be in an offside position.
That late intervention capped a spirited,
if error-strewn display, from Chelsea, who had fallen two goals behind after
Kevin Mirallas added to Terry's own goal.
A terrible defensive mix-up allowed Diego
Costa to pull one back and Chelsea were level seconds later when a deflected
Cesc Fabregas effort found the net, setting the stage for the memorable finale.
Hiddink had warned beforehand that Chelsea
cannot regard themselves as immune from the prospect of relegation so long as
they fail to record victories.
And last season's Premier League champions,
six points above the relegation zone, still look in some disarray after their
second home draw this week.
Chelsea carved out the first chance and it
took a smart save from Tim Howard to prevent Willian, played in on the right of
the box by Fabregas, from opening the scoring.
Mirallas, having turned his man superbly to
scamper into space, forced Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois into a diving
parry as Everton ended the half strongly.
The Toffees took the lead five minutes into
the second period thanks to Terry's own goal.
Romelu Lukaku, Everton's top scorer, was
the key man as he fed the ball to Ross Barkley despite three blue shirts being
in close proximity.
Barkley sent Leighton Baines into a
crossing position on the left and Terry, mindful of Lukaku stealing in behind
him, mis-kicked an attempted clearance into his own net from close-range.
Chelsea immediately squandered possession
in their own half and were relieved that Barkley, played in by Mirallas, hit
Courtois' near post rather than the net.
Hiddink reacted by sending on attacking
midfielder Oscar for the more defensive-minded Nemanja Matic but Everton's
second followed straight away.
Barkley's burst put Chelsea on the back
foot and Mirallas swivelled to control Baines' cross from the left and fire
past fellow Belgian Courtois.
Chelsea needed inspiration and Fabregas
almost provided it with an outrageous flick that Howard did well to palm away.
In the end it took a hoof up field to get
Chelsea back in the game.
Fabregas launched a long ball for Costa to
chase and the Brazilian tapped into an empty net after Howard raced off his
line, only to miss the ball and take out team-mate Phil Jagielka instead.
Chelsea were roused at last and Oscar saw a
shot saved before Fabregas's effort took a deflection off Muhamed Besic to
Hiddink's side had scored twice in the
space of two minutes and Everton were relieved not to concede a penalty when
Costa went down under Jagielka's challenge as the hosts poured forward again.
Everton were forced into a change when
Bryan Oviedo was stretchered off to be replaced by Funes Mori.
The visitors still posed an occasional
threat and Courtois made a game-saving stop to deny Mirallas after Besic had
put him through with 15 minutes remaining.
Costa was hurt and had to go off as both
sides made a flurry of changes for the final 10 minutes.
And when an Everton corner was headed
straight to substitute Gerard Deulofeu he sent it back to the far post, where
Funes Mori hooked into the net.
Yet Oviedo's injury meant there was still
time left for Terry to apply the finish to a sustained bout of pressure and
preserve Hiddink's unbeaten record as interim boss.