Cape Town - Everton climbed out of the relegation zone in dramatic fashion
as they beat Watford 3-2 with a stoppage-time winner at Goodison Park on
The Toffees' woes looked to continue when they went two goals down on
Merseyside, but they fought back to score three times in the final 23
minutes and secure three vital points which lifted them out of the
bottom-three and up to 15th place.
Marco Silva's side had a very late chance to salvage a draw but Tom
Cleverley missed from the spot in the 12th minute of stoppage time,
after Leighton Baines had just converted a penalty for the hosts.
The first half was a scrappy affair as both teams struggled to find
their rhythm, which led to a subdued opening with no chances created.
The game came to life midway through the first half when Baines
connected with Wayne Rooney's cutback inside the area to force Heurelho Gomes into making a good save.
After Tom Davies sent a cheeky lob well over the crossbar on 27
minutes, the visitors threatened moments later with a shot from Kiko
Femenia that failed to hit the target.
Richarlison wasted the best chance of the half when he was played
through on goal in the 39th minute, but after taking the ball around
Jordan Pickford, the Brazilian fired into the side-netting.
Pickford was called into action two minutes later as he got down well
to deny Abdoulaye Doucoure, but he was beaten in the first minute of
the second half by Richarlison, who capped off a swift counter with a
finish in off the post after going past the Toffees keeper.
Gomes then pulled off a double save to keep out Gylfi Sigurdsson from
Omar Niasse's cutback before parrying Rooney's effort away from danger
on the rebound from a tight angle on the left.
The Brazilian was injured in the process and had to be replaced after
receiving lengthy treatment, with Orestis Karnezis coming off the
The Hornets struck again on 64 minutes from a corner that was
expertly headed home by Kabasele, but David Unsworth's men responded
quickly as Niasse beat an onrushing Karnezis to the ball outside the box
and slotted into an empty net three minutes later.
Worse was to follow for the substitute keeper as he was blocked off
at a 74th minute corner which allowed Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score at
the back post with a header.
Adrian Mariappa went close to restoring the Hornets' lead from an
88th minute corner that he headed just wide of the mark, but there was
still more drama to come in the 12 minutes of injury time.
Aaron Lennon was brought down by Jose Holebas inside the area on the
right to win a penalty that was dispatched by Baines to complete a
sensational comeback, but the visitors were awarded a spot-kick of their
own in the dying embers of the match, although Tom Cleverley fired wide
of the left post.