Everton Escapes Relegation Zone

Written by on May 20, 2022

On a night of tremendous drama and suspense at Goodison Park, Everton sealed their Premier League membership with a 3-2 victory against Crystal Palace on Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 85th-minute header.

After losing at home to Brentford on Sunday, Frank Lampard’s team grasped their second chance to secure their top-flight place for a 69th consecutive season.
With a win over Patrick Vieira’s club on Thursday, Everton would escape their first relegation since 1951. But the Toffees were down by two goals at halftime as Jean-Philippe Mateta’s opening (21) was followed by a Jordan Ayew double (36).

There had been a fightback nine minutes into the second half thanks to Michael Keane’s instinctive finish, and after Richarlison had restored parity with his 10th Premier League goal of the season (75), Calvert-Lewin met Demarai Gray’s cross to spark bedlam inside Goodison as fans invaded the pitch to celebrate their goal.

After the final whistle, there were very unpleasant scenes as Palace manager Patrick Vieira got into an argument with a fan. As a consequence, Everton now has 39 points, four more than Leeds, who they will face on Sunday at Brentford.

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