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Lukaku Saves Everton

English Premier League

Full Time: Everton 2-2 Leicester City

Date: 22 February 2015

Venue: Goodison Park

Romelu Lukaku scored two minutes from time to salvage a point for Everton as they played to a 2-2 draw against Leicester City in an English Premier League match at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.

The draw sees Leicester still firmly rooted to the bottom of the league table with 18 points, four adrift of 19th placed Aston Villa, while Everton remain in 12th place with 28 points.

It was a cagey start to the game by both sides and both teams struggled to hold onto the ball for sustained periods of play which resulted in chances on goal being few and far between

The first decent effort fell to Everton in the 18th minute when Muhamed Besic drove into the box, but fired his shot inches wide from 16-yards out.

In the 26th minute some brilliant play by Seamus Coleman saw the Everton man drive to the by-line before squaring for Lukaku, but he fired over the bar from eight-yards out.

Ten minutes later Leicester had their first real opening on goal when Jeffery Schlupp let fly from the edge of the box, but saw his shot sail inches wide.

The half ended 0-0.

Everton dominated proceedings after the break and finally made their pressure tell in the 57th minute when a 16-yard shot from Steven Naismith found the bottom left-corner, 1-0.

The home side’s joy, though, was short-lived as Leicester equalised five minutes later when Tim Howard spilled a low right-wing cross into the path of David Nugent who tapped home from a couple of yards out, 1-1.

Leicester then took the lead in the 70th minute when Esteban Cambiasso turned home a left wing cross from Jamie Vardy, 2-1.

Everton tried to find their way back into the game and managed to find the equaliser in the 88th minute Lukaku headed home a left-wing cross, 2-2.

In the earlier English Premier League game, Tottenham Hotspur scored two late goals to come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against West Ham United at White Hart Lane.

Cheikhou Kouyaté opened the scoring for West Ham in the 22nd minute and they saw their lead doubled thanks to a goal from Diafra Sakho in the 62nd minute.

Spurs, though, fought back and goals from Danny Rose in the 81st minute and Harry Kane in the 96th minute saw them share the spoils.

The draw sees Spurs in sixth place on the league table with 44 points while West Ham sit in eighth place with 39 points.


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