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EPL English Premier LeagueEverton 3-2 Crystal Palace

Everton 3-2 Crystal Palace

Everton clinched Premier League survival with a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace.

Mateta nodded in from close range to put the visitors up 2-0 before the interval before a spate of defensive blunders led to Ayew tapping in on the line. Richarlison struck the crossbar with a free-kick as well.

On the other hand, Everton was a different team after the interval. After Andersen’s botched clearing, Keane pulled one back with a spectacular shot before Richarlison levelled.

Calvert-Lewin grabbed all three points with a diving header to turn in Gray’s free-kick.

Starting lineup:

EVERTON STARTING XI (3-4-2-1): Jordan Pickford; Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Mason Holgate; Alex Iwobi, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Andre Gomes, Vitalii Mykolenko; Anthony Gordon, Richarlison; Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

EVERTON SUBS: Allan, Ben Godfrey, Donny van de Beek, Jonjoe Kenny, Asmir Begovic, Demarai Gray, Dele Alli, Tom Davies, Reece Welch.

CRYSTAL PALACE STARTING XI (4-3-3): Jack Butland; Nathaniel Clyne, Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Tyrick Mitchell; Jeffrey Schlupp, Will Hughes, Eberechi Eze; Jordan Ayew, Jean-Philippe Mateta, Wilfried Zaha.

CRYSTAL PALACE SUBS: Vicente Guaita, Cheikhou Kouyate, Odsonne Edouard, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, Luka Milivojevic, Martin Kelly, Christian Benteke, Conor Gallagher.

Goals:

MATETA SCORES! Palace wins a free kick down the left, and it’s an excellent delivery from Eze. Any Everton player doesn’t pick up Mateta’s run from the edge of the box through the middle, and he can nod it past Pickford from close range. 1-0 Palace!

AYEW SCORES! Coleman is caught on the ball by Mateta, and his cross causes Everton all sorts of problems, and Pickford flaps it away unconvincingly. Zaha hits it on the half-volley on the edge of the box, and Pickford does well to get a hand to it. However, he can only help it onto Ayew, who was behind him in the six-yard box, and he pokes it across the line. 2-0 Palace!

KEANE PULLS ONE BACK! Mykolenko takes the free-kick from near the halfway line, and Holgate is at the far post to nod it down for Keane. However, the Palace defenders are slow to close him down, so he has time to take a touch before firing a shot past Butland and into the far side of the net. 2-1!

RICHARLISON EQUALISES! Coleman’s initial cross is too deep, but Alli keeps it alive on the far side, chesting it down before having a shot. Andersen sticks out a leg to block it, giving it straight to Richarlison. He quickly sorts his feet out before firing his effort across the goal and into the back of the net. 2-2!

CALVERT-LEWIN SCORES! And Goodison Park erupts with noise! Zaha pulled back Coleman to give away a free kick. It’s an excellent delivery from Gray, and it’s missed by the Palace defenders at the near post. Calvert-Lewin throws himself forward, and he thumps his header past Butland and in at the near post. 3-2 Everton!

So, what’s next?

The pressure is now off Everton going into their final game of the season against Arsenal, as they now can’t be caught by Leeds United or Burnley.

As for Palace, they miss the chance to move into the top half. Instead, they stay in 13th ahead of their last game against Manchester United.

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