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Chelsea v Everton

Everton have come away from Stamford Bridge with a fully deserved 3-3 draw where Louis Saha and Yakubu added to a Petr Cech own goal to give David Moyes' side a fourth successive point at Chelsea.

This was only the fourth time in meetings between these two at Stamford Bridge that Everton have scored three times and the first since an identical result in 1960.

An injury to Joseph Yobo had forced manager David Moyes to re-jig his defence and his captain for the last six weeks, Tim Cahill, sat out the game due to amassing five yellow cards in domestic games this season.  

Despite this, the Blues were far from overawed and indeed took a 12th-minute lead through a goal which eventually went down as Cech's.

A needless foul by Frank Lampard on Steven Pienaar in the inside-right channel 30 yards from the Chelsea goal gave Leighton Baines the chance to deliver a delightful free-kick into the area.

Louis Saha rose highest and directed his header onto the post, before it bounced off Cech and over the line.

But the lead didn't last long and just eleven minutes later, both of the host's strikers had turned the game on its head.

On 18, Lampard fed Didier Drogba and the Ivorian forward curled in a great left-footed strike from the edge of the penalty area for the equaliser.

By the midway point in the opening 45, the league leaders were in front as the visitors failed to clear their lines and the ball broke to Nicolas Anelka on the left side of the box.  He swept the ball home past Howard and into the roof of the net to make it 2-1. 

Before then, the Blues had possibly been the better side and had threatened Cech's goal a few times inside the opening ten minutes. They kept hold of the ball well and one move resulted in Jo exchanging passes with Pienaar and drilling a low left-foot effort, which the Czech 'keeper had to be fully aware of as he scrambled across his goal to palm away.

But Jo had to be withdrawn in first-half injury-time due to an ankle knock and he was replaced by Yakubu who immediately drew Everton level.

The Nigerian striker pounced on a defensive mix-up to equalise and score his first league goal against the West London side in an Everton shirt.

Chelsea turned the screw after the break and had prolonged spells in the Blues half, although Tim Howard was never really forced into anything major until Drogba was given the simplest of tasks at the far post to restore his side's lead.

Branislav Ivanovic's cross picked out the forward a minute before the hour-mark and he doubled his tally with a tap-in past Howard - his 18th goal of the season with 13 coming in the league.

But back came the Blues again. Another set-piece causing problems for the home defence, Drogba headed the ball against Saha and it looped over Cech into the back of the net.

The Frenchman wheeled off in celebration leaving the Chelsea defence to argue amongst each other and the Blues were back in it once again with 27 minutes to play.

Chelsea pressed and pressed in the remaining period; Drogba seeing Howard tipping his effort over, as he did with Ballack's free-kick.

The German midfielder had the last chance when he fired wide from 12 yards and the Toffees were happy to hear the final whistle for a tremendous point.



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