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Goodison Park | 28th October 2012 13:30

Everton v Liverpool

A lively and full-blooded derby saw Everton come from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Liverpool.

Despite being the better side throughout, the Blues needed efforts from Leon Osman and Steven Naismith to cancel out a Leighton Baines own goal and Luis Suarez's header.

Seamus Coleman sees off a challenge from Raheem Sterling.Seamus Coleman sees off a challenge from Raheem Sterling.

All those goals came in the first half - 45 minutes of football which was played at a frenetic pace.

The second half was a lower key affair but there were still chances for the Blues to complete what would have been a deserved turnaround.

Everton began a pulsating opening period in energetic fashion, threatening the Liverpool goal on a number of occasions before conceding against the run of play.

Jose Enrique fired the ball across the box and when Suarez returned it Baines was the unfortunate man who inadvertently turned it home.

It would go down as an own goal but the Uruguayan did little to raise his reputation from the gutter with a tasteless celebration in front of the Everton bench.

The second goal was also a surprise when Suarez glanced in Steven Gerrard's free kick on 20 minutes.

But Everton's response was inspired.

Fellaini's snapshot volley on the turn was deflected wide, the corner was palmed away and the second flag-kick was cleared to Osman.

He made no mistake with a low drive from 18 yards and the Blues would pour forward again.
 

Leon Osman celebrates his strike.Leon Osman celebrates his strike.


Fellaini and Mirallas were a constant threat to Liverpool's rearguard and the former could have scored before the Belgian pair combined for the equaliser.

Fellaini's cross was slammed home by Naismith and Goodison erupted.

Parity wasn't enough for David Moyes' side though, with Mirallas exerting his increased influence with a couple of surging runs and near misses.

And the half ended with Seamus Coleman fizzing a powerful effort inches over.

There was even a yellow card for simulation for an incredulous Phil Neville.

Mirallas' exertions had resulted in him picking up a knock, with Magaye Gueye replacing him at the break.

Liverpool sent on Sebastian Coates and Jonjo Shelvey for Nuri Sahin and Suso.

Steven Naismith beats Nikica Jelavic to the goal to score Everton's second.Steven Naismith beats Nikica Jelavic to the goal to score Everton's second.

It didn't seem physiologically possible for the second half to maintain the pace of the first and so it proved.

But there was still plenty of action and Sterling clipped wastefully wide when through on goal, with Coleman volleying wide at the other end.

Fellaini headed off target from Coleman's cross just before the hour.

Then the Irishman was on the end of another great Everton move only to see his cross-shot scrambled away.

Baines' trusty left boot carved out a great headed chance for Jelavic soon after but the Croat got too much forehead on his effort when a glance would surely have brought an Everton lead.

Then Suarez raked his foot down Distin's leg to earn further derision from the Goodison Park fans.

And dalliance from Gueye presented Gerrard with a chance which, typically, Jagielka blocked.

Liverpool's three centre halves had been much better at shutting Everton out in the second period and Moyes threw on Bryan Oviedo for a late run-out in search of a winner.

It looked like Suarez had won it in injury time only for the linesman's flag to be raised.

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