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Thursday 18 September K.O. 20:05



Goodison Park | 23rd November 2013 12:45 | Attendance - 39576

Everton v Liverpool

Everton were denied a memorable derby victory after Liverpool's late leveller foiled the Blues' impressive earlier comeback.

After trailing 1-0 and 2-1, Romelu Lukaku struck twice to give the Blues their first lead of the game with just eight minutes remaining.

That came after Kevin Mirallas had drawn Everton level following Phillippe Coutinho's opener inside five minutes.

Suarez's free-kick restored Liverpool's lead before Lukaku took centre stage, eventually emerging on top of an afternoon-long battle with compatriot and Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet.

But Daniel Sturridge struck at the death to force a share of the spoils.

Goodison goes wild as Mirallas celebrates his strike.

Everton's positive start to the season and their aesthetically pleasing brand of football had caused much anticipation before the game and there wasn't long to wait for a goal - but it came at the wrong end as far as 37,000 Evertonians were concerned.

Steven Gerrard swung over a fifth-minute corner and it when it somehow found its way to Coutinho at the back post he was composed enough to take a touch and fire it home.

But Everton's reply was immediate as Leighton Baines, who would later limp off injured, delivered a free-kick into the box and Ross Barkley's knockdown was gleefully fired home by Mirallas.

The home side were most definitely in the ascendency at that point, with Mignolet off his line in lightning fashion to deny Lukaku just a few minutes later.

Then Liverpool went ahead with only their second attack of the half. Gareth Barry was adjudged to have fouled goalscorer Coutinho and Suarez stepped up to curl an expert free-kick into the corner of the Everton net.

Seeking another quick reply, the Blues went close first through Barkley's vicious swerving effort and then Mirallas' snapshot.

No derby would be complete without the customary disciplinary controversy and both sides felt their opponents should have been reduced to 10 men after Mirallas' foul on Suarez and Gerrard's high arm on Barry.

After just four minutes of the second half Gerard Deulofeu was on for Baines, who hadn't looked 100 per cent after picking up a first-half knock.

The attacking switch saw Barry revert to left-back and Barkley drop deeper in midfield.

And new man Deulofeu was in on goal almost straight away after racing on to Mirallas' pass, but again Mignolet was out to halt his charge.

Liverpool could have put the game out of Everton's reach just before the hour mark only for Joe Allen to somehow miss when the ball was presented to him following Suarez's bundling run. It was an astonishing miss.

At the other end Mignolet had to parry away Deulofeu's attempted cross and then produced another world class stop to deny Lukaku one-on-one.

Still Everton probed. Again the keeper saved from Lukaku. Even a deflected free-kick was kept out.

But when Mirallas kept the move alive and centred, the big Belgian made no mistake and it was game on with just under 20 minutes to go.

Lukaku nets against Liverpool

Goodison roared but Liverpool came again and after Lukaku had squandered a promising opportunity on the counter, Suarez forced a magnificent point-blank save from Howard.

Deulofeu was the next Blue to be thwarted by the in-form Liverpool keeper but seconds later Everton were ahead.

The Spaniard's cross was cleared for a corner and Lukaku rose to head home Mirallas' centre. Goodison erupted and Everton were ahead for the first time with only eight minutes to go.

But there was more drama late on as substitute Sturridge headed home another Gerrard set-piece.

And Howard had to be at his best in added time to repel Suarez's volley but it ended level.



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