Everton vs Crystal Palace – Football Match Report – 19th May 2022

Dominic Calvert-Lewin struck five minutes from time to guarantee Everton’s Premier League survival as they rebounded in a thrilling 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at a rocking Goodison Park on Thursday, two goals down.

Everton needed a win to ensure they continue their 68-year tenure in the top flight and Calvert-Lewin, who has been a marginal figure this season through injury, headed a Demarai Gray free-kick at the end of Gwladys Street to save a throw trigger invasion.

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Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew, who perhaps should have received a red card just moments before, scored first-half goals for Palace, who were well ahead, but Everton bounced back in the second half thanks to goals from Michael Keane and Richarlison, in front of the winner of Calvert-Lewin.

Everton move up to 39 points from 37 games, four ahead of relegation rivals Burnley and Leeds United, ensuring they head into Sunday’s final game of the season against Arsenal, who have not been under pressure since January.

“It was incredibly special,” Calvert-Lewin told Sky Sports. “With the pressure we were under to go two goals down and then go 2-2 up, I just felt like another chance was coming.

“I just had to make sure I was in the right area. It was an incredible experience.

“That’s why we love the game, that’s why the fans love the game. You don’t want to be in the position we were in, but then it produces moments like this.

“You can go from low to high so fast. It’s the greatest weight lifted in the world!”

Palace took the lead after 21 minutes when Matete found an Eberechi Eze free-kick with a simple header, while Everton’s problems with set pieces were on display again.

Ayew was lucky not to receive a red card after a crunchy tackle on Anthony Gordon drew only a yellow card and minutes later he scored the visitors’ second goal.

It was a setback for Everton as captain Seamus Coleman lost the ball on the halfway line.

As Palace invaded the home side’s penalty area, a mix-up between goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Vitalii Mykolenko allowed Wilfred Zaha to have a shot on goal, with the ball bouncing into the net by Ayew after 36 minutes.

Everton started the second half much brighter, pulling back a goal through Keane. After that, they continued to press and equalized through Richarlison.

Home fans roared Everton forward in search of an important third and Calvert-Lewin, a player who has drawn some criticism for his perceived poor performances in recent weeks, had his magic moment to put Goodison Park in the to drive insane.

“The way the fans have supported us has been amazing,” added Calvert-Lewin. “I think they made the difference for us.

“Some fans have questioned my commitment to the club but I always give 100% and I hope my goal showed that.”

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