Everton safe, last relegation spot between Burnley and Leeds | Football News

When Dominic Calvert-Levine headed the ball to the Nets, Everton fans were ready to celebrate the preservation of their team’s Premier League status.

The combination of amazement and relief sent supporters to the Goodison Park grounds Thursday night. Everton led 3-2 with two goals to Crystal Palace. But there are still at least five minutes left.

The fans had to clear the grounds before the final whistle blew, and the Merseyside club’s stay in the top division extends for 69 years.

As the players remained on the pitchside behind security, fans of blue-shirts saw a smoldering stream of smoke carrying grenades. At this risk, Palace manager Patrick Vieira looked like he was hit by an Everton fan before leaving.

While Everton are safe, Burnley and Leeds are only trying to avoid becoming the third and final team to be relegated to the final round of Sunday’s season.

“At half-time, we are not dead and buried,” said Everton manager Frank Lampard, “but somebody on the outside says it and the character, fans and players of this club have dragged us down.”

Burnley managed to get out of the relegation zone at Leeds’ expense by drawing 1-1 at Aston Villa. Chelsea will now go into the final with a third-place finish in a 1-1 draw against Leicester on Thursday.

Everton comeback

Everton fans enjoyed their presence outside of Goodison Park, with blue smoke engulfing the streets as teams arrived.

There was nothing to celebrate after the 21st minute when Jean-Philippe Mateta came in front of defender Vitali Mikolenko with a free kick from Eberechi Ez.

Everton were angry that Jordan Ayew was only reserved for a scissors tackle over Anthony Gordon before he scored his second goal of the palace. Mateta’s cross was scored only by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as far as Wilfred Zaha. The follow-up was parried and Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucore failed to clear the danger, poking Aye Net.

Everton’s 5-2-3 formation means they are completely out of the midfield. After briefly switching to 4-2-1-3 at the end of the first half, Lampard switched again, with Dele Andy and Alex Iwobi, now in the third role of the night, deployed as two attacking midfielders with the daquaur grip.

This sparked a comeback that began in 54. Mason Holgate bowled a free kick and Michael Keane scored on his weak left foot.

Pickford’s one-handed save from Maneta saved Everton in the game. Richarlison equalized in the 75th minute and Calvert-Levine headed for Everton in the 85th minute with a free kick from Demarai Gray.

“Sometimes that’s what roller coaster football is,” Calvert-Levine said. “Why do we love the game, why do the fans love the game. We’re not in the ideal situation but it makes for such moments and you can go from low to high quickly.

“I don’t think I’ll sleep tonight or I will. Such a great night.”

Burnley Point

At Villa Park, Ashley Barnes converted a penalty for Burnley in the 45th after Emmy Bundia’s huge challenge at Maxwell Cornet but regained himself after a break with the Argentine equalizer.

The visitors made good saves in the second half before Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope sent Matt Lawton to a late challenge at Callum Chambers.

Point Burnley were eliminated from the bottom three for a better goal difference than Leeds because they both had 35 points. While Burnley play Newcastle on Sunday, Jesse Marsh’s Leeds are trying to avoid joining Norwich and Watford at Brentford.

“We left it in our hands over the weekend so that’s important,” Burnley defender James Tarkovsky told Sky Sports. “It would have been nice to get three today and take a little bit of pressure but it’s a great game.”

Alonso Volley

At Stamford Bridge, Marcos Alonso’s fine volley from Reese James’ diagonal cross recovered the point for Chelsea in the 34th minute, allowing James Madison to shoot Leicester ahead by 18 yards (meters) after failing to return to the wingback.

Christian Pulisic scuffed a tap-in wide that could win the match for Chelsea.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are sure to win one of four Champions League titles but the West London club, who are better than Tottenham in Sunday’s final round, will finish third.

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