Gary Lineker posts instant reaction to wild Everton win over Crystal Palace
Gary Lineker took to Twitter to post his instant reaction as Everton secured Premier League survival with a crazy 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.
The Toffees were 2-0 at half-time and reeling from yet more VAR controversy after Jordan Ayew somehow escaped a red card for scything down Anthony Gordon and quickly scored the Eagles’ second.
But a hugely-improved second half saw goals from Michael Keane, Richarlison, and a diving header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin turn the game on its head and spark wild celebrations around Goodison Park.
Lineker’s tweet at the final whistle signified the massive change from one half to the other, as he said along with applauding emojis: “Looking horriblwhat an incredible comeback from Everton.”
The sea of fans on the pitch after the final whistle signified the scale of the result, as the prospect of a first ever relegation from the Premier League was escaped with one game to spare.
Fans won’t care now but the team had to make it hard for themselves by giving away a two goal lead in the first half.
Tensions were reaching unbearable levels in the opening 45 minutes as a scrappy display gave way to yet more refereeing controversy.
It seemed like the greatest hits of a dreadful season were all coming out to take the fight to final day, and it didn’t look hopeful.
Ayew’s challenge on the sideline was over the ball and scissored Gordon’s leg from the side, yet he escaped with a yellow, and were it not for the second ’45 Frank Lampard would have no doubt been on the phone to Mike Riley again, not least because the Ghanian was the one to scuff the ball over the line minutes later.
The defending had been pretty dreadful, and the sense of injustice threatened to cloud focus.
But the introduction of forgotten man Dele Alli at half-time, and what must have been the team talk of a lifetime saw a different Toffees side emerge, who simply wouldn’t lie down.
Keane’s lovely finish belied the beaten down player who was being accused of making Championship defenders look good a matter of weeks ago.
Then the two attacking stars took it upon themselves to force their side over the line, as the untidy finish from Richarlison was followed by Calvert-Lewin’s winner.
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