Monday, December 7, 2015

Monday Night Football: Late goals lead to Everton-Place draw

Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
The first half was a battle of back and forth sustained possession with Everton being mostly on the front foot. Palace had their chances. They even forced a tough save out of Tim Howard, but they were ready forced to play defensive against the speedy Everton attack.

The second half came down to a five minute span in the final quarter hour. Against the run of play, it was Scott Dann knocking home a Jason Puncheon corner in the 76th minute to put Palace in front. Romelu Lukaku made sure that wouldn't stand, however. After having his the woodwork thrice, Everton got they're equalizer from the Belgian international in the 81st minute. It was his 50th goal for Everton in his 100th appearance with the club.

Palace uses the point to move into a three way log jam for sixth place. They hold the spot on goal difference over West Ham and Liverpool, ask with 23 points. Everton is a point behind that pack in ninth.

And, due to me being on the road and at MAPFRE Stadium yesterday for the MLS Cup, I never got the chance to review yesterday's Premier League action.

Sunday Premier League: Newcastle blanks Liverpool at home
Newcastle 2-0 Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp looked like he had the Reds trending in the right direction of late, but  Newcastle decided to throw a wrench into his efforts. The Magpies duked out Liverpool to a scoreless first half and, in the second 45 minutes, disaster struck for the visitors. In the 69th minute, Georginio Wijnaldum played a low cross that drilled off Martin Skrtel into the top corner of the net for an own goal. Liverpool thought Alberto Moreno had levelled for them ten minutes later, but his goal was disallowed for offside. Newcastle was able to put it away three minutes into second half stoppage time when Wijnaldum got free behind the defense and collected a pass from Papiss Cisse and chipped behind Simon Mignolet for the insurance goal.

The win still sees Newcastle in relegation territory. They are behind Bournemouth, who was the latest to down Chelsea on Saturday, but only on goal differential. Liverpool were trying to climb up the table, they are in eighth place, even on points with West Ham and Crystal Palace.

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