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Premier League

  • November 23, 2013
  • • 7:45 AM
  • • Goodison Park, Liverpool
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 39576

Everton 3-3 Liverpool: Sturridge snatches point in thrilling derby

Everton 3-3 Liverpool: Sturridge snatches point in thrilling derby

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The England international met Steven Gerrard's pinpoint free kick to bring the Reds level after Romelu Lukaku had struck twice to put the Toffees on course for the win.

A late Daniel Sturridge equalizer salvaged a 3-3 draw for Liverpool against Everton in Saturday's dramatic Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

Everton had looked to be on course for its first derby win since October 2010 thanks to a Romelu Lukaku double in the second half, but Sturridge headed home from a superb Steven Gerrard delivery in the 89th minute.  

Philippe Coutinho was on the score sheet after just four minutes in what was a lively opening 10 minutes, finishing from inside the 6-yard box to hand his side the advantage. Kevin Mirallas, a scorer for Belgium midweek, was the man to bring Everton level. His first Premier League goal of the season restored parity just three minutes later.

Luis Suarez scored the game's third goal after 18 minutes, finding a gap in the Everton wall with an expertly taken free kick that bent inside Tim Howard's right-hand post. As well as sending Liverpool ahead at the break, Suarez's goal also moved him on top of the Premier League goalscoring chart with nine for the season.

Lukaku scored Everton's second equalizer after 71 minutes before grabbing his second nine minute from time, only for Sturridge to salvage a point late on.

The home side made one change from its 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace, as Ross Barkley made his derby debut ahead of Leon Osman.

Brendan Rodgers, taking charge of his 50th Premier League game for Liverpool, handed John Flanagan his first derby start in place of Aly Cissokho at left back. Midfielder Joe Allen made his first Premier League start of the season after recovering from injury, with Suarez starting up front despite playing a full 90 minutes for Uruguay against Jordan in Montevideo on Wednesday.

After a frenetic opening, Liverpool made the ideal start when it went ahead through Coutinho after just five minutes. The unmarked Brazilian poked home from close range after getting on the end of a Luis Suarez header from a corner - but the visitors were not in front for long.

Mirallas brought Everton level just two minutes later when Barkley's knockdown from Baines' set piece found the Belgian, who turned the ball past compatriot Simon Mignolet. And the goals continued to flow, as Suarez restored Liverpool's advantage after 19 minutes.

The Uruguayan, who helped his country qualify for the World Cup on Wednesday, executed a perfect free kick from 25 yards to score his ninth goal in just seven Premier League appearances this season.

Barkley almost leveled soon after, with his curled effort forcing Mignolet into a smart save, before Mirallas threatened for Everton after beating Flanagan easily on the right.

Mirallas then caused the main controversy of the half, when his reckless challenge on Suarez was only punished with a yellow card 10 minutes before the interval.

Gerard Deulofeu, a second-half substitute for the injured Leighton Baines, had the first chance of the second half, shooting straight at Mignolet when one-on-one before Allen put wide from close range after Howard had gone to ground.

Mignolet frustrated Lukaku with two impressive saves before eventually the Everton striker drew the hosts level, side-footing home from inside the area in the 72nd minute after a period of sustained pressure from the hosts.

Lukaku looked to have had the final say as he completed his double eight minutes from time, heading home powerfully from a corner, before Sturridge equalized late on.

Both sides then had chances to snatch injury-time winners, with Suarez and Deulofeu threatening, but the spoils were shared after a pulsating game.

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