Everton gave a spirited performance in vain as they conceded a last-minute winner, falling to a 2-1 defeat against an in-form Leicester City side, leaving them rooted in 17th position.

With morale lower than it had been for perhaps the entire season so far, the travelling Everton support would have been surprised to see their side take the game to the high-flying Foxes and their pressure was rewarded on 23 minutes when Richarlison finished off an intelligent move with an impressive header from Djibril Sidibe’s cross. Everton continued to create chances but were unable to extend their lead and also survived a scare when VAR overruled the referee’s decision to award a penalty to Leicester for a supposed foul on Ben Chilwell from Mason Holgate.

Leicester’s quality began to show in the second half and on 68 minutes the league’s top scorer Jamie Vardy levelled the score from close range. With both sides pressing for a winner, the introduction of the Toffees’ young starlet Moise Kean on 78 minutes looked like it could have been the difference as he almost carved out several goalscoring opportunities, but it would prove to be heartbreak for Marco Silva’s side. On 94 minutes, Kelechi Iheanacho broke through the Everton defence and slammed his strike past Jordan Pickford and although initially judged to have been offside, VAR correctly ruled that the goal should stand, and Leicester took away all three points.

The Blues and Marco Silva had a right to feel hard on their luck. It had been one of Everton’s better performances in recent weeks against second in the league and cruelly, they were forced to go home with nothing.

1st December 2019 – Premier League

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