MATCH REPORT: EVERTON 2-2 LEICESTER CITY*

VALIANT CUP COMEBACK IN VAIN

Everton came from two goals down before coming unstuck in a penalty shoot-out during a thrilling League Cup Quarter-Final against Leicester City under the Goodison lights and with the Goodison crowd in full rapturous voice.

After a nervy start, the Toffees found themselves 2-0 down with less than half an hour gone courtesy of two quickfire goals from James Maddison and Jonny Evans. An exhausted, thin Everton side were lethargic in their attempts to pull a goal back before half-time with the best chance coming when Yerry Mina’s header from a free-kick was tame and easily gathered by Kasper Schmeichel.

The game continued this way for much of the second half before finally on 70 minutes, Tom Davies met Richarlison’s fizzed cross with a well-executed volley that Schmeichel was unable to keep out despite getting a hand to. The Merseysiders continued to press for an equalizer and on 90 minutes exactly, veteran Leighton Baines (only in for the injured Lucas Digne) saw his twenty yard shot scream into the top corner and send Goodison into delirium. Everton had pulled it back to 2-2 and penalties beckoned.

James Maddison and Cenk Tosun each saw their spots kicks saved before Ben Chilwell made it 1-0 to Leicester. The hero Baines was suddenly the villain when his penalty was also saved by Schmeichel. Ricardo Pereira, Mason Holgate, Demarai Gray and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all converted before Jamie Vardy scored the decisive penalty and heartbreakingly, after a spirited comeback, Everton were out of the League Cup.

18th December 2019 – League Cup Quarter-Final

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