James Rodriguez scored an outstanding opening goal as Everton drew 1-1 with Leicester City at Goodison Park.

In an intriguing match-up between two teams arguably posing the biggest threat to the league’s traditional ‘big 6’, the visitors started the game on the front foot.

However it was the Toffees who took the lead, against the run of play, on the half hour when Rodriguez curled in a wicked shot via the inside of the post with his weaker right foot, leaving keeper Kasper Schmeichel rooted to the spot.

Having edged ahead, Carlo Ancelotti’s men took up a more defensive formation, inviting the Foxes, without their injured talisman Jamie Vardy, to hunt for an equaliser.

That duly happened on 67 minutes when Jordan Pickford was unable to keep out a shot driven through a crowd of Everton players by Youri Tielemans.

With a quarter of the match remaining, both teams searched for an elusive winner with the hosts squandering two golden opportunities late on in the game as Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed wide from a pinpoint Lucas Digne cross and an unmarked Andre Gomes failed to control a header across goal inside the six-yard area.

The contest ended all square and the point does no harm to either club’s aspirations of European qualification leaving Brendan Rodgers’ side two points off the top in third and Everton sharing sixth place with Tottenham on 33 points.

27th January 2021 – Premier League

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