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  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 2 February 2013, 3:00pm
  • Goodison Park
  • Attendance: 38,121
EvertonEvertonvAston VillaAston Villa
3
  • Anichebe, 21
  • Fellaini, 69
  • Fellaini, 90+3
3
  • Benteke, 2
  • Agbonlahor, 24
  • Benteke, 61

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90 mins:FULL TIME: EVERTON 3-3 ASTON VILLA.

90 mins:Sylla picks up a booking for a late foul and Everton have a chance from a long range free kick.

90 mins:Fellaini has been Everton's hero today and he almost wins the game in injury time as he strikes a volley into the ground but it is well saved by Guzan.

90 mins:GOAL! EVERTON 3-3 ASTON VILLA: FELLAINI rescues a point for the home side as he gets his head on a corner and steers it into the back of the net.

90 mins:Agbonlahor slowly makes his way off the pitch as he's replaced by Nathan Baker.

90 mins:Steven Naismith comes on for Gibson.

88 mins:Very high challenge from Osman on Bennett and he's shown a yellow card by the referee.

87 mins:Agbonlahor picks up a late booking.

86 mins:Pienaar reaches the byline and curls a cross to the far post. It is just too high for Fellaini and Guzan pounces on the loose ball.

84 mins:It's one-way traffic at the moment. Can Everton snatch a point?

82 mins:El Ahmadi makes way for Brett Holman.

80 mins:Villa are clinging on at the moment and it looks set to be a nervy end to the game for them.

78 mins:Yacouba Sylla makes his Aston Villa debut as he comes on for N'Zogbia.

76 mins:Guzan has been on top form for Villa today and he's certainly kept them ahead following that save from Distin, but can his side see this game out?

74 mins:Distin almost pulls Everton level as he gets on the end of Baines' cut back but his shot is somehow kept out by a fine reaction save from Guzan.

71 mins:Everton are up for this now and almost equalise straight away as Oviedo pulls a shot wide from 18-yards after good work by Osman.

69 mins:GOAL! EVERTON 2-3 ASTON VILLA: The Toffees are right back in the game as FELLAINI gets the ball out of his feet inside the box and eases a low shot into the bottom corner.

67 mins:The game is completely in Villa's favour now. What a win this would be for them, if they can hang on for what remains of the 90 minutes.

65 mins:Bryan Oviedo replaces Heitinga.

65 mins:Jelavic comes on for Mirallas, to the sound of one or two boos from the home crowd.

64 mins:Lowton is booked for a rash challenge on Baines.

61 mins:GOAL! EVERTON 1-3 ASTON VILLA: The visitors increase their lead! It is a wonderful move from them and in the end Matt Lowton crosses for BENTEKE who scores with a diving header.

59 mins:Jelavic is still looking on from the sidelines. Could he come on and make a difference for Everton?

57 mins:The home crowd are urging their side forward. They need to start chasing this game but have another injury problem now as Anichebe goes to ground.

55 mins:Anichebe rolls Clark on the edge of the box just as he did for his goal, but this time he fires his shot straight at Guzan.

54 mins:Lambert had his head in his hands after that miss. Will Villa be made to pay or can they hang on to their lead?

52 mins:Weimann springs the Everton offside trap and latches onto Agbonlahor's through ball. He goes through on goal but makes a complete mess of his shot from the edge of the box, slicing it high and wide. Villa should have a third goal.

50 mins:Fellaini is back on his feet and on the pitch but is limping around in the middle. He might have to come off and Nikica Jelavic is warming up on the touchline.

48 mins:Fellaini goes down inside his own goal and looks in some pain. David Moyes is keeping a close eye on him from the edge of his technical area.

46 mins:Everton get the second half underway.

59 mins:Anichebe is back on the pitch and almost gets a break on the edge of the box but the ball is stolen away from him at the last second by Clark.

45 mins:HALF TIME: EVERTON 1-2 ASTON VILLA.

45 mins:Benteke picks up the first booking of the game for a foul on Baines.

44 mins:Pienaar gets a sight of goal from 25-yards but blazes his left footed effort high and wide.

42 mins:Half hearted penalty appeals from Everton as Distin and Benteke wrestle inside the box but the referee waves play on.

40 mins:Everton are really pushing for their second goal as we approach half time. Can they nick an equaliser before the whistle?

38 mins:Mirallas spins on the edge of the box and finds room for a shot but his strike comes off a Villa defender and flies over the bar.

35 mins:Everton go in search of an equaliser and Leon Osman comes close as he latches onto Mirallas' low cross but his first time shot is deflected behind for a corner.

34 mins:Baines flies down the left flank and pulls a cross back into the box but it runs behind Pienaar and Marouane Fellaini.

32 mins:Paul Lambert still looks troubled as he stands on the edge of his technical area. He knows this game is far from over.

30 mins:Baines takes the resulting free-kick and crosses it into the mixer but Villa clear their lines at the near post.

28 mins:Mirallas has been very lively for Everton so far and draws a foul out of Joe Bennett right on the edge of the box.

26 mins:We have a real game on our hands here and there are surely more goals to come!

24 mins:GOAL! EVERTON 1-2 ASTON VILLA: Incredible! Villa restore their lead as GABBY AGBONLAHOR meets a cross and sends a glancing header into the far corner.

21 mins:GOAL! EVERTON 1-1 ASTON VILLA: Kevin Mirallas plays the ball into the feet of VICTOR ANICHEBE who spins Ciaran Clark and fires low into the bottom corner.

19 mins:Villa certainly don't look comfortable with this lead. Everton are well on top.

17 mins:Baines cuts the ball back to Steven Pienaar on the edge of the box and his low shot is saved by Brad Guzan at his near post.

15 mins:Leighton Baines tries his luck from a long range free kick and blasts it straight over the bar.

13 mins:This is better from Everton. They are starting to spread the ball around in the final third and are asking one or two questions of Villa.

11 mins:Andreas Weimann gets on the end of a Villa corner at the near post but sends his glancing header over the bar. Half a chance for the visitors.

9 mins:Everton start to find their feet in the game and get a chance from a free-kick but hte cross evades Sylvain Distin and bounces straight out for a goal kick.

6 mins:Villa are on top in these early stages and Goodison Park is in a stunned silence, but for a few cheers from the away supporters.

4 mins:That's just the start Villa needed, but how will Everton respond?

2 mins:GOAL! EVERTON 0-1 ASTON VILLA: What a start for the visitors! CHRISTIAN BENTEKE bursts into the area and drives a low shot into the far corner.

1 mins:The referee gets the game underway.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 2 February 2013, 3:00pm
  • Goodison Park
  • Attendance: 38,121
EvertonEvertonvAston VillaAston Villa
3
  • Anichebe, 21
  • Fellaini, 69
  • Fellaini, 90+3
3
  • Benteke, 2
  • Agbonlahor, 24
  • Benteke, 61

match report

Marouane Fellaini struck twice late on as Everton fought back to hold Aston Villa to a 3-3 draw in a thrilling Premier League clash at Goodison Park.

Christian Benteke's early opener was cancelled out by Victor Anichebe, only for Gabriel Agbonlahor to put Villa back in front in a thrilling first half.

Benteke grabbed his second of the game to give Villa a 3-1 lead, but his fellow Belgian Fellaini had the last laugh with two goals, his second three minutes into injury time, to salvage a point for David Moyes' men.

Aston Villa dropped into the relegation zone following a midweek loss to Newcastle but there were positives in their second-half performance and Paul Lambert's side made the perfect start at Goodison Park as Benteke latched on to a Charles N'Zogbia pass and shrugged off the challenge of John Heitinga to open the scoring with a neat finish after just two minutes.

Fellaini missed a chance to equalise moments later as he curled a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the area, while Darron Gibson had an effort deflected off target and Leighton Baines blazed over with an ambitious free-kick from 30 yards as Everton continued to press.

Their efforts were rewarded in the 21st minute as Anichebe showed good strength to spin Ciaran Clark after collecting a ball from Kevin Mirallas, before firing low past Brad Guzan.

Villa restored their advantage almost immediately thanks to a firm header by Agbonlahor from Ashley Westwood's right-wing cross, but were then pinned back inside their own half for the remainder of the first half as Everton again tried to hit back.

Mirallas was brought down by Joe Bennett inches outside the area, while Leon Osman went close with a shot that flew just outside of Guzan's post via a deflection.

Everton kept up the intensity at the start of the second period but it was Villa who carved out an early chance as Andreas Weimann beat the offside trap to run on to a pass from Agbonlahor. However, he lacked composure with a wild shot high into the stands.

Benteke made no such mistake just after the hour mark as Matthew Lowton delivered an inviting cross from the right and the powerful striker again got the better of Heitinga to head home.

Fellaini reduced Everton's arrears in the 69th minute when he poked the ball into the bottom corner following a clever lay-off by Anichebe, setting up an exciting climax.

It looked like Aston Villa would hold on for an important victory to boost their survival hopes, but Fellaini struck again in the dying seconds as he headed home a Baines corner.

Fellaini could have won it even later but shot straight at the goalkeeper, as Everton drew level with fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and Villa were left two points from safety.

team line-up

24Tim Howard
3Leighton Baines
15Sylvain Distin
5Johnny Heitinga65
6Phil Jagielka
22Steven Pienaar
4Darron Gibson91
11Kevin Mirallas65
21Leon Osman
28Victor Anichebe
25Marouane Fellaini

substitutes

1Jn Mucha
8Bryan Oviedo65
18Philip Neville
7Nikica Jelavic65
16Thomas Hitzlsperger
34Shane Duffy
14Steven Naismith91

referee

Michael Jones

team line-up

22Brad Guzan
27Joe Bennett
34Matthew Lowton
4Ron Vlaar
6Ciaran Clark
8Karim El Ahmadi83
26Andreas Weimann
11Gabriel Agbonlahor92
15Ashley Westwood
10Charles N'Zogbia79
20Christian Benteke

substitutes

9Darren Bent
18Yacouba Sylla79
21Jordan Bowery
1Shay Given
32Nathan Baker92
24Simon Dawkins
14Brett Holman83

referee

Michael Jones

match stats

possession %6831
shots on target83
shots off target93
corners152
tackles won1312
offsides55