Dominic Calvert-Lewin struck with the last kick of the match to earn Everton a dramatic 3-3 draw at Manchester United.
Edinson Cavani headed Marcus Rashford’s cross past Robin Olsen to open the scoring on 24 minutes.
United doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time through Bruno Fernandes’s fantastic curled effort from outside the area.
Shortly after the break, Everton were level with two goals in just over three minutes. Abdoulaye Doucoure capitalised on a David De Gea parry to pull one back and the midfielder then turned provider for James Rodriguez to drill in a shot on 52 minutes.
United restored their lead through Scott McTominay’s header.
But Calvert-Lewin stretched to poke in Michael Keane’s flick to earn the Toffees a point and deny United from going level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table.
United are two points behind City, who have two matches in hand including tomorrow’s trip to Liverpool.
A seventh straight away league match unbeaten leaves Everton sixth with 37 points.
Reports in Italy claim Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not expected to be charged with racist abuse of Romelu Lukaku, as he explained to FIGC investigators that his ‘voodoo’ comment was based on a specific story.
The pair had an ugly clash during the Coppa Italia quarter-final, with both players booked, and as it was played behind closed doors, their mutual insults were clearly picked up by the microphones.
That included Milan forward Ibrahimovic calling the Inter striker a “little donkey” and urging him to “call your mother and do your voodoo s***.”
Ibrahimovic has steadfastly denied any racist intent in the phrase, and Lukaku has not actually accused him of racism either.
According to multiple reports this morning, the explanation Zlatan gave to investigators when interrogated at the Milanello training ground on Friday was that the ‘voodoo’ comment was based on a very specific story in the English newspapers in 2017.
By presenting the English newspaper coverage of that story, Ibrahimovic can, according to Football Italia, clear himself of any racism accusations, because it was a specific incident in the public eye and not a general stereotype based on Lukaku’s African origins.
Zlatan also had to explain the meaning of the term ‘little donkey,’ which in England is a very common phrase used to describe a player with no technical skill.
Again, this would fit in with the clashes these two had in the past at Manchester United – when Ibrahimovic confessed he tried to reward Lukaku with money every time he had a decent first touch in training – and is to be filed under general ‘trash talk.’
Lukaku will also be interviewed by the FIGC investigators next week, but he has not at any point accused Ibrahimovic of racism during their clash, nor have Inter intimated that was an issue.
Michael Ballack has trown his weight behind his compatriot Thomas Tuchel following the new boss’s strong start to life at Chelsea.
After a goalless draw at home to Wolves in his first match in charge, Tuchel has guided Chelsea to two consecutive victories over Burnley and then London rivals Tottenham away.
Tuchel has already implemented his philosophy on his new Chelsea team, playing intense attacking football, and their 1-0 victory in North London on Thursday was thoroughly deserved.
And Ballack is confident that Tuchel will be an ideal fit at Stamford Bridge if he is given ‘breathing space’ after replacing club legend Frank Lampard as manager – a decision which left many Chelsea fans furious following yet another ruthless sacking by owner Roman Abramovich.
Ballack told Stats Perform News, via the Mail, that: “Thomas Tuchel has clear ideas about what he wants and how he wants to play. He showed at Paris Saint-Germain that he can handle difficult characters.
“If he wins games, he can get some breathing space and maybe be the coach who will leave his mark there in the long term in order to shape an era at Chelsea.”
And Ballack insists Timo Werner, who won the all-important penalty for his team on Thursday which Jorginho emphatically put away, must adapt quickly to Chelsea’s style of play in England to end his goal drought.
Ballack said: “Werner started off pretty well. Of course, if you aren’t scoring as a striker, then it is hard on the self-confidence.
“I believe it is very hard for him overall, as he was used to playing differently at Leipzig. He had a lot more space in front of him. Chelsea is the kind of team that has a lot of ball possession, wanting to dominate the opponent. Maybe even more so with Tuchel.
“Maybe he has to work on his playing style a little bit or try to get himself into better positions. As a striker you are depending on your team-mates to find you and if the goal drought ends, then he will be able to get back to his old form.
“He used to have good phases with the national team, using his physical presence and power to break down the wing. So when his goal drought ends, then things will go better again.”