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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 August, 2003, 20:59 GMT 21:59 UK
Rooney earns Everton point
Steve Watson scores for Everton
Charlton 2-2 Everton

Wayne Rooney struck in spectacular style in front of England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson to earn Everton a point against Charlton Athletic at The Valley.

Rooney produced a moment of magic as David Moyes' side came from behind twice to share the spoils in an enthralling encounter.

Jason Euell gave Charlton the lead with two penalties either side of the interval - but Steve Watson and Rooney struck as Everton picked up a deserved point.

Rooney had been in subdued mood under the gaze of Eriksson, but the 17-year-old produced a trademark piece of finishing with 18 minutes left.

Everton were unchanged, with Rooney continuing alongside Tomasz Radzinski, while Charlton were without Paolo di Canio, who was ruled out with a leg injury.

Rooney nearly broke the deadlock after four minutes when he almost touched Alessandro Pistone's cross past Dean Kiely.

But after lively opening exchanges Charlton went in front after 24 minutes, when Scott Parker fell under challenge from David Unsworth.

Euell sent Everton keeper Richard Wright the wrong way from the spot - but Charlton's lead only lasted two minutes.

KEY MOMENTS
24 mins: Jason Euell puts Charlton ahead from the penalty spot
26 mins: Steve Watson lobs an equaliser for Everton
49 mins: Euell restores Charlton's lead with his second penalty
72 mins: Wayne Rooney lashes an equaliser for Everton

Mark Pembridge floated the ball into the danger area, and Watson ghosted in behind Hermann Hreidarsson to hook the ball over Kiely for his second goal of the season.

Euell almost restored Charlton's lead as the interval approach with an acrobatic drive that landed on the roof of the net.

But Charlton were in front again after 49 minutes - and once again it was Euell who punished Everton from the spot.

Hreidarsson tumbled as he was tackled by Joseph Yobo and referee Steve Dunn awarded the penalty.

Euell stepped up and once again left Wright helpless.

Rooney had been quiet, but he set up a great chance for Gary Naysmith after 61 minutes, only for the Scot to shoot wide.

But the youngster was not to be denied and Rooney levelled for Everton with 18 minutes left.

Rooney showed brilliant close control to take Naysmith's cross before drilling a powerful left foot finish past Kiely.

Everton were suddenly in the ascendancy, with Radzinski firing narrowly over and Kiely blocking from Pistone.


Charlton: Kiely, Young, Fortune, Fish, Hreidarsson, Kishishev (Stuart 77), Holland, Parker, Jensen, Euell, Bartlett (Cole 76).
Subs Not Used: Royce, Powell, Johansson.

Booked: Jensen.

Everton: Wright, Pistone, Stubbs, Yobo, Unsworth, Watson, Pembridge, Linderoth, Naysmith, Radzinski, Rooney.
Subs Not Used: Simonsen, Weir, Li Tie, Hibbert, Chadwick.

Booked: Unsworth.

Attendance: 26,336

Referee: S Dunn (Gloucestershire).




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