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Everton   3 - 3   Man Utd

Everton's Mikel Arteta (centre) wheels away in celebration after his dramatic equaliser against Man Utd

By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Goodison Park

Everton staged a stunning comeback to score twice in injury-time to deprive Manchester United of victory after Sir Alex Ferguson dropped Wayne Rooney for his return to Goodison Park.

United looked to be making light of Rooney's absence for Ferguson's 700th game in Premier League management as they held a comfortable two-goal lead at the start of three minutes of added time.

Everton, who had looked neat in possession without having a cutting edge, found a foothold in the game with Tim Cahill's header and, with United suddenly rocking, Mikel Arteta fired home a deflected equaliser to spark wild scenes of celebration.

Rooney did not even travel with the United squad after a week of allegations about his private life, but for so long it did not look as if Ferguson's decision would prove costly.

Comeback epitomises Everton character - Moyes

The outstanding Steven Pienaar gave Everton the lead just before half-time, but Darren Fletcher equalised within four minutes and when Nemanja Vidic and Dimitar Berbatov added further goals to put United in total command they looked assured of victory.

Everton's former Manchester United keeper Tim Howard had kept them in contention with a succession of fine saves - and the value of his contribution was underscored in that stunning finale.

United were left shell-shocked, and Everton boss David Moyes even ran on to remonstrate with referee Martin Atkinson at the end after he blew his whistle with Phil Jagielka closing in on goal, presumably claiming there was more time to play.

Ferguson will be left to rue United's failure to emphasise their superiority in the second half - and perhaps the fact that Rooney was not able to influence affairs.

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Everton made the early running as United adjusted to the absence of Rooney - but it was still Ferguson's side that carved out the better chances in a pulsating first 45 minutes.

Moyes attempted to cure Everton's lack of goals this season by using Cahill in the unfamiliar role of striker, supported by the giant figure of Marouane Fellaini.

And again, while Everton showed great promise in possession, there was a lack of cutting edge that meant too often their approach work came to nothing in the opening stages.

John O'Shea almost broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion after 15 minutes with a rising drive that beat Howard but glanced off the outside of the post.

Phelan 'stunned & annoyed' by Everton fightback

Everton wasted an opportunity to take the lead when Tony Hibbert's cross was deflected invitingly into the path of Leighton Baines inside the area, but the defender miscued a tame attempt.

Howard then came to Everton's rescue twice in swift succession with outstanding saves, first with his legs from Paul Scholes' deflected effort and then a fine one-handed stop from Ryan Giggs as he looked poised to score.

The stalemate ended six minutes before the interval, and it was Everton who made the breakthrough. Patrice Evra's error allowed Arteta to break clear, and even though Edwin van der Sar saved his effort, Leon Osman had the presence of mind to set up Pienaar from the rebound for a comfortable finish.

Everton's lead lasted only four minutes as United hit back in style as Fletcher timed his run perfectly to steer home Nani's brilliant cross.

And Nani was the creator again as United took the lead two minutes after half-time, once more producing the perfect delivery for Vidic to steer a downward header beyond Howard.

After Howard was again forced to save from Nani, United produced a masterpiece of technique to add the third after 66 minutes.

Draw feels like a win - Arteta

Scholes' pass dropped perfectly behind the struggling Sylvain Distin for Berbatov to control instantly before he demonstrated great confidence to steer a finish past Howard.

This enthralling encounter looked to be moving towards an inevitable conclusion until that dramatic late Everton surge earned a point.

Cahill headed home a cross from Baines to give Goodison hope, and the Australian then headed another cross from the defender into the path of Arteta, who scored via a deflection off Scholes.

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Saturday, 11 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 3-3 Man Utd FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Pienaar 39
  • Cahill 90+1
  • Arteta 90+2
  • Fletcher 43
  • Vidic 47
  • Berbatov 66

Everton

Substitutes

Man Utd

Substitutes

Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 36,556
EVERTON
MAN UTD

Possession

  • Everton 46%
  • Man Utd 54%

Attempts on target

  • Everton 14
  • Man Utd 8

Attempts off target

  • Everton 9
  • Man Utd 5

Corners

  • Everton 7
  • Man Utd 5

Fouls

  • Everton 11
  • Man Utd 18
  • Final Result
  • 96:32 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:33 Phil Jagielka takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 90:00+3:13 Luis Nani takes a inswinging corner.
  • Correction - 90:00+1:55 GOAL - Mikel ArtetaEverton 3 - 3 Man Utd Mikel Arteta scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 3-3 Man Utd.
  • 90:00+1:55 Assist by Marouane Fellaini.
  • 90:00+1:55 GOAL - Mikel ArtetaEverton 3 - 3 Man Utd Mikel Arteta grabs a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 3-3 Man Utd.
  • 90:00+0:36 The assist for the goal came from Leighton Baines.
  • 90:00+0:36 GOAL - Tim CahillEverton 2 - 3 Man Utd Tim Cahill finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Everton 2-3 Man Utd.
  • 90:00 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 88:52 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Jonathan Evans. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 88:00 Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scholes. Gary Neville restarts play with the free kick.
  • 84:43 Luis Nani has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 84:00 Effort from the edge of the box by Dimitar Berbatov goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 83:39 Unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini by Jonathan Evans results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Leon Osman.
  • 82:42 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta.
  • 82:23 Phil Jagielka takes a shot. Jonathan Evans gets a block in.
  • 81:48 Paul Scholes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:06 Substitution (Man Utd) makes a substitution, with Ji-Sung Park coming on for Patrice Evra.
  • 79:54 Effort from outside the penalty box by Mikel Arteta goes wide right of the goal.
  • 79:06 Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta to the near post, Dimitar Berbatov manages to make a clearance.
  • 78:29 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
  • 78:05 Phil Jagielka fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:24 Leon Osman takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 75:31 Paul Scholes produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • Correction - 70:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Seamus Coleman. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Leighton Baines.
  • 70:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Patrice Evra. Leighton Baines produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 68:56 The official flags Leighton Baines offside. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 68:11 Substitution Tony Hibbert leaves the field to be replaced by Seamus Coleman.
  • 68:11 Substitution Johnny Heitinga goes off and Ayegbeni Yakubu comes on.
  • 67:49 Leon Osman has an effort at goal. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 67:16 Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by John O'Shea.
  • 65:35 Paul Scholes provided the assist for the goal.
  • 65:35 GOAL - Dimitar BerbatovEverton 1 - 3 Man Utd Dimitar Berbatov gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Everton 1-3 Man Utd.
  • 64:39 Dimitar Berbatov is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
  • 63:36 Luis Nani takes a shot from 25 yards. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 62:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrice Evra on Leon Osman. Direct free kick taken by Tony Hibbert.
  • 61:47 Effort on goal by Steven Pienaar from 25 yards. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 61:23 Foul by Gary Neville on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
  • 59:01 Tim Cahill is caught offside. Gary Neville takes the indirect free kick.
  • 58:35 Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 56:58 Tony Hibbert has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 56:58 Tony Hibbert produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
  • 55:17 Marouane Fellaini fouled by Dimitar Berbatov, the ref awards a free kick. Marouane Fellaini takes the free kick.
  • 53:54 Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
  • 53:42 Foul by Patrice Evra on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Leon Osman takes the free kick.
  • 51:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Steven Pienaar. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
  • 50:36 Free kick taken by Gary Neville.
  • 50:36 Booking Johnny Heitinga booked.
  • 50:26 Gary Neville fouled by Johnny Heitinga, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 49:01 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 46:59 The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.
  • 46:59 GOAL - Nemanja VidicEverton 1 - 2 Man Utd Nemanja Vidic grabs a headed goal from close in. Everton 1-2 Man Utd.
  • 46:20 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in. Corner taken by Luis Nani played to the near post, Leon Osman manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:40 Unfair challenge on Nemanja Vidic by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 45:00+0:36 Effort from deep inside the area by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the left of the goal.
  • 45:00 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 44:57 Unfair challenge on Luis Nani by Steven Pienaar results in a free kick. Paul Scholes takes the free kick.
  • 44:00 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Jonathan Evans manages to make a clearance.
  • 44:00 Booking Ryan Giggs receives a yellow card.
  • 43:56 Unfair challenge on Tony Hibbert by Ryan Giggs results in a free kick.
  • 42:50 The assist for the goal came from Luis Nani.
  • 42:50 GOAL - Darren FletcherEverton 1 - 1 Man Utd Darren Fletcher grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 1-1 Man Utd.
  • 42:32 Foul by Mikel Arteta on John O'Shea, free kick awarded. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
  • 41:50 The assistant referee signals for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 41:49 The assistant referee signals for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Tony Hibbert takes the indirect free kick.
  • 41:00 The referee blows for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Indirect free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 38:41 Assist on the goal came from Leon Osman.
  • 38:41 GOAL - Steven PienaarEverton 1 - 0 Man Utd Goal scored by Steven Pienaar from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Man Utd.
  • 38:33 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 37:59 Ryan Giggs takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard. Darren Fletcher takes a shot. Tony Hibbert gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Ryan Giggs.
  • 37:24 Mikel Arteta fouled by Jonathan Evans, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
  • 36:56 Ryan Giggs fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:03 Nemanja Vidic challenges Marouane Fellaini unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Patrice Evra.
  • 34:37 The ball is crossed by Luis Nani.
  • 31:50 Foul by Tony Hibbert on Ryan Giggs, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Luis Nani. Shot by Paul Scholes from 25 yards. Save by Tim Howard. Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs, Tony Hibbert manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:17 Short corner taken by Luis Nani.
  • 27:32 Leighton Baines produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 26:03 Marouane Fellaini produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
  • 24:50 Effort on goal by Tim Cahill from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 22:00 Shot from 18 yards by Tim Cahill. John O'Shea gets a block in.
  • 21:32 Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Paul Scholes results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
  • 19:16 Foul by Ryan Giggs on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Mikel Arteta, Dimitar Berbatov manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:24 Ryan Giggs is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
  • 15:27 Handball by Steven Pienaar. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 14:09 John O'Shea produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that bounces off the post.
  • 12:21 Darren Fletcher is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
  • 11:45 Leon Osman challenges Edwin Van der Sar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 10:11 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Neville. Leon Osman has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 9:38 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Evans. Mikel Arteta decides to take the corner short.
  • 8:37 Foul by Paul Scholes on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
  • 6:46 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Jonathan Evans.
  • 4:41 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Gary Neville results in a free kick. Mikel Arteta produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 3:58 Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Evans. Free kick taken by Nemanja Vidic.
  • 3:19 Effort from deep inside the area by Steven Pienaar misses to the right of the goal.
  • 0:58 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Nemanja Vidic. Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 11 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 16 12
2 Arsenal 4 10 10
3 Man Utd 4 6 8
4 Blackpool 4 0 7
5 Fulham 4 1 6
6 Aston Villa 3 -2 6
7 Man City 4 2 5
8 Birmingham 3 1 5
9 Wolves 4 0 5
10 Sunderland 4 0 5
11 Tottenham 4 0 5
12 Bolton 4 -1 5
13 Newcastle 4 1 4
14 Blackburn 4 -1 4
15 Liverpool 3 -2 4
16 West Brom 4 -6 4
17 Wigan 4 -9 4
18 Everton 4 -2 2
19 Stoke 3 -4 0
20 West Ham 4 -10 0

see also
Rooney left out of Man Utd squad
11 Sep 10 |  Premier League
Moyes unhappy at referee Atkinson
11 Sep 10 |  Everton
Saturday football as it happened
11 Sep 10 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
11 Sep 10 |  Football



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