Everton FC’s Goodison Park survival party, which was expected when they went ahead early, has been rushedly cancelled, as they finish today’s game with nine men and no points.
The home fans are stunned by their team’s collapse and seem glum. Branthwaite and Rondon were sent off, thereby ending the Toffees’ chances of retaining their long-held top-flight position.
On the other hand, Brentford took full advantage of their opponents’ blunders to stay in contention for a top-half finish.
EVERTON (4-3-3): Jordan Pickford; Seamus Coleman, Mason Holgate, Jarrad Branthwaite, Vitalii Mykolenko; Abdoulaye Doucoure, Andre Gomes, Alex Iwobi; Anthony Gordon, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison.
BRENTFORD (4-3-3): David Raya; Kristoffer Ajer, Pontus Jansson, Mads Bech Sorensen, Rico Henry; Christian Eriksen, Christian Norgaard, Mathias Jensen; Bryan Mbeumo, Ivan Toney, Yoane Wissa.
EVERTON LEAD! Capitalising on their rapid start, Everton go in front via a scuffed finish from Richarlison, who bundles the ball across goal and in off the far post, by way of an incidental touch from Calvert-Lewin. The latter claims the goal, and the Toffees are one step closer to survival!
BRENTFORD DRAW LEVEL! Finally, the pressure pays, as Wissa crosses from the right side of the six-yard box, following Toney’s pass from the opposite side, and the ball then strikes the unfortunate Coleman before finding the net! It’s 1-1 at Goodison, and this game looks very different since the red card!
EVERTON IS BACK IN FRONT! Richarlison stays cool, taking a staggered approach to the penalty spot before placing the ball past Raya, who dives the wrong way. Straight down the centre! Against the odds, Everton is 2-1 up!
BRENTFORD LEVEL! With an excellent near-post run, Wissa evades Richarlison’s close attention to flick a header from Eriksen’s corner into the back of the net! It zips past Pickford and into the far corner, bringing Brentford back onto level terms: 2-2!
THE BEES LEAD! Stealing into space near the penalty spot, Henry – who has been a thorn in Everton’s side throughout the second half – powers home a header, finding the right side of the net from Norgaard’s deep cross. Suddenly, Brentford are 3-2 up!
So, what’s next?
Everton concludes their campaign with games against Palace and Arsenal during the coming week.
While Brentford finishes up on home soil, where they welcome the Toffees’ relegation rivals Leeds.
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