Crystal Palace earned a point and thanks to a late strike from substitute Michy Batshuayi. Everton’s Champions League dreams were crushed in a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Monday evening.
The home side should have scored in the first half, but in particular, disappointed by the Spaniard’s brilliant form Vicente Guaita held them at bay, with Richarlison.
But after the break, it didn’t take long for the hosts to crack the tie. Seamus Coleman picked up a ball on the left flank and played it into the feet of James Rodriguez, who hammered a precise effort past the despairing Palace goalkeeper.
Guaita kept up his incredible shot-stopping form to keep Palace in the game, but it looked as if Everton would find a second goal.
But it failed; instead, Batshuayi struck first, guaranteeing a share of the spoils.
Everton 1 – 1 Crystal Palace
Goals: 1-0 Rodriguez 56, 1-1 Batshuayi 86
Bookings: Mina, Digne
Everton: Olsen, Keane, Mina, Holgate, Digne, Gomes, Davies, Coleman, Rodriguez, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Substitutions: Godfrey, Sigurdsson, Gbamin
Crystal Palace: Guaita, Ward, Kouyate, Cahill, van Aanholt, Ayew, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Eze, Benteke, Zaha
Substituions: Batshuayi, Mateta, Schlupp