Everton retained by Manchester United after final goal discarded by VAR
LIVERPOOL: Everton & United Manchester drew 1-1 at Goodison Park in the Premier league on Sunday in an enthralling game which ended with late VAR drama & home manager Carlo Ancelotti sent off.
A superb 31st-minute strike from United midfielder Bruno Fernandes had replied to Dominic Calvert-Lewin's early opener & the Everton striker thought he had grabbed the three points in stoppage time with a low shot that deflected off Harry maguire but his effort was ruled out by VAR.
Everton 's Gylfi Sigurdsson He was lying on the floor, having saved his initial shot David De Gea . After referee Chris Kavanagh had consulted with his line judge, VAR ruled the goal out of play, since Sigurdsson was in De Gea's line of sight.
The decision infuriated Everton & their manager Carlo Ancelotti was handed a red card for his protests after the final whistle.
"It's not the first time I have been sent off & it won't be the last," joked Ancelotti, who, having calmed down after the game, admitted it was a "difficult" decision for the referee.
That last-gasp drama came moments after Everton keeper Jordan Pickford had produced a superb double save to keep out an initial Fernandes effort & then, with his feet, one from substitute Odion Ighalo.
A draw was a fair result however & leaves United in fifth place, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, while Everton are 11th.
A dreadful error from De Gea gifted Everton a third-minute opener -- the Spaniard dawdled on the ball after a pass-back from Maguire & his attempted clearance was charged down by Calvert-Lewin & flew off the Everton striker into the net.
Calvert-Lewin should have doubled the lead shortly after when he broke free from United's defense, but shot just above De Gea's right post.
United responded well backwards early although with Nemanja Matic hitting the cross-bar with a long-range effort & then forcing Pickford into a diving save with another well-struck drive.
In January, the signing of Feranandes, the Portuguese midfielder who has brought a much-needed creativity to United, put visitors to the level with an excellent low shot from outside the area in the 31st minute.
Djibril Sidibe had given the ball to Matic, who prepared Fernandes for his effort, although Pickford accepted that he had been half a meter out of position.
Sigurdsson hit the post with a curling free kick 12 minutes after the interval & the home side were the stronger during the second half as United struggled to maintain their excellent first-half level of performance.
"One point each, is what both teams deserve, we had the first half & they had the second," said United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while Ancelotti also struck a positive tone.
"We played really well, I'm happy for this, we have to continue, no complaints, & we have to look forward. The performance was really good against a really good team & we were competitive all the time," said the Italian.