Mon, Apr 23, 2012 - Page 20 News List

Everton shock Man United as draw revives title race

AFP, LONDON

Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand reacts after a missed opportunity in their English Premier League soccer match against Everton in Manchester, England, yesterday.

Photo: Reuters

Everton twice came from two goals behind to share the points in an extraordinary 4-4 draw away to leaders Manchester United that reignited the English Premier League title race yesterday.

The result left United six points in front of second-placed local rivals Manchester City.

However, City could cut that gap to just three points if they beat bottom of the table Wolves later yesterday.

If they do defeat Wolves, City would have the chance to go top of the table on goal difference if they beat United in a Manchester derby at Eastlands a week today.

Everton, who last won at Old Trafford 20 years ago, took a 33rd minute lead when Nikica Jelavic headed in Tony Hibbert’s cross as the visitors looked to bounce back from their FA Cup semi-final defeat by cross-town rivals Liverpool.

However, United were level before the break when Wayne Rooney, against his former club, powered in a header from Nani’s cross.

Danny Welbeck’s superb curling shot past former United ’keeper Tim Howard gave Sir Alex Ferguson’s men a 2-1 lead before Nani’s clever finish on the hour made it 3-1.

However, Everton would not lie down and Marouane Fellaini’s first time shot from Tony Hibbert’s cross cut United’s lead to 3-2.

However, when Welbeck teed up Rooney for the England striker’s second goal in the 69th minute, it appeared United had wrapped up all three points.

Everton, though, had other ideas, with Jelavic scoring his second seven minutes from time and, two minutes later, South Africa’s Steven Pienaar swept in Fellani’s cross.

United almost won the match in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time, but Howard saved from Rio Ferdinand.

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