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Everton 2-2 Watford: Thrilling end sees Hornets snare point in Premier League return


during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on August 8, 2015 in Liverpool, England.

Jan Kruger

  • Hornets strike first through Layun
  • Barkley nets stunning equalizer
  • Kone with goal, assist
  • Ighalo beats Stones for Watford’s 2nd goal

Ross Barkley and Odion Ighalo traded late goals as Watford picked up a surprising point in its Premier League return, drawing Everton 1-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Mexican international Miguel Layun scored on his Watford debut, while Arouna Kone scored Everton’s other goal.

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The Hornets struck first, sending the traveling fans into a frenzy. Phil Jagielka turned a Watford cross back up the middle, and Layun belted a shot across Howard and into the goal.

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3009 - Miguel Layún is the first Watford player to score a PL goal since Marlon King in May 2007, 3009 days ago. Welcome.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 8, 2015

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Everton had the better of play moving forward, but Quique Flores’ club was prepared to defend the Toffees’ attack. Heurelho Gomes was on the scene several times, including a leaping tip save of a tricky Kevin Mirallas cross/shot.

Martinez brought off outside back Brendan Galloway for offensive hope in Arouna Kone. Would the 63rd minute move open up the 1-0 game?

A red-worthy foul from Valon Behrami on Mirallas forced the Belgian from the game, but he’d quickly return to the pitch despite apparent and understandable agony.

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Barkley found a deserved equalizer in the 76th minute, as Kone laid the ball off to the young Englishman just outside the 18. Barkley then hammered a out-swerving shot into the upper corner. 1-1.

Then came 20-goal Championship man Ighalo, who took John Stones to school with a cutting move and ensuing shot from outside the 18. The 26-year-old Lagos-born forward had restored Watford’s lead.

Hold on! Kone came back less than two minutes later, latching onto a beautiful hold and pass from Romelu Lukaku to beat Gomes across the goal. 2-2!

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