Digne Saves Everton After Coleman’s Own Goal Threat In 2-2 Draw Against Watford

Tanuja Saikhom | 2 months ago

Lucas Digne's injury-time free-kick equalizer secured Everton a valuable 2-2 draw after the Hornets led the game 2-1 thanks to Seamus Coleman’s own goal. Toffees manager Marco Silva relished the hard-earned point as his team came back and denied his former club a win at Goodison Park on Monday night.

Richarlison struck his eighth goal for Everton since joining, putting his team 1-0 up in the 15th minute. The Brazilian striker who was transferred from Watford this summer did not score in his last 28 games for his former club.

The early lead didn’t last long when Coleman scored an embarrassing own goal in the 63rd minute. The Ireland captain was left dismayed when he made little or no attempt to control the ball rebounded from the left post off Robert Pereyra's effort.

The visitors further imposed threat when Abdoulaye Doucoure’s header of Pereyra’s cross netted the second goal in a close range.

Gylfi Sigurdsson also failed to convert from the spot-kick following an unnecessary foul committed by defender Christian Kabasele on Yerry Mina in the 66th minute. The Hornets dominated the game with 2-1 lead till the rest of 19 minutes.

Digne stepped up for the free-kick in the 90+6th minute following another foul by Kabasele on the edge of the box. The Frenchman sent a beautiful volley in the right side of the net with a left footer. The goal was surefire point for the home team before the final whistle.

Taking a point from the injury time draw is a sweet revenge for Silva, who was taunted by Watford fans by bringing inflatable snakes for his treachery. The 41-year-old Portuguese was sacked by Watford in January, accusing him of disrespecting them after he showed interest in Everton job.

The 2-2 draw at Goodison Park means Everton remained in the seventh position with 10 points behind the fourth place Chelsea, while Watford jump to 12th position with 21 points, one place above Brighton.