Real Madrid’s rival in the quarterfinals draws 2-2 against Everton.
Despite the great performance of Joao Félix, who scored his second goal in England, and Kai Havertz, who has scored in three consecutive games, Chelsea gave away two points against one of the worst teams in the competition. In an unthinkable defensive error in a team focused and aware of what is at stake, Chelsea allowed Everton, in minute 89, to leave with a point from Stamford Bridge that tasted like victory for some and failure for others.
Because Chelsea needed this game to believe that they can beat Chelsea Real Madrid in the Champions League, but it was only worth it to see that his reaction is intermittent and not that of a club that aspires to win the highest European competition.
And that for many minutes, especially in the first half, a change of attitude was perceived in Chelsea that culminated in Joao Félix’s goal after the break.
The Portuguese, who has been shining since his arrival in winter, deserved the goal. Not only for today, but for the month and a half that he has been here and that he has seen him crash twice against the crossbar. This time, after a cross from Chilwell and a faulty clearance from Michael Keane, he picked up the ball in the area and unleashed a shot that went wide and touched the post to now kiss the net.
His goal threw back the ‘Blues’, who speculated too much and gave wings to an Everton without talent, but with need. 20 minutes from the end, in one of those lotteries that involves an attack by Sean Dyche’s men, a corner kick hit Tarkowski’s head, which he extended so that Doucouré combed the ball and it slipped into the goal. Havertz managed to clear the ball, but the referee’s watch confirmed that the ball had crossed the line and that time was running out for Chelsea to take all three points.
It was a tall challenge for a team in constant fight for the goal, but Tarkowski made it easier with a childish penalty on James. He brought down the Englishman clearly and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Havertz, who already failed a first attempt against Borussia Dortmund, deceived Pickford, returned the mockery, for the attempt to destabilize the Englishman, and made it practically final 2-1.
Until Chelsea’s final short. In a ball, Doucouré unloaded without pressure from Enzo. The ball went to Ellis Simms, who with the 50 on his back broke away from Koulibaly with astonishing ease and beat Kepa in the 89th minute.
It’s over. Chelsea’s last rush was worthless and the Londoners drop two more points and have fourth place eleven away. Everton is fifteenth, with 26 units, two above relegation and still has an arduous fight ahead. Everton’s is with the rest of the teams, Chelsea’s with itself.
2 – Everton: Pickford; Coleman (Mykolenko, m.84), Keane, Tarkowski, Godfrey; Iwobi, Doucouré, Gueyé (Simms, m.79), Onana, McNeil; y Gray.
goals: 1-0. Joao, m.52, 1-1. Doucouré, m.69, 2-1. Havertz, m.76 y 2-2. Simms, m.89.
Referee: Darren England booked Koulibaly (m.57) and James (m.74) for Chelsea and Gueye (m.29) and McNeil (m.45+1) for Everton.
incidences: Match corresponding to day 28 of the Premier League played at the Stamford Bridge stadium (London).