Manchester, Everton clash concludes with a draw, as VAR rules out last-minute winner

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There were mocks as the video assistant referee VAR intruded to spare Harry Maguire the indignity of scoring the winning own goal in injury-time, Gylfi Sigurdsson adjudged offside as he interfered with David De Gea’s line of vision. It was arguably the toughest call of the season for the officials, especially as it was the last meaningful act of the 1-1 draw.

Everton’s forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin thought he has pocketed all three points for the club at the climax before replays interpreted that midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson was interfering with play from an offside position. The contest became a two-goalkeepers affair, as David de Gea and Jordan Pickford both made terrific errors before coming up with amazing saves to keep level up situations.

De Gea gave an easy goal to the hosts with his first participation within three minutes, taking too long on the ball before Calvert-Lewin blocked his attempted clearance into the net. And later on, it was Pickford’s turn to create blunder as he let a doubtful shot from Bruno Fernandes through his grasp, offering Fernandes his second Premier League goal in as many games.


However,  both De Gea and Pickford amended for their mistakes with some amazing stops in the ending minutes as the situation unfolded. Initially, Pickford managed to keep out Odion Ighalo from point-blank range, and then De Gea saved with his feet from Sigurdsson just before Calvert-Lewin disallowed effort.

While, Sigurdsson happened to get out of the way of the ball as he lay on the ground, but he was forced to be in De Gea’s line of vision as Calvert-Lewin’s shot diverted into the net in stoppage time. Everton’s manager Carlo Ancelotti was enraged with the decision that he was shown a red card for his reaction at full time.