Last-Minute Drama: Everton Salvage Crucial Point with Late Penalty against Newcastle

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Everton halted their streak of three consecutive Premier League defeats by securing a point in a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United, preventing the Magpies from securing a third consecutive home league victory.

Despite Newcastle’s strong start following their impressive comeback against West Ham, Harvey Barnes, the hero of Saturday’s match, was denied an early goal by a solid save from Jordan Pickford.

Everton refused to play defensively, evident in Sean Dyche’s visible frustration at his team’s failure to take the lead within the first fifteen minutes.

Abdoulaye Doucoure came close to scoring with a shot just over the bar from inside the box, followed by James Tarkowski’s missed header from a Dwight McNeil set-piece.

Newcastle capitalized on Everton’s missed opportunities when Alexander Isak, in excellent goal-scoring form, displayed calmness to receive a lofted pass, dribble through Everton’s defense, and score his fourth consecutive league goal.

Despite falling behind, Everton struggled to create significant chances for the remainder of the half, failing to add to their tally of 11 first-half league goals this season, with only Sheffield United having fewer.

In the second half, Eddie Howe’s team dominated proceedings, eager to double their lead. They came close when James Tarkowski’s attempted clearance from a corner hit the crossbar of his own goal.

Newcastle continued to press, and they thought they had scored a second goal when Dan Burn tapped in after a quickly taken free-kick released Isak down the right.

However, the goal was disallowed for a narrow offside call.

Despite trailing, Everton remained in contention, with James Garner almost equalizing shortly after his introduction, only to see his shot hit the post.

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The match intensified with both teams creating chances. Newcastle came close to extending their lead when Harvey Barnes set up Isak, whose shot was cleared off the line by Vitaliy Mykolenko.

Just as Newcastle seemed poised to secure a victory, Everton received a lifeline after a VAR review awarded them a penalty for a foul on Ashley Young in the box.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin stepped up in the 88th minute and confidently converted the penalty, marking his first goal since September 2023.

The match ended in a draw, with Burnley moving four points clear of the relegation zone, while Newcastle maintained their position in eighth place.

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