By Philips Sunday
In what started as a disappointing day for him when he scored an own goal to give Everton the lead, Chelsea captain John Terry turned the table around as his 98th minutes equalizer secured a point for the Blues, making him the club hero of the day.
Chelsea came into today’s game hoping to secure 3 points after a disappointing midweek 2-2 draw with West Brom, but Everton proved more difficult to subdue.
The two teams struggled to make a tangible attacking moves in the first 45minutes of the game which led to a goal less draw at half time, with this, many had thought the game will end that way, but Terry’s own goal at the start of the second half changed the tempo of the game.
This was followed by Kevin Mirallas left footed strike that left the supporters of Everton at Stamford Bridge gasping for breath.
Indeed for the Everton supporters it was a done deal not until Diego Costa smashed a fantastic Fabregas pass into the back of the net after going pass the away side defenders and goal keeper, to keep the hope of the home team alive. Fabregas later made it 2-2 with a fantastic strike that was deflected into the net.
This erupted Jubilation at Stamford Bridge even as the club owner Roman Abramovich stood up in excitement to acknowledge the hard work of the team.
However, the game was drawing to an end before substitute Funes Mori’s strike gave the visitors what was seen as the winner of the game.
Howbeit, it took a John Terry’s 98th minutes 10 yard offside goal to secure a 3-3 draw for the Blues.
Terry’s goal (97 minutes 53 seconds) was the latest scored in a Premier League game since Nigeria Yakubu’s for Blackburn vs. Wigan (98:14) in November 2011.
Despite the win, Chelsea still remain at the 14th position on the English Premier League table.
EPL Scores, Results and Fixtures today:
Totthenham 4 vs Sunderland 1
Bournemouth 3 vs Norwich 0
Chelsea 3 vs Everton 3
Manchester City 4 vs Crystal Palace 0
Newcastle 2 vs Westham 1
Southampton 3 vs West Brom 0
Aston Villa 1 vs Leicester City 1.
Reacting to the draw, Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “It’s a difficult game to analyse. When we were 2-0 up we would have liked to have controlled the game more. We deserved the three points.
“We were part of an exciting game of football. Once we got a 2-0 lead it became a little bit too open.”
His counterpart Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink said: “I took some risks [at 2-0 down] and it paid off in a spectacular way. The team is very resilient.
“Of course I’m not happy with the goals conceded but very happy with the attitude.”
Chelsea will play London rivals Arsenal next while Everton will will welcome Swansea city respectively.