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  • May 15, 2021

Exclusive: Everton miss chance to leapfrog Liverpool into sixth with costly home defeat to Aston Villa as Anwar El Ghazi scores late winner

 Exclusive: Everton miss chance to leapfrog Liverpool into sixth with costly home defeat to Aston Villa as Anwar El Ghazi scores late winner


Everton missed the chance to leapfrog Liverpool into sixth place as they lost 2-1 at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Ollie Watkins put the visitors ahead in the 13th minute, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored his 20th goal of the season just six minutes later.

El Ghazi was the match-winner for Aston Villa

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El Ghazi was the match-winner for Aston Villa

Villa wasted a handful of chances to retake the lead as the game looked to be petering out for a draw.

However, Anwar El Ghazi curled home a superb 20-yard effort in the 80th minute.

The result leaves Everton in eighth place, while Aston Villa climb to ninth.

Villa raced into an early lead when Watkins dispossessed Mason Holgate to bear down on goal and direct the ball past Jordan Pickford.

Dean Smith’s side’s lead did not last long, though, as Calvert-Lewin headed in Lucas Digne’s corner.

Calvert-Lewin, like Watkins, scored in front of England boss Gareth Southgate

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Calvert-Lewin, like Watkins, scored in front of England boss Gareth Southgate

Villa would have been scratching their heads over how they were not in front during an eight-minute blitz on Pickford’s goal.

The England goalkeeper somehow saved a close-range Watkins volley, before El Ghazi smashed the rebound on to the crossbar in the 29th minute.

Shortly after, Villa were undone by the woodwork for a second time when former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley’s long-range shot hit the post.

Watkins was then played in on goal, but had his effort deflected wide for a corner.

Ancelotti’s Everton are at risk of finishing outside the top six

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Ancelotti’s Everton are at risk of finishing outside the top six

During a much quieter second-half, both sides failed to create meaningful openings, before El Ghazi’s moment of magic.

The Dutchman received a pass from Bertrand Traore and cut in on his right foot to fire an unstoppable strike into the back of the net for the three points.





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