Raphinha scores Leeds point in 2-2 draw against Everton
Raphinha’s superb second-half result saw Leeds draw 2-2 in their first Premier League home game of the season against Everton.
The Brazilian winger managed to tie in the second half – his third goal in as many games against the Toffees – as Leeds hit back twice to score their first point of the new campaign.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first-half penalty was overturned by Mateusz Klich before the break and after Demarai Gray restored the visitors’ lead Raphinha had the last laugh in a typically exciting in Leeds.
Elland Road was transformed into a sea of yellow ahead of kick-off as most home fans in a large crowd – the first here since March 2020 – waved flags found under their seats to mark the occasion.
Everton’s first shot from Abdoulaye Doucoure flew wide and Leeds established a typically breathless pace.
The visitors were awarded a penalty after referee Darren England watched a replay of Liam Cooper’s entanglement with Calvert-Lewin and the Everton man coldly converted to give his team a lead at the 30th minute.
But Leeds rightly fought back to equalize before half-time. Patrick Bamford slipped his marker, Michael Keane, to the edge of the box and his ball inside was skillfully sent by the Klich in support.
Gray combined superbly with Calvert-Lewin to create a chance for the latter, then scored the third goal of the game as Everton regained the lead in the 50th minute.
Doucoure slipped a pass inside the box to the former Birmingham and Leicester player and his low angle shot went through Stuart Dallas’ legs as he made his way to the far corner.
Leeds faltered as Gray led Everton in pursuit of a decisive third goal before rallying as the game entered the final quarter, then lifted the roof with a hard-hitting equalizer in the 72nd.
Liam Cooper sent Raphinha to the edge of the box after Kalvin Phillips cross and the Brazilian unleashed an unstoppable left-footed shot.
The game was on the line as Leeds substitute Tyler Roberts’ cross shot forced Jordan Pickford to make a near-post save.
At the other end, Richarlison looped a shot from a few inches and Everton substitute Andros Townsend forced goalkeeper Illan Meslier to make a low save.
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