For those who have a bit of time to kill- these are the last 17 minutes of the match. The calm before the storm with absolutely no indication that the match would be turned topsy turvy.
A good question would be how on earth does Tim Cahill do it?
A stunning cross by the previously homesick Leighton Baines and Cahill with timing, precision, and power buries a superb header in stoppage time to bring Everton a goal away from tying. Cahill giving inches away but still manages to rise above players get head to ball. His head is a homing device and surely a question for physics.
Now it is a minute and a half left- surely Man Utd with their experience know a thing or two about keeping the ball away.
But Gary Neville makes the crucial mistake of lofting a long ball to Berbatov instead of passing it around and letting the clock run out. The ball comes back to Everton and they push forward though Fellaini and Pienaar. The South African holds back and waits for the onrushing Baines down the left channel.
The wingback launches another impeccable cross which Cahill again manages to find and nod back to an unmarked Arteta who blasts the ball through a maze of bodies. Van Der Sar could not have looked more disgusted. Everton have done the improbable. Man Utd like they did against Fulham drop points.
The match ends controversially as Phil Jagielka on the threshold of pulling of the impossible by winning it for Everton tests Van Der Sar. But a goal would have been moot as Martin Atkinson inexplicably blows the whistle an instant before. A livid Moyes storms into the field and remonstrates with Atkinson.
Just another wrinkle in an afternoon full of them including the missing Wayne Rooney, a decision taken by Sir Alex to protect the present poster boy of bad behaviour from being exposed to the baying Everton mob. A ridiculous decision – Rooney is one of the best paid footballers in the world and he is kept back because the manager feels he won’t be able to take a few taunts? He better start earning his paycheck instead of wasting it on keeping the oldest profession alive.
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