Everton holds Crystal Palace to FA Cup draw amid controversial red card

Posted : 05 January 2024

Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin received a contentious red card, reducing the team to 10 players, yet they managed to secure an FA Cup third-round replay against Crystal Palace. The striker was dismissed in the 79th minute after a VAR review, involving minimal contact in his challenge on Nathaniel Clyne, prompting dissatisfaction from fans and manager Sean Dyche.

 

Despite limited clear-cut chances, Calvert-Lewin's earlier opportunity and a serious injury to Everton's Dwight McNeil added to the tension. The match remained deadlock as neither side could capitalize on their opportunities. Joao Virginia's goalkeeping skills denied Palace's late efforts, preserving the draw in added time.

 

Calvert-Lewin sent off as Everton hold Palace in FA Cup

 

Palace, missing injured players like Michael Olise and Jordan Ayew, showcased Matheus Franca, who impressed in his debut start. The game saw moments of promise from both teams, but no decisive breakthroughs, resulting in a shared scoreline, setting up a replay at Goodison Park in the upcoming weeks.

 

With Everton now winless in five consecutive matches and both teams securing a spot in the fourth-round draw, the replay will determine their advancement in the FA Cup, following the draw on Monday after Wigan Athletic's clash with Manchester United.

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