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Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace: Michy Batshuayi dents Toffees European push with late leveller

Report and highlights as Michy Batshuayi cancels out James Rodriguez’s opening goal; Everton’s Goodison Park form continues to hold them back

Monday 5 April 2021 20:13, UK

Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to deliver a blow to Everton’s European hopes as his equaliser grabbed Crystal Palace a 1-1 draw.

Carlo Ancelotti’s boys looked set to move level on points with Tottenham in fifth when James Rodriguez – making his first start since the win at Liverpool – found a way past Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, who was in inspired form in denying Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.

However, Batshuayi, who had last week accused Roy Hodgson of not trusting him amid a lack of game-time this season, was on hand to level the game with just four minutes remaining.

This latest setback means they have won just one of their last eight home Premier League home games as their form at Goodison Park continues to hold them back.

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The result leaves Ancelotti’s side in eighth place, two points behind Tottenham in fifth, albeit they have a game in hand.

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What’s next?

Everton are once again in action on Monday Night Football next week when they visit Brighton (8.15 kick off). Meanwhile, Palace welcome Chelsea next Saturday, live on Sky Sports (5.30 kick off).

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