Phil Jagielka rocket rescues point for Everton at Liverpool

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Phil Jagielka scored an injury-time rocket to rescue a point for Everton at Anfield in the Merseyside derby.

A Steven Gerrard free-kick gave Liverpool the advantage, but Jagielka struck to cancel out the captain's effort in injury time.

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Right from the whistle the game was fast paced and tense.

Gareth Barry was the first player of the match to be booked after just thirty-nine seconds when he brought down Adam Lallana outside the Everton box.

However, Liverpool were unable to capitalise on this early free-kick. Both teams also had penalty appeals turned down in the first-half.

It seemed that Everton striker Romelu Lukaku was fouled by Alberto Moreno in the box however the referee did not award the spot kick.

It was then Liverpool’s turn to have a penalty appeal turned down about ten minutes later when Raheem Sterling’s shot hit Gareth Barry’s arm inside the area. The referee still refused to award a penalty.

Everton were dealt a heavy blow twenty-five minutes into the game after Kevin Mirallas had to go off with a hamstring injury, being replaced by Aiden McGeady.

Gerrard breaks the deadlock

It was Steven Gerrard who broke the deadlock after a first-half of good chances. Mario Balotelli won a free-kick on the right hand side of the Everton box in the sixty-fifth minute.

Gerrard struck a great curling effort into the right side of Tim Howard’s goal to make the Kop go crazy and put Liverpool 1-0 up. After the goal, there continued to be chances.

Lukaku nearly put the visitors back on level terms almost immediately. However, he was unable to connect with a great cross into the Liverpool box.

Jagielka wonder strike

When it seemed like Liverpool had wrapped up all three points Phil Jagielka struck with a rocket from outside the box to bring Everton back from the brink of defeat.

The result leaves Liverpool on 8 points and Everton on 7.

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