Chelsea 3-3 Everton: Terry grabs late, late point in thriller

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  • Terry equalizes in 98th minute
  • Chelsea fought back from 2-0 down
  • Blues unbeaten under Hiddink

Chelsea and Everton drew 3-3 in a classic encounter at Stamford Bridge on Saturday which saw Ramiro Funes Mori score what looked to be the winner in the first minute of stoppage time in west London, but John Terry equalized controversially in the 98th minute to snag a point for the Blues.

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The Toffees had raced into a 2-0 lead early in the second half after a Terry own goal and a Kevin Mirallas finish, but the Blues came storming back with Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas scoring in quick succession to set up a barnstorming finish.

In the first minute of stoppage time Funes Mori poked home at the back post after Chelsea’s defense fell asleep, but then Terry popped up right at the death to deny Everton a first win at Chelsea since 1994.

With the point Chelsea have 25 for the season and remain in 14th, Everton stay in 11th with 29 points.

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In the first half USMNT goalkeeper Tim Howard continued his stunning recent form as he denied Willian with a brilliant reflex stop to tip it over.

At the other end Everton went close twice in quick succession with Mirallas rightly having a goal disallowed for being offside, then Ross Barkley‘s shot was deflected into Bryan Oviedo‘s path but the Costa Rican scuffed his effort wide.

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Chelsea’s center back duo of Kurt Zouma and Terry were kept busy by Romelu Lukaku and Mirallas’ smart turn and shot from 25-yards out was tipped around the post by Thibaut Courtois towards the end of an even first half.

Less than five minutes into the second half Everton took the lead with Lukaku holding the ball up brilliantly and slotting the ball wide to Barkley who teed up Baines to smash a cross into the danger box which struck both of Terry’s legs and squirmed past Courtois. 1-0 to the Toffees.

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Everton were buoyed by going ahead and moments later they could have been 2-0 up as Mirallas played in Barkley but his shot smashed against the near post and went out of play. Mirallas soon made it 2-0 as he swiveled and smashed home past a diving Courtois to send the away fans wild.

Howard then made another fine stop as Fabregas flicked a looping effort towards goal with his right foot and the New Jersey native clawed it away brilliantly. Incredible stop.

Soon though, Howard was involved in a massive mix-up as a long ball over the top caught out Phil Jagielka and Howard with the latter missing his kick and Costa slotting home into an empty net. 2-1.

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Minutes later it was 2-2 with Fabregas clipping the ball into Costa and latching on to a clever flick from the Spanish international before getting a deflection on his shot to beat Howard. 2-2 and Stamford Bridge was rocking with Roman Abramovich smiling and applauding his side.

Late on both teams had chances as Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross was missed by Costa from close range and then Mirallas went clean through but fluffed his chance with Courtois saving with his legs.

However, Everton boss Roberto Martinez was soon punching the air with delight as Gerard Deulofeu‘s corner was first cleared but his follow-up cross found Funes Mori unmarked at the back post and the Argentine defender poked home in the first minute of stoppage time. Everton thought they had won it.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. There was a remarkable end to a remarkable game as Terry — who looked to be in an offside position — flicked home nonchalantly to grab a point and send the home fans wild.

Haiti stuns Costa Rica to claim Group B at Gold Cup

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Poetic justice, put it in a Song.

Haiti’s Djimy Alexis made up for his early own goal by scoring a deserved winner as Haiti won Group B of the Gold Cup with an upset of Costa Rica on Monday.

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Los Ticos got everything they could handle from the upstart Gombey Warriors, who are now 3-0 on the tournament, and the World Cup mainstays tossed aside their early lead to meet Mexico in the quarterfinals.

Haiti will challenge Canada in the quarters, guaranteeing the semifinals an intriguing participant.

An early own goal had Costa Rica in control, but Duckens Nason’ 16th international goal was a part of a hard charge from the Haitians in the second half.

The other match saw Bermuda earn a 2-0 win over Nicaragua via goals from Lejuan Simmons and QPR’s Nakhi Wells. That gives the Gombey Warriors a 1-2 record while dropping Nicaragua to 0-3.

Bermuda was ranked 174th by FIFA to Nicaragua’s 129, but that will certainly change next month.

AFCON wrap: Diaby’s sensational rip highlights trio of matches

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The Africa Cup of Nations said hello to six more competitors on Monday, with a thrilling goal amongst the eight tallied across the competitions in Egypt.

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Mali 4-1 Mauritania

Two different men named Adama Traore — neither of them the Wolves winger — joined Moussa Marega on the score sheet but it’s difficult to describe the class and small margins that defined the tournament’s goal of the day.

Sporting Lisbon’s Abdoulay Diaby somehow got this shot off through two defenders and into the upper reaches of the goal to open the scoring in the three-goal win for Mali, which is having some summer when you take into account the U-20 World Cup.

Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa

There were only 13 total attempts in the game, and Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodija scored the lone goal of a tournament opening win for Les Elephants.

Tunisia 1-1 Angola

A draw was probably fair, as Youssef Msakni’s first half penalty was met by Djalma Campos’ late goal to split the spoils in Group E.

Copa America roundup: Uruguay tops Chile; Full knockout bracket

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Ecuador and Japan drew to allow Paraguay to sew up the final knockout round spot, sending Miguel Almiron and Co. into a match-up with Brazil.

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And Uruguay rode Edinson Cavani’s goal into the other side of the bracket, moving ahead of Chile in a tight match.

Ecuador 1-1 Japan

There was a lot to like in a match with 30-plus shots and the ultimate prize of a match-up with Brazil on Thursday in Porto Alegre.

Shoya Nakajima put the Asian side ahead a quarter-hour into the match, but Angel Mena provided an equalizer before halftime to put both sides in danger of failure to reach the knockout rounds.

Chile 0-1 Uruguay

Cavani scored for the second time this tournament as Uruguay claimed first place in Group A and a knockout round meeting with Peru.

Cavani’s deftly flicked header of a Jonathan Rodriguez pass pushed Uruguay above Chile, which had won both of its group matches and now meets Colombia on Friday.

Knockout round schedule

June 27
Brazil v. Paraguay

June 28
Venezuela v. Argentina
Colombia v. Chile

June 29
Uruguay v. Peru

July 2
Brazil/Paraguay v. Venezuela/Argentina
Colombia/Chile v. Uruguay/Peru

July 6
Third place playoff

July 7
Final

Norwich City adds Switzerland international Drmic on free transfer

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Norwich City has added a new star striker to a unit which produced 93 goals in the Championship last season.

Josip Drmic will join Swiss national teammate Timm Klose with the Canaries for the next three seasons, hoping to bring his Bundesliga and international experience to a Premier League safety campaign.

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Drmic turns 27 next month, and scored two goals in five appearances for Borussia Monchengladbach last season. He has 31 goals and seven assists in 107 Bundesliga appearances between Gladbach, Hamburger SV, Bayer Leverkusen, and Nurnberg.

Coach Daniel Farke got 30 goals from target forward Teemu Pukki, who plays a similar role to Drmic and has plenty of top flight experience with Celtic and Schalke amongst others.

Drmic can also operate on the wing, usually left over right, and has featured in both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. From Canaries.co.uk:

“I’m going to do everything and give 100% on the pitch. I will be ready to give everything for the club. My job is scoring but I also want to help my team and help us be successful.

“When I first came to Norwich, the first thing I noticed was how kind everybody was. It’s given me a lot of positive energy and I’m excited to see what happens.”

Between Pukki and Drmic, Norwich can have faith that its well-prepared to have an answer up top.