Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough: Barry leads the way in milestone match

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  • Controversial Negredo opener
  • Barry score in milestone match
  • Coleman puts Toffees ahead, 42′
  • Toffees go second on 13 points

Gareth Barry scored his 52nd Premier League goal in his 600th appearance, lashing in from an acute angle in the 24th minute, and Everton came back to handle Middlesbrough 2-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Seamus Coleman‘s 42nd minute goal completed Everton’s comeback after a suspect Alvaro Negredo non-foul forced Maarten Stekelenburg to score an early own goal.

Romelu Lukaku flailed at a Yannick Bolasie cross and only got the thinnest of toe hairs on the ball, which evaded Victor Valdes. It was 3-1 at half.

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Boro took the lead when Negredo rose high to challenge Everton keeper Stekelenburg, and actually headed the goalkeep’s arm. The ball bounded into the net, and Lee Mason allowed it. Since it wasn’t given as a foul, it went down as a Stekelenburg own goal!

Justice prevailed, in a sense, moments later, as Barry was unmarked at the back post to slot high and home.

Barry was subbed off in stoppage for Tom Cleverley, and Goodison saluted their midfielder.

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