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Everton escapes relegation after a stunning comeback against Crystal Palace

Everton beats Crystal Palace in a stunning comeback. photo: Premier League
  • Everton’s Premier League status was secured after an incredible comeback against Crystal Palace in the second half
  • Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew scored for Crystal Palace in the first half at Goodison Park to make it 2:0
  • Defender Michael Keane gave the team a lifeline nine minutes after the break, transforming the environment
  • Richarlison equalized with 15 minutes remaining, and Calvert-Lewin headed in the winner to spark celebrations

Clear, Secure are the words Everton fans and the entire squad never expected to hear . That was quite an amazing comeback which came out of nowhere.

The first 45 minutes were as bad as Everton has been, and the second 45 minutes were as good as Liverpool is.

From a 2-0 deficit to a 3-2 victory. From sleepwalking across the canyon to relegation to one final great leap to the other side.

Everton Celebrates victory over Crystal Palace. photo: Eurosport

The winner, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, was met with a foolish pitch invasion, which could draw the attention of the authorities, but the feeling of relief was overwhelming.

Following the second goal, the final 15 minutes of the game were played in a thick cloud of blue smoke, much like an illegal rave.

The air was sour, and the mood was wild. The final exchanges had an unsettling feel to them. Everton managed to keep their sanity and their place in the Premier League.

The stands were empty, and the stadium was packed. They sang songs of grand delusion as blue smoke clogged the air.

It’s all about playing exciting football and being the best team the world has ever seen. Everything this season has been lacking is history, magnificence, and radiance.

Nonetheless, we comprehend. This is a great club with a grand backstory. And their survival as a Premier League entity was genuinely remarkable.

From a 2-0 deficit to a 3-2 victory. From sleepwalking across the canyon to relegation to a daring leap to safety on the other side.

They are now clear. They’re covered for another year. These are words that Evertonians never expected to hear.

This was quite the comeback. It came out of nowhere. The first 45 minutes were as bad as Everton has been this season, and there is some competition in that category.

What about the second? It was the best ever.

After the second goal, the final 15 minutes of the game were played in a haze of acrid blue and a frenzy of abandon.

Before the game, the smoke alarms inside the Goodison Road entrances and corridors had been removed after being constantly triggered by flares.

As police cleared the pitch, fans sat on the crossbar.

Everton managed to keep their sanity and their place in the Premier League despite the chaos. Frank Lampard’s name was sung aloud into the night.

Everton victory put a smile on the faces of fans. Photo: Getty Images

Players who had been despised at times were feted as heroes. It’s amazing what a good 45 minutes can accomplish.

Everton appeared to be finished at halftime. They had given their worst performance of the season in the game that would define their season.

However, Everton found fight mode, and Crystal Palace could not stop them.

There were league positions and possibly a top-half finish on the line for Palace, but Everton’s situation was dire, and they wished it more.

People had to remind themselves that this is a club that finished 16th.

This is a club that spent money to achieve European football and missed out on the Championship by a few points.

There will still be some mockery from the city’s red half. Perhaps they could share their open bus parade.

Maybe they’ll all reflect back on this season and laugh one day, but not now.

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