Everton was denied the chance of a win that would have lifted it into third in soccer’s Premier League when match officials disallowed two goals and Newcastle tied the score in the final minute to draw 2-2.
Demba Ba rescued a point for the Magpies at Goodison Park in Liverpool last night after Victor Anichebe put Everton up 2-1 in the 88th minute. Anichebe earlier had a header ruled out even though television replays showed the ball crossed the line and Marouane Fellaini had another goal disallowed for offside.
“There’s two goals that have been missed and we can’t get them back,” Everton manager David Moyes told his team’s website. “Fellaini was onside for his and, if the linesman’s job is to look along the line, you hope that they see the ball cross the line,” for Anichebe’s.
The result lifted Everton two places to seventh in the 20- team standings with seven points. Newcastle also climbed two spots to 11th, with five points. Chelsea leads with 10 points through four games. Manchester United is a point back, with Arsenal and defending champion Manchester City on eight points.
Everton took the lead in the 15th minute. Leighton Baines played the ball to Steven Pienaar, who back-heeled a return pass to the left back, who shot low across Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper from the left side of the penalty area.
Newcastle tied it four minutes after halftime. Yohan Cabaye took the ball from Leon Osman in midfield and played it to Ba, who scored with a low right-foot shot across Everton keeper Tim Howard after joining the game as a substitute.
Fellaini sent a low shot into the net from about six yards (5.5 meters) in the 60th minute, only for assistant referee Ceri Richards to flag for offside. Television replays suggested the Everton midfielder was onside.
The same official failed to award Everton a goal in the 77th minute when Anichebe’s header rebounded off Harper and the underside of the crossbar before crossing the goal line and being hooked away by Mike Williamson.
“I got a hand on it and got a bit of luck,” Harper told Sky Sports. “You need a bit of that. I didn’t have much luck with the two goals, so what goes around comes around.”
Technology that can determine whether the ball has crossed the goal line may be introduced by the Premier League midway through this season, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported July 6, a day after soccer’s rulemaking body, the International Football Association Board, approved its use.
Following IFAB’s decision, the Premier League said it would seek to introduce goal-line technology “as soon as is practically possible.” Such technology was tested in a June exhibition between England and Belgium and will first be used in a competitive tournament at December’s FIFA Club World.
Anichebe looked to have secured the victory for Everton in the 88th minute. Pienaar collected a throw-in and played the ball to the Nigerian striker, who turned in the penalty box and fired a low shot past defender Steven Taylor and Harper.
The lead lasted less than two minutes. A long ball from Newcastle’s own half was cushioned by substitute Shola Ameobi on his chest into the path of Ba, whose touch was enough to take the ball past the advancing Howard and into the net.
“To lose the lead in the last minute was the main disappointment,” Moyes said.
The Premier League schedule continues Sept. 22 with six games, including Chelsea at home against Stoke and Everton at Swansea. Liverpool hosts Manchester United among four games the following day.
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