Leeds 2-2 Everton: Raphinha’s strike saves the home side from second straight defeat | EPL 2021-22

Pascal Struijk and Raphinha of Leeds United, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton
Pascal Struijk and Raphinha of Leeds United, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton

Leeds managed to pick up a draw against Toffees after Raphinha’s late equaliser.

Leeds United picked up a 2-2 draw against Everton at Elland Road, thus avoiding a second straight defeat.

The Whites had a dismal start to their Premier League campaign after a heavy defeat to Manchester United last week and they looked desperate to open their account today.

It was the visitors who went ahead through Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s penalty after the VAR deemed the English striker was fouled by Liam Cooper.

Leeds responded with an equaliser minutes before half-time when midfielder Matteusz Klich found the nets, taking advantage of Patrick Bamford’s assist.

Everton went ahead once again after the halftime break through the goal from Demarai Gray – his first with the Toffees.

The home side had to thank Raphinha for his brilliant strike to level things up in the 72nd minute and the goal dented the chances of Rafa Benitez’s side picking up three points.

The Brazilian winger was the only saving grace for the Whites as he pulled strings whenever he got the opportunities. The 24-year-old put on a lacklustre display against Manchester United last week but today he was seen at his very best although his side failed to secure all three points.

Leeds’ attack bar Raphinha was rather disappointing as key figures like Bamford and Tyler Roberts failed to make full use of their chances.

Speaking about the defence, Marcelo Bielsa’s men often looked vulnerable. There were times they could have been punished for their sloppy defending if not for the young goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Elsewhere, Toffees relied on their counter-attacking approach and although it might have paid them dividends they were pushed on the back foot by the home side in the final quarter.