Everton boss Marco Silva escaped defeat against his former club Watford thanks to Lucas Digne’s brilliant stoppage-time free-kick.
Lucas Digne’s scored a wonderful free-kick in second-half stoppage time to salvage Marco Silva’s Everton a 2-2 draw with his former club Watford at Goodison Park.
France international Digne beat Ben Foster from a set-piece in the 96th minute to save Silva from defeat against the team that sacked him last January following links to Everton.
Watford looked set to triumph when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored two minutes after an own goal from Seamus Coleman to overturn former Hornet Richarlison’s first-half opener.
Gylfi Sigurdsson had a penalty saved five minutes after Doucoure’s effort but Digne came good at the death to deny Watford a first win in six Premier League outings.
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Richarlison required just 15 minutes to get off the mark in controversial circumstances, side-footing Andre Gomes’ squared pass home despite Theo Walcott touching the ball from an offside position.
Watford grew into the first half and squandered another good opening seven minutes before the break when Roberto Pereyra glanced wide following some positive play from Ken Sema on the right.
The visitors equalised in the 63rd minute when Coleman inadvertently sent the ball into his own net minute after Pereyra’s header came back off the upright, sparking an incredible series of events.
Doucoure complete the turnaround 130 seconds later with a powerful header into the ground and past Jordan Pickford, taking advantage of a deflection on Pereyra’s cross.
No sooner had Watford’s celebrations died down, Everton wasted a big opportunity to equalise – Sigurdsson seeing his penalty kept out down the middle by Foster following Christian Kabasele’s clumsy challenge on Yerry Mina.
Just when Javia Gracia’s side looked to have done enough to draw level on points with their opponents, Digne curled a delicate 20-yard strike home to punish Kabasele for a needless handball.