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A sticky situation? Memorable away games at Goodison

Ahead of our next fixture away to Everton, here’s a look at some memorable previous Premier League trips to Goodison Park, including a few dramatic comebacks against the Toffees.

Everton 2-3 Chelsea, 17 December 2006

Perhaps the most memorable of come-from-behind wins over Everton saw us heading to Goodison Park trailing Manchester United by five points at the top of the league table as we chased a third-successive title in 2006/07. Things started badly when Khalid Boulahrouz, standing in for the injured John Terry, pulled down Victor Anichebe and gave Mikel Arteta the chance to give the home side the lead from the penalty spot. We equalised just after half time when Michael Ballack’s free-kick came off the post and rebounded into the net on hapless goalkeeper Tim Howard’s back.

A Joseph Yobo header restored Everton’s lead and things looked tough as we headed into the last 10 minutes, but there was magic on the way from two players with a habit of producing special moments in a Chelsea shirt. First Frank Lampard smashed in an equaliser, and then Didier Drogba, shortly after hitting the woodwork with a warning shot, chested down the ball, swivelled and let rip with an outrageous volley from long range to give us the win late on, closing the gap on United to two points in the process.

 

Everton 3-6 Chelsea, 30 August 2014

Footballing entertainment doesn’t get much better than this goal-filled classic at Goodison Park, as we continued a brilliant start to the 2014/15 season, which would of course end with us as champions. It took just 35 seconds for Diego Costa to find the net in the third consecutive match since arriving from Atletico Madrid over the summer. When Branislav Ivanovic made it two in the third minute it looked like game over, but Roberto Martinez’s Everton weren’t about to give up and got a lifeline through Kevin Mirallas on the stroke of half time.

Jose Mourinho must have thought his Blues had killed off any chance of a fightback when Eden Hazard’s shot was deflected past Howard, but that kick-started a crazy spell of five goals in just 10 minutes. Steven Naismith pulled one back for the home team before Nemanja Matic restored our advantage with another deflected effort. Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o then came off the bench and gave Everton more hope by scoring with his first touch for his new club since leaving Stamford Bridge, but Ramires finally settled things down by scoring our fifth almost straight from the restart. Any lingering chance of late drama was ended when Diego Costa added a goal in the final minute to the one he had scored in the first, which must have felt like an age ago for those watching in the crowd!

 

 

Everton 1-1 Chelsea, 20 November 1999

This wasn’t a classic of a match by any stretch of the imagination, but you wouldn’t be able to tell looking at the ecstatic celebrations from the travelling fans at Goodison Park at the final whistle. Things started badly as Gabriele Ambrosetti was forced off with an injury in just the second minute and then Kevin Campbell gave Everton the lead, following Marcel Desailly’s defensive mix up. It got even worse in the second half, when Frank Leboeuf was sent off for a second yellow card, but Blues boss Gianluca Vialli surprised the hosts by switching to a three-pronged forward line of Gianfranco Zola, Chris Sutton and Tore Andre Flo, going on the attack with 10 men in a 3-3-3 formation. However, it seemed to be in vain as the seconds ticked down with the Toffees still ahead, until a penalty box scramble ended with Flo, who had looked threatening all day, pouncing to equalise with the very last kick of the game.

 

Everton 1-2 Chelsea, 30 December 2012

Another bad start at Goodison saw Steven Pienaar give the home side the lead after 62 seconds, turning in the rebound after Anichebe had hit the post. Combined with Everton’s unbeaten home run stretching 14 matches and nine months, it wasn’t looking good for the Blues, especially with Nikica Jelavic going close to extending their lead by hitting the bar and Petr Cech struggling with an ankle injury which would force him off at half time.

However, we were back on equal terms by the break, as Frank Lampard demonstrated once again why he is a Chelsea legend, heading in Ramires’ cross to take his Premier League tally for the season to five for the 16th successive campaign. Jelavic hit the woodwork again, but it was Lampard who had the last word, scoring an instinctive winner after excellent play between Eden Hazard and Juan Mata had seen the Spaniard’s effort saved by Howard.

Everton 0-3 Chelsea, 30 April 2017

Our most recent win at Goodison Park was also our most comprehensive of the Premier League era, hitting three past Everton without reply as we closed in on the 2016/17 title under Antonio Conte. We had to be patient, though, as a stubborn home side made us wait over an hour before the dam could finally be breached by Pedro’s stunning opener from 25 yards. That opened the floodgates, as Gary Cahill reacted quickest to score from close range after Hazard’s free-kick had been parried by Maarten Stekelenburg, and then Willian slotted in a simple finish when Cesc Fabregas cut the ball back across goal. Overcoming that crucial hurdle kept us four points ahead of second-placed Tottenham with four games remaining, and we would be crowned champions with victory at West Bromwich Albion two weeks later.

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