Everton and Leicester City’s Bonfire Night clash at Goodison Park was interrupted by fireworks after a rocket landed on the pitch. Referee David Coote was forced to temporarily stop play before Conor Coady pulled the object out of harm’s way.
The two teams were playing a relatively tame first half on Merseyside before Youri Tielemans ignited the game with his sensational long-range shot on the brink of half-time. But there could have been a fireworks display on the pitch before the Belgian’s moment of brilliance after a used meter-long rocket landed inside the stadium.
Reporters at Goodison Park claimed the fireworks came from outside the stadium and the Liverpool Echo posted an image on Twitter showing Everton defender Coady carrying the projectile. Coote was in conversation with police in the field after the incident before resuming action.
Moments later, Tielemans put Leicester ahead as the ball found its way to his feet on the edge of the box before taking a touch to get up and aim a looping effort past a defenseless Jordan Pickford. It was a deserved start for the visitors after spending most of the first half as the better team.
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Everton will be desperate to get back into the win column, with the Toffees triumphing in just one of their last five games – a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace on October 22. Frank Lampard’s side are 14th, just two points above the relegation zone after winning just three of their initial 13 outings.
Leicester need a win even more after their disastrous start to the campaign. However, the Foxes have regained their mojo in recent weeks, winning two of their last three, and will be level on points with Everton if they hold the lead at Goodison.
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Tielemans’ goal was a reminder of his high quality and raised the fact that his contract was expiring once again. The 25-year-old will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season, or for a reduced fee in January, with Arsenal and Manchester United among the heavily linked clubs.
There is reportedly almost no chance of Tielemans extending his contract at the King Power Stadium, so whichever club he lands at will no doubt boast one of the transfer hits of 2023.
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