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Pulled From the Brink: Premier League Teams Fight to Draws at the Last Minute

The low-flyers in the Premier League don’t let up. Burnley was able to avoid a defeat against Fulham after Datro Fofana single-handedly converted a 0-2 deficit into a 2-2 draw. On the Newcastle field, Luton Town even seemed on its way to a spectacular victory, but The Magpies were able to turn a 2–4 deficit into a 4-4 draw. Earlier in the day, the other relegation candidate, Everton, also fought for a point against Tottenham in the closing seconds.

Injured Amadou Onana sees Everton fighting for a point against Tottenham in the extreme

Richarlison initially turned out to be the tormentor of his ex-club with two goals. After less than four minutes he finished an assist from Udogie with great precision, just before half-time he curled the ball into the furthest intersection from outside the sixteen. Jack Harrison balanced the boards in between during a confused phase on a corner kick in which the Spurs goalkeeper was clearly hindered. However, the ref and VAR did not intervene.

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Red Devil Amadou Onana was not present at Everton due to a knee injury. His team seemed headed for a home defeat for a long time, until Jarrad Branthwaite (90’+4) headed the equalizer into the net after Romero unfortunately extended a free kick.

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Despite the loss of points, Tottenham remains fourth in the English top division rankings for the time being, with 44 points. Everton is (temporarily) crawling away from the relegation zone, to seventeenth place with nineteen points.

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Kompany escapes defeat in the end

Vincent Kompany has escaped another defeat at the last minute. His team Burnley fell behind after seventeen minutes after a goal by Fulham midfielder João Palhinha. Four minutes later, Rodrgio Muniz doubled the lead of the London team, where Red Devil Timothy Castagne was in the starting line-up.

Kompany and co seemed to be facing another defeat, but thanks to two goals from Datro Fofana, the last of which in added time, the score was ultimately 2-2. Burnley – where Red Devil Ameen Al-Dakhil remained on the bench for ninety minutes – is not making much progress, because with thirteen points from 22 games they are still penultimate. The gap at eighteenth in the standings (Everton) is six points.

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Newcastle and Luton draw after goal fair, Brighton wins easily

There was also no winner in the match between Newcastle and Luton. Newcastle took the lead twice in the first half, but Luton, with Albert Sambi Lokonga in the starting line-up, came alongside again just as many times. In the second half, Luton even took a double lead in three minutes, but ten minutes later it was already 4-4. There was no further scoring in the final quarter and both teams had to share the points. Newcastle is now ninth in the Premier League, Luton follows in sixteenth place.

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There was a winner in the match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace. Brighton easily won 4-1 and thus sprinted (for the time being) over Manchester United to seventh place. Crystal Palace remains fourteenth.

Joao Pedro made it 4-1 for Brighton in the end. — © AFP

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