Everton 3-2 Crystal Palace: Player ratings as Calvert-Lewin header seals Toffees’ safety

Everton secured their spot in next season’s Premier League after they came from two goals down to snatch a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace on Thursday.

The home side were battered in the first half and deservedly fell behind to strikes from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew, but they looked galvanised after the break and secured all three points after goals from Michael Keane, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Ayew’s diving header seven minutes in was the game’s first real half-chance. The Ghanaian had a lot of work to do to get his effort on target and just couldn’t get enough on the ball.

Everton had to wait a little longer for their first effort. Richarlison stepped up to a free-kick on the edge of the box but saw his effort go over after clipping the top of the bar, potentially after a fingertip save from Jack Butland.

It was a slow start from Everton and Mateta punished them with a powerful header 20 minutes in to fire Palace ahead.

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