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Fallen giant pushed to brink as relegation battle takes brutal twist amid wild scenes: PL Wrap

Byaayme

May 20, 2022

Leeds United have been pushed to the brink of relegation after fellow Premier League strugglers Everton and Burnley secured big results in their penultimate games.

Everton secured its safety on Friday morning (AEST) after two late goals from Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin saw the Toffees beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at home.

Meanwhile, Burnley clinched a vital point away from home against Aston Villa to free itself from the drop zone, albeit only by goal difference.

The two results means Leeds United is in 18th on 35 points heading into the final round on Sunday morning.

Bunrley is also on 35 points, while Everton is now safe on 39.

Leeds plays Brentford away in the final gameweek, and Burnley is at home against Newcastle.

Elsewhere, Chelsea drew 1-1 against Leicester to effectively secure third place on the table.

EVERTON’S EPIC COMEBACK BEATS PALACE TO SECURE SURVIVAL

Everton secured their Premier League status thanks to a thrilling second half comeback from 2-0 down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 in front of a cacophonous Goodison Park crowd.

Calvert-Lewin’s diving header five minutes from time sparked chaotic scenes as home supporters flooded onto the field in relief at extending the Toffees’ 68-year stay in the English top flight.

Only victory was good enough for Frank Lampard’s men to not be fretting going into the final day of the campaign on Sunday.

But a series of calamitous defensive errors looked set to cost them as goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew put Palace in command before the break.

Michael Keane sparked the fightback nine minutes into the second half before Richarlison levelled 15 minutes from time.

Calvert-Lewin’s injury problems have been a major source of Everton’s struggles this season but the England international came up with a huge goal when his club needed it most as he met Demarai Gray’s free-kick flush with a diving header.

The battle to avoid joining Norwich and Watford in the Championship next season is now between Burnley and Leeds heading into the final day.

The Everton bus arrived to a wave of noise and flurry of blue flare smoke, but the intense atmosphere quickly turned to frustration.

Richarlison came close to giving the home side the lead when his free-kick clipped the top of the crossbar.

Palace soon took control as Patrick Vieira’s men coolly stroked the ball around to leave Everton chasing shadows.

Conceding from set-pieces has been a consistent failing all season for Everton under two different managers.

They were undone again from a free-kick for the opener as Eberechi Eze’s delivery was headed in at the back post by the unmarked Mateta.

Everton were on their way to being safe on Sunday when they led Brentford 1-0 only for a controversial game-changing red card for Jarrad Branthwaite to turn the match in the Bees’ favour.

The shoe should have been on the other foot when Ayew lunged into a dangerous challenge on Anthony Gordon midway through the first half.

However, referee Anthony Taylor only saw fit to produce a yellow card and was not told to review his decision by VAR.

Moments later Everton’s anger turned to anguish as a catalogue of errors led to Palace’s second.

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