Sheffield United and Everton contested an entertaining Premier League draw as both sides picked up their first point of the campaign.
The two teams have had wretched starts, losing their opening three games this season, but they could not be separated at Bramall Lane, sharing four goals in an enjoyable lunchtime game.
Sheffield United had started the brighter but it was the visitors who took the lead through Abdoulaye Doucoure, poking in a rebound for Everton’s first league goal of the campaign.
United responded well with the dangerous Gustavo Hamer forcing Jordan Pickford into a sharp save and they got their reward as Cameron Archer side-footed in to finish off a slick team move.
It got even better for Paul Heckingbottom’s on the stroke of half-time as Archer’s arrowed effort hit the post before ricocheting off the unfortunate Pickford and into the net.
But Everton hit back after the break as on-loan Arnaut Danjuma converted from close range via Nathan Patterson’s cross to the back post to salvage a point for Sean Dyche’s men.
United were inches away from a dramatic winner in the 99th minute, but Oli McBurnie’s header was somehow pushed on to the crossbar by Pickford at full stretch, with the goalkeeper recovering to divert the follow-up on to the post.
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- 12EganSubstituted forBashamat 68′minutes
- 21de Souza Costa
- 27LarouciSubstituted forThomasat 68′minutes
- 10ArcherSubstituted forTraoréat 75′minutes
- 25Ben Slimane
- 6TarkowskiSubstituted forGodfreyat 90+1′minutes
- 32BranthwaiteBooked at 9mins
- 37GarnerSubstituted forMcNeilat 75′minutes
- 16DoucouréBooked at 73mins
- 14Gomes Betuncal
- 12Neves Virgínia
- 28Ramalho Chermiti
- Andy Madley
Match ends, Sheffield United 2, Everton 2.
Second Half ends, Sheffield United 2, Everton 2.
Attempt saved. Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.
Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ashley Young.
Foul by Dwight McNeil (Everton).
Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Dwight McNeil (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Patterson.
Foul by Ben Godfrey (Everton).
Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Everton. Ben Godfrey replaces James Tarkowski because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury James Tarkowski (Everton).
Attempt blocked. Jack Robinson (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by George Baldock with a cross.
Foul by Ashley Young (Everton).
Oliver McBurnie (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Sheffield United. Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Oliver McBurnie is caught offside.
Offside, Everton. Ashley Young tries a through ball, but Arnaut Danjuma is caught offside.
Ashley Young (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by George Baldock (Sheffield United).