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Richarlison stays behind for personal lap of honour after Everton survival drama

Everton secured their Premier League status with a comeback win over Crystal Palace and goalscorer Richarlison returned to the pitch after full-time to do a brief lap of honour with his baby

Richarlison returned to the pitch to do a lap of honour alongside his baby following Everton’s win over Crystal Palace.

The Toffees came back from 2-0 down to beat the Eagles with Richarlison scoring their equaliser at Goodison Park. It was their last home game of what has been an underwhelming season, but they will travel to Arsenal on Sunday knowing they will remain a top flight side.

Richarlison was seen conducting his own brief lap of honour, accompanied by his child, after the majority of the fans had left the stadium. The forward has found his form at the right time, scoring in the recent win over Chelsea that helped with their survival bid.

It was Dominic Calvert-Lewin who scored their winner on Thursday night, sparking a pitch invasion at Goodison Park. Richarlison had levelled the contest after Michael Keane gave them hope earlier in the second-half. Everton had previously never comeback from 2-0 down at half-time to win a Premier League game.

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Calvert-Lewin told beIN Sports after the win: “The amount of importance on that game and three points was beyond belief. To score the winner, what an incredible feeling. I don’t think we have (ever comeback from 2-0 down) so tonight was the night to do it.”

He then added on Frank Lampard’s changes: “The manager switched it to a 4-3-3. Alex Iwobi came on in midfield as did Dele (Alli) – forward thinking players. Ultimately I thought that made the difference.”

Richarlison scored Everton’s equaliser

Everton defender Michael Keane told the BBC : “Our fans were unbelievable and I’ve never heard anything like it. Pure relief, it has been a hard season but so proud how the club has come together the last six weeks and a platform we need to build on and make sure it never happens again.”

Everton had found themselves in the relegation zone back at the start of May. Lampard came in for Rafa Benitez midway through the season but the former Chelsea boss had struggled to make a consistent impact with Everton’s frailties, especially in defence, had people fearing for their safety.

However a win over Manchester United back in April sparked a run of two defeats in eight, which included four wins, that would steer them clear of the bottom three. Lampard has seen his side beat the Red Devils, Chelsea, Leicester City and now Palace.

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