JUST IN: Iwobi's Everton beat Palace to escape relegation

Everton will start next season as a top-flight club for a 69th consecutive campaign, with only Arsenal currently on a longer run of consecutive seasons in the English top-flight (97 from next season).
JUST IN: Iwobi's Everton beat Palace to escape relegation
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scores Everton’s winning goal against Crystal Palace. Photograph: Emma Simpson/Everton FC/Getty Images

Everton have officially escaped the relegation battle this season after coming from two goals down to secure a dramatic 3-2 win against Crystal Palace.

Having bottled a golden opportunity in their last two matches by failing to secure the two points needed to stay up, Frank Lampard's men needed all three points against Patrick Viera's side who have been outstanding this season.

But things went from bad to worse for Lampard's side when they conceded two goals in the first half after Jean-Philippe Mateta (21') and Jordan Ayew (36') gave the visitors the lead.

The hosts were left with a mountain to claim in the second half having never won a game from two goals down in the Premier League era.

Lampard's men came roaring in the second half and the pressure paid off when Michael Keane gave them a lifeline with the 54th-minute goal.

Everton kept pushing and got rewarded in the 75th minute when Richarlison scored the equaliser but the job was not done yet as Lampard's men needed just one goal to secure the EPL survival.

With the atmosphere already turned blue, thanks to the blue flares from Everton fans who were fully behind their team, Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed in the winner (85') to seal the all-important win for the hosts.

Everton have won a Premier League match in which they trailed by 2+ goals at half-time for the first time, at the 75th attempt (D5 L69).

This is the first time that Crystal Palace have been beaten in the Premier League despite leading by 2+ goals at half-time, going on to win in 21 of the 22 previous instances (D1).

Everton will start next season as a top-flight club for a 69th consecutive campaign, with only Arsenal currently on a longer run of consecutive seasons in the English top-flight (97 from next season).

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