Marouane Fellaini produced a towering second-half display, scoring twice as Everton came from 3-1 down to deny Aston Villa their first league win of 2013 in a breathless encounter at Goodison Park.

The Belgian headed in an injury-time equaliser to leave Paul Lambert's young side staring at each other in disbelief, having come within minutes of inflicting what would have been only Everton's second home defeat of the season. The result leaves Villa in the bottom three.

For 93 minutes it had looked as if this would be Villa's day. Christian Benteke fired them in front early on, only for Victor Anichebe to bring Everton level.

But two headers, the first from Gabriel Agbonlahor, and a brave second from Benteke, set Villa on course for victory.

Analysis

"The pressure was relentless from Everton and eventually paid off with Marouane Fellaini's late goals. A dramatic afternoon at Goodison Park ends all level when it seemed Aston Villa were heading for a much-needed win."

But with 20 minutes remaining Fellaini fired a low shot beyond goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

With the final whistle near, the Belgian leapt to head in Leighton Baines' corner and deny Villa three vital points

January had been a chastening month for Lambert's side. Elimination from the Capital One Cup and FA Cup by Bradford City and Millwall respectively, plus defeats by fellow strugglers Newcastle and Southampton left them in the bottom three.

Their last league victory came in their most-recent visit to Merseyside - against Liverpool on 15 December. For 90-plus minutes it had looked as if lightning would strike twice.

On both sides, the football was muscular and committed but devoid of finesse. The challenges were fierce, with neither side able to string more than a handful of passes together on a dry and bobbly pitch.

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Villa snapped into the challenges from the off and landed the first blow in the second minute.

Charles N'Zogbia drifted in from the right, with Benteke gathering his neat pass and surging beyond a static John Heitinga before drilling a low shot across Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard into the far corner of the goal.

It woke Everton from their slumber and Fellaini came within a whisker a minute later. But Everton had to wait another 15 minutes to get back on terms, Anichebe holding off Ciaran Clark and steering the ball beyond Guzan.

Within two minutes, Everton were behind again, their defence switching off and allowing Agbonlahor to rise unchallenged and head in Ashley Westwood's right-wing cross.

Agbonlahor's pace meant the visitors were a constant threat and the England international created another wonderful chance. His through-ball set Andreas Weimann racing towards goal but, with just Howard to beat, the Austrian forward blazed over.

It was to prove a warning shot, as Villa struck again to go 3-1 ahead. Matthew Lowton found space on the right and his pin-point cross was met by Benteke's brave diving header that steered the ball beyond Howard.

But Everton were in no mood to roll over as Fellaini's low strike flashed beyond Guzan after a neat exchange of passes with Anichebe.

Villa must have thought they had won until Everton were given a 93rd-minute corner, from which Baines picked out Fellaini who rose majestically to have the final word.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 03 Baines
  • 05 Heitinga (Oviedo - 65' )
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 15 Distin
  • 04 Gibson (Naismith - 90' )
  • 21 Osman Booked
  • 22 Pienaar
  • 25 Fellaini
  • 11 Mirallas (Jelavic - 65' )
  • 28 Anichebe

Substitutes

  • 01 Mucha
  • 18 Neville
  • 34 Duffy
  • 08 Oviedo
  • 16 Hitzlsperger
  • 07 Jelavic
  • 14 Naismith

Aston Villa

  • 22 Guzan
  • 04 Vlaar
  • 06 Clark
  • 27 Bennett
  • 34 Lowton Booked
  • 08 El Ahmadi (Holman - 82' )
  • 10 N'Zogbia (Sylla - 79' Booked )
  • 15 Westwood
  • 11 Agbonlahor Booked (Baker - 90' )
  • 20 Benteke Booked
  • 26 Weimann

Substitutes

  • 01 Given
  • 32 Baker
  • 18 Sylla
  • 24 Dawkins
  • 09 Bent
  • 14 Holman
  • 21 Bowery
Ref: Jones
Att: 38,121

Match Stats

Shots

22 8

On target

13 4

Corners

15 2

Fouls

6 23

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:03 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +6:06

Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, Phil Jagielka produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

90:00 +5:40

Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines from right wing, clearance by Ciaran Clark.

90:00 +5:40 Booking

Booking Yacouba Sylla is given a yellow card.

90:00 +5:23

Yacouba Sylla concedes a free kick for a foul on Bryan Oviedo.

90:00 +4:12

Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.

90:00 +2:29

Assist on the goal came from Leighton Baines.

90:00 +2:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Marouane Fellaini - Everton 3 - 3 A Villa Marouane Fellaini grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Everton 3-3 Aston Villa.

90:00 +2:09

Corner taken by Leighton Baines,

90:00 +1:50

Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Joe Bennett.

90:00 +0:51

Free kick crossed by Leighton Baines, Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:51 Substitution

Substitution Gabriel Agbonlahor leaves the field to be replaced by Nathan Baker.

90:00 +0:51

Ciaran Clark concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Anichebe.

90:00 +0:23 Substitution

Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Steven Naismith coming on for Darron Gibson.

90:00 +0:10

Steven Pienaar has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

88:19

Ciaran Clark takes the direct free kick.

88:19 Booking

Booking Booking for Leon Osman.

88:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Bennett by Leon Osman.

87:45

The assistant referee signals for offside against Sylvain Distin. Indirect free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

87:09

Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.

87:09 Booking

Booking Gabriel Agbonlahor goes into the referee's book.

87:00

Ciaran Clark gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic.

86:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darron Gibson on Yacouba Sylla. Indirect free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

83:44

Steven Pienaar sends in a cross, clearance made by Ron Vlaar.

82:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Yacouba Sylla. Darron Gibson takes the free kick.

81:49 Substitution

Substitution (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Brett Holman coming on for Karim El Ahmadi.

81:10

Sylvain Distin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yacouba Sylla. Free kick taken by Ashley Westwood.

78:11 Substitution

Substitution Yacouba Sylla on for Charles N'Zogbia.

77:48

Corner from right by-line taken by Leighton Baines.

77:00

Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line played to the near post, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.

75:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Sylvain Distin. Direct free kick taken by Darron Gibson.

75:28

Karim El Ahmadi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.

73:52

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Leighton Baines.

73:41

Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.

73:10

Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines to the near post, save by Bradley Guzan.

71:40

Ciaran Clark challenges Victor Anichebe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Darron Gibson.

70:49

Bryan Oviedo has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

70:01

Ron Vlaar challenges Nikica Jelavic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.

68:47

Assist by Victor Anichebe.

68:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Marouane Fellaini - Everton 2 - 3 A Villa Marouane Fellaini fires in a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 2-3 Aston Villa.

67:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Ashley Westwood. Free kick crossed by Steven Pienaar, save by Bradley Guzan.

63:43

Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.

63:43 Substitution

Substitution Nikica Jelavic comes on in place of Kevin Mirallas.

63:43 Substitution

Substitution Bryan Oviedo is brought on as a substitute for Johnny Heitinga.

63:43 Booking

Booking Matthew Lowton receives a yellow card.

63:31

Foul by Matthew Lowton on Leighton Baines, free kick awarded.

63:05

The ball is delivered by Charles N'Zogbia.

60:41

Matthew Lowton provided the assist for the goal.

60:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Christian Benteke - Everton 1 - 3 A Villa Christian Benteke grabs a headed goal from close in. Everton 1-3 Aston Villa.

59:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sylvain Distin on Andreas Weimann. Matthew Lowton restarts play with the free kick.

54:39

The offside flag is raised against Victor Anichebe. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

54:21

Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.

53:14

Shot by Marouane Fellaini. Save made by Bradley Guzan.

52:31

Corner from the left by-line taken by Kevin Mirallas, Matthew Lowton manages to make a clearance.

51:14

Effort on goal by Andreas Weimann from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

50:13

Effort from outside the area by Andreas Weimann goes wide right of the goal.

49:31

The referee blows for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.

46:14

Marouane Fellaini fouled by Ciaran Clark, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines, Bradley Guzan makes a save.

46:03

The assistant referee signals for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.

45:18

Christian Benteke is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:43

Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:43 Booking

Booking Christian Benteke goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:36

Christian Benteke challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick.

45:00 +0:05

Kevin Mirallas takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.

44:52

Darron Gibson takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.

44:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Leon Osman. Direct free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.

43:41

Steven Pienaar produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

42:09

The referee blows for offside against Victor Anichebe. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

40:12

Charles N'Zogbia concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman. Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.

40:02

Leighton Baines delivers the ball, Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.

37:39

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevin Mirallas from the right by-line, clearance made by Ron Vlaar.

37:16

Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Matthew Lowton gets a block in.

36:58

Short corner worked by Kevin Mirallas.

35:37

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marouane Fellaini. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.

35:26

Outswinging corner taken by Kevin Mirallas from the right by-line.

35:13

Leon Osman takes a shot. Blocked by Ron Vlaar.

34:33

Phil Jagielka takes a shot. Blocked by Ron Vlaar.

33:47

Christian Benteke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Johnny Heitinga. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.

33:17

Christian Benteke fouled by Darron Gibson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Bennett.

33:08

Steven Pienaar sends in a cross.

31:36

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.

31:09

Kevin Mirallas is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

28:04

Foul by Joe Bennett on Kevin Mirallas, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines, Christian Benteke manages to make a clearance.

27:40

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.

25:10

The referee gives a free kick against Leon Osman for handball. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.

23:24

Assist on the goal came from Ashley Westwood.

23:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Gabriel Agbonlahor - Everton 1 - 2 A Villa Gabriel Agbonlahor grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Everton 1-2 Aston Villa.

23:20

The ball is delivered by Ashley Westwood,

22:53

Ashley Westwood takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.

22:41

Christian Benteke takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.

21:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Leon Osman. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.

20:40

Kevin Mirallas provided the assist for the goal.

20:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Victor Anichebe - Everton 1 - 1 A Villa A goal is scored by Victor Anichebe from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 1-1 Aston Villa.

19:46

The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, Matthew Lowton makes a clearance.

19:38

Centre by Leighton Baines, clearance by Ron Vlaar.

18:43

Foul by Christian Benteke on Sylvain Distin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.

17:32

Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.

16:47

Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Phil Jagielka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.

13:49

Ashley Westwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Leighton Baines.

13:31

Short corner taken by Kevin Mirallas.

12:04

Kevin Mirallas fouled by Joe Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Leighton Baines, Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Ron Vlaar gets a block in. Darron Gibson takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Lowton.

10:54

Corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia, Andreas Weimann produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

10:31

Christian Benteke takes a shot. Johnny Heitinga gets a block in.

9:29

Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Save made by Bradley Guzan.

8:16

Steven Pienaar fouled by Karim El Ahmadi, the ref awards a free kick. Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick.

7:13

Victor Anichebe concedes a free kick for a foul on Bradley Guzan. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.

6:56

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevin Mirallas from the right by-line, save made by Bradley Guzan.

6:19

Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Mirallas from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Ron Vlaar.

3:54

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Marouane Fellaini misses to the left of the target.

3:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Christian Benteke. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.

1:57

The assist for the goal came from Charles N'Zogbia.

1:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Christian Benteke - Everton 0 - 1 A Villa Christian Benteke scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 0-1 Aston Villa.

1:16

The ball is swung over by Andreas Weimann, save made by Tim Howard.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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