Digne saves Toffees with stunning free-kick at the death

Lucas Digne produced a wonderful free-kick in the sixth minute of injury time to deny Watford victory against former boss Marco Silva.

Two goals in three minutes saw Watford turn the game on its head after Richarlison had put Everton in front against his former employers.

Digne’s free-kick was right in the top corner
Digne’s free-kick was right in the top corner

A Seamus Coleman own-goal and an Abdoulaye Doucoure header, quickly followed by a missed penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson, looked set to give the Hornets all three points.

However, Digne ensured there was no vengeance for the travelling fans, who brought inflatable snakes to express their feelings towards Silva.

The hosts must’ve thought luck was on their side when Theo Walcott was not flagged offside in the build up to Richarlison’s opener.

The Brazil international was denied a second from Sigurdsson’s pass by Jose Holebas’ lunging interception six yards out, while the 6ft 4in Yerry Mina was booked for handball as he tried to force home another Sigurdsson cross.

Pereyra was involved in both goals for Watford
Pereyra was involved in both goals for Watford

Watford had been dreadful up to that point, but, in their one move of quality, Roberto Pereyra, having produced an exquisite outside-of-the-foot pass to release Ken Sema, failed to connect with his header.

Troy Deeney’s cushioned volley then dropped just wide as the Hornets pressed and the already-booked Mina’s challenge on Isaac Success on the edge of the area had manager Javi Gracia marching on to the pitch at half-time to unsuccessfully confront Kevin Friend after the referee did not award a foul.

Pereya’s free-kick into the side-netting and Deeney forcing a low save out of Jordan Pickford soon after the break showed Watford were far from spent.

And a terrible piece of misfortune evened out Everton’s luck when Pereyra’s shot bounced off the post and onto Coleman’s thigh, before trickling into the net.

There was nothing fortunate about Doucoure’s emphatic header three minutes later, though. Pereyra was again the architect, clipping the ball to the back post before the Frenchman slammed his header past Jordan Pickford.

The madness was not over as Christian Kabasele inexplicably charged into Mina to concede a penalty, only for Sigurdsson to drill his spot-kick straight down the middle and Ben Foster saved with his legs – the Iceland international’s second failure in three attempts.

Richarlison scored against his former club
Richarlison scored against his former club

Silva rang the changes with Ademola Lookman, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun all sent on, but their game became more disjointed and Watford looked the more likely to score.

The Everton manager’s desperation saw him deploy Mina as a centre-forward for the six minutes of added time, but it was another defender in the shape of Digne who came to his rescue.

It extended Watford’s winless run to six matches and denied them an historic first win at Goodison Park in 13 attempts.

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