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Everton Become Latest Team Hit by Goal-Line Jinx, Draw with Newcastle (Video)

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterJune 29, 2016

Victor Anichebe and Demba Ba scored late in the second half as Everton and Newcastle United drew 2-2 on Monday night in a wildly entertaining English Premier League match at Goodison Park.

But that wasn't the story of the night.

Ba's goal—his second of the match—came less than two minutes after Anichebe's and illustrated exactly the kind of drama that makes the Premier League the most exciting football competition in the world.

But that wasn't the story of the night.

Everton's Marouane Fellaini had a goal disallowed for offside, a call that, upon replay, turned out to be wrong.

But that wasn't the story of the night.

The story of the night was goal-line technology. Again.

In the 78th minute, Anichebe sent a header on Newcastle's net that crossed the line and should have counted as a goal. Newcastle keeper Steve Harper and defender Michael Williamson had touches as the ball bounced off the crossbar, but replays clearly showed the ball crossing the line.

Anichebe seemingly scored the winner 10 minutes later, but Ba equalized for a second time in the 90th minute. Everton will feel harshly treated because Fellaini also had a second-half goal ruled out incorrectly for offside.

This is just the latest example of an incident that could have been prevented by goal-line technology. This past summer at Euro 2012, Ukraine's Marko Devic had a goal ruled out incorrectly in his country's loss to England in the group stage (details via BBC Sport).

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has voiced his support for goal-line technology (via Daily Mail), which is set to debut in England in 2013 (per The Guardian).

On Monday night, that wasn't soon enough for Everton.

 

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