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In a battle of American keepers, Brad Guzan and Tim Howard both let in three goals as Everton and Aston Villa split the points.
Howard was beaten by Christian Benteke in the second minute as the Belgian ran past Johnny Heitenga on the dribble before coolly slotting his shot just inside the far post.
Everton then equalized when Victor Anichebe outmuscled Ciaran Clark and put his shot past Guzan in the 21st minute.
Aston Villa then went ahead again as Gabriel Agbonlahor redirected a point-blank header past Howard into the far corner in the 24th minute.
Christian Benteke then made it 3-1 for Villa in the 61st minute as he once again beat Johnny Heitinga, this time in the air, and headed the ball off the far post and in past Howard.
Marouane Fellaini brought Everton back within one in the 69th minute as he beat Guzan with a shot to the far post. Guzan may have been able to do better with Fellaini’s shot, but it went through a crowd, and Guzan likely didn’t see the ball until it was too late.
In the 93rd minute, Fellaini scored once again, this time on a header, to help Everton find the tie.
Overall, Guzan, despite giving up three goals, had a good game. He had four punches on crosses in traffic including one on which he was being wrestled to the ground by Victor Anichebe. Guzan also had a nice save on a shot by Anichebe early in the first half and came off his line well to stop a chance by Kevin Mirallas in the first half.
Eric Lichaj did not make the 18 for Villa.