The Story of Everton's 2012-13 Season in 5 Pivotal Matches

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The Story of Everton's 2012-13 Season in 5 Pivotal Matches
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As the Premier League gradually reaches its climax, fans will no doubt spend large periods of time debating the key moments their side either gained or surrendered the initiative during crunch moments this season.

For Everton, this year's target was very much European football, something usually obtained by finishing in the top six or seven of the Premier League.

The Toffees' rapid start and continued presence in and around the top four even raised expectations of a Champions League place being possible.

Sadly, for the club, it now seems unlikely that top-four place will be taken, and—given several strange cup upsets—unusually, it also seems a top-six finish won't be good enough for Europe either.

While that scenario would obviously tarnish the season in the eyes of David Moyes, given how competitive his side have been and how long they have challenged, it's hard to summarise this year as anything other than a positive one at Goodison Park.

Here's a look at five matches that proved especially decisive in defining this current campaign.

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