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Richarlison sees red as VAR ensures eventful derby ends all square

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The Blues had twice come from behind thanks to Michael Keane's header from a corner and another prodigious header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and were seeking a late winner of their own when Richarlison inexplicably clattered through Thiago Alcântara, injuring himself in the process and earning a straight red card, and the visitors thought they had taken advantage, only for VAR to come to intervene.

Everton's 100% record fell at the fifth hurdle in the 237th Merseyside derby but, by the final whistle, they were counting themselves fortunate to have come away with a point after Jordan Henderson's stoppage-time winner was ruled out for offside by the slenderest of margins by Video Assistant Referee, David Coote.

The vagaries of VAR and when replay reviews can be applied had come to Everton's rescue early in the first half when Jordan Pickford was fortunate not to have been sent off himself for barrelling through Virgil van Dijk and prompting the Dutchman's withdrawal from the contest with a damaged knee.

Pickford denied Mané once more in the 83rd minute with the points there for the taking and after Richarlison had received his marching orders for that ugly challenge on Alcântara, the Blues' keeper looked as though he had ruined a good performance with a weak attempt to keep Henderson's shot out.

Calvert-Lewin almost got a touch on Lucas Digne's tempting cross, James picked Richarlison out with a brilliant ball but the Brazilian's header came back off the post and Adrian pushed a shot from the Colombian away to safety.

So, Everton's wait for a derby win will stretch into another year and Ancelotti will know that his team could have played much better but the draw at least preserves their unbeaten start to the campaign and avoids another painful defeat at the hands of the neighbours.

Liverpool came out of the half-time interval on the front foot once more and saw drives by Fabinho and Henderson fly over the bar before Everton enjoyed a promising spell of their own.
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