Kai Havertz mocks Jordan Pickford after scoring for Chelsea vs Everton
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Kai Havertz couldn’t resist mocking Everton’s Jordan Pickford after scoring a penalty for Chelsea against the goalkeeper. Pickford had tried to up the pressure on the German as he prepared to take his spot-kick in their Stamford Bridge clash but Havertz was not put off and sent the England No 1 the wrong way.
Reece James was fouled in the box by James Tarkowski to give the hosts the chance to take the lead for the second time in the match. And it was Havertz, recently caught up in a penalty storm against Borussia Dortmund, who stepped up to take it.
But Pickford’s mind games, which included having a word with Havertz as he stood waiting to put the ball down, did not work out. The Chelsea forward scored, going to Pickford’s right as the shot-stopper instead dived to the left.
And the Germany international made sure to remind his rival of his attempts to distract him after scoring. As he wheeled away in celebration, Havertz turned back in Pickford’s direction, raising both hands to either side of his head and sticking his tongue out to mock the keeper.
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Havertz’s goal – his ninth of the season across all competitions – made it 2-1 with 14 minutes left to play. But it was to be Pickford who got the last laugh after Everton produced an 89th-minute equaliser against the Blues.
Substitute Ellis Simms scored his first goal for the Toffees in the final minute of normal time to make it 2-2. That allowed Everton to claim what is a vital away point in their battle to avoid relegation to the Championship, after Abdoulaye Doucoure had earlier cancelled out Joao Felix’s opener.
The draw also means Graham Potter’s Chelsea remain 11 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham despite their rivals’ 3-3 draw at Southampton earlier the same day. It is a dent to their confidence given Potter’s charges had gone into the match on the back of a morale-boosting three-game winning streak.
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Chelsea stay 10th and eight points adrift of the European places. They take on 11th-placed Aston Villa, who are also on 38 points, in their next match after the international break on April 1.
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