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Villa rallies for Toffees draw

ASTON Villa and Everton played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Villa Park in the English Premier League yesterday after Everton twice led by two goals.

Although the match provided breathless entertainment, it did little good for either team's attempt to climb into the top four and a Champions League place with Villa staying fifth with 53 points and Everton sixth on 52. Arsenal, in fourth place, has 61 points.

Everton raced into a 2-0 lead after 23 minutes with Marouane Fellaini and Tim Cahill scoring.

John Carew brought Villa back into it after 33 minutes, but Everton re-established its two-goal advantage with a stunning long-range shot from Steven Pienaar eight minutes into the second half.

Two minutes later James Milner crashed home a 30-meter free kick after Joleon Lescott fouled Carew to put Villa back on track and 12 minutes later Gareth Barry scored from the penalty spot to equalize.

On Saturday, Federico Macheda saved Manchester United for the second week running when the 17-year-old Italian got the decider in a 2-1 win at Sunderland with his first touch seconds after coming on.

Macheda, whose brilliant debut goal in stoppage time secured a 3-2 win over Villa last weekend, made another enormous contribution to the title race in the 76th after Kenwyne Jones had cancelled out Paul Scholes's opener.

Liverpool earlier piled on the pressure with a 4-0 win over Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea also led Bolton Wanderers 4-0 but ended up hanging on for a 4-3 win.

United, with a game in hand, is top on 71 points with Liverpool on 70. Chelsea is third with 67.


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