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Everton draw at Villa in 3-3 thriller
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15:38, April 13, 2009

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Aston Villa came back twice from two goals down to secure a 3-3 home draw against Everton on April 13, which virtually ended both sides' hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League.

The draw left Villa in fifth on 53 points, eight behind fourth-placed Arsenal. Everton are a close sixth on 52.

Although the four Champions League slots are nearly reserved byEngland's Big Four of Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, the two sides' enjoy a comfortable eight-point cushion for a top six place into next season's European League.

West Ham United stay in a far seventh on 44 points, one clear of Fulham who moved eighth after winning 3-1 at Manchester City.

Stephen Ireland put City ahead with a deflected shot after 28 minutes but the visitors rallied in the second half with a Clint Dempsey double after 50 and 83 minutes and one from former City player Dickson Etuhu.

At Villa Park, Everton raced to a 2-0 lead after 23 minutes. Marouane Fellaini slotted in Leighton Baines' cross in the 19th minute before Tim Cahill headed in Steven Pienaar's corner.

John Carew slammed in for the hosts to get one back, but Pienaar then restored Everton's two-goal advantage with a great 20-yarder.

Villa, eager to end a run of four successive league defeats, refused to give up. James Milner smashed in a 25-yard free-kick and Gareth Barry completed the thrilling comeback from the penalty spot after Joleon Lescott had fouled Stiliyan Petrov.

A hard-earned point deserved a celebration but Villa are still looking for a win after 11 games in all competitions.

Source: Xinhua

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