What’s the very first thing that involves thoughts when somebody says Christmas? Soccer, clearly.
Extra particularly, Chelsea travelling to Goodison Park. Okay, perhaps that’s simply me.
However the five-goal thriller at Everton in December 2006 will go down as one of many biggest Christmas crackers of all time.
Michael Ballack, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba scored three of the very best objectives you’re more likely to see in a single match as an early current got here for Blues followers.
And with Yuletide simply across the nook, Chelsea go to Goodison Park this Saturday LIVE on talkSPORT.
To get you within the temper, right here’s how that thrilling conflict unfolded in 2006.
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Mikel Arteta places Everton in entrance from the spot
It would appear to be a distant reminiscence for Toffees followers, with their workforce presently within the relegation zone, however they have been fairly good in 2006.
The likes of Tim Howard, Joleon Lescott and Mikel Arteta had them difficult for the European spots below David Moyes.
In the meantime, Chelsea had simply gained back-to-back titles below Jose Mourinho and began this sport with Michael Essien, Claude Makelele, Ballack and Lampard in midfield. Tasty.
However it was the hosts who took the lead when an out-of-place Khalid Boulahrouz wrestled Victor Anichebe to floor within the field and Arteta smashed house from the spot.
Ballack ranges with a surprising free-kick
Extremely, Ballack’s free-kick wasn’t even the second-best aim on this sport, but it surely was particular.
Assume Roberto Carlos’ outside-of-the-foot traditional however in reverse. The German began his strike manner outdoors the put up, making an attempt to bend it around the wall.
He bought simply sufficient whip on the ball, and just a little little bit of assist from the put up, to equalise for the Blues simply after half-time.
Yobo restores Everton’s lead
Joseph Yobo, bear in mind him?
His legacy has largely been diminished to individuals naming their Fantasy Soccer groups ‘Yobocop’ in his honour.
However the Nigerian was an unbelievable defender in his prime, making greater than 200 appearances for Everton over a nine-year spell.
It was his towering header from a nook which put the Toffees again in entrance within the 64th minute.
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Lampard scores a screamer to equalise
Then with ten minutes to go, every part simply went a bit psychological.
Lampard collected the ball about 25-yards out and took intention, firing a lopping, swerving effort into the highest nook.
The 2006/07 matchball had a popularity for doing bizarre issues and the cameraman was completely positioned to indicate the untold quantity of swaz on the strike.
However that wasn’t even the very best aim of the sport!
Drogba wins it with a volley from manner out of city
The Chelsea striker may as nicely have been within the automotive park when he hit this one.
Solely sure gamers would even try a volley from that far out, however Drogba had a behavior of pulling off the spectacular round that point.
With the scenario seemingly below management, Everton’s defenders allowed the Ivorian room to dimension one up, and he simply blasted it over Howard into the roof of the web.
The marvel aim despatched Mourinho racing down the touchline in one in every of his traditional celebrations to cap off a match which accurately had every part.
Right here’s hoping for extra of the identical this Saturday lunchtime!
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