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Richarlison describes pitch invasion after Everton secured Premier League survival as something he ‘had never witnessed’ before and admits comeback win over Crystal Palace was ‘one of the most special games’ of his career
- Everton came from 2-0 down to beat Crystal Palace to ensure their survival
- Fans flooded onto the pitch after the third goal as well as the final whistle
- Richarlison has admitted he has never seen anything like the pitch invasion
- The forward also described their comeback as a moment he will ‘never forget’
Everton star Richarlison had admitted that he’s never seen anything like the pitch invasion which followed their stunning comeback victory against Crystal Palace.
The Toffees came from 2-0 down to claim a dramatic 3-2 win at Goodison Park to secure their Premier League survival with one game to spare.
Supporters could not contain their emotion as numerous fans invaded the pitch after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 85th minute winner, before storming the field of play once again following the final whistle.
Richarlison described Everton’s survival as one of the most ‘special’ moments in his career
He also said the post-match pitch invasion was something he had never witnessed before
Fans celebrate with Richarlison during the second-half of their win over Crystal Palace
Richarlison told Brazilian publication Globo Esporte: ‘The invasion of the crowd was something I had never witnessed in my career.
‘They were all very distressed, worried about the situation, and in the end it was a relief for everyone to win and escape relegation. It was all very exciting.’
The 25-year-old, who scored the equaliser against the Eagles, also revealed how much the match meant to him, as well as stating that Everton can’t find themselves in similar danger again.
He said: ‘It was one of the most special games of my career. A moment I will never forget.
Everton came from 2-0 down to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 to ensure their Premier League safety
‘We went through a very difficult situation during the season, there was nothing calm during the year and what remains is the learning of all of us, because a team like Everton can no longer be in a situation like this.’
There were fears that the Toffees could drop to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1954 after enduring their toughest season in almost two decades.
A number of big victories against the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester and now Crystal Palace, since the start of April, has helped push Everton to safety.
Fans came onto the pitch after Everton’s third goal and then again after the final whistle
Richarlison played a big part in their survival scoring six goals in his last nine league games
Richarlison has played a crucial part, scoring six goals in their last nine Premier League appearances.
Everton fans also have a big part to play after the incredible atmosphere they have produced at home in recent matches.
Lampard lauded the fans for their part in keeping Everton up, as he told Sky Sports after their win over Crystal Palace: ‘We needed the fans tonight. They dragged the players but they have been doing it for a long time.
‘The fans have dragged us through, it is extraordinary what they have done. They have suffered this year because they want success.’