Demba Ba brace, missed calls help Newcastle tie Everton

Demba Ba brace, missed calls help Newcastle tie Everton

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Demba Ba brace, missed calls help Newcastle tie Everton

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Everton scored for goals against Newcastle on Monday at Goodison Park, but only two of them were officially counted as goals.

A pair of blown calls, one on a bad offside call that ruled out a Marouane Fellaini goal, and another that negated a Victor Anichebe goal, opened the door for Demba Ba to salvage a point for a Newcastle side desperate for one. Ba scored two goals, including a 90th-minute equalizer, to help Newcastle record a 2-2 draw.

Leighton Baines opened the scoring in the first half with a beautiful goal, but the goal was matched by Newcastle after U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard gave up a soft second-half goal to Ba.

The Toffees looked to take a 2-1 lead when Anichebe sent a shot goal-bound, only to have the referee rule the ball failed to clear the line. Anichebe left no doubt just before the end of regulation when he blasted home a would-be winner, but Ba came right back down and equalized when he latched onto a Shola Ameobi chested pass and slotted it past Howard.

Everton manager David Moyes was understandeably upset after the match with the two blown goal calls, which cost the Toffees two valuable points.

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