Ghana star Christian Atsu’s fantastic cross helps Everton get late equaliser against Leicester

Ghana play-maker Christian Atsu’s cross forced Matthew Upson to score a late own goal that denied English Premier League bottom club Leicester victory as Everton drew a fifth home game in a row on Sunday.

Steven Naismith’s opener gave manager Roberto Martinez hope of a first home league win since December but the match ended 2-2.

Sloppy defending allowed boyhood Everton fan David Nugent to equalise for Leicester, before Esteban Cambiasso put the visitors in front.

But Upson turned Christian Atsu’s cross into his own net with two minutes left.

Leicester’s spirited performance ended a run of four straight defeats, and will have given manager Nigel Person hope that they can avoid relegation, even though the draw leaves them four points from a position of safety.

It was good for Atsu to get an assist off from his great performance at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations even though he came on as a substitute in the 55th minute.

His showing could mean that the Ghana international could get more playing time for Everton where he is on loan from Chelsea.

Everton, so impressive in their 4-1 Europa League victory over BSC Young Boys on Thursday, have repeatedly failed to transfer high-quality European form to domestic competitions.

Romelu Lukaku, who scored a hat-trick in Switzerland, was unable to follow that up with a goal against Leicester, although he did get a flick to Atsu’s late cross before Upson got the scoring touch.

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