James Rodríguez returned to a good level after 45 days without playing: he opened the account and scored his 100th goal in Europe, but a defensive oversight in the end closed the 1-1 draw between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park for matchday 30 of the Premier League.
The midfielder uncovered his return with the offensive football that Everton claimed several weeks ago. With the ball on his feet, he lost complexes at home that cost him back-to-back losses to Fulham and Burnley.
A more protagonist version was seen with the free Colombian on the right and initiative to accompany in the area. Handsome to ask for the ball between the opponent’s kicks, he organized from the middle of the field with precise passes to the left, wasted by Richarlison.
The conviction that was lost was recovered with the 19. He had a cool head to unlock the 0-0 at 55 ‘with a play in which he opened on the left and closed on the opposite side with a right hand hitting the post for 1-0.
James was unbalanced in the area. He tried in the first half with a half lap after a manual control that went high. And in addition with his score, the sixth of the season and number 100 in Europe.
For his part, Yerry Mina was safe in defense at the beginning of the game when the visitor scared with high pressure. He received a yellow at 14 ‘for correcting with a foul a poor delivery by Tom Davies at the start. In the final minutes, he advanced with category to Michy Batshuayi, but the same forward appeared only on the left and tied with a cross shot at 86 ‘.
The tie against Crystal Palace He ruins the plan that Carlo Ancelotti drew up for this last leg of the tournament. Win at home and thus cut the difference in the table with the last place for Champions. With 47 points he is four from that area. His next match will be on Monday April 12 as a visitor against Brighton.