John Terry turned from villain to hero as Chelsea secured a thrilling comeback to draw 3-3 against Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.
It was a game that started on a rather slow tempo with both sides trying to gain control of the game early on, but contrived to lose possession rather too easily as neither side succeeded in totally controlling the game.
Everton, however, would be the ones to earn the first corner in the ninth minute but it was cleared by the Chelsea defense as soon as it came off the boots of Leighton Baines and Chelsea almost went ahead less than a minute later when Willian unleashed a teasing cross into the area but it was safely intercepted by Tim Howard.
The game continued to flow with neither side able to completely control the game as John Obi Mikel and Aaron Lennon were penalized by referee Mike Jones in quick succession for fouls. It was Mikel, however, who almost created Chelsea’s first real goal-scoring opportunity but his through ball failed to pick a teammate.
Afterwards, Chelsea began to move on the ascendancy, as Willian picked a neat pass from just outside the Everton 18-yard box but his shot was save once again by Howard, with Chelsea earning a corner.
The game wore on with both sides fighting to stamp their authority on the game but no real chances were created until the 40th minute when Kevin Mirallas unleashed what would have been a screamer from 21 metres , but was perfectly save by Thibaut Courtois. The first half would end with both sides yet to find the back of the net, and yet to completely get a hold of the game.
It would only take 10 minutes after the re-start, however, for the ball to end at the back of the net as a Leighton Baines cross down the left is turned into the net by John Terry for an own goal, which gave Everton the lead.
The Tofees almost doubled their lead three minutes later as Ross Barkley picked an accurate pass inside the Chelsea box and unleashed a fierce shot that smashed the left post and went wide.
Everton would however get their second goal on 56 minutes as Mirallas scored with a brilliant shot into the right side of the goal after being released inside the box by a superb lofted pass from Leighton Baines.
It all seemed the end of the road for the champions at this point, with Roman Abramovic frantically trying to make a call.
Cesc Fabregas had other ideas, however, as his lofted pass went past Phil Jagielka, who should have cleared, and also past Howard for Diego Costa to score and bring Chelsea back into the game.
Two minutes later, Costa turned provider as his pass found Fabregas, whose shot deflected off an Everton defender to draw level at 2-2.
On the stroke of 90 minutes, substitute Gerard Deulofeu played a nice one into the box, and another substitute, Ramiro Mori got on the end it in an acrobatic fashion to put it into the back of the net, and Chelsea seemed surely doomed at this point.
John Terry would however have the final say as Oscar got in the end of a cross and headed the ball over the defense to Terry, who met the headed pass and fired into the back of the net to make it 3-3, and atone for his own goal