Home > Sport > Football
Tuesday January 21, 2014 MYT 6:22:01 AM
Tuesday January 21, 2014 MYT 6:23:43 AM
WEST BROMWICH, England (Reuters) - West Bromwich Albion marked Spaniard Pepe Mel's first home game in charge by retrieving a one-goal deficit to draw 1-1 with Everton in the Premier League on Monday.
Former Real Betis manager Mel, who picked Nicolas Anelka despite a club row with sponsors Zoopla over the former France striker's alleged anti-Semitic gesture in a match last month, watched his side go behind in the 41st minute.
Romelu Lukaku headed the ball down just outside the penalty box for fellow Belgian Kevin Mirallas and the winger ran on to beat West Brom keeper Ben Foster.
Uruguayan Diego Lugano equalised for the hosts in the 75th minute with a near-post header following a right wing cross by James Morrison.
Everton thought they had grabbed the winner with the final kick of the game but defender Sylvain Distin was ruled offside after touching in Gareth Barry's shot from close range.
The draw lifted West Brom from 14th to 13th in the table while Everton stayed in sixth position, nine points adrift of leaders Arsenal with 16 games remaining.
(Writing by Tony Jimenez; editing by Pritha Sarkar)
West Brom's Mel tackles old foe in first English joust
Everton go fourth, relegation battle heats up
Martinez sets friendship aside as Everton seek win at WBA
West Brom manager Mel warns he could leave in May
Former Betis coach Mel takes over at West Brom
Arsenal's Giroud ready to return against United - Wenger
Singapore skipper confident of defending Suzuki Cup
FA investigating Wigan owner Whelan's remarks
Complacency not a factor for Chelsea, says Mourinho
Blind and Falcao injury blows for Man United
Triesman condemns FIFA as rogue state, calls for boycott
Kenya, via its capital Nairobi, is captivating
Looking to fund your business? Ask your classmates
Hamilton ready to stand and deliver
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)