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Football: Baggies frustrate Everton amidst Anelka row

Published on Jan 21, 2014 6:42 AM
West Bromwich Albion's Diego Lugano (bottom, left) celebrates his goal against Everton with Claudio Yacob during their English Premier League soccer match at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England on Jan 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Spaniard Pepe Mel's first match as manager of West Bromwich Albion ended in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Everton at the Hawthorns on Monday as the controversy engulfing Nicolas Anelka took a new twist.

Diego Lugano's first goal in English football, a powerful 75th minute header, earned West Brom a share of the spoils after visitors Everton, who would have gone into the Champions League places with a victory, had taken a first-half lead through Kevin Mirallas.

The result saw West Brom move four points clear of the relegation zone and left Everton five in front of reigning champions Manchester United, managed by their former boss David Moyes.

Mel, brought in to replace the sacked Steve Clarke, saw the hours before the match dominated by the latest development in the Anelka 'quenelle' gesture row.

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