Football: Romelu Lukaku rescues point for Everton with 14th goal of the season

Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their first goal.
Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their first goal.PHOTO: REUTERS

LIVERPOOL (AFP) - Romelu Lukaku extended his red-hot streak as the Everton striker's late equaliser rescued a 1-1 English Premier League draw against Crystal Palace on Monday (Dec 7).

Lukaku has been in superb form over the last month and Palace were unable to subdue the Belgium international, who poked home from close-range with nine minutes remaining at Goodison Park.

The former Chelsea star now has 50 goals in 100 appearances for Everton since first joining them on loan in 2013 before making what now looks a bargain £28 million (S$59 million) permanent move a year later.

He has 14 goals in all competitions this season, with seven of that total coming in his last six matches.

Lukaku's latest crucial intervention was well-timed, coming just five minutes after Palace defender Scott Dann had headed the visitors into the lead.

Everton moved up to ninth place in the Premier League in extending their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions, while Palace climbed to the lofty heights of sixth.

"I am proud but I'm a team performer, so I'm happy with the record but disappointed we didn't get the three points," Lukaku said of his goal milestone. "After their goal we reacted well, it shows we have great character in the team."