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Encyclopaedia Thibautica, Volume I.2: Wonder save from Everton's Kevin Mirallas

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Mirallas can't believe what he's just seen.
Mirallas can't believe what he's just seen.
Chris Brunskill

What does take a little bit of shine off of Thibaut Courtois's latest miracle is the fact that he was mostly responsible for creating the Everton chance in the first place with the highly suspect decision to roll the ball out too soon to Cesar Azpilicueta and, most importantly, way too close to Everton complete striker Romelu Lukaku.  It wasn't Thibaut's only questionable choice in terms of distribution, which has got to be at the top of an admittedly very short list of improvements needed in the young man's game.

Lukaku intercepted the pass, and with the Chelsea defense understandably out of position and in scramble-recovery mode, Everton wasted no time in moving through the gears.  Lukaku found Seamus Coleman, who drove towards the penalty area, playing a wall pass with Eto'o before laying a mid-high ball into the onrushing Kevin Mirallas' path.  Mirallas's touch/flick to guide that ball towards the net was almost as good as the save that it drew from Courtois.

For the second week running, Courtois's save proved a turning point.  It may be a bit weird to talk about a definitive turning point in a game that featured nine goals and tremendous ebb-n-flow, but it was this save that seemed to finally break Everton's resolve.  Up until then, they kept believing in the comeback.