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Young Lad With Down Syndrome Overwhelmed With Joy After Last-Minute Everton Goal

Young Lad With Down Syndrome Overwhelmed With Joy After Last-Minute Everton Goal

This is what football is all about.

Alex Reid

Alex Reid

An Everton fan's amazing reaction to Dominic Calvert-Lewin's 95th-minute equaliser against Manchester United has gone viral on social media.

Chris Howgate, who has Down's Syndrome and needs the use of a wheelchair, is a passionate Toffees super-fan and usually a regular face at Goodison Park.

Football supporters are currently being kept away from grounds by the pandemic - but that didn't stop Chris enjoying the emotional finale to Everton's 3-3 thriller at Old Trafford.

Calvert-Lewin's injury-time goal left this Everton fan shaking his fist in glee at the TV screen, before floods of tears briefly overwhelmed him.

We've all been there Chris - it's an absolutely heart-warming reminder of what being a football fan is all about.

Saturday's night's Premier League game was a rollercoaster ride from the start. Manchester United took a 2-0 lead into half-time thanks to Edinson Cavani's header and Bruno Fernandes' sublime strike from outside the box.

Everton hit back immediately after half-time, Abdoulaye Doucoure scoring before James Rodriguez fired home less than three minutes later. We can only imagine what Chris was feeling at this point.

However Manchester United retook the lead after Scott McTominay's looping header caught out Everton keeper Robin Olsen. The game looked done at 3-2 heading deep into injury time.

But with Olsen up for a final free-kick, Calvert-Lewin managed to control the ball and stab it past David de Gea and into the net for a thrilling, 3-3 draw.

Normally a point away from home - even at Old Trafford - might not elicit a reaction like Chris Howgate's.

But given Everton fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 down to claim an incredibly dramatic draw, it's no wonder Chris was in tears at full-time.

A welcome reminder - even in 2021 - of the magic and power that football still has with its fans.

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