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Leighton Baines scored a stoppage-time penalty to salvage a New Year's Day draw for Everton at Stoke City in the Barclays Premier League.
Oussama Assaidi netted four minutes into the second half after Kevin Mirallas had struck the woodwork twice for Roberto Martinez's men in the opening period.
With the match seemingly heading for a Stoke victory, Jermaine Pennant's tackle on Leon Osman in the box handed Everton a spot-kick, which Baines duly dispatched. The draw is the third consecutive 1-1 between the sides at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke welcomed Marc Wilson and Glenn Whelan back from suspension, while Everton made five alterations to the side that beat Southampton 2-1 on Sunday, including handing a first Barclays Premier League start to defender John Stones, who partnered Antolin Alcaraz in the heart of defence with Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin both injured.
A cagey opening saw Peter Crouch head just wide of the right-hand post from Jonathan Walters' cross and James McCarthy force Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen into a diving save from 20 yards.
With rain teeming down at the Britannia, Mirallas had the best chance of the opening period as the match reached the half-hour mark, rifling a shot against the underside of the crossbar from 20 yards with Sorensen beaten.
Assaidi, who has a couple of memorable strikes to his name this season, almost broke the deadlock 11 minutes before the break as he saw a shot from inside the area deflected just wide by Alcaraz.
Ross Barkley then guided the ball just over from a Mirallas cut-back six minutes later, before the Belgian attacker struck the frame of the goal for a second time from a free-kick as the sides went in at half-time all square.
Stoke, who are already without the injured Asmir Begovic, suffered a further goalkeeping blow at half-time, with Thomas Sorensen failing to re-emerge for the second half due to a reported Achilles problem - Jack Butland coming on in his place to make his Barclays Premier League bow.
But those worries were soon forgotten when Assaidi - on loan from Everton's Merseyside rivals Liverpool - drilled home from the edge of the penalty area.
Charlie Adam turned well on the edge of the penalty area to fire a left-footed effort straight at Tim Howard seven minutes later, as Stoke assumed control of the fixture.
But Everton started to look dangerous again, with Barkley and Mirallas both having efforts blocked in the penalty area. It looked as though Stoke were going to do just about enough to seal the three points, but Pennant brought down Osman in the penalty area in stoppage time to give the visitors hope.
Baines coolly slotted home from the spot to rescue a point for Everton, who dropped into fifth behind rivals Liverpool.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: "We're disappointed. We put a huge effort in. We were good value for a 1-0 lead. I felt we coped really well with Everton. Four or five weeks ago we were beaten 4-0 by them. We more than matched them.
"It's a clear penalty. We made a mistake and it allowed them a way back. I thought we deserved three points. We played really well. Oussama Assaidi has been a real asset into the last few weeks. Teams are looking to double up on him."
Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "I thought whoever was going to score the first goal, that was going to be final. You feel in the first half when we hit the woodwork twice that it's not going to be our day. The first proper chance that Stoke has - a good strike from outside the box - ends up in the back of the net.
"I don't think we were at our best by any stretch of the imagination, but what we showed is an incredible, incredible reaction. Once we conceded the goal, we forced Stoke back in their own box. The penalty through the magic feet of Leon Osman was a good reward.
"I couldn't be happier with the reaction that we had and in the manner that we finished the game."
"I couldn't be happier with the [central defensive] partnership. I thought Antolin was magnificent, and then you've got young John Stones who I think is going to be one of the best defenders in the English game. He's a born leader and I think we're going to see something special in John Stones' career. John Stones has got everything to be a good, modern centre-half."
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