Cahill stunner shocks Chelsea

Tim Cahill proved his value to Everton with a stunning late goal that earned his side a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Tim Cahill proved his value to Everton with a stunning late goal that earned his side a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Cahill-s spectacular equaliser with an overhead kick from the edge of the six-yard box, earned Everton a valuable point as they maintain their place near the leaders.

The Socceroos midfielder, who missed the first three months of the season with a foot injury, has now scored three goals since his return in late October and underlined his value to the Everton side.

It however didn-t look as though Everton would get anything from the game, after Didier Drogba's 70th minute goal had given Chelsea a deserved lead.

But as Everton has been known to do, they never gave up and when Cahill controlled a cross into the box and it popped up with his back to goal, he flung himself and connected with a perfectly executed scissor-kick that rocketed into the back of the Chelsea goal and silenced the home fans.

Everton manager David Moyes said after the game, “Tim can get you goals, and it was a fantastic finish.”

Elsewhere in the Premier League, national team captain Mark Viduka made his return from injury for Newcastle United, playing a full game in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland. Lucas Neill played a full game, as the Hammers thrashed Derby County 5-0; Mark Schwarzer played a full game in Middlesbrough-s 0-0 with Bolton Wanderers; Brett Emerton played a full game in Blackburn Rovers 2-0 loss to Manchester United and Josip Skoko was replaced in the 64th minute, as Wigan Athletic lost 4-0 away at Tottenham. Harry Kewell was rested for Liverpool-s match against Fulham, who had Qantas Under 23 defender Adrian Leijer on the bench.

In the Championship, David Carney was replaced in the 90th minute, as Sheffield United won 1-0 away at Stoke City, while Patrick Kisnorbo played a full game, James Wesolowski came on in the 55th minute and Paul Henderson remained on the bench, as Leicester City lost 1-0 at home against Burnley.

Across to the continent, Vince Grella came on in the 56th minute, as Torino drew 1-1 at home with Catania, while Marco Bresciano was absent from Palermo-s 2-1 win over Napoli.

Michael Beauchamp and Josh Kennedy both came on as second half substitute-s, but Nuremberg-s poor start to the season continued, going down 3-1 to Arminia Bielefeld.

Luke Wilkshire warmed-up for the Nigeria clash with a goal in FC Twente-s 1-1 draw with NAC Breda in Holland, while in Turkey, Nick Carle was replaced in the 62nd minute, as Genclerbirligi lost 3-2 to Galatasaray and Mile Sterjovski was replaced in the 89th minute, as Genclerbirligi OFTAS won 3-1 against Kasimpasa.

Finally in Switzerland and Scott Chipperfield was replaced in the 90th minute, as FC Basel won 3-2 over FC Lucerne, which keeps them at the top of the table.