Frank Lampard’s thunderbolt, Didier Drogba’s screamer and Jose Mourinho’s celebration: Everton vs Chelsea in 2006 had absolutely everything

More specifically, Chelsea travelling to Goodison Park. Okay, maybe that’s just me.

But the five-goal thriller at Everton in December 2006 will go down as one of the greatest Christmas crackers of all time.

Michael Ballack, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba scored three of the best goals you’re likely to see in one match as an early present came for Blues fans.

And with Yuletide just around the corner, Chelsea visit Goodison Park this Saturday LIVE on talkSPORT.

To get you in the mood, here’s how that thrilling clash unfolded in 2006.


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Mikel Arteta puts Everton in front from the spot

It might seem like a distant memory for Toffees fans, with their team currently in the relegation zone, but they were quite good in 2006.

The likes of Tim Howard, Joleon Lescott and Mikel Arteta had them challenging for the European spots under David Moyes.

Meanwhile, Chelsea had just won back-to-back titles under Jose Mourinho and started this game with Michael Essien, Claude Makelele, Ballack and Lampard in midfield. Tasty.

But it was the hosts who took the lead when an out-of-place Khalid Boulahrouz wrestled Victor Anichebe to ground in the box and Arteta smashed home from the spot.

Ballack levels with a stunning free-kick

Incredibly, Ballack’s free-kick wasn’t even the second-best goal in this game, but it was special.

Think Roberto Carlos’ outside-of-the-foot classic but in reverse. The German started his strike way outside the post, trying to bend it round the wall.

He got just enough whip on the ball, and a little bit of help from the post, to equalise for the Blues just after half-time.

Yobo restores Everton’s lead

Joseph Yobo, remember him?

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His legacy has largely been reduced to people naming their Fantasy Football teams ‘Yobocop’ in his honour.

But the Nigerian was an incredible defender in his prime, making more than 200 appearances for Everton over a nine-year spell.

It was his towering header from a corner which put the Toffees back in front in the 64th minute.

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