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Gary Lineker reacts to Leighton Baines Everton goal

Gary Lineker praised Everton defender Leighton Baines for his stunning goal on Wednesday night against Leicester City.

The 35-year-old veteran rifled in an unstoppable effort from outside of the box in the 91st minute to send the Carabao Cup quarter-final to penalties at Goodison.

Duncan Ferguson’s side ended up losing 4-2 in the shootout to exit the cup, but they had produced a late comeback inside 90 minutes to keep the tie temporarily alive.

James Maddison and Jonny Evans scored two quick-fire goals in the first-half to give visitors Leicester a comfortable lead.

But Tom Davies responded with a 70th minute volley that he placed in and Baines’ stunner in injury time made it 2-2 before eventual disappointment.

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Lineker was left stunned by the quality of the left-back’s late strike.

“Leighton Baines has just scored a ridiculously special goal to equalise in the last minute,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account.

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Baines has made his only three senior appearances of the season since Ferguson took charge on a temporary basis and he repaid him in midweek.

With Lucas Digne sidelined through injury, Baines rolled back the years with a strong display at left-back and his goal speaks for itself.

The full-back looked defensively assured for the majority and got forward whenever he could to join in with attacks.

He’s been an incredible servant to the Merseyside club and he gave them another memorable moment despite ending up on the losing team.

Baines did see his penalty saved by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the shootout, but he’s still a great player to have in the squad.

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