What does "in it" mean in football (soccer) context?

GOAL! Everton 1-2 Burnley (Calvert-Lewin 32)

He’ll be chewing a little less maniacally now! Davies, partly to blame for the opening goal, whips a cross in from the right. It’s an absolute beauty, right on the head of Calvert-Lewin, who powers past Pope from close range. Everton are back in it

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    It is sometimes very difficult to picture the plays without the footage. Anyway, here this means: They now have a chance to equalize or even win: They are back in the game.
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 13, 2021 at 18:34

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Everton are back in it = Everton are back in the game.

The implication is that Everton have been losing/playing poorly or without enthusiasm/success and now their spirits have been raised by their attack and they are playing as if they can win.

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