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Everton   3 - 1   Man Utd

Wayne Rooney walks away as Everton celebrates
Former Everton man Rooney cut a dejected figure as United were well beaten

By Phil McNulty
BBC Sport at Goodison Park

Everton delivered another twist in the Premier League title race as Manchester United followed Chelsea in crashing to defeat at a vibrant Goodison Park.

David Moyes' resurgent side came from behind, as they did against Chelsea, to deservedly seal only their second league win in their last 30 meetings with United.

Dimitar Berbatov's 16th-minute goal looked to have paved the way for United to turn up the pressure on pacesetters Chelsea at the top of the table - but Everton had other ideas as they took another major scalp to emphasise their recent improvement.

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's thunderous strike pulled Everton level within three minutes of Berbatov's goal and both Louis Saha and the excellent Landon Donovan wasted opportunities to put them ahead but they were not to be denied as they more than matched United after the break.

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It was Everton's two late substitutes who clinched the three points as Dan Gosling slid in Steven Pienaar's cross with 14 minutes left and Jack Rodwell made it three with a solo effort in the dying seconds.

Rodwell's moment of magic illustrated the talent that has made him a reported £30m transfer target for Sir Alex Ferguson - and the United boss saw what he is all about at close quarters.

Everton, with Leon Osman the game's outstanding performer, were afforded a standing ovation by their ecstatic supporters at the final whistle - and rightly so after they demonstrated the confidence to match, and better, United in all areas of the pitch.

And United States star Donovan, in his short loan spell at Everton, is underlining what a threat he will be to England's ambitions at the World Cup in South Africa this summer.

Ferguson will be disappointed United lost the opportunity to make up ground on Chelsea but counterpart Moyes will be elated at his coup of beating both Chelsea and United in successive home league games.

Everton 'a match for any team' - Moyes

It was a quiet return to Goodison for Wayne Rooney, although the striker came close to drawing United level in the closing minutes with a free-kick that drifted inches wide.

United boss Ferguson paired Berbatov with Rooney in attack and, after some early moments of promise from Osman and Saha for Everton, it was the Bulgarian who put the champions in front.

Antonio Valencia escaped from Leighton Baines and when his cross caused confusion in the Everton defence, Berbatov pounced to power home a finish via the underside of the bar.

Everton, who had been conceding midfield possession too easily, needed a swift response and it came inside three minutes, courtesy of a stunning finish from Bilyaletdinov. He startled keeper Edwin van der Sar, who was left motionless by the Russian's emphatic 20-yard shot.

Bilyaletdinov should have given Everton the lead two minutes later but he failed to find the target from close range after Saha dummied another dangerous cross from Baines.

Man Utd not good enough - Phelan

And another probing delivery from Baines should have brought a goal for Donovan but the man on loan from Los Angeles Galaxy failed to react when the ball bounced off Wes Brown six yards out.

Rooney had been kept in check for most of the opening period but he hinted at his threat when he burst through to round Tim Howard but his touch was too heavy and the chance was gone.

And as United stepped up a gear after the interval, Darren Fletcher was only inches away from restoring their lead with a flashing shot from the edge of the area.

As both sides traded blows, Ferguson made a change on the hour when he sent on Paul Scholes and Gabriel Obertan for Berbatov and Ji-Sung Park.

Moyes made a change of his own, sending on Gosling for the tiring Bilyaletdinov - and it did the trick as he put Everton ahead with 14 minutes left when he arrived late to turn Pienaar's cross beyond Van der Sar and send Goodison Park wild.

Ferguson threw on Michael Owen but it was Everton who finished stronger and Rodwell crowned the victory by powering into the area and sending a precise finish beyond Van der Sar to end United's hopes of a comeback.


Everton and Manchester United reaction:
Loss at Everton concerns Ferguson

Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan:
"It's damaging because we lost points but didn't deserve to win, we didn't perform well enough. Everton deserved their victory.

"We were disappointed to get the lead and then give a goal away right afterwards. That's not what we expect. We didn't create enough or do jobs professionally enough.

"We weren't creating a lot but were still in the game. Their second goal made it very difficult for us."

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Saturday, 20 February 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 3-1 Man Utd FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Bilyaletdinov 19
  • Gosling 76
  • Rodwell 90
  • Berbatov 16

Everton

Substitutes

Man Utd

Substitutes

Ref: WebbAtt: 39,448
EVERTON
MAN UTD

Possession

  • Everton 51%
  • Man Utd 49%

Attempts on target

  • Everton 7
  • Man Utd 5

Attempts off target

  • Everton 4
  • Man Utd 6

Corners

  • Everton 4
  • Man Utd 12

Fouls

  • Everton 12
  • Man Utd 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:07 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+1:02 Booking Jack Rodwell receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 89:35 Assist by Mikel Arteta.
  • 89:35 GOAL - Jack RodwellEverton 3 - 1 Man Utd Goal scored by Jack Rodwell from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 3-1 Man Utd.
  • 88:45 Mikel Arteta fouled by Wayne Rooney, the ref awards a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
  • 87:58 Corner taken by Michael Carrick from the right by-line, Jonathan Evans takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
  • 87:34 Substitution Jack Rodwell comes on in place of Steven Pienaar.
  • 86:10 Wayne Rooney produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 86:10 Booking Leon Osman receives a yellow card.
  • 86:01 Leon Osman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Rooney.
  • 83:39 Corner taken right-footed by Michael Carrick to the near post.
  • 83:05 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Wayne Rooney, Effort on goal by Michael Carrick from 12 yards. Blocked by Sylvain Distin.
  • 82:00 Dan Gosling challenges Paul Scholes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael Carrick from left wing.
  • 80:42 Landon Donovan takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Evans.
  • 79:54 Substitution Michael Owen is brought on as a substitute for Antonio Valencia.
  • 79:54 Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 79:28 Booking Booking for Louis Saha.
  • 79:25 The assistant referee signals for offside against Louis Saha. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 78:03 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Antonio Valencia from the left by-line.
  • 75:18 Steven Pienaar provided the assist for the goal.
  • 75:18 GOAL - Dan GoslingEverton 2 - 1 Man Utd Dan Gosling finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 2-1 Man Utd.
  • 73:05 Booking The referee cautions Steven Pienaar for unsporting behaviour.
  • 73:00 Corner taken by Antonio Valencia.
  • 71:40 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Michael Carrick.
  • 69:06 Substitution Dan Gosling replaces Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
  • 68:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Neville on Gabriel Obertan. Free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
  • 67:15 Wayne Rooney produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 65:07 Substitution Gabriel Obertan replaces Ji-Sung Park.
  • 65:07 Substitution Paul Scholes comes on in place of Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 65:07 Booking Booking for Mikel Arteta.
  • 65:00 Unfair challenge on Ji-Sung Park by Mikel Arteta results in a free kick. Jonathan Evans restarts play with the free kick.
  • 63:58 Wes Brown challenges Louis Saha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
  • 63:25 Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Leon Osman gets a block in.
  • 62:35 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov challenges Darren Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Fletcher takes the free kick.
  • 60:45 Louis Saha takes a shot.
  • 58:54 Louis Saha is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar. Headed effort from inside the box by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the right of the target.
  • 53:02 Foul by Landon Donovan on Antonio Valencia, free kick awarded. Gary Neville takes the direct free kick.
  • 52:18 Foul by Wayne Rooney on Johnny Heitinga, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
  • 51:33 Jonathan Evans fouled by Louis Saha, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 50:46 Darren Fletcher has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 49:09 Landon Donovan challenges Gary Neville unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 47:17 Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Leighton Baines.
  • 47:17 Booking Darren Fletcher is shown a yellow card.
  • 45:55 Wes Brown challenges Leon Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:03 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 41:41 Unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:53 Foul by Johnny Heitinga on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded. Michael Carrick takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:15 Mikel Arteta challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 37:26 Landon Donovan has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Comfortable save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 34:33 Foul by Jonathan Evans on Louis Saha, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 33:06 Louis Saha is caught offside. Edwin Van der Sar takes the free kick.
  • 32:00 Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Gary Neville.
  • 31:53 Leighton Baines produces a cross, blocked by Gary Neville.
  • 30:27 Antonio Valencia takes a short corner.
  • 29:31 Inswinging corner taken by Antonio Valencia from the left by-line, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
  • 28:49 Leon Osman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov. Direct free kick taken by Gary Neville.
  • 27:47 Jonathan Evans challenges Louis Saha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:30 Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
  • 24:47 Antonio Valencia takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 24:00 Shot from inside the area by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov clears the bar.
  • Correction - 22:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Antonio Valencia. Strike on goal comes in from Steven Pienaar from the free kick.
  • 22:03 Antonio Valencia gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar. Steven Pienaar produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 21:12 Landon Donovan takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gary Neville.
  • 18:26 GOAL - Diniyar BilyaletdinovEverton 1 - 1 Man Utd Diniyar Bilyaletdinov grabs a goal from outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 1-1 Man Utd.
  • 15:46 The assist for the goal came from Antonio Valencia.
  • 15:46 GOAL - Dimitar BerbatovEverton 0 - 1 Man Utd Goal scored by Dimitar Berbatov from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Everton 0-1 Man Utd.
  • 15:14 Mikel Arteta challenges Ji-Sung Park unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
  • 14:34 Antonio Valencia takes a short corner.
  • 13:19 Louis Saha has a drilled shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 12:17 Corner from left by-line taken by Leighton Baines.
  • 11:56 A cross is delivered by Leighton Baines, Wes Brown manages to make a clearance.
  • 10:35 Darren Fletcher produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 10:00 Corner taken right-footed by Antonio Valencia from the right by-line to the near post, Louis Saha makes a clearance.
  • 7:04 Antonio Valencia challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Landon Donovan, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
  • 5:47 Corner taken right-footed by Antonio Valencia from the right by-line to the near post, Wes Brown has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 4:34 Outswinging corner taken by Antonio Valencia from the right by-line, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
  • 3:21 Leon Osman produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 27 41 61
2 Man Utd 27 39 57
3 Arsenal 27 33 55
4 Man City 25 15 45
5 Liverpool 26 16 44
6 Tottenham 26 19 43
7 Aston Villa 25 13 42
8 Everton 26 1 38
9 Birmingham 25 -2 37
10 Fulham 26 2 34
11 Stoke 26 -3 34
12 Blackburn 26 -17 31
13 West Ham 26 -5 27
14 Sunderland 26 -12 26
15 Wigan 25 -23 25
16 Wolves 26 -23 24
17 Hull 27 -29 24
18 Bolton 25 -17 23
19 Burnley 25 -25 23
20 Portsmouth 26 -23 16

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