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Everton   1 - 0   Portsmouth

By Julian Shea

Everton's Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
Bilyaletdinov's stunner was the last goal of the Premier League season

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's injury-time winner for Everton ensured Portsmouth's Premier League tenure ended in defeat.

After a poor first half, Anthony Vanden Borre had a goal ruled out for offside and Jamie O'Hara curled just wide as Pompey went down fighting.

Louis Saha had a header cleared off the line but it looked like being the closest Everton would come to scoring.

With a draw looking certain, however, Bilyaletdinov curled a stunning shot into the top corner to win it.

Both sides went into the game in the knowledge that they could not improve or worsen their league positions whatever the result and a leisurely opening was understandable.

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Everton had the bulk of the early possession, with Mikel Arteta a constant threat, but they failed to seriously trouble Pompey goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown.

As the home side appeared to lapse into a false sense of security, they were almost made to pay just before the half-hour when a Kevin Prince Boateng through-ball set up Frederic Piquionne on the edge of the area.

He eluded defender Phil Jagielka but although Tim Howard seemed to have come off his line too early, he still managed to narrow the angle and smothered the Frenchman's shot.

Grant pays tribute to Pompey fans

Everton replied with their best chance of the game so far as Tony Hibbert dribbled into the box from the right wing and laid the ball off to Jack Rodwell, but his shot was wide of the left-hand post.

With Portsmouth content to rely on counter-attacks, Victor Anichebe went close for Evertone when he turned Aaron Mokoena on the edge of the box, only to put his shot into the side netting, and it was no surprise when the first half finished goalless.

After the restart, Steven Pienaar and substitute Yakubu tested Ashdown in quick succession as Everton continued to have the upper hand, but it was Portsmouth who got the ball in the net first - only to be denied by an offside flag.

Moyes disappointed with eighth spot

Howard blocked Piquionne's effort from a tight angle after he dribbled through the defence, but substitute Jamie O'Hara followed up and laid the ball back to the Belgian, who netted from a tight angle - only to be denied by a late flag from the linesman.

O'Hara almost caught the home defence napping again when he curled a shot just wide of the right-hand post but Everton responded with Saha's header, which was kept out by Hayden Mullins, who was in the right place on the line.

His clearance appeared to have earned Portsmouth a share of the spoils, but Bilyaltedinov's beautiful curled effort into the top right-hand corner right at the death.


Everton manager David Moyes:

"We came off the FA Cup final (at the end of last season) feeling good and that we'd finished the season well but we couldn't cope with the changes and injuries at the start of the season.

"Hopefully we'll be better prepared next season. I'm disappointed, I don't want to be eighth but that's where we are.

"You can make all the excuses you want but that's where we are. I hope (fewer games by not being in Europe) works in our favour, but I'd still rather be in Europe."

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant:

"What happened in this game was something we saw all season - we scored and the ref said it was not a goal, I don't know why, it's happened many times, then at the end we conceded.

"We played well, for the moment we can say goodbye and hope to come back soon.

"It's been a very tough season, but I'm happy I chose the difficult way, not to give up. We were always fighting, that's what I think everybody will remember from this season

"After what happened this season I don't want even 50% of that to come again - it wasn't football.

"We didn't get an equal chance, it was not fair play and we had a lot of problems, so we need to wait and see what happens with the club."

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 1-0 Portsmouth FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Bilyaletdinov 90+4

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Portsmouth

    • 21 Ashdown
    • 03 Rocha
    • 16 Finnan
    • 18 Vanden Borre
    • 04 Mokoena (Ben-Haim 66)
    • 06 Mullins
    • 08 Diop
    • 17 Utaka
    • 23 Boateng
    • 35 Wilson (O'Hara 46)
    • 09 Piquionne (Basinas 77)

    Substitutes

    • 31 O'Brien,
    • 26 Ben-Haim,
    • 05 O'Hara,
    • 33 Basinas,
    • 41 Ritchie,
    • 20 Smith
    Ref: WaltonAtt: 38,730
    EVERTON
    PORTSMOUTH

    Possession

    • Everton 62%
    • Portsmouth 38%

    Attempts on target

    • Everton 13
    • Portsmouth 4

    Attempts off target

    • Everton 8
    • Portsmouth 6

    Corners

    • Everton 14
    • Portsmouth 1

    Fouls

    • Everton 12
    • Portsmouth 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:26 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+3:10 Johnny Heitinga provided the assist for the goal.
    • 90:00+3:10 GOAL - Diniyar BilyaletdinovEverton 1 - 0 Portsmouth Diniyar Bilyaletdinov finds the net with a goal from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Portsmouth.
    • 90:00+1:49 John Utaka is ruled offside. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 89:01 Foul by Papa Bouba Diop on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:18 John Utaka has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 85:44 Jamie O'Hara concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Heitinga. Direct free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 85:06 Tony Hibbert takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
    • 83:28 Substitution Johnny Heitinga on for Mikel Arteta.
    • 80:53 Leon Osman takes a shot. Blocked by Ricardo Rocha. Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines, Ricardo Rocha manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines, Louis Saha takes a shot. Hayden Mullins gets a block in.
    • 80:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin-Prince Boateng by Mikel Arteta. Jamie O'Hara takes the direct free kick.
    • 78:49 Steven Pienaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie O'Hara. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Angelos Basinas from right wing, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov manages to make a clearance.
    • 77:34 Ayegbeni Yakubu concedes a free kick for a foul on Papa Bouba Diop. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 76:50 Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
    • 76:50 Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Angelos Basinas coming on for Frederic Piquionne.
    • 76:50 Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Steve Finnan results in a free kick.
    • 74:11 Foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Tal Ben-Haim, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Finnan.
    • 72:01 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line.
    • 71:39 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Tal Ben-Haim gets a block in.
    • 70:54 Kevin-Prince Boateng is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.
    • 69:19 Jamie O'Hara has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
    • 65:08 Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Tal Ben-Haim coming on for Aaron Mokoena.
    • 65:08 Substitution Victor Anichebe goes off and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov comes on.
    • 64:22 Outswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta, Phil Jagielka takes a shot. Blocked by Victor Anichebe.
    • 62:48 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mikel Arteta. Steven Pienaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Papa Bouba Diop. Jamie Ashdown takes the direct free kick.
    • 61:08 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.
    • 58:52 Anthony Vanden Borre is caught offside. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 57:24 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Jamie Ashdown makes a comfortable save.
    • 55:33 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Finnan. Corner taken short by Mikel Arteta.
    • 54:07 Substitution Ayegbeni Yakubu is brought on as a substitute for Jack Rodwell.
    • 53:31 John Utaka produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 52:49 Jamie O'Hara takes a short corner.
    • 52:09 Leon Osman challenges Jamie O'Hara unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie O'Hara takes the free kick.
    • 48:12 Anthony Vanden Borre challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
    • 47:04 Unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Jamie O'Hara results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Leon Osman.
    • 46:44 Hayden Mullins concedes a free kick for a foul on Victor Anichebe. Leon Osman takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Jamie O'Hara coming on for Marc Wilson.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:25 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+1:00 Marc Wilson produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
    • 44:42 Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Anthony Vanden Borre results in a free kick. Jack Rodwell takes the direct free kick. Shot from just outside the box by Leon Osman misses to the right of the goal.
    • 44:11 Tony Hibbert takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 43:27 Frederic Piquionne is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.
    • 40:28 Effort from the edge of the box by Victor Anichebe goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 39:12 Short corner worked by Mikel Arteta.
    • 38:24 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
    • 36:31 Steven Pienaar fouled by Kevin-Prince Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mikel Arteta from right channel, clearance by Papa Bouba Diop. Short corner taken by Mikel Arteta.
    • 35:36 Louis Saha takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 35:13 John Utaka takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
    • 33:15 Louis Saha takes a shot. Aaron Mokoena gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta, Headed effort on goal by Jack Rodwell from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
    • 32:34 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line to the near post, Hayden Mullins manages to make a clearance.
    • 31:00 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line, Headed from the edge of the area by Jack Rodwell goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 27:46 Effort from the edge of the area by Jack Rodwell goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 26:39 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 25:37 Foul by Anthony Vanden Borre on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Leon Osman takes the free kick.
    • 23:38 Frederic Piquionne takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
    • 22:41 Foul by Papa Bouba Diop on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded. Steven Pienaar restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:03 Effort from long distance by Mikel Arteta goes wide right of the target.
    • 19:29 Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Hayden Mullins.
    • 18:47 Unfair challenge on Steve Finnan by Leon Osman results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Finnan.
    • 16:36 Foul by Tony Hibbert on John Utaka, free kick awarded. Hayden Mullins restarts play with the free kick.
    • 14:53 Foul by Leon Osman on Anthony Vanden Borre, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Mokoena.
    • 13:02 John Utaka is caught offside. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
    • 12:06 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mikel Arteta, Papa Bouba Diop fouled by Sylvain Distin, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 11:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Marc Wilson. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
    • 10:15 Unfair challenge on Kevin-Prince Boateng by Victor Anichebe results in a free kick. John Utaka produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 8:47 Kevin-Prince Boateng takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 6:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Pienaar on Anthony Vanden Borre. Kevin-Prince Boateng takes the free kick.
    • 5:49 Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 3:41 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 2:48 Louis Saha produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 1:43 Mikel Arteta takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Frederic Piquionne.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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    As it stood on 9 May 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 38 71 86
    2 Man Utd 38 58 85
    3 Arsenal 38 42 75
    4 Tottenham 38 26 70
    5 Man City 38 28 67
    6 Aston Villa 38 13 64
    7 Liverpool 38 26 63
    8 Everton 38 11 61
    9 Birmingham 38 -9 50
    10 Blackburn 38 -14 50
    11 Stoke 38 -14 47
    12 Fulham 38 -7 46
    13 Sunderland 38 -8 44
    14 Bolton 38 -25 39
    15 Wolves 38 -24 38
    16 Wigan 38 -42 36
    17 West Ham 38 -19 35
    18 Burnley 38 -40 30
    19 Hull 38 -41 30
    20 Portsmouth 38 -32 19

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