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Everton   4 - 0   Sigma Olomouc

By Ian Hughes

Louis Saha (right) is congratulated by his team-mates
Saha (right) was in clinical form in front of goal

Jack Rodwell and Louis Saha scored two goals apiece to put Everton in a strong position after their Europa League first leg tie with Sigma Olomouc.

Tim Howard was lucky not to concede a penalty when he brought down Jakub Petr before Saha volleyed in Marouane Fellaini's cross to open the scoring.

Jack Rodwell then lashed in from 20 yards before marking his European debut with a superb drive for his second.

Saha sealed a fine win with a low, angled shot from just outside the box.

The result virtually takes Everton past their Czech opponents and into the Europa League group stages.

But it was a victory that looked in doubt in the early stages as Everton started in the kind of form that had seen them hammered 6-1 by Arsenal at the weekend.

And had Olomouc been awarded any of three solid shouts for a penalty, the complexion of the tie might have been very different.

There was a change in personnel from the weekend - centre-back Joleon Lescott watching his team-mates from the stands after being publicly criticised by manager David Moyes - but their defence looked just as porous early on.

Olomouc sensed their opponents' hesitancy and were quickly into their stride, making inroads with some slick passing moves.

One such attack could have brought the Czech side a penalty when it looked as though Howard had upended Petr.

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Shortly after Howard raced out of his goal to thwart Michal Hubnik, who also went to ground but this time there appeared to be little contact and he was booked by the referee.

Howard was then called into action a third time when he did brilliantly to tip over a fierce long-range drive from Michael Ordos.

Short of confidence and possession, Everton needed to shake themselves down and start to assert themselves.

Leon Osman took up the mantle - he went close with a deflected shot that was tipped over - and as his influence grew, so did Everton's threat.

Not long after the midfielder had another shot just over the bar, Everton were on the offensive again and this time the move bore fruit.

Fellaini turned superbly and delivered a low cross for Saha to convert and settle his side and the anxious home crowd.

Osman was then involved again as he won a free-kick 25 yards out.

From that set-piece, Leighton Baines' effort crashed back off the Olomouc wall, falling to Rodwell to smash home with a crisp left-foot effort.

Midfielder Rodwell had only returned to the starting line-up as a result of Phil Neville's move to centre-back to fill in for Lescott.

And even better was to come for Rodwell when he crashed home his second goal of the evening, arrowing in a venomous shot from 25 yards after another Baines free-kick came his way.

Now in the driving seat, Everton looked far more relaxed.

But again they were fortunate not to concede a penalty when Felliani tangled with Hubnick.

However, that proved to be the last bit of slack defending for the home side, who had clearly been given a stern talking-to by Moyes at half-time.

And as they looked more solid at the back, they also looked more menacing coming forward.

When a counter-attack provided Saha with a chance, the Frenchman duly took it with a fine swivel and shot from the edge of the box.

Saha had been called into the starting XI in place of Jo, and on thsio performance he may well keep it.

It was a satisfying evening for Everton and Moyes will be delighted with his side's fight after a shaky start.

He will also be encouraged that his side can cope without Lescott, who remains a key target for Manchester City.

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Thursday, 20 August 2009

Europa League Q'fying

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 4-0 Sigma Olomouc FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Saha 34
  • Rodwell 40
  • Rodwell 54
  • Saha 73

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Sigma Olomouc

    • 18 Drobisz
    • 03 Dreska
    • 05 Kascak
    • 06 Onofrej
    • 08 Daniel Rossi
    • 12 Skerle
    • 09 Otepka (Bajer 61)
    • 17 Lovasik
    • 07 Ordos (Sultes 46)
    • 10 Hubnik yellow card
    • 22 Petr (Janotka 74)

    Substitutes

    • 20 Lovasik,
    • 21 Veprek,
    • 13 Ulma,
    • 14 Stepan,
    • 16 Bajer,
    • 23 Janotka,
    • 29 Sultes
    Ref: Cortez BatistaAtt: 27,433
    EVERTON
    SIGMA OLOMOUC

    Possession

    • Everton 52%
    • Sigma Olomouc 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Everton 11
    • Sigma Olomouc 2

    Attempts off target

    • Everton 3
    • Sigma Olomouc 4

    Corners

    • Everton 5
    • Sigma Olomouc 6

    Fouls

    • Everton 12
    • Sigma Olomouc 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:33 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+1:57 Effort from 35 yards by Silva Daniel Rossi missed to the right of the goal.
    • 89:59 The offside flag is raised against Tomas Janotka. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
    • 86:30 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Save by Petr Drobisz.
    • 85:30 Joao Alves Jo challenges Michal Hubnik unfairly and gives away a free kick. Silva Daniel Rossi restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:57 Dan Gosling takes a inswinging corner.
    • 82:51 Outswinging corner taken by Dan Gosling, clearance made by Silva Daniel Rossi.
    • 82:38 Leon Osman takes a shot. Blocked by Pavel Dreska.
    • 81:59 Substitution Steven Pienaar leaves the field to be replaced by James Vaughan.
    • 79:28 Outswinging corner taken by Ladislav Onofrej.
    • 78:41 Substitution Joao Alves Jo is brought on as a substitute for Louis Saha.
    • 76:08 Substitution Dan Gosling joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jack Rodwell.
    • 75:03 Inswinging corner taken by Lukas Bajer from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Tony Hibbert.
    • 73:31 Substitution Tomas Janotka comes on in place of Jakub Petr.
    • 72:51 GOAL - Louis SahaEverton 4 - 0 Sigma Olomouc Goal scored by Louis Saha from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 4-0 Sigma Olomouc.
    • 71:19 Steven Pienaar takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Silva Daniel Rossi manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:55 Leon Osman takes a shot. Petr Drobisz makes a save.
    • 69:38 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ladislav Onofrej.
    • 69:14 Corner taken right-footed by Lukas Bajer to the near post, Louis Saha manages to make a clearance.
    • 68:27 Foul by Phil Neville on Pavel Sultes, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lukas Bajer, Marouane Fellaini manages to make a clearance.
    • 66:59 Tim Cahill challenges Tomas Lovasik unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Pavel Dreska.
    • 65:27 Effort from inside the area by Pavel Sultes misses to the right of the target.
    • Correction - 62:26 Long range effort from Jack Rodwell misses to the left of the goal.
    • 62:26 Long range effort by Jack Rodwell goes wide right of the net.
    • 60:42 Free kick taken by Silva Daniel Rossi.
    • 60:42 Substitution Rudolf Otepka leaves the field to be replaced by Lukas Bajer.
    • 60:42 Booking Phil Neville receives a yellow card.
    • 60:37 Foul by Tony Hibbert on Pavel Sultes, free kick awarded.
    • 54:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ladislav Onofrej on Louis Saha. Joseph Yobo restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:09 Steven Pienaar provided the assist for the goal.
    • 53:09 GOAL - Jack RodwellEverton 3 - 0 Sigma Olomouc Jack Rodwell finds the net with a goal from long distance to the top right corner of the goal. Everton 3-0 Sigma Olomouc.
    • 52:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Marek Kascak. Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Petr Drobisz.
    • 51:11 Rudolf Otepka has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
    • 50:11 Short corner worked by Rudolf Otepka.
    • 48:37 The assistant referee flags for offside against Tim Cahill. Petr Drobisz restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:33 Foul by Pavel Sultes on Phil Neville, free kick awarded. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
    • 45:39 Unfair challenge on Rudolf Otepka by Tim Cahill results in a free kick. Ladislav Onofrej takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Pavel Sultes comes on in place of Michal Ordos.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:09 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 45:00+0:10 Shot from just outside the box by Marek Kascak misses to the right of the goal.
    • 44:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Fellaini on Marek Kascak. Direct free kick taken by Rudolf Otepka.
    • 43:14 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save by Petr Drobisz.
    • 42:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jakub Petr by Leighton Baines. Silva Daniel Rossi restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:10 GOAL - Jack RodwellEverton 2 - 0 Sigma Olomouc Jack Rodwell finds the net with a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 2-0 Sigma Olomouc.
    • 38:59 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Leighton Baines.
    • 36:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ladislav Onofrej on Leon Osman. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tony Hibbert from own half.
    • 33:29 The assist for the goal came from Marouane Fellaini.
    • 33:29 GOAL - Louis SahaEverton 1 - 0 Sigma Olomouc Louis Saha finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Sigma Olomouc.
    • 32:36 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Leon Osman, clearance made by Ales Skerle.
    • 31:30 Effort from outside the penalty area by Louis Saha goes wide left of the goal.
    • 30:36 Handball by Tim Cahill. Petr Drobisz restarts play with the free kick.
    • 29:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Cahill by Marek Kascak. Free kick crossed by Leighton Baines.
    • 28:38 Effort on goal by Leon Osman from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 28:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Jakub Petr. Free kick taken by Jack Rodwell.
    • 24:59 Tomas Lovasik gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:24 Tony Hibbert concedes a free kick for a foul on Rudolf Otepka. Direct free kick taken by Ladislav Onofrej.
    • 23:52 Steven Pienaar decides to take the corner short.
    • 23:34 Leon Osman takes a shot. Save made by Petr Drobisz.
    • 21:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Ladislav Onofrej. Steven Pienaar takes the direct free kick.
    • 20:51 Foul by Tim Cahill on Tomas Lovasik, free kick awarded. Rudolf Otepka takes the direct free kick.
    • 19:31 Tony Hibbert concedes a free kick for a foul on Jakub Petr. Ladislav Onofrej takes the free kick.
    • 15:42 Corner from the left by-line taken by Rudolf Otepka, Jack Rodwell manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:30 Michal Ordos takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
    • 14:38 Michal Hubnik takes a shot. Joseph Yobo gets a block in.
    • 13:29 Rudolf Otepka challenges Leon Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joseph Yobo.
    • 9:25 Unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Marek Kascak results in a free kick. Joseph Yobo restarts play with the free kick.
    • 9:00 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save made by Petr Drobisz.
    • 8:07 Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
    • 7:41 Booking Booking for Michal Hubnik.
    • 6:21 Marouane Fellaini challenges Rudolf Otepka unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rudolf Otepka takes the direct free kick.
    • 4:31 Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rudolf Otepka. Rudolf Otepka takes the free kick, Marek Kascak crosses the ball, Marouane Fellaini makes a clearance.
    • 3:22 Foul by Tomas Lovasik on Leon Osman, free kick awarded. Joseph Yobo takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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