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Everton   4 - 0   AEK Athens

Jo (left) and Jack Rodwell congratulate Joseph Yobo
Yobo (centre) set Everton on their way with a fine header

By James Standley

Everton opened their Europa League Group I account by dismantling outclassed AEK Athens in a game marred by two second-half red cards.

The hosts took an early lead through Joseph Yobo's header and soon added a second as Sylvain Distin poked home.

Stephen Pienaar rifled in a stunning third shortly before the break, with Jo turning sharply to add a late fourth.

AEK had Carlos Araujo red carded after 54 minutes and Louis Saha followed late on for raising his hand to a defender.

Saha barely made contact with the face of AEK defender Juanfran, who made a meal of the incident, in stoppage time but it was right in front of the referee and he had no hesitation in dismissing the French striker.

Araujo, on the other hand, could have had no complaints after he was sent off for kicking out at Distin following a challenge with the French defender.

Everton have a had a sticky start to the Premier League season but from the opening whistle they were a cut above their Greek visitors.

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Jack Rodwell and Tim Cahill took control of midfield and with Pienaar looking lively down the right and Jo causing a makeshift AEK defence plenty of problems, it was only a matter of time before the goals started flowing.

Just before kick-off Everton confirmed they had signed Australia captain Lucas Neill and the right-back was in the stands to see two of his new defensive comrades get on the scoresheet inside the opening 17 minutes.

The opener came after 10 minutes from a corner earned when AEK keeper Sebastian Saja could only turn a Pienaar drive round the post.

Everton boss David Moyes had given Diniyar Bilyaletdinov his first start and the Russian took no time to illustrate his quality, delivering a fine corner to the far post where Yobo, captain for the day, thundered his header home.

The Greeks' cause was not helped when they lost Gerlando Alves to injury and they soon found themselves two goals behind.

AEK survived one corner but the assistant positioned behind the goalline - a new initiative being trialled in the Europa League - correctly indicated Everton should be awarded another.

When the ball was swung into the six yard box the visitors' defence was once again thrown into disarray and although Marouane Fellaini's intial effort was blocked, Distin was lurking beyond the far post and reacted first to score.

Stung by the two goals AEK tried to hit back but they were restricted to long-range strikes from Pantelis Kafes and Tam Nsaliwa, a Malawai-born Canadian international who has just received a German passport, which both fizzed over.

Louis Saha (left) reacts in dismay as he is sent off in stoppage time
Saha (left) reacts in dismay as he is sent off in stoppage time

Jo twice threatened with headers as Everton went back on the attack and, after Grigoris Makos shot into Howard's arms from distance, the hosts added a third.

When Pienaar picked the ball up 30 yards out there looked to be little on but the Athens defence failed to close him down and the South Africa midfielder drilled a low shot into the corner past the despairing dive of Saja.

That prompted the AEK travelling fans to turn their backs on the game and amuse themselves with a bout of scarf waving, and their day got no better after the break.

Everton took off Tim Cahill, who had picked up a yellow card, and Bilyaletdinov, with Leon Osman and Yakubu respectively coming on.

It made little difference to the flow of the game as the hosts continued to enjoy a stranglehold on possession and any remote chance the visitors had of getting back into the contest was ended when Araujo was red carded 10 minutes into the half for kicking out at Distin.

With the result already in the bag Everton struggled to produce the penetration of the first half, although Rodwell and Osman both went close.

Ismael Blanco shot wide when AEK mounted their only real attack of the half before Saha, on for Pineaar, turned a Leighton Baines cross over the bar.

The hosts finally got their fourth goal on 82 minutes when Jo spun sharply and rifled home from 12 yards to confirm Everton's superiority.

A pleasing night for the hosts had some of the shine taken off it when Saha received his marching orders in stoppage time, but they will still have been pleased to have started their European campaign in convincing style.

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Thursday, 17 September 2009

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 4-0 AEK Athens FT
(HT 3-0)
  • Yobo 10
  • Distin 17
  • Pienaar 37
  • Jo 82

    Everton

    Substitutes

    AEK Athens

    • 23 Sebastian Saja
    • 02 Araujo red card
    • 04 Geraldo (Nsaliwa 13) (Manduca 46)
    • 07 Juanfran
    • 12 Jahic
    • 87 Arce
    • 01 Kafes yellow card
    • 09 Leonardo (Yahaya 71)
    • 14 Makos
    • 18 Blanco
    • 32 Scocco

    Substitutes

    • 22 Arampatzis,
    • 31 Georgeas,
    • 03 Hersi,
    • 08 Nsaliwa,
    • 26 Yahaya,
    • 11 Manduca,
    • 29 Nemeth
    Ref: MalekAtt: 26,747
    EVERTON
    AEK ATHENS

    Possession

    • Everton 59%
    • AEK Athens 41%

    Attempts on target

    • Everton 10
    • AEK Athens 5

    Attempts off target

    • Everton 4
    • AEK Athens 4

    Corners

    • Everton 9
    • AEK Athens 0

    Fouls

    • Everton 13
    • AEK Athens 7
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:06 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+1:19 Sent off Louis Saha receives a red card for violent conduct.
    • 90:00+0:29 Dan Gosling fouled by Garcia Juanfran, the ref awards a free kick. Leon Osman delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Gustavo Manduca.
    • 89:15 Ismael Blanco takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
    • 85:03 Louis Saha concedes a free kick for a foul on Seidou Yahaya. Direct free kick taken by Ignacio Scocco.
    • 83:58 Ismael Blanco takes a shot. Blocked by Marouane Fellaini. Seidou Yahaya produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
    • 81:31 GOAL - Joao Alves JoEverton 4 - 0 AEK Athens Joao Alves Jo finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 4-0 AEK Athens.
    • 78:41 Louis Saha produces a left-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
    • 77:33 Ignacio Scocco has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
    • 74:55 Foul by Leon Osman on Garcia Juanfran, free kick awarded. Diego Sebastian Saja takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:48 Unfair challenge on Diego Sebastian Saja by Leon Osman results in a free kick. Diego Sebastian Saja restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:45 The official flags Ayegbeni Yakubu offside. Diego Sebastian Saja takes the direct free kick.
    • 71:15 Louis Saha takes a shot. Sanel Jahic gets a block in.
    • 70:43 Substitution Seidou Yahaya replaces Pereira Leonardo.
    • 66:52 Leon Osman takes the outswinging corner, Sanel Jahic makes a clearance.
    • 66:52 Substitution Louis Saha replaces Steven Pienaar.
    • 65:44 Effort from inside the area by Leon Osman misses to the left of the goal.
    • 65:06 Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Save by Diego Sebastian Saja.
    • 64:01 Leon Osman takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Gustavo Manduca.
    • 63:55 Pantelis Kafes gets a block in.
    • 63:55 Booking Pantelis Kafes is cautioned.
    • 63:42 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot.
    • 62:41 Outswinging corner taken by Leon Osman from the right by-line, Garcia Juanfran makes a clearance.
    • 61:33 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Diego Sebastian Saja makes a save. Leighton Baines takes a inswinging corner.
    • 61:21 Pereira Leonardo takes a shot. Blocked by Joseph Yobo.
    • 54:14 Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
    • 54:14 Sent off The referee red cards Carlos Araujo for serious foul play.
    • 54:03 Unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Carlos Araujo results in a free kick.
    • 53:05 Grigoris Makos concedes a free kick for a foul on Joao Alves Jo. Direct free kick taken by Joseph Yobo.
    • 51:15 Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
    • 51:15 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Ayegbeni Yakubu coming on for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
    • 51:15 Pantelis Kafes challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 49:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Pienaar on Pereira Leonardo. Free kick taken by Garcia Juanfran.
    • 47:41 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov played to the near post, Gustavo Manduca makes a clearance.
    • 46:11 Unfair challenge on Carlos Araujo by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carlos Araujo.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Gustavo Manduca replaces Tamandani Nsaliwa.
    • 45:01 Substitution Leon Osman on for Tim Cahill.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:10 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 41:25 Sanel Jahic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 41:25 Booking Caution for Tim Cahill.
    • 41:16 Tim Cahill concedes a free kick for a foul on Pereira Leonardo.
    • 39:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tamandani Nsaliwa on Marouane Fellaini. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
    • 37:57 Pereira Leonardo fouled by Joseph Yobo, the ref awards a free kick. Ignacio Scocco produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Tim Howard.
    • 36:46 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov provided the assist for the goal.
    • 36:46 GOAL - Steven PienaarEverton 3 - 0 AEK Athens Steven Pienaar gets on the score sheet with a goal from a long way out to the bottom right corner of the goal. Everton 3-0 AEK Athens.
    • 33:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sanel Jahic on Joao Alves Jo. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes the direct free kick.
    • 32:01 Grigoris Makos takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
    • 30:39 Header by Joao Alves Jo from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • 29:34 Shot by Tamandani Nsaliwa from outside the box goes over the net.
    • 26:03 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from the left by-line, Sylvain Distin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garcia Juanfran. Free kick taken by Diego Sebastian Saja.
    • 25:49 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Nicolas Arce gets a block in.
    • 22:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Pereira Leonardo. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov sends in a cross, Header from close range by Joao Alves Jo clears the bar.
    • 20:44 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov challenges Ignacio Scocco unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Araujo takes the direct free kick.
    • 20:05 Effort on goal by Pantelis Kafes from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 19:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joao Alves Jo on Ignacio Scocco. Carlos Araujo takes the free kick.
    • 16:21 The assist for the goal came from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
    • 16:21 GOAL - Sylvain DistinEverton 2 - 0 AEK Athens Sylvain Distin gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 2-0 AEK Athens.
    • 15:21 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes the inswinging corner, Nicolas Arce makes a clearance. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a outswinging corner.
    • 12:29 Garcia Juanfran takes the direct free kick.
    • 12:29 Substitution Alves Geraldo leaves the field to be replaced by Tamandani Nsaliwa.
    • 12:29 Ismael Blanco fouled by Tim Cahill, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 9:20 Assist by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
    • 9:20 GOAL - Joseph YoboEverton 1 - 0 AEK Athens Joseph Yobo finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Everton 1-0 AEK Athens.
    • 8:53 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save made by Diego Sebastian Saja. Inswinging corner taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from the right by-line,
    • 3:21 Ignacio Scocco fouled by Leighton Baines, the ref awards a free kick. Nicolas Arce restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:22 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ismael Blanco. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:45 Ignacio Scocco fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick. Diego Sebastian Saja takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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