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BATE   1 - 2   Everton

Tim Cahill
Cahill expertly lifts the ball over the BATE keeper's head for Everton's winner

By Sam Lyon

Tim Cahill popped up with a vital goal to earn a makeshift Everton a hugely creditable Europa League Group I win over Belarussian side BATE in Minsk.

The Australian latched on to Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's flick-on to lob home expertly late on and reward a manful performance from the Merseysiders.

The hosts had gone ahead when Dmitri Likhtarovich smashed in from 35 yards.

But Marouane Fellaini headed home his first of the season to draw Everton level before Cahill sealed the victory.

The result makes it two wins from two for David Moyes's side in Europe, but this was a far more taxing three points than the 4-0 defeat of AEK Athens at Goodison Park a fortnight ago.

Moyes had warned his side beforehand not to take the Belarusian side lightly, and a look at their results in last season's Champions League group stages told its own story.

Two draws against Juventus and another at Zenit St Petersburg underlined they are no pushovers and already this season BATE are firmly on course to secure a fourth straight league title.

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And Everton's cause was not helped by the absence of 10 first-teamers, with Joseph Yobo pulling out of the squad late on Wednesday with a thigh injury to join the likes of Phil Neville, Steven Pienaar and Phil Jagielka on the sidelines.

Still, the Merseysiders were far from out-matched in a keenly-contested first half which saw only Likhtarovich's wonder striker separate the sides.

Only moments before the midfielder's pile-driver, the impressive Bilyaletdinov crashed a left-footed shot against the post from 16 yards out after linking up well with Yakubu.

And Cahill, too, almost made the most of a good opportunity, Jo and Yakubu combining to free the midfielder in the box, only for the Australian to badly scuff his shot as the chance went awry.

But apart from the goal, BATE failed to really test Toffees keeper Tim Howard at all in the opening period - despite causing stand-in right-back Dan Gosling all sort of problems.

However, the second half saw the hosts further impress their passing game on the Toffees, and Aleksandr Pavlov and Sergei Krivets both could have done better when the ball fell to them in the box.

Everton's backline held firm manfully, though - particularly stand-in centre-half Tony Hibbert - and one of their defensive heroes Leighton Baines then turned provider up the other end to deservedly draw them level.

The left-back swung over a beautiful cross and Fellaini - completely unmarked at the back post - nodded a simple header down and past stranded keeper Sergei Veremko.

Suddenly, the Toffees believed they could go on and win, and the poacher supreme Cahill dutifully stepped up to the mark with 77 minutes on the clock.

Baines again had a hand, his crossfield pass headed into the area by Bilyaletdinov and Cahill superbly guiding the half-volley over the onrushing keeper's head and into the goal.

BATE briefly responded and Vitali Rodionov caused minor palpitations in the Everton ranks when he poked narrowly wide from inside the box late on, while an Igor Stasevich effort was deflected past the post with the seconds ticking down.

But, as for most of the night, Everton's defence held firm and saw out a precious win that puts them firmly in the box seat to reach the knockout stages.


Everton manager David Moyes:
"It was a really pleasing result considering the number of players who were not available.

"It was a resilient performance, which in the end allowed us to get the win. It's always nice to win away in Europe and this was an important victory.

"We were hoping to take points early in the campaign and now we're in a good position. We want to stay there and keep progressing in this competition."

BATE coach Viktor Goncharenko:
"I am very upset we conceded two goals as we controlled the game.

"We made mistakes in the second half and while there are still four games to play, we could now struggle to qualify."

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Thursday, 1 October 2009

Europa League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
BATE 1-2 Everton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Likhtarovich 16
  • Fellaini 68
  • Cahill 77

BATE

  • 16 Veremko
  • 03 Sosnovskiy
  • 04 Shitov yellow card
  • 05 Yurevich
  • 02 Likhtarovich (Goaryan 81)
  • 10 Krivets yellow card
  • 13 Nekhaychik
  • 17 Pavlov (Volodko 78)
  • 18 Bordachov
  • 15 Skavysh (Stasevich 28)
  • 20 Rodionov

Substitutes

  • 30 Hutar,
  • 14 Radkov,
  • 32 Rzhevskiy,
  • 08 Volodko,
  • 22 Stasevich,
  • 25 Baga,
  • 88 Goaryan

Everton

Substitutes

Ref: BalajAtt: 23,000
BATE
EVERTON

Possession

  • BATE 47%
  • Everton 53%

Attempts on target

  • BATE 4
  • Everton 5

Attempts off target

  • BATE 2
  • Everton 1

Corners

  • BATE 7
  • Everton 3

Fouls

  • BATE 6
  • Everton 9
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:19 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+2:37 Keiran Agard concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexander Yurevich. Sergey Veremko takes the indirect free kick.
  • 90:00+2:37 Booking Keiran Agard is booked.
  • 90:00+1:31 Short corner taken by Igor Shitov.
  • 90:00+0:25 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Jose Baxter coming on for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
  • 89:28 Alexander Yurevich takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in. Igor Stasevich decides to take the corner short.
  • 88:28 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Siarhey Krivets, Sergey Sosnovskiy has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
  • 88:10 Vitaly Rodionov takes a shot. Tony Hibbert gets a block in.
  • 86:51 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Fellaini on Pavel Nekhaychik. Indirect free kick taken by Sergey Sosnovskiy.
  • 86:06 Corner taken by Siarhey Krivets from the right by-line, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
  • 85:25 Igor Stasevich takes a shot. Blocked by Vitaly Rodionov.
  • 84:32 Tim Cahill challenges Sergey Sosnovskiy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sergey Sosnovskiy takes the free kick.
  • 80:41 Substitution Oganes Goaryan on for Dmitry Likhtarovich.
  • 78:52 Substitution Keiran Agard joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ayegbeni Yakubu.
  • 77:29 Substitution Alexander Volodko replaces Alexander Pavlov.
  • 76:26 GOAL - Tim CahillBATE 1 - 2 Everton A goal is scored by Tim Cahill from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. BATE 1-2 Everton.
  • 75:33 Tim Cahill is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Maksim Bordachov takes the indirect free kick.
  • 74:31 Maksim Bordachov sends in a cross, blocked by Dan Gosling.
  • 73:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maksim Bordachov by Leon Osman. Indirect free kick taken by Maksim Bordachov.
  • 73:24 Booking Leon Osman goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 72:19 Booking The referee cautions Siarhey Krivets for unsporting behaviour.
  • 70:06 Outswinging corner taken by Siarhey Krivets.
  • Correction - 67:56 GOAL - Marouane FellainiBATE 1 - 1 Everton Marouane Fellaini scores a headed goal from close range. BATE 1-1 Everton.
  • 67:56 Assist on the goal came from Leighton Baines.
  • 67:56 GOAL - Joao Alves JoBATE 1 - 1 Everton Joao Alves Jo finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. BATE 1-1 Everton.
  • Correction - 66:46 Unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu by Igor Shitov results in a free kick. Leighton Baines crosses the ball,
  • 66:46 Unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu by Igor Shitov results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines,
  • 66:46 Booking The referee shows Igor Shitov a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 65:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Igor Stasevich by Dan Gosling. Sergey Veremko restarts play with the free kick.
  • 63:20 The official flags Ayegbeni Yakubu offside. Free kick taken by Sergey Veremko.
  • 60:34 Alexander Pavlov has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
  • 57:21 Joao Alves Jo takes a shot. Save by Sergey Veremko.
  • 57:00 The ball is swung over by Pavel Nekhaychik, save made by Tim Howard.
  • 55:59 The ball is swung over by Maksim Bordachov, Leighton Baines manages to make a clearance.
  • 53:50 Foul by Tim Cahill on Maksim Bordachov, free kick awarded. Igor Stasevich delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Tim Cahill makes a clearance.
  • 53:08 Leon Osman delivers the ball, Igor Shitov gets a block in.
  • 52:58 Ayegbeni Yakubu produces a cross, clearance made by Sergey Sosnovskiy.
  • 50:25 Centre by Maksim Bordachov, clearance by Leighton Baines.
  • 49:06 The ball is crossed by Siarhey Krivets, clearance made by Leighton Baines. Short corner taken by Siarhey Krivets.
  • 47:48 The ball is sent over by Igor Stasevich, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov manages to make a clearance.
  • 46:35 The assistant referee flags for offside against Joao Alves Jo. Free kick taken by Igor Shitov.
  • 46:09 The ball is delivered by Siarhey Krivets, save made by Tim Howard.
  • 45:44 Corner taken short by Siarhey Krivets.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:32 The first half comes to an end.
  • 40:44 Foul by Vitaly Rodionov on Sylvain Distin, free kick awarded. Sylvain Distin takes the indirect free kick.
  • 39:28 Corner taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Maksim Bordachov.
  • 38:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joao Alves Jo by Dmitry Likhtarovich. Tony Hibbert takes the indirect free kick.
  • 36:15 Marouane Fellaini handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Sergey Veremko.
  • 34:24 The assistant referee flags for offside against Vitaly Rodionov. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 33:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Siarhey Krivets by Dan Gosling. Dmitry Likhtarovich takes the indirect free kick.
  • 32:32 Vitaly Rodionov is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
  • 31:30 The ball is sent over by Siarhey Krivets, Leighton Baines manages to make a clearance.
  • 30:40 Unfair challenge on Leighton Baines by Igor Stasevich results in a free kick. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
  • 29:37 Unfair challenge on Dmitry Likhtarovich by Joao Alves Jo results in a free kick. Sergey Veremko takes the free kick.
  • 28:23 The referee blows for offside. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • 27:53 Substitution Igor Stasevich joins the action as a substitute, replacing Maksim Skavysh.
  • 26:50 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, clearance made by Sergey Sosnovskiy.
  • 26:34 Ayegbeni Yakubu produces a cross, Alexander Yurevich makes a clearance.
  • 24:45 Tim Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Igor Shitov. Corner taken left-footed by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to the near post, Sergey Sosnovskiy manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:46 Foul by Vitaly Rodionov on Marouane Fellaini, free kick awarded. Sylvain Distin takes the indirect free kick.
  • 20:33 The official flags Maksim Skavysh offside. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
  • 19:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Sergey Sosnovskiy on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Indirect free kick taken by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
  • 15:30 The assist for the goal came from Maksim Bordachov.
  • 15:30 GOAL - Dmitry LikhtarovichBATE 1 - 0 Everton Dmitry Likhtarovich grabs a goal from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. BATE 1-0 Everton.
  • Correction - 11:46 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov hits the post.
  • 11:46 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that bounces off the post.
  • 5:17 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Blocked by Sergey Sosnovskiy.
  • 3:37 Unfair challenge on Dmitry Likhtarovich by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sergey Sosnovskiy.
  • 1:09 Alexander Yurevich sends in a cross, save made by Tim Howard.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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Home Team Score Away Team Time
AEK Athens 1-0 Benfica R
Anderlecht 1-1 Ajax R
BATE 1-2 Everton R
Celtic 1-1 Rapid Vienna R
FC Copenhagen 1-0 Sparta Prague R
FC Dinamo Bucuresti 0-1 Panathinaikos R
Tiraspol 0-1 Fenerbahce R
FC Twente 0-0 Steaua Bucuresti R
FK Austria Vienna 1-1 Nacional R
FK Ventspils 0-0 Heerenveen R
Fulham 1-0 Basle R
Galatasaray 1-1 SK Sturm Graz R
Hamburg 4-2 Hapoel Tel-Aviv R
Levski Sofia 0-4 Lazio R
Timisoara 0-3 Dinamo Zagreb R
PSV 1-0 CFR 1907 Cluj-Napoca R
Roma 2-0 CSKA Sofia R
S. Donetsk 4-1 P. Belgrade R
Slavia Prague 1-5 Lille R
Sporting 1-0 Hertha Berlin R
SV Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 Villarreal R
Toulouse 2-2 Club Brugge R
Valencia 3-2 Genoa R
Werder Bremen 3-1 Athletic Bilbao R

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