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Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool
Cup
 Wednesday 12 March 2008; 7:45pm
Everton 
2-0 (aet)
 Fiorentina
Johnson (16'), Arteta (67')
Half Time: 1-0
  
Gravesen, Yakubu, Arteta, Jagielka
Penalties: 2-4
Panzinni, Montoliivio, Osvaldo, Sanatana 
Attendance: 38,026
Rnd of 16, L2
Referee: E. Braamhaar

Match Summary

The task was to score two goals and get back into this tie.  That's what Everton did, with a goal in each half, to even up the score on aggregate, and force extra time.

Cahill was surprisingly unavailable, having picked up a foot or hip injury (or both) that kept him off the roster for this crucial game.  Moyes's key decision, though, was to sideline Hibbert in favour of Captain Neville at right back, with Carsley coming back in after suspension.

The first goal appeared to be a somewhat speculative cross from very wide left by Pienaar that evaded the Fiorentina defence and keeper on the near post, hit the turf and smacked Andy Johnson on the chin, and bounced across the line.... they all count!

For the second, Yakubu fed the ball deep top Arteta who was a long way out but he just let rip and it bounced beyond Frey, just inside the post.  Goodison went berserk!  Full time and 2-0 on the night; 2-2 on aggregate... Extra Time.

David Moyes saved his secret weapon, Victor Anichebe, for the last portion of Extra Time, but the much-needed third goal just would not come, and so to the inevitability of penalties, taken at the Park End:

  • Gravesen up first for Everton: Scores, sending the keeper the wrong way
  • Panzinni: Howard gets a hand to it but the ball flew into the roof of the net: 1-1
  • Yakubu: Nonchalantly chipped the ball the other side from the goalie, hits the post and stays out!
  • Montolivio, straight down the middle, into the net: 1-2
  • Arteta: Clips the ball strongly down the middle, into the net: 2-2
  • Osvaldo: into the corner: 2-3
  • Jagielka: a fierce aerial shot the keeper Frey saved! 2-3
  • Sanatana: scores, sending Howard the wrong way to win the tie: 4-2

Game over. No Uefa Cup gory for Everton this year.   Everton slide unfortunately out of a competition many were convinced they could win this season.  A great performance in which the Blues played them off the park, but when push comes to shove it's about putting the ball in the net and in the end the Blues were found wanting.

Michael Kenrick

Match Preview

Everton embark on Mission: Possible on Wednesday evening as Fiorentina come to Goodison Park with a 2-0 lead from the first leg of this Uefa Cup Round of 16 tie. Having let themselves down badly by not performing at all last week, the Blues will have to be at the very top of their game to see off the enterprising Italians and overturn a first-leg deficit in European history for the first time in their history.

Injuries mean that David Moyes won't be able to field his best line-up but Mikel Arteta's recovery from his long-standing groin and stomach issues and Lee Carsley's return from suspension will help his team-selection process.

Needing to win by three clear goals, Moyes will hopefully have learned from the Chelsea semi-final in January and will go with a 4-4-2 formation with Andy Johnson and Yakubu leading the line. With Leon Osman and Manuel Fernandes ruled out through injury, that would likely mean a midfield quartet of Arteta, Tim Cahill, Lee Carsley and Steven Pienaar, the latter having escaped serious injury against Sunderland at the weekend despite a dangerous tackle by Phil Bardsley.

match photo
Lee Carsley: back from suspension

At that back, Phil Neville switching to right back in place of Tony Hibbert will probably be the only change.

Fiorentina meanwhile are still without Adrian Mutu and also lost striker N'Diaye Papa Waigo at the weekend when he limped out of La Viola's 1-0 defeat to Siena.

The Blues clearly have a mountain to climb and not having an away goal may be the biggest obstacle of all to overcome. It means that they have to go out and look to score goals but can't be too gung-ho for fear of conceding at the other end.

But it's by no means an impossible task and a full Goodison, a vibrant start, and perhaps an early goal could really set the cat among the pigeons. There have been suggestions also from one contributor to our MailBag that Fiorentina are prone to caving in to pressure so if Moyes can put the emphasis on sustained attacks while keeing it tight at the back, then everything is to play for.

Penalties scenario: The only scoreline that would lead to penalties is 2-0 to Everton after 90 minutes and no further goals scored in extra time. An away goal for Fiorentina would mean that Everton would need to win 4-1, either after normal time or extra time.

Lyndon Lloyd

Matchday Stats

Everton entertain Fiorentina in their European tie and tonight’s team could obtain three firsts for the club, namely, the first team to beat Italian opposition in a European tie, the first team to score against Italian opposition in a European tie and the first to overcome a 2 goal deficit.

Everton's record in Europe:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

European Cup

10

2

5

3

14

10

Cup Winners’ Cup

17

11

4

2

25

9

UEFA Cup

19

11

2

6

35

19

Fairs Cup

12

7

2

3

22

15

TOTALS:

58

31

13

14

96

53

Our home record in Europe:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

European Cup

5

1

3

1

9

6

Cup Winners’ Cup

8

7

1

0

16

3

UEFA Cup

9

6

2

1

19

5

Fairs Cup

6

5

0

1

13

6

TOTALS:

28

19

6

3

57

20

One positive that can be taken from our home record in Europe is that Everton are currently averaging just over 2 goals per match.  However, our previous history in Europe would suggest that Everton’s task is a lot harder.

Firstly, Everton are still to win a European match against Italian opposition.  Our previous five encounters have seen two draws and three defeats, with no goals scored and four conceded.

Secondly, Everton have never overturned a 2-goal deficit in European competition.  However, on the flip side Everton have a 100% record in three 2-leg matches were the first leg was lost by 2 or more goals.  The only problem is that those victories were all by a single goal.

The first was in the 1965-66 Fairs Cup, when after losing 0:3 in Hungary, Everton beat Ujpest Dozsa 2:1 at Goodison Park in the return with the Everton goals coming from Brian Harris and an Erno Nosko own goal.

Then next occasion was the following season in the 1966-67 Cup Winners’ Cup when Everton lost 0:2 at Real Zaragoza, but won the return leg 1:0 with the goal coming from Sandy Brown.

Finally, there was the UEFA Cup tie in 2005-06, when Everton lost 1:5 against Dinamo Bucharest, after Joseph Yobo had given Everton the lead.  This was followed by a 1:0 victory at Goodison Park with Everton’s goal that night coming from Tim Cahill.

This will be Everton’s 18th match on 12 March:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Division One

13

5

3

5

16

14

FA Cup

3

2

0

1

2

1

League Cup

1

0

1

0

0

0

TOTALS:

17

7

4

6

18

15

The last match on this date was a 1:0 victory over Newcastle United in the Quarter finals of the FA Cup in 1995, when Everton went on to win their last trophy.  The goal, that day, was scored by Dave Watson.

Out of the five home matches on this day, Everton have won 4 and lost the other one (a 0:1 defeat against Sheffield United in 1913).

The only time Everton have scored more than 2 goals on this day was back in 1960, when they beat Chelsea 6:1 at Goodison Park in the old Division One, with goals from Mickey Lill, Bobby Collins, Jimmy Harris, Roy Vernon and a Tommy Ring brace.

Milestones that can be reached this game:

  • If he scores a hat trick, then Yakubu will become the seventh Everton player to score at least 3 first class hat tricks in a single season for the club.  The other six are Bill ‘Dixie’ Dean (who achieved the feat in 5 separate seasons, including the club record of 8 hat tricks in a single season in 1931-32), Bobby Parker, Bert Freeman, Tommy Lawton, John Willie Parker, and the last player to achieve this feat back in the 1985-86 season, Gary Lineker.  He will also be the only Everton player to score 2 European hat tricks for the club.

Steve Flanagan

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EVERTON (4-4-2)
  Howard
  Neville
  Yobo :74' 
  Jagielka
  Lescott
  Pienaar (106' Anichebe)
  Arteta
  Carsley
  Osman
  Johnson (120' Gravesen)
  Yakubu :88' 
  Subs not used
  Wessels
  Baines
  Valente
  Hibbert
  Rodwell
  Unavailable
  Cahill (injured)
  Fernandes (injured)
  Valente (injured)
  Vaughan (injured)
  Van der Meyde (injured)
  Turner (injured)
  Vidarsson (loan)
  Boyle (loan)
  Spencer (loan)
  Jutkiewicz (loan)
  Kissock (loan)

FIORENTINA (4-4-2)
  Frey
  Ujfalusi
  Dainelli :29'
  Gamberini :90'
  Pasqual
  Kuzmanovic (90' Gobbi)
  Montolivo :32'
  Donadel
  Jorgensen :100' (105' Santana)
  Osvaldo
  Vieri (45' Pazzini :61')
  Subs not used
  Avramov
  Krldrup
  Potenza
  Cacia

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