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Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool
Pre-Season 2007
 Tuesday 31 July 2007; 8:00pm
Everton 
2-2
 Werder Bremen
McFadden (75'), Anderson (90')
Half Time: 0-0
Sanogo (55'), Mertesacker (85')
Attendance: 12,144
Friendly 5
Referee: –

Match Summary

Everton were keen to make amends for the uninspiring performance against Real Salt Lake in their last proper friendly outing 10 days earlier.

Phil Jagielka, the Ł4million arrival from Sheffield United, made his home bow as a second-half substitute, but South Africa international, Steven Pienaar, who has arrived on a season-long loan from Borussia Dortmund, had returned Germany to secure a visa after  being granted a work permit last week.

Tim Cahill was making his first Everton appearance since breaking his metatarsal at Sheffield United back in March. He began on the right flank of a four-man midfield but was later moved to a more central position as Moyes tinkered with his tactics.  Back on home soil, 

A first-half performance laced with verve and vigour was missing only a goal as Moyes’s side were undone by an indifferent final delivery and the erratic yet effective goalkeeping of Bremen ’s Tim Wiese.

The keeper was first pressed into action in the seventh minute, clawing away a rare goalbound Phil Neville effort from a Victor Anichebe cross.  From the resultant corner, the young striker helped on Joseph Yobo’s header only for Wiese to save with his feet.

Mikel Arteta, best on show for the umpteenth occasion of his Everton career, saw a shot deflected wide and then struck a trademark free-kick from 25 yards that Wiese made hard work of saving.

Everton’s finest move of the half came in the 25th minute, when a lengthy passing movement in which the ball was sprayed from wing to wing ended with Cahill heading over a Tony Hibbert cross at the far post.

Nuno Valente thrashed an angled drive narrowly wide before Arteta caused a minor scare when he left the pitch for treatment after receiving a bang to the right knee in a collision with Bremen full-back Christian Schulz.

Other than a Diego shot that ricocheted across Tim Howard’s goal, Bremen offered little in attack and could have fallen behind shortly before half-time when centre-back Per Mertesacker missed Arteta’s right-wing cross and the ball hit the unwitting Anichebe before bouncing inches off target.

Soon after the restart, Neville punted two further efforts over the bar, the second after Andrew Johnson had harassed Wiese into gifting possession, only for Everton to fall behind after a rare moment of Bremen quality prised open the home defence on 55 minutes.

A one-two with Brazilian midfielder Diego put right-back Clemens Fritz in behind the backline, the Bremen man executing a precise low cross for the incoming Boubacar Sanogo to slide home inside the six-yard box.

Goodison gasped when Cahill hobbled off with an obvious foot injury, but were subsequently reassured that it was no big deal.

Everton’s subsequent pressure lacked direction until, with 15 mins left, a cross from the left by Nuno Valente into the danger area took a fortuitous bounce off Leon Osman and James McFadden was alert to slam home the rebound via Wiese’s left-hand post.

But Bremen looked to have won it in the 85th minute when a corner from the left was flicked on by Sanogo and Mertesacker forced the ball home at the far post ahead of Valente.  Substitute Kevin Schindler missed a late chance when he dragged the ball wide. And it proved costly for the Germans when McFadden crossed from the left for the unlikely figure of Anderson de Silva to fie home a last-minute equalizer to save Everton blushes.

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EVERTON (4-4-2)
  Howard
  Hibbert
  Lescott  (46' Stubbs)
  Yobo (46' Jagielka)
  Valente
  Neville
  Arteta van der Meyde
  Carsley
  Cahill  (61' McFadden)
  Johnson
  Anichebe
  Subs not used
  Ruddy 
  Beattie
  Unavailable
  Vaughan (injured)
  Pienaar (visa)
  Player (injured)
 
WERDER BREMEN (4-4-2)
  Wiese
  Naldo
  Baumann (82' Schindler)
  Fritz
  Rosenberg
  Diego (59' Jensen)
  Sanogo
  Alberto (59' Vranjes) 
  Borowski
  Schulz
  Mertesacker
  Subs not used
  Van der Niemeyer
  Artmann
  Harnik

 




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