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Venue: Prenton Park, Birkenhead
Friendly
 Wednesday 6 August 2014; 7:45pm
Everton
1 3
 Celta Vigo
McGeady (10')
 Half Time: 1-2
 Nolito (18', 22', 33')
Attendance:
Friendly 4
Referee:
Everton were back at Prenton Park for the senior squad's fourth pre-season friendly of the summer where another important fitness run-out left a few question marks with the new Premier League season looming just 10 days away. The Blues scored early through Aiden McGeady but struggled again in the final third and were eventually beaten by a first-half hat-trick from Agudo “Nolito” Duran.

Everton played out a 2-2 draw with Tranmere Rovers on this ground on 22nd July and the Birkenhead club staged this evening's friendly against Spanish top-flight outfit Celta Vigo.

Roberto Martinez had ruled Seamus Coleman and Luke Garbutt out over injury concerns while Romelu Lukaku was again rested but Darron Gibson started on the bench and played the second 45 minutes alongside Muhamed Mesic. Tim Howard and Leighton Baines both played during the first half.

Everton went ahead in the 10th minute when Baines' cross eluded Naismith but fell nicely to McGeady to slot home after the Spaniards had twice come close to scoring at the other end.

Celta Vigo were level eight minutes later, though, Nolito, coincidentally linked with a move to Goodison this week, took advantage of too much space behind the fullbacks and half-volleyed past Tim Howard.

After Howard had been forced to parry away a fierce effort, Nolito doubled his account when John Stones was caught in possession and the forward chipped the goalkeeper to make it 2-1 four minutes later.

And Nolito completed his hat-trick with a little over half an hour gone when his deflected shot beat Howard.

Martinez switched things up a little at half time with Besic, Gibson, Browning, Duffy and Robles coming on in place of Howard, Barry, Hibbert, Baines and Osman. The Blues couldn't add to the scoreline, though, with Naismith going close on a couple of occasions but Martinez's team still looking a little disjointed and not fully employing the passing game that was such a feature of last season.

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EVERTON (4-4-1-1)
  Howard (Robles 46')
  Hibbert (Duffy 46')
  Distin
  Stones
  Baines (Browning 46')
  Barry (Besic 46')
  McCarthy
  Osman (Gibson 46')
  Barkley
  McGeady
  Naismith
  Subs not used
  Alcaraz
  Kennedy
  Hope
  Long
  Unavailable
  Coleman (injured)
  Garbutt (injured)
  Kone (not risked)
  Oviedo (injured)
  Mirallas (rested)
  Lukaku (rested)
  Jagielka (rested)
  Pienaar (rested)
  Junior (on loan)

CELTA VIGO
  Sergio
  Mallo
  Fontas (Sola 70')
  Lopez (Madinda 57')
  Charles (Larrivey 46')
  Orellana
  Planas (Costas 84')
  Nolito (Jordan 72')
  Cabral
  Krohn-Dehli
  Ferndandez (Gomez 70')
  Sub not used
  Mina
  Johnny
  Blanco
  Oscar
  Goldar
  Samu
  Yelko
  Fernan


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