Low-key affair in The Algarve ends in loss on penalties

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Everton 0 - 0 Lille OSC [3-5 on penalties]

Everton took on international competition in the Algarve tonight as pre-season preparations for Marco Silva's squad move up a gear , but this one ended goalless, notwithstanding a valid effort by Davy Klaassen that was ruled out, and penalties ensued.

The Blues play in the Algarve Football Cup on consecutive days, with live streams of both games available for free to We Are Everton Members, Everton Shareholders, Season Ticket holders and Lounge Members.

In the first game, Everton took on French side Lille, kick-off 8pm BST, with a fixture against Portuguese champions FC Porto to follow on Sunday. Both games will be played at Estádio Algarve in Faro.

Lille, with new signing Jose Fonte in the line-up for the first time, opened the competition with a 2-1 win over Porto last night. Everton will likely split the squad that travelled over the two games.

The Blues had Gylfi Sigurdsson and Idrissa Gueye back after their World Cup adventures and Dominic Calvert-Lewin has now recovered from a back injury that kept him out of the final games of last season.

Theo Walcott, Yannick Bolasie, Ademola Lookman, Cuco Martina, and Beni Baningime are all carrying knocks or are suffering from a stomach bug and have remained on Merseyside.

Marco Silva picked his second-string to start the game, close to the lineup that played the second half at Bury.

Dorehnle for Lille got a yellow card inside 5 mins for a very poor sliding tackle on Sandro. Niasses cleverly won a corner off a defender. Sandro took a dangerous free-kick, both efforts defended away.

Robinson was especially bright down the left, winning a fine corner that was totally wasted by Sandro Ramirez. Robinson was then forced to give away a corner himself, which he headed clear.

A better attack down the right almost found Klaassen with Besic sliding in aggressively to try to win it back. A fair enough shot from Kone curled past Stekekenburg's post.

A good shot by Besic from way out forced an acrobatic parry from the Lille keeper that Klaassen fired home but he was harshly called offside. Kenney won a good corner that caused a little consternation for Lille but they broke fast and it needed a strong challenge from Williams to put off the Lille man.

A fantastic strike by Mendes Ribiero beat Stekelenburg but smashed into the bar, and from that, Niasse looked to be on the break but Gabriel was carded for a blatant handball that should have been red for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.

A brilliant ball over the top from Besic picked out Sandro who controlled it well and cut in to curl his shot only for it to hit the post. Niasse took a little to long to strike a shot too close to the Lille keeper. Sandro's corner was much better but was not attacked. A free-kick from Besic was poor to end the half.

Just one change at half-time: Mirallas on for Sandro. Skekelenburg gout pressured on a backpass and fell on the ball, giving up an indirect free-kick on the 6-yard line that the massed defence on the goalline repelled well enough.

Robinson made another great run down the left but the cross was poor. Klaassen put in a deep looping cross from the right that Mirallas could not really direct goalwards. Vlasic overhit what should have been a good pass to release Kenny.

A good ball in should have come through to Connolly running around the back but Niasse intervened acrobatically. A good move saw Kenny cross right on to Klaassesn's head but he got underneath it and did not threaten the goal. Everton were making good penetration but for the final ball.

Mirallas made a great breakaway run down the left and looked to have beaten the last man but it was more of a dive... and no penalty, according to the referee. Davies and Dowell replaced Klaassen and Connolly with 10 mins left.

Although Lille pressed more, with some long-range shots, the game became pretty low key. Everton had edged possession and scored a valid goal wrongly disallowed but had been unable to create much in the second half.

The ball fell to Niasse in the 89th minute but his strike was deflected out for a corner. The game finished 0 - 0, requiring penalties to decide the points.

Penalty Shoot-Out:

  • 0-0 Niasse skies it
  • 0-1 Pepe, Stek gets a hand to it
  • 1-1 Besic, low; wrong way
  • 1-2 MFibe, High; wrong way
  • 2-2 Mirallas, striaght
  • 2-3 Benzia, low, wrong way
  • 2-3 Vlasic, hits the crossbar
  • 2-4 Al-Ghazi wins it... but they carry on!
  • 3-4 Dowell, needlessly scores
  • 3-5 Underlines the win

Everton: Stekelenburg, Kenny, Williams (84' Holgate), Pennington, Robinson, Connolly (80' Dowell), Besic [Y:33'], Klaassen (80' Davies), Vlasic, Sandro (46' Mirallas), Niasse.
Subs: Hewelt, Hilton, Evans, Tosun, Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson, Gueye, Baines, Keane, Jagielka, Schneiderlin, Coleman.


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