Porto a little too good for Everton in The Algarve

Sunday, 22 July, 2018 0comments  |  Jump to last
FC Porto 1 - 0 Everton
A more senior line-up was named by Marco Silva for tonight's finale of the Algarve Football Cup, when Everton took on FC Porto at Estádio Algarve in Faro, Portugal.

Yesterday's goalless outing against Lille OSC, that Everton lost on penalties, featured what many regard as the second string of players Marco Silva has inherited, with Tom Davies the only regular first-teamer from last season making a brief substitute appearance.

While the likes of Ademola Lookman and Theo Walcott were absent with minor injuries, youngster Anthony Evans, meanwhile, was on the trip but did not get any game time with the seniors.

Some good football early on with Mirallas firing on a nice shot that was tipped over. Incredibly, Schneiderlin heads away from the open goal! Mirallas crossed well but Tosun's acrobatic strike was never on.

Dowell went on a tentative run and finished with a shot that tested Casillas. He then put in a trio of dangerous corner kicks. Mirallas, Dowell, and Tosun were all making good runs, but Schenerlin was called for a rather robust foul.

Tosun dug out a fine shot from a Coleman cross that smacked the post with Casillas beaten. That led to a speedy counter by Porto that was thwarted by Baines and Davies. But Aboubakar got behind the Everton defenders and came close to flicking it past Stekelenburg, almost a goal. At the other end, Sandro fired low just wide of the post and into the side netting.

Porto then had a spell of control and almost gave up a goal with poor marking off a corner, but Stekelenburg saved well, low to his left. Sandro chased his man well and was called for a nothing foul, and was booked when he suggested as much to the ref. From the free-kick Porto bundled it in but were called back for offside.

There were no changes at the half-time break and Porto showed well with Otávio crossing in low but no takers. Dowell, then Davies with some strange touches demonstrated how not to control the ball

Marega looked offside but galloped in to nutmeg Stekelenburg. Poor defensive covering. That seemed to take the wind out of Everton sails while Porto became emboldened. Porto then began to dominate totally, helped by the officials, with Dowell wrongly called offside and the team play getting a little sloppy, in need of some substitutes.

Tosun and Sandro got through the Porto defence but totally fluffed their lines. Some really sloppy play, Everton won a free kick and Schneiderlin lazily hoofs it straight to a defender... poor fair really.

Brahimi scampered through and played in João Pedro, whose shot slammed into Stekelenburg, who then saved a soft header from the corner with 20 mins to go and still no substitutes.

Sandro played in a great ball that Tosun could not dig out for a scoring header. Finally, some subs, with Vlasic on for Mirallas as Everton took a corner but no chance created. Coleman went on a good run down the wing but ran the ball out.

Holgate intercepted well to prevent a shot on goal but Everton were stymied going forward. Besic ran forward as a late sub but his ball was too hard for Vlasic. And the game petered out to a rather disappointing end, with Everton rather poor in the second half, unable to really make anything count.

Scorer: Marega (51').

FC Porto: Casillas (78' Vana), João Pedro, Felipe (73' Chidozie), Diogo Leite, Alex Telles, Otávio (81' Pereira), Sérgio Oliveira (73' Costa), Óliver Torres, Brahimi (81' Lopez), Marega (78' Maxi), Aboubakar (73' Saidy).

Everton: Stekelenburg, Baines, Keane, Jagielka (75' Holgate), Coleman, Schneiderlin [Y:21'], Davies (87' Niasse), Dowell (87' Besic), Mirallas (73' Vlasic), Sandro [Y:44'], Tosun.
Subs Not Used: Hewet, Hilton, Williams, Klaassen, Calvert-Lewin, Connolly, Pennington, Kenny, Robinson.


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