Premier League

March 18, 2007



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Premier League

16:00 +00:00, March 18, 2007

Goodison Park, England

Referee: M Clattenburg

  • 93'

    Arsenal free-kick inside their own half. They pump it forward - but Everton get it out of play and that is it! It's all over! 1-0 Everton.

  • 92'

    Arsenal have lost this at the death! Hilarious in a way. Just before that decisive corner, Arsene Wenger tripped over on the slidy, snow-infused turf. And then his team conceded. He must be a little miffed; a wet arse and a last-minute defeat.

  • 91'

    Andrew Johnson scores! It's bedlam at Goodison! The ball bounced out to the bald goal-machine from the corner, and he volleyed it into the net!

  • 90'

    Everton corner! Can they grab a late winner?

  • 89'

    Everton free-kick, some thirty yards out - but Arteta doesn't get hold of it, and it goes straight at Lehmann.

  • 88'

    Walcott appears to have hurt his shoulder after being tripped by Fernandes in the box.

  • 87'

    Everton throw-in.

  • 87'

    It's chucking it down with snow at Goodison now. Anichebe on for Vaughan.

  • 85'

    Denilson on for Baptista.

  • 84'

    Free header for Osman inside the box - but he puts it wide! Where was Hoyte?

  • 83'

    Lehmann gathers an Everton corner.

  • 82'

    Fernandes robbed by Toure as he looked to break into th box.

  • 82'

    Arsenal free-kick just inside their half. Vaughan booked.

  • 80'

    This game is getting better - you get the feeling one side might nick it.

  • 79'

    Fabregas tests Howard again, this time from some forty yards. That swerved, but the goalie gathered at the second attempt.

  • 78'

    Lehmann gathers and gets Arsenal on the move.

  • 78'

    Everton corner.

  • 77'

    Fabregas shoots from the edge of the box, but its straight at Howard.

  • 76'

    Fabregas's corner flies straight across the centre of the box.

  • 75'

    Walcott replaces Aliadiere.

  • 75'

    Arsenal win a corner. Fabregas is beginning to come int this a bit more after a quiet game.

  • 73'

    Osman hits the crossbar after a scrable in rhe box - he should have scored, really. Poor defending from the Arse.

  • 72'

    Lehmann gathers an Everton long-ball.

  • 72'

    Walcott is warming up.

  • 70'

    It's all Arsenal now.

  • 69'

    Hleb on for Rosicky.

  • 69'

    Toure heads over from Fabregas's corner. Didn't really threaten the goal, that one.

  • 68'

    Arsenal corner as Baptista bursts forward.

  • 68'

    Neville slids in to prevent an Arsenal corner.

  • 66'

    Howard rushes from his goalline to clear the ball as Baptista ran towards goal.

  • 65'

    The referee is chatting to Lehmann and Vaughan after an altercation in the box. The German was unhappy at what he felt was a dangerous challenge from the young Evertonian as they both went for a 50-50 ball.

  • 64'

    Johnson runs onto a decent pass, but his cross-field shot - from a very narrow angle - goes over.

  • 63'

    There's a bit more energy in this now - Arsenal look the more likely.

  • 60'

    Llungberg fires miles over after Rosicky had dribbled across the edge of the box.

  • 59'

    Aliadiere fires over after excellent work from Rosicky, who was fed by Hoyte.

  • 58'

    Johnson runs on to a decent Fernandes ball, but he lets it roll too far and the chance is gone.

  • 57'

    Howard gathers from Rosicky's deflected shot.

  • 57'

    Good work from Baptista, but Llungberg give it away.

  • 55'

    Arsenal free-kick inside the Everton half. It's drifted into the box and headed clear.

  • 54'

    Llungberg fouls Lescott as the latter sought to burst into the box. Free-kick.

  • 53'

    Fernandes fires wide from a narrow angle after a quikc counter-attack.

  • 52'

    Aliadiere brought down by Lescott on the edge of the Everton box - the defender gets a yellow card.

  • 50'

    I'm losing the will to live. I want to watch the cricket. The worst thing is, this is nowhere near the worst Prem game of the weekend.

  • 49'

    Johnson caught offside.

  • 48'

    The ball's up in the air a lot again. Come on lads, remember what Cloughie said...

  • 47'

    Gallas is down on the turf after a collision with Johnson. Looks like an elbow was involved, unintentionally or otherwise.

  • 45'

    Arsenal get the second half underway.

  • 46'

    And that's it. Everton started well but Arsenal were all over them by the end of the 45 minutes. Let's hope we get a goal in the second half.

  • 46'

    Baptista should have scored there - easy header five yars out after a well-worked corner.

  • 45'

    Diaby lets fly from 35 yards - and its not far wide. Arsenal are ending the half with a flourish.

  • 44'

    Lehmann gathers a poor Everton cross.

  • 44'

    Howard saves with his legs from Fabregas. That was the best chance of a fairly drab first half.

  • 43'

    Llungberg lets fly with a weak shot that dribbles into Howard's arms.

  • 42'

    Fernandes gets a yellow for a very late tackle on Baptista.

  • 41'

    Baptista bends it wide. Never really threatened the net.

  • 41'

    Arsenal free-kick forty yards from goal, right in front.

  • 39'

    Howard makes a bit of a mess of a shot from Aliadiere - it looked a straight-forward stop, but he parried it into the air and just over the bar. Arsenal corner.

  • 38'

    The ball's up in the air again. All eyes skyward.

  • 37'

    This is rather a dull contest. The best player on the pitch, Fabregas, is having an off-day which isn't helping.

  • 36'

    Fernandes passes the ball out of play.

  • 36'

    Osman heads the ball from the corner into Lehmann's hands.

  • 35'

    Arteta wins another corner for Everton.

  • 34'

    Arsenal get it clear.

  • 34'

    Everton get a corner as Gallas is forced to guide the ball behind from a Neville cross.

  • 32'

    Stubbs penalised for a foul on Diaby. It didn't look good and Stubbs gets a yellow card.

  • 30'

    Llungberg flicks the ball towards goal from a long ball, but that was no problem for Howard in the Everton net.

  • 30'

    Carsley barges Diaby off the ball as the later ran forward. No foul.

  • 29'

    Everton free-kick after Neville was tripped by Rosicky.

  • 28'

    Arteta brings it forward for Everton, but he's closed down and the Blues have to go backward.

  • 27'

    Arsenal throw-in.

  • 26'

    Carsely shakes the Arsenal woodwork with a rocket from the edge of the box! That one would have flown in but it shaped away slightly.

  • 25'

    Vaughan gets the ball caught under his feet as Everton try to break.

  • 24'

    Fernandes and Llungberg have a little word after a foul by the Everton man.

  • 23'

    Great foot-work and strength from Fernandes, who evades three Arsenal players and gets his team out of a tricky position deep inside their own half.

  • 22'

    Bit short on inspiration, this one. It has been a bit of a dull weekend overall, football wise. Thanks goodness for the cricket world cup.

  • 21'

    Arteta penalised for fouling Fabergas in the Arsenal box. Did he trip him? Perhaps.

  • 20'

    Arsenal break through Rosicky, but the move breaks down as they try to over-pass the ball.

  • 19'

    Osman wins a throw out on the Everton left.

  • 18'

    Arsenal are coming more into this now - Fabregas and Aliadiere are beginning to dictate things.

  • 17'

    Rosicky fires a long way wide.

  • 17'

    Poor cross by Llungberg as two or three of his colleagues waited in the box.

  • 16'

    Baptista just fails to get on the end of a cross.

  • 15'

    Nice interplay from Vaughan and Johnson, but the move is snuffed out by some tight Arsenal defending.

  • 14'

    A lot of head-tennis going on here as both sides looks for dominance in the midfield.

  • 13'

    Arteta is knocked over by Baptista as they jump for a ball in the centre circle.

  • 12'

    Vaughan warned after a rash challenge.

  • 11'

    Important tackle from Gallas as Johnson sought to burst into the box.

  • 10'

    A worrying moment for Arsenal there: Gilberto hooked the ball away from Johnson in the Arsenal box, but in so doing almost lifted it into his own net. Fortunately for him Lehmann reached the ball quicker than Johnson, and no harm was done.

  • 9'

    Diaby is tackled as he looks to break into the Everton box.

  • 8'

    Everton are hassling and harrying the Gunners here. They look much the more determined of the two sides.

  • 7'

    Arsenal bring it forward through Llungberg, and win a throw-in out on the Everton left.

  • 6'

    Johnson lobs the ball onto the top of the Arsenal net from some forty yards out. I don't think Lehmann would have been too worried about that one.

  • 5'

    Aliadiere disposessed on the half-way line.

  • 4'

    Howard punts the ball upfield, but that's easy for Gallas.

  • 3'

    Johnson races onto a Carsley long ball, but his cross is cut out. Fernandes can do nothing with the deflection.

  • 2'

    A flat cross from Johnson is cut out by Gallas.

  • 2'

    The Toffees make the early running, but Osman is tackled down the left.

  • 1'

    Everton kick off.


    Arsenal make two changes from the side that won at Aston Villa in midweek, leaving out Denilson and Johan Djourou. Fit-again Tomas Rosicky returns with Kolo Toure, who had completed his three-match suspension.


    Everton boss David Moyes gives 18-year-old James Vaughan his first start of the season, consigning James Beattie to the substitutes' bench. Alan Stubbs and Leon Osman returned to the side, with Tim Cahill now out for the season with injury and Joleon Lescott preferred at right-back ahead of Gary Naysmith.