Premier League

February 20, 2010



3 - 1

Manchester United

Premier League

12:45 +00:00, February 20, 2010

Goodison Park, England

Referee: Howard Webb

  • 94'

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  • 94'

    It's all over! Everton have now beaten both Chelsea and Manchester United at Goodison Park. Perhaps 3-1 flattered the home side, but they were at least a match for United and this is another very impressive result.

  • 93'

    Van der Sar comes out to head the ball away as Saha threatens to make it four. The keeper was lucky his clearance evaded Osman.

  • 93'

    Fletcher puts the ball into the area but it's cleared by Heitinga.

  • 91'

    Rodwell, incidentally, was booked for taking his shirt off in celebration.

  • 91'

    United have four minutes of stoppage time to score two goals.

  • 91'

    That was his first ever Premier League goal and it's one to remember.

  • 90'

    Rodwell scores an excellent goal, going round Evans before sliding the ball past Van der Sar from a tight angle.

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  • 89'

    Carrick's corner finds Evans, but his looping header makes for an easy catch for Howard.

  • 88'

    Pienaar is replaced by Rodwell.

  • 87'

    Rooney's free-kick goes just wide of the post after the slightest of touches from Distin's head.

  • 86'

    Rooney is brought down by Osman in a central position outside the area. Yellow card for Osman.

  • 85'

    Gosling chips the ball into the area for Saha. He had the chance to release him in a very dangerous position, but it's just overhit.

  • 84'

    Carrick's corner is wasteful. Goal kick for Everton.

  • 84'

    Rooney puts a corner in for United and Carrick fires in a shot, but it's blocked for another corner.

  • 83'

    Carrick's free-kick hits the two-man wall and Phil Neville eventually clears.

  • 82'

    Gosling trips Scholes and United will look to put in a cross from the free-kick out on the left.

  • 81'

    Donovan looks to get a shot away on the edge of the area but it's blocked.

  • 80'

    Michael Owen comes on for Valencia. Seems an odd decision to take Valencia off.

  • 80'

    Saha picks up a booking for kicking the ball away.

  • 79'

    Arteta has the chance to fire in a spectacular shot on the counce on the edge of the area but can't make a conncection.

  • 79'

    Valencia's corner bounces clear of Carrick on the far side of the area.

  • 78'

    Obertan breaks down the left, but his touch is poor and it's cleared for a corner by Distin.

  • 78'

    Distin ushers the ball out of play as United look to bounce back.

  • 77'

    Everton have a 2-1 lead now and could be on their way to another major scalp.

  • 76'

    Gosling turns the ball home from the centre of the area from Pienaar's cross.

  • 76'


  • 75'

    Saha looks at the referee after he gets squeezed between Evans and Brown in the area. Nothing given.

  • 74'

    Gosling slips a dangerous ball into the danger area but Evra does brilliantly to clear.

  • 74'

    Evans fails to put the ball back across goal from the corner. Goal-kick.

  • 73'

    Pienaar picks up a booking for a kick at Evra. Evra stayed on his feet and advantage was played as he found Obertan, whose cross went behind for a corner.

  • 72'

    The corner is cleared to Donovan on the edge of the area but his shot is blocked. Obertan then makes a mess of his clearance and the cross comes in for Gosling, but he's stretching and can't make a connection.

  • 72'

    Obertan concedes a corner after a throw-in from Phil Neville.

  • 70'

    Gosling, making his return from injury, comes on for goal-scorer Bilyaletdinov.

  • 69'

    Scholes plays a quick free-kick for Evra down the left, but his cross is dealt with.

  • 69'

    Obertan is fouled by Phil Neville on the left flank. Evra is furious as he wanted the advantage.

  • 69'

    Obertan is fouled by Phil Neville on the left flank. Evra is furious as he wanted the advantage.

  • 68'

    Rooney fires just wide of the post as he looks to fire in from a tight angle after playing a one-two into the area.

  • 67'

    Neville puts in a brilliant cross for Fletcher, but he can't make clean contact under pressure.

  • 66'

    Berbatov comes off to be replaced by Scholes, while Park is replaced by Obertan.

  • 65'

    Arteta picks up a booking for hauling down Park just inside the Everton half.

  • 64'

    Berbatov gets a shot away from distance but it's easily blocked off.

  • 62'

    Gary Neville plays a ball into the box that just eludes Rooney. Park looks to hook it back into the six-yard box, but it's given as a goal kick as it appeared to have gone out of play.

  • 61'

    Saha shifts the ball and makes some space on the corner of the area, but he gets the shot all wrong.

  • 59'

    Pienaar plays a angled ball for Saha behind the defence, but the striker is offside.

  • 58'

    Distin sees the ball out for a goal kick as Valencia looks to get onto it inside the area.

  • 58'

    Evans makes an important interception as Donovan looks for Osman in the box.

  • 57'

    Fletcher plays a superb ball to find Valencia on the right. His cross threatens to cause problems but is cut out and cleared.

  • 56'

    Donovan breaks down the left. It ends with a Pienaar cross headed clear.

  • 55'

    Berbatov heads just wide from Rooney's dinked cross to the back post. If he'd made strong contact, that would surely have been a goal.

  • 54'

    Bebrbatov does well to float a cross in but it's headed clear.

  • 53'

    Baines puts a cross into the box but it's headed clear.

  • 51'

    Fletcher flashes a superb shot just wide of the post from outside the area.

  • 50'

    Pienaar looks to supply Arteta with an incisive through-ball, but he just gets too much on it and it's out for a goal-kick.

  • 50'

    Everton have started the second half well here.

  • 48'

    Baines gets the ball over the wall but fails to get it back down again.

  • 46'

    Osman bursts through the middle and Fletcher kicks his heels before Brown takes the ball. Everton have a free-kick in a dangerous position and it looks like Fletcher has been booked.

  • 46'

    Everton kick off the second half.

  • 46'

    It's half-time. Cracking entertainment this first 45 minutes and 1-1 is a fair reflection of events so far.

  • 46'

    One minute of added time to be added.

  • 44'

    Both sides are attacking still but, for now, they're not quite doing it in the final third.

  • 42'

    Replays show the ball hit Brown's hand in the area just before Donovan missed his gilt-edged chance. It would have been a very harsh decision though.

  • 40'

    Phil Neville and Baines put long, looping crosses over from each side, neither causing much threat to the United goal.

  • 39'

    Evans slices Phil Neville's cross and it balloons up to give Van der Sar a difficult catch under pressure.

  • 38'

    Donovan has a glorious chance to give Everton the lead as Baines' cross finds its way into his path right in front of goal but, hitting it on the turn, he doesn't make proper contact.

  • 37'

    Rooney loses possession as his touch is just a little out.

  • 37'

    Arteta goes down on the edge of the area under Evans' challenge, but the appeals are waved away.

  • 36'

    Baines puts it in and it's a decent enough cross but Van der Sar claims.

  • 35'

    Everton have a free-kick out on the right-hand side.

  • 34'

    Fletcher looks to thread the ball beyond the defence but it's straight out for a goal kick.

  • 33'

    Gary Neville heads clear Baines' corner.

  • 32'

    Everton win a corner as Baines' cross hits Gary Neville.

  • 32'

    Bebratov produces some nice skill on the left-hand side but his cross at the end is poor.

  • 31'

    The corner is too long and evades everyone.

  • 31'

    Osman puts the ball behind for another United corner.

  • 31'

    Valencia's corner come over for Evans but he can't make contact and it clears everyone.

  • 30'

    Park and Rooney combine down the left and win a corner for United.

  • 28'

    Park gets a shot in on goal from out on the left after some decent play by Rooney, but it's straight at Howard.

  • 27'

    Donovan threatens more danger as he chases down a ball on the left but Gary Neville deals with it well.

  • 26'

    Park receives the ball on the edge of the area but it bounces up and allows the defence to clear.

  • 25'

    Rooney goes around the goalkeeper as he goes clean through but his second touch is just too heavy and Phil Neville gets back in to deal with the danger! Great skill on the first touch from Rooney.

  • 24'

    Donovan plays a dangerous cross across the face of goal but Bilyaletdinov can't keep the shot down as it bounces up right in front of goal.

  • 24'

    Pienaar fires the free-kick straight into the wall.

  • 23'

    Everton have a free-kick in a good position as Valencia bundles over Pienaar just outside the box.

  • 22'

    Donovan's corner is headed clear by Gary Neville.

  • 22'

    Osman wins a corner as his cross hits Brown.

  • 21'

    Gary Neville puts the ball in for Rooney, but he loses possession with his back to goal.

  • 20'

    Berbatov hooks the ball into the area but it's headed clear.

  • 19'

    Bilyaletdinov scores a superb strike from just outside the box. Incredible effort and Van der Sar doesn't even move!

  • 19'


  • 18'

    Arteta looks to flick the ball into the gap for Baines, but Baines runs into the defender and the chance is lost.

  • 16'

    Berbatov smashes the ball home after Distin failed to clear Valencia's low cross. It was just too far ahead of the defender, but brilliantly finished by Berbatov nonetheless.

  • 16'


  • 15'

    More confusion in the box as Everton struggle to deal with the corner but, again, it's eventually hoofed clear.

  • 15'

    Osman puts Valencia's cross out for a corner. United have been dominating possession the last two minutes.

  • 14'

    Saha fires in a shot from distance and Van der Sar has a little trouble holding onto it. Great effort!

  • 13'

    Rooney gets away with a push in the back of Heitinga in the box as the corner comes in.

  • 13'

    Brown heads over his own bar as Bilyaletdinov hooks back across goal.

  • 12'

    Baines crosses and there are appeals for handball against Valencia, but nothing is given.

  • 11'

    Berbatov puts the ball across the goal and it comes to fletcher to shoot, but he gets under it and it's into row Z.

  • 11'

    Valencia's corner is cleared at the near post by Saha.

  • 10'

    Distin makes a challenge to deny Valencia in a good position. Corner to United.

  • 10'

    Rooney gets down near the edge of the area under Heitinga's challenge and it looks like a free-kick, but nothing is given.

  • 9'

    There's a bit of confusion in the Everton box and Berbatov threatens to pounce, but it's eventually hoofed clear.

  • 8'

    Donovan curls the free-kick long for an easy catch for Van der Sar.

  • 7'

    Great touch from Donovan finds Pienaar and the South African is brought down for a deep free-kick.

  • 7'

    The corner is headed harmlessly wide.

  • 6'

    Valencia plays a nice ball over the top for Fletcher but Heitinga clears for a corner.

  • 6'

    Saha gets a good challenge in on Fletcher. He's never scored against United since leaving for Everton.

  • 5'

    Valencia's corner is headed clear by Heitinga.

  • 5'

    Berbatov wins a corner for United after a nice piece of skill.

  • 4'

    Osman bursts forward through the midfield and defence but, when he gets a shot away on the edge of the area, he's under pressure and off balance. United goal kick.

  • 3'

    Boos for Rooney as he collects possession for the first time.

  • 2'

    Donovan goes down the left but his cross is wayward. Goal kick for United.

  • 1'

    United get the match underway.


    Everton will be hoping United are tired from their exploits midweek, but they may struggle to contain United given the lack of a defensive midfielder in the side.


    United, meanwhile, have Gary Neville will face Phil as he starts. No place for Nemanja Vidic, who is apparently not yet fully fit. Berbatov returns up front alongside Rooney, while Valencia starts on the right after replacing Nani as a sub on Wednesday.


    Everton are without Marouane Fellaini, who is out for the rest of the season, but they have a strong team out. Bilayaletdinov, Donovan, Arteta and Osman make up an attacking midfield, with Pienaar in support of Saha.


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