Everton FC 12 days of Christmas - 10 penalty shootouts
As the festive season approaches, we have put together a special online 12 days of Christmas with an Everton FC twist. A new installment will be online at www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/efc and www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/efc each day up to the 25th The Blues have taken part in 10 penalty shootouts to decide competitive first team encounters. Although their record from the spot once left a lot to be desired, it has been on the up in recent years. Here is a run down of the 10 dramatic penalty contests in Everton FC history. 1) Everton v Borussia Monchengladbach - 4 November 1970 - WON This one had the distinction of being the first ever shootout in European Club competition. The Blues were playing Borussia Monchengladbach in the second round of the 1970-71 European Cup and at the end of extra time the scores were level at 2-2. Despite Joe Royle missing the first pen for Everton, they prevailed 4-3 with Andy Rankin saving from Laumen and Muller. Ball, Morrisey, Kendall and Brown were all on target for the Blues. 2) Everton v Charlton Athletic - 3 March 1987 - LOST Sixteen years passed until penalty kicks were called for again. Squaring off against Charlton in the Full Members Cup, Everton again drew 2-2 after extra time. So began the longest shootout in Blues' history - and for Everton fans it was not worth the wait, with Charlton winning 6-5. Even Big Nev, who stepped up and slotted Everton's fourth penalty, couldn't save the day. 3) Everton v Sunderland - 11 November 1998 - LOST Sunderland won 5-4 in the shootout at the end of this League Cup Fourth Round tie back in 1998. Thomas Myhre in the Blues goal saved the Black Cats' fourth penalty, but was powerless to help the cause when Ibrahim Bakayoko missed Everton's sixth after the contest had gone to sudden death. 4) Bristol Rovers v Everton - 27 September 2000 - LOST Another League Cup shootout, this time in the second round. After 1-1 draws home and away, it went to spot kicks. Joe-Max Moore and Kevin Campbell both missed for the Blues and Bristol were able to wrap up a 4-2 victory. 5) Everton v Crystal Palace - 12 September 2001 - LOST Surprise surprise, the League Cup Second Round again. Everton got off to a bad start with Kevin Campbell failing to convert. No player from either side missed again, but that was enough for Palace to secure a 5-4 shootout win.
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