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Heitinga off in Toffees defeat

21 Jul 2011 07:26:00

Heitinga off in Toffees defeat

Everton made an inauspicious start to their US tour as they lost 1-0 to Philadelphia Union, with John Heitinga seeing red. The Tofffees struggled to cope with the sweltering conditions and went down to an 88th-minute effort from Christian Hernandez. David Moyes' night was further soured in injury-time when John Heitinga saw red after picking up a second booking. Both clubs struggled to create many openings in the first half in the stifling heat in front of a crowd of 18,582. But the game opened up after the break as both sides made a number of substitutions, although Everton could not find a way through. Jermaine Beckford spurned the Toffees' best chance after a clever ball from the impressive Mikel Arteta. Hernandez, who came on as a 71st-minute substitute, fired home a left-footed strike to settle the contest late on and earn Union a prized scalp. The Toffees will visit the nation's capital this weekend to take on DC United.


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