• Date: Sun 25 April 2010
  • Venue: Goodison Park
  • Ref: Dowd, P
  • Attendance: 35,578


Arteta (90) P

2 - 1


Nevland (36)

Everton vs Fulham

Team Lineups


Tim Howard
Tony Hibbert
Leighton Baines
Phil Jagielka
Sylvain Distin
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Victor Anichebe, 46)
Mikel Arteta
Tim Cahill
Phil Neville (Louis Saha, 61)
Steven Pienaar
Ayegbeni Yakubu (Jose Baxter, 87)


Mark Schwarzer
John Paintsil
Chris Baird
Nicky Shorey
Chris Smalling
Bjorn Helge Riise
Clint Dempsey
Jonathan Greening
Kagisho Dikgacoi
Stefano Chuka Okaka (Fredrik Stoor, 89)
Erik Nevland (David Elm, 79)

Match Report
Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta kept his nerve to sink Fulham with a last-minute penalty and keep the Toffees' slim hopes of European football next season alive thanks to a 2-1 Goodison Park victory. Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson made nine changes for the trip to Goodison Park but still saw his side take the lead through Erik Nevland nine minutes before half-time. However any hopes Fulham had of an unlikely victory were extinguished when soon-to-be Manchester United defender Chris Smalling got in the way of substitute Victor Anichebe's 49th-minute header. With Liverpool beating Burnley, Everton's bid for seventh and a Europa League place looked to be coming to a close, but Arteta had other ideas after Chris Baird hauled down Tim Cahill at the death. A draw wouldn't have been good enough for David Moyes troops but they still need a huge slice of luck to finish above their Merseyside rivals - who sit five points about them with two games left. Keeper Mark Schwarzer and Baird were the only two players retained from Thursday's Europa League draw with Hamburg with Fulham lacking continuity early on as a result. They could have been behind after just two minutes but Russian Diniyar Bilyaletdinov struck Tony Hibbert's deep right-wing cross against the post with Schwarzer stranded. Everton were running Fulham ragged and Cahill and striker Yakubu both came close to opening the score before Nevland did for the visitors in the 36th minute. England hopeful Leighton Baines dealt Toffees keeper Tim Howard a hospital pass, with Norwegian Nevland sneaking in to intercept and chip home for an unlikely lead. Former Millwall midfielder Cahill came close minutes later, before Everton finally drew level when Arteta's cross found Anichebe who turned the ball home via Smalling. Roma loanee Stefano Okaka had a glorious opportunity to seal a dramatic win for Fulham towards the end, but with an age to slot home after being fed by Nevland he shot straight at Howard. And his miss proved costly as Baird recklessly brought down Cahill in the box, with Arteta sending Schwarzer the wrong way to seal all three points.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

And that's the final whistle, a last gasp win for Everton keeps their faint Europa League hopes alive.


EVERTON 2-1 FULHAM:ARTETA slams home the penalty to surely win the game for the Toffees.


Penalty to Everton! Cahill tripped by Baird, great chance for the Toffees to win it.


What a chance for Everton! Baines' wonderful corss from the left s met by Saha but his header hits the side netting.


Three minutes will be added on.


Okaka comes off for defender Fredrik Stoor.


Youngster Jose Baxter comes on for Yakubu.


Arteta curls it into the wall and then smacks the re-bound straight at Schwarzer.


Smalling climbs all over Saha and concedes a free kick on the edge of the area...


Another great move from Everton results in Cahill forcing a fine save out of Mark Schwarzer.


Erik Nevland is replaced by David Elm.


Fulham should be ahead as they find themselves two on two at the back but Stefano Okaka shoots tamely at Howard when in acres of space


It's Steven Pienaar's turn to nurse a head wound as he isfouled by John Paintsil but collides with Jonathan Greening's boot on the way down. After a few minutes treatment the South African is back up and running.


From the corner Saha's header is goal bound but it hits Dempsey and flies over. Fulham hanging on here.


It's very nearly a spectacular own-goal from Jonathan Greening as his header from Hibbert's cross loops just wide of the far post.


Great surging run from Anichebe as he bursts in from the right, but his fizzing left foot shot goes straight at Schwarzer.


Another great piece of skill from Pienaar as he turns a Fulham defender but hs killer pass to Saha is just cut out by Smalling


Former Fulham man Louis Saha comes on for Phil Neville.


Everton are appealing for a penalty when Smalling appears to pull the shirt of Victor Anichebe in the box, referee Lee Mason says not however.


Everton are right on top here and it seems only a matter of time before they get another goal. Then again that's what I thought in the first half....


I's very nearly 2-1 but Mark Schwarzer does really well to parry away Cahill's bullet header. Everton on top once more.


EVERTON 1-1 FULHAM: Everton right back in the game. Pienaar's neat backheel plays in Arteta down the left and his chipped cross is headed home by ANICHEBE, though is did seem to take a touch off Fulham defender Chris Smallling.


We are underway again at Goodison. Mikel Arteta is back out on the ptch after SEVEN stiches at half time!


Half time change for Everton and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov makes way for Victor Anichebe.


There is the whistle. Fulham lead against the run of play, Everton need to step it up if they are to keep their European challenge alive.


Four minutes to be added on.


What a chance for Fulham! Stefano Chuka Okaka turns on the edge of the box and lifts the ball over for Clint Dempsey who volleys over from 10 yards.


Arteta jogs of straight down the tunnel, presumably to get stitches as no sub has come on.We may yet see the Spaniard afer the break.


That's a nasty one! Kagisho Dikgacoi and Mikel Arteta both go for a high ball and clash heads. The Everton man comes off worse with blood coming from a open wound, his afternoon maybe over already.


Arteta's right wing free-kick causes chaos in the box and Yakubu fires in a snap shot that Mark Schwarzer does well to hold.


EVERTON 0-1 FULHAM:Would you believe it! Out of nothing Fulham socre and it's a nightmare for Leighton Baines who plays a poor back-pass straight to NEVLAND who calmy slots past Howard.


Great move again from Everton as Pienaar plays in Phil Neville on the right of the area, but with three players to aim for he finds none and it's cleared for a corner. Should have done better there the Everton skipper.


After a couple of minutes treatment Shorey jogs back onto the field.


Ouch! Nicky Shorey goes in with Tony Hibbert for a 50/50 challenge and comes off worse, with Hibbert's studs going into his shin. It looks painful but it was a fair and honest tackle from Hibbert.


Fulham enjoy a rare moment of possesion and carve out a chance - Clint Dempsey played in Erik Nevland whose shot is well blocked by Sylvain Distin for a corner.


It's all Everton at the moment. This time Cahill finds himself running at the Fulham defence and fires a low shot just wide.


Chris Smalling mis-controls the ball and lets in Yakubu 20 yards from goal, but the Nigerian drags the ball wide.


Everton break away once more with Steven Pienaar down the right, he plays in the overlapping Arteta who crosses for Cahill who heads just over. Good move by The Toffees.


The game has settled down now with Everton enjoying much of the possession but are struggling to carve out any clear chances.


Diniyar Bilyaletdinov whips in a great ball from the left but it just over the head of Tim Cahill.


Fulham fight back and earn a couple of corners of their own, but on both occasions the Everton defence is equal to it.


Tony Hibbert crosses to the far post for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, who fires in a half volley that smacks off the foot of the post. Great by Everton.


Tim Cahill, on his 200th club appearance, gets in an early shot that Mark Schwarzer does well to save.


Referee Lee Mason gets us underway at Goodison Park.

Awaiting Kickoff

Roy Hodgson makes NINE changes to the team that drew in Hamburg three days ago, with only Mark Schwarzer and Chris Baird retaining their places. John Pantsil makes his first appearance for four months following a knee injury.

Awaiting Kickoff

Everton boss David Moyes makes just one change to the side than won at Blackburn, with Nigerian striker Yakubu preferred to Louis Saha up front.