• Date: Sun 09 May 2010
  • Venue: Goodison Park
  • Ref: Walton, P
  • Attendance: 38,730


Bilyaletdinov (90)

1 - 0

Everton vs Portsmouth

Team Lineups


Tim Howard
Tony Hibbert
Leighton Baines
Phil Jagielka
Sylvain Distin
Mikel Arteta (Johnny Heitinga, 84)
Steven Pienaar
Leon Osman
Jack Rodwell (Ayegbeni Yakubu, 56)
Louis Saha
Victor Anichebe (Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, 66)


Jamie Ashdown
Ricardo Rocha
Steve Finnan
Anthony Vanden Borre
Aaron Mokoena (Tal Ben Haim, 67)
Hayden Mullins
Papa Bouba Diop
John Utaka
Kevin-Prince Boateng
Marc Wilson (Jamie O'Hara, 46)
Frederic Piquionne (Angelos Basinas, 78)

Match Report
Everton substitute Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's last-gasp effort consigned already-relegated Portsmouth to a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park. Pompey have long been Championship-bound, but could have ended with all three points had Anthony Vanden Borre's second-half effort not been controversially disallowed for offside. Instead they left Merseyside with nothing as Everton snatched an unlikely win four minutes into stoppage time when Russian Bilyaletdinov lashed home from the edge of the box. Portsmouth boss Avram Grant opted to rest England hopeful David James with a view to next weekend's FA Cup final but his replacement Jamie Ashdown was barely tested at all. Tony Hibbert had an early sight at goal after two minutes only for defender Ricardo Rocha to make a crucial block before striker Louis Saha headed narrowly over a minute later. Pompey striker Frederic Piquionne almost fired the visitors ahead in the 24th minute after a slip from Tim Howard but the American keeper recovered well to deny the Frenchman. Jamie O'Hara came on at half-time in place of Northern Ireland midfielder Marc Wilson and had an immediate impact as Portsmouth thought they had taken the lead in the 63rd minute. Belgian defender Vanden Borre pounced on a loose ball in the Everton box and, with former Pompey defender Sylvain Distin seeming playing him onside, slotted past Howard. However, the officials had other ideas as Everton boss David Moyes began to throw men forward in search of a final day of the season winner. It didn't look like coming after Portuguese defender Rocha denied Leon Osman and then England hopeful Leighton Baines as the clock ticked past 80 minutes. But it finally did with Bilyaletdinov - brought on for Victor Anichebe in the 66th minute - finding himself in the right place at the right time at the death as Everton finished eighth with 61 points.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full Time: EVERTON 1-0 PORTSMOUTH. Bilyaletdinov caps a dismal season for Portsmouth with his last-gasp goal. Everton finish in eighth and are probably just about worth their victory today.


EVERTON 1-0 PORTSMOUTH: BILYALETDINOV scores a wonder-strike from 30 yards out having been set up by Johnny Heitinga. The Russian winger's shot screams into the top corner of the net.


Saha tries to set up Pienaar but Finnan intercepts and Pompey clear


Heitinga's cross eludes Saha and the ball goes harmlessly out of play


Baines tries an effort from the edge of the box which Diop blocks. This prevents Bilyaletdinov from getting on to the ball and it goes harmlessly out of play


The next few minutes are characterised by little action as the game threatens to peter out into a drab stalemate


Pompey sweep towards the Everton box but the ball towards Utaka is too long and this allows Howard to gather comfortably


Pienaar passes to Baines on the left, who crosses into the box. The ball is dangerous but Diop manages to clear


Johnny Heitinga on for Mikel Arteta for Everton


From the second corner, Mullins clears off the line at the right post after Saha rose highest in a group of players to power a header towards goal from six yards


Saha passes to Osman around 30 yards out and in front of goal. He darts towards the edge of the box before shooting. His shot takes a deflection off Mullins for a corner. Rocha concedes another corner


O'Hara wins a free-kick off Piquionne 20 yards out, which Basinas takes. However, he cannot make it count and Everton head clear at the near post


Yakubu and Diop tussle in the box, which leads to the Everton man fouling the Pompey player. Nothing comes from the free-kick


Portsmouth's final substitution sees Angelos Basinas coming on for Frederic Piquionne.


The next few minutes are characterised by moves breaking down due to poor passing. Neither side can make their possession tell


Rocha clears a dangerous Baines cross over the bar to concede a corner. Nothing comes from this and Pompey are allowed to break. The move breaks down though


Yakubu tries a shot from 18 yards out but Ben-Haim blocks and Pompey manage to clear


From an Everton throw-in, Pompey win possession and dart into the Toffees' half. The move ends with Piquionne teeing up O'Hara, whose shot from 15 yards narrowly goes past Howard's right post


Finnan shows some good defending to deny Yakubu from getting into the box as he just shepherds the ball out of play


Tal Ben-Haim comes on for Aaron Mokoena as Portsmouth make their second change of the match


Victor Anichebe goes off and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov comes on for Everton


Arteta's corner is headed towards goal by Phil Jagielka 12 yards out. Rocha manages to make a block though before clearing


Arteta takes a corner but Rocha comfortably heads the ball away at the near post. A minute later, he forces another corner as Hayden Mullins is forced to kick the ball out


The next few minutes are somewhat dull as the fury of the disallowed goal is allowed to ferment. Baines crosses from the left but Ashdown easily collects


More on the disallowed goal - replays show Vanden Borre was definitely onside and Pompey can feel aggrieved that they are not one goal up. Shocking decision from the officials


DISALLOWED GOAL - Piquionne rounds Howard before passing to O'Hara, who shoots from eight yards. The ball reaches Anthony Vanden Borre at the far post and he makes no mistake to bury the ball. However, the referee disallows the goal for offside.


Yakubu tries a shot from 22 yards but his effort lacks power and Ashdown comfortably saves


Nothing comes from the corner


Hibbert plays a cross into the box for Pienaar, who is at the far post. He takes a clever touch before firing the ball towards the net from eight yards. Steve Finnan makes a vital block to concede a corner


Ayegbeni Yakubu is brought on by Everton to replace Jack Rodwell. Everton boss David Moyes is clearly going for the win


At the other end, O'Hara crosses the ball towards Utaka who blasts a shot over the bar from 12 yards out


Anichebe tries to latch onto a cleverly worked throughball but Ashdown is alert and beats him to the ball


There is a slight injury scare for Everton when Pienaar goes down after a clash with Piquionne. However, he returns to his feet pretty quickly


Anichebe wins a free-kick 35 yards out which Everton take. They win a second free-kick after Osman is fouled by O'Hara, this time 30 yards out. Pienaar receives the ball from the free-kick but loses it before he can do anything


One substitution to tell you about - Jamie O'Hara comes on for Marc Wilson


The second half is underway

Half time

Half Time: EVERTON 0-0 PORTSMOUTH. There have been chances - Saha headed over early in the half and Piquionne forced a save from Howard - but Everton are the most likely to make the breakthrough


In the final action of the half, Osman shoots from 22 yards out after being released from an Everton free-kick. His shot goes wide.


Into the one minute of injury time and Hibbert tries his luck from ten yards out. However, his effort is straight at Ashdown, who comfortably makes the save


Anichebe fizzes a dangerous cross into the Pompey box but no one is there to meet it. Diop makes the clearance.


Boateng meets the advertising hoardings in a painful collision after being shepherded out by Distin as he tried to press for Pompey


The Toffees look the far likelier to score in this match and Arteta comes forward again. He dinks the ball to Anichebe, who shoots from 12 yards. His effort ruffles the side-netting


Another minute, another Everton corner. It is taken quickly by Baines but it is wasted as Aaron Mokoena heads the ball out for a throw-in


Portsmouth break once again but are being restricted to long range efforts. This time, Frederic Piquionne has a blast from 35 yards out but it is comfortably saved by Howard


Pienaar wins a free-kick, which Arteta takes. Diop heads the ball out for a corner but little results from this


On a rare foray into Everton territory, Pompey's Utaka tries a shot from 30 yards but it deflects off Sylvain Distin and Howard can comfortably collect


Arteta's corner is once again met by Rodwell but he heads the ball wide again, this time from eight yards


Baines is on fire now and darts into the box before dinking the ball to Saha. He attempts the shot from over 20 yards but it is deflected for a corner


Hibbert's cross from the right forces a corner on the left but Leighton Baines' dead ball is headed away by the Pompey back line


It is all Everton now and they win a corner on the right. Arteta takes it, aiming for Rodwell, but the youngster can only head wide from six yards


Hibbert and Steven Pienaar play a delicious one-two before the former crosses into the box. The cross is too strong though and the ball goes harmlessly out of play


Hibbert darts into the box and passes the ball to Rodwell, whose shot from 15 yards out flashes wide of Ashdown's left-hand post


Everton feed the ball to Arteta from a Hibbert throw-in and he darts across the edge of the box before rasping a left-footed shot at goal. Ashdown gets down well to save.


At the other end, Frederic Piquionne takes a shot that is collected by Tim Howard. The Everton keeper can count himself lucky as he was in no-man's land and also slipped before the striker took his shot. However, he got himself up to make the save


A long-range Arteta shot from 22 yards out goes wide right of the target and never troubles Ashdown. Why the Pompey defence gave him the space is anyone's guess


Everton win a corner, which Arteta takes but Pompey manage to clear


Hibbert's cross is overhit and goes out for a throw-in


It's end-to-end stuff as Portsmouth take the free-kick but give the ball back to the Toffees who come back at Pompey. The next few minutes are characterised by both sides squandering possession


From the throw-in, Hibbert crosses from the right but Diop clears with his head. Leon Osman fouls Anthony Vanden Borre and concedes a free-kick


Hibbert crosses into the box but Ricardo Rocha clears for a throw-in


A Portsmouth free-kick on the edge of the box drifts to the left of the goal through John Utaka


Pompey's first shot of the game comes in the tenth minute through Kevin-Prince Boateng. He tries a speculative effort from 28 yards which fails to trouble Toffees' keeper Tim Howard


Some neat build-up play from a throw-in sees Louis Saha cross to Victor Anichebe who in turn tries to flick the ball to Hibbert. However, the ball goes out for a goal-kick


Pompey make their first foray into the opposing half and win a free-kick 35 yards out. However, Everton comfortably clear


Tony Hibbert crosses the ball to Rodwell who meets it at the far post. However, his header is powered straight at Ashdown, who makes the save


This doesn't deter the Toffees though who come back through Victor Anichebe. He passes to Arteta, who tries to pass the ball into the net, but Jamie Ashdown makes the save


From the throw-in, Baines receives the ball and he puts a fantastic cross into the box from around ten yards out. Saha breaks clear of his marker and heads powerfully towards goal from six yards. The ball powers its way over the bar.


Everton continue to press and Arteta crosses the ball into the box again, Papa Bouba Diop manages to flick the ball clear to concede a throw-in


Everton start the livelier of the two sides, with Mikel Arteta swinging a corner into the box. Frederic Piquionne makes the clearance


We are off at Goodison Park with Pompey getting the game underway

Awaiting Kickoff

Everton make three changes whilst Pompey make five for the final League game of the season

Awaiting Kickoff

Portsmouth: Ashdown, Rocha, Finnan, Vanden Borre, Mokoena, Mullins, Diop, Utaka, Boateng, Wilson, Piquionne

Awaiting Kickoff

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Arteta, Pienaar, Osman, Rodwell, Saha, Anichebe