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  • N'Zonzi (69), Roberts (81)
  • Arteta (4 pen), Cahill (90)
  • Date:2010-04-17
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ewood Park
  • Attendance:27022
  • Referee:Marriner, A

Live Commentary

90mins

And that is it! What a game at Ewood! Everton's European chellenge is back on after Cahill's late, late strike.

90mins

Four minutes will be added on.

90mins

Franco di Santo is on for Martin Olsson

90mins

Louis Saha is replaced by Joseph Yobo

90mins

Great play from Yakubu sets up TIM CAHILL to tap home - can Everton hang on this time?

87mins

More good football from Everton as Steven Pienaar curls just over, the Toffees have played the better stuff today but have given the lead away yet again.

82mins

What a game! ROBERTS volleys home from 25 yards to bring Rovers level.

80mins

YAKUBU scores with his first touch! Neville's long throw is flicked on by Anichebe and the Nigerian nods home.

79mins

Everton want the win - Ayegbeni Yakubu is on for Tony Hibbert

76mins

Rovers are buzzing at the moment and could have taken the lead when Nelsen met Dunn's free-kick, but the New Zealnder put the ball just over.

70mins

David Hoilett is on for Keith Andrews

69mins

What a strike! N'ZONZI fires home the equaliser from fully 25 yards, out of nothing Rovers are back in the game.

69mins

Victor Anichebe is on for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov

68mins

Off the post! Hibberts cross is cleared only as far as Leighton Baines whose shot fires off the woodwork.

65mins

Keith Andrews is booked for a late and nasty looking tackle on Phil Neville.

64mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen is replaced by Jason Roberts.

57mins

Chance for Everton! Hibberts cross from the right is met by Tim Cahill, but his header from 6 yards is just over, massive chance that for Everton.

54mins

Things have quietened down a little, though the Everton defenders are working hard to repell the long throws and free kicks from Rovers.

49mins

Everton have started well yet again with Arteta once again at the heart of things. No chances of note so far though.

45mins

We are underway again at Ewood.

45mins

Thats the break, Everton have perhaps had the better of things but Rovers remain a threat, an exciting second half to come.

45mins

Two minutes to be added on.

44mins

Keith Andrews fires in a low shot from 25 yards that is well held by Tim Howard (at the second attempt!)

38mins

Chance for Blackburn! Pedersen's long throw is missed by everyone and Martin Olsson fires in a shot that is somehow blocked by Phil Jagielka, desperate defending from Everton.

35mins

Tim Cahill is lucky to escape a booking for a cyincal late challenge on David Dunn, looked a yellow all the way for me.

31mins

Howard doesn't like the close attention of David Dunn from the corner and the referee sides with the American and awards a free kick to Everton.

30mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a free kick that deflects behind for a corner - Tim Howard has looked shaky at set pieces so far...

25mins

The game has settled down after that spell of handbags, Everton still dominating possession but have lacked the final pass to really test Robinson.

21mins

Arteta reacts badly to the challenge and pokes Pedersen in the eye - techinically it should be a red but the Spaniard only sees yellow.

21mins

Morten Gamst Pedersen sees yellow for a late challenge on Arteta but....

17mins

Tony Hibbert makes a good run down the right but is just deemed offside by the linesman (sorry..referees assistant!)

12mins

Mad scramble in the box as Tim Howard fails to clear a corner properly and in the end Tim Cahill has to clear off his own line.

9mins

Arteta takes a free kick from 25 yards, but it rolls into the hands of Robinson.

8mins

What a start from Everton. they are dominating the possession too, Rovers need to sort themselves out.

4mins

ARTETA sends Paul Robinson the wrong way from the spot, great start for Everton.

4mins

Penalty to Everton! Arteta upended in the box, no question.

0mins

Referee Andre Marriner gets us underway at a sunny Ewood Park

0mins

Everton also line up with three changes from the side that held Aston Villa last time out as Tony Hibbert, Mikel Arteta and Louis Saha replace Johnny Heitinga, Leon Osman and Yakubu.

0mins

Blackburn make three changes from the side that drew with Man Utd, bringing in Ryan Nelsen, Keith Andrews and David Dunn for Christopher Samba, Brett Emerton and Vincenzo Grella

Match Preview

As they continue to look for a spot in next season's Europa League, Everton face the difficult challenge of defeating a Blackburn Rovers side who have kept three consecutive clean sheets at Ewood Park in the league, most recently against Manchester United.

Though they are four points behind rivals Villa in the race for fourth, Toffees' manager David Moyes is determined that his side will not give up their chase for European action, saying: "Europe is worth fighting for. I think it is important for our football club to be there.

"There might be some managers who might think 'miss out on it because it will give you a better chance in the League'. At the moment that isn't my thought.

"My thought is to make Europe because I think our football club can carry it. I really do. If anyone doesn't want it, I'll take their place."

Despite Everton's only having been defeated twice in their last 20 league games, the problem for the Scot in the battle for seventh has been an inability to hold on to leads recently, after going ahead twice in their last two matches against both Aston Villa and West Ham but drawing both 2-2.

For their part Blackburn will prove tough opponents to break down, given that only two Premier League teams (Chelsea and Manchester City) have been defeated on fewer occasions on their own turf this season than Sam Allardyce's side. To compound Everton's difficulties, they have failed to find their feet at Ewood Park of late, drawing four of their last five league games there - three of them 0-0.

One positive for Moyes is that he may be able to count on the return of Mikel Arteta (groin) from injury, a player who has been crucial in the Toffees' return to form of late, winning six of the nine league games in which he has featured. Dan Gosling (knee) and Marouane Fellaini (ankle) remain sidelined.


Match Report

A last-minute winner from Tim Cahill extended Everton's unbeaten run to eight games and condemned Blackburn Rovers to their first home defeat in nine Ewood matches, with the Toffees edging home 3-2.

Brave Blackburn twice came back from behind to equalise through spectacular goals from Steven Nzonzi and Jason Roberts, but Cahill sealed the victory as he joined Mikel Areta and substitute Yakubu on the Everton scoresheet.

Rovers, looking for their fourth successive clean sheet, made three changes from the side which held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw six days earlier. Keith Andrews, Ryan Nelsen and David Dunn returned at the expense of Brett Emerton, Chris Samba, both injured and Vince Grella.

Everton, unbeaten in their last seven, home and away, welcomed back Arteta and Tony Hibbert, while Louis Saha was preferred to Yakubu in attack.

The visitors got off to the ideal start when Arteta fired them in front from the penalty spot after just four minutes after a foul by Nelsen on Cahill.

Cahill had to be alert to keep out a good chance for Rovers on 14 minutes as he cleared a shot from Dunn off the line after Tim Howard had parried a header from Nelsen following a corner.

On 20 minutes, a spat between Arteta and Morten Gamst Pedersen which threatened to boil over resulted in both players being booked.

Rovers' threat on goal increased as the half went on and shortly after Martin Olsson had had a shot blocked in a crowded goalmouth, Pedersen just failed to get a touch on a loose ball after Nikola Kalinic had had a shot on the turn saved by Howard.

A minute before the break, the ball fell ideally to Andrews on the edge of the Everton penalty area but his shot was straight at Howard, who saved easily.

Everton remained firmly in control in the opening minutes of the second half and in a bid to press for the equaliser, manager Sam Allardyce sent on Jason Roberts and opted for two in attack as he lined up alongside Kalinic.

Everton's Leighton Baines had a 25-yard shot cannon back off the woodwork a few minutes later, but Rovers didn't have to wait long for their leveller, as on 73 minutes Nzonzi lashed the ball past Howard from 30 yards for his first goal at Ewood.

But with 11 minutes to go, Everton were ahead again when, second after coming on as a substitute, Yakubu touched the ball in from close range after a long throw from Baines had been headed on by Victor Anichebe.

The visitors' joy was short-lived, however, as Rovers had a super sub of their own to thank for their second equaliser of the afternoon.

Roberts ran on to a pass through from Kalinic and drove the ball low firmly past Howard into the bottom left hand corner.

But in the final minute of normal time, Everton took the lead for the third time as Yakubu surged past Phil Jones and crossed for Cahill to turn the ball in from point-blank range.

Blackburn Rovers

Everton

Corners

42

Fouls

1513

Goal attempts

1012

Shots off target

46

Offsides

30

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