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The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Shot from outside the box by Jermaine Beckford misses to the left of the target.
Phil Jagielka takes a shot. Fantastic save by Paul Robinson. Jack Rodwell takes a shot from 12 yards. Paul Robinson makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Phil Neville, save by Paul Robinson.
Header by Jack Rodwell from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Morten Gamst Pedersen challenges Jack Rodwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Neville restarts play with the free kick.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a shot. Blocked by Michel Salgado.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Jones on Steven Pienaar. Phil Neville takes the direct free kick.
El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball, save by Tim Howard.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
Corner taken by Leighton Baines, Steven Nzonzi manages to make a clearance.
Headed effort from inside the area by Steven Nzonzi misses to the left of the target.
El-Hadji Diouf gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka. Jack Rodwell replaces Marouane Fellaini. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on for Louis Saha.
Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Nzonzi.
Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Mame Diouf results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
Mikel Arteta takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Martin Olsson manages to make a clearance.
Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.
Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Michel Salgado results in a free kick. Caution for Michel Salgado. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Louis Saha goes over the crossbar.
Ryan Nelsen produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Phil Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Mame Diouf. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Michel Salgado gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Phil Jones results in a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Mame Diouf. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Tim Cahill for handball. Tim Cahill goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from left channel, Leighton Baines manages to make a clearance.
Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michel Salgado. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Effort on goal by Phil Jones from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Mame Diouf is brought on as a substitute for Nikola Kalinic.
Mikel Arteta produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target. Jermaine Beckford is brought on as a substitute for Leon Osman.
Phil Jagielka produces a curled right-footed shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the goal.
El-Hadji Diouf concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
Marouane Fellaini gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Tim Cahill is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Foul by Steven Nzonzi on Phil Jagielka, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
El-Hadji Diouf is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Louis Saha gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Jones. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Leighton Baines challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from right wing, save by Tim Howard.
The referee starts the second half.
The referee blows for half time.
Leighton Baines fouled by El-Hadji Diouf, the ref awards a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
Michel Salgado challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Steven Pienaar results in a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Phil Neville makes a clearance.
Morten Gamst Pedersen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. The referee cautions Morten Gamst Pedersen for unsporting behaviour. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
Marouane Fellaini challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Phil Jones. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Phil Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman. Mikel Arteta fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Outswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta. Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Louis Saha takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Howard by El-Hadji Diouf. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Phil Neville, Paul Robinson makes a save.
Leon Osman takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba. Tim Cahill takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.
Leon Osman takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in. Tim Cahill takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
The referee penalises Nikola Kalinic for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
The official flags Tim Cahill offside. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Phil Jones results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Shot by Nikola Kalinic from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
Marouane Fellaini challenges Steven Nzonzi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
A cross is delivered by Leon Osman.
Phil Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Steven Nzonzi. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.
Louis Saha challenges Christopher Samba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
Phil Jones fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Nikola Kalinic gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-0 Everton.
The referee blows for offside. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Kalinic on Sylvain Distin. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
Steven Pienaar fouled by Michel Salgado, the ref awards a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
Steven Nzonzi replaces David Dunn.
Christopher Samba fouled by Louis Saha, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by Leighton Baines results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet by Louis Saha. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Shot on goal by Martin Olsson from just inside the area goes over the target.
Christopher Samba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
The referee gets the game underway.
Loyalty the key - Allardyce
Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has paid tribute to Everton counterpart David Moyes and his club for the stability they have created in a cut-throat managerial world.
In the last week Martin O'Neill has resigned at Aston Villa and Steve Coppell has quit Bristol City, for differing reasons, but Moyes is one of the longest-serving managers at the same club.
The Scot, in his eighth year with the Toffees and who was linked with the Villa vacancy, will arrive at Ewood Park for their Barclays Premier League opener with a ringing endorsement from Allardyce.
"It is a rarity now and Everton are extremely fortunate to have kept David where he is because of the work he has done and how hard he has worked to turn the club around from what was a difficult position when he took over," said Allardyce.
"David and the club fit very nicely and they are reaping the benefits of stability and the backing of a manager and good working relationships.
"It is something that lots more clubs in the Premier League, and certainly the Football League, should take notice of because without that stability you are not going to bring any sort of success to a club.
"It tells you about the enormous pressure of being a manager. We make the decisions we make because people don't see it in the same light we see it.
"In Steve's case it is the second time it has occurred where he is not comfortable in the surroundings - it happened at Manchester City a few years ago.
"Rather than it lingering on and damaging the club or him they have decided to part company.
"Martin has decided it is not longer viable for him to carry on at Aston Villa."
Allardyce's side lost twice to Everton last season, including a thrilling 3-2 defeat at Ewood Park, but he believes his squad is stronger this season.
One of the reasons is the acquisition of Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf on loan.
"Anything we get against Everton this year will be a bonus because we got nothing from them last season," added Allardyce, who confirmed Ryan Nelsen will continue as club captain while fellow centre-back Christopher Samba will skipper Rovers on the pitch.
Meanwhile, Moyes says he had "realistic fears" Mikel Arteta would leave Everton in the summer.
Instead the Spanish playmaker - linked with Arsenal and Manchester City - followed Tim Cahill by pledging his long-term future to the club.
Both players have been influential figures at Goodison Park, where money remains tight.
Moyes said: "Mikel is so important to us. He proved that when he came back last year from injury.
"I did not want to lose him and had no intention of selling him. But I had realistic fears he might go elsewhere, although not back to Spain.
"We try to do our best for the players and the chairman (Bill Kenwright) did well to convince him to stay with Everton."
Arteta is set to face Blackburn as is midfielder Cahill, who sat out Australia's match against Slovenia in midweek with a slight knee problem.
Victor Anichebe is the only definite absentee and Moyes was in optimistic mood ahead of the new campaign.
Former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford could be on the bench after scoring three goals in pre-season with Louis Saha favourite to be employed as a lone striker.
Moyes is pleased with the progress of Beckford, who has climbed up the ladder from non-league Wealdstone.
"He has terrific movement in and around the box. He offers us something different," said the Everton boss.
"He is a hungry player. He has come from non-league to Leeds. You hope he retains that hunger and remembers where he was not too long ago and how far he has come.
"I hope he shows that in his performances. What he wants to do is score goals and that's what he does. What we have seen so far in training, he is very good at it."
Howard goal gaffe costs Toffees
Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic grabbed the winner to sink Everton 1-0 at Ewood Park.
The industrious frontman took advantage of a blunder from goalkeeper Tim Howard in the 14th minute and that was enough to give his side victory.
Everton went into the match with high expectations as they a fully fit squad to call on. Instead they failed to get going and it was only late in the game goalkeeper Paul Robinson was tested.
Blackburn remained solid throughout with Morten Gamst Pedersen and Phil Jones taking control of a crowded midfield.
They almost opened the scoring after two minutes against an Everton side dressed in pink.
Pedersen's clever chip released Martin Olsson but with only goalkeeper Howard to beat he hoisted his shot over the top.
Howard was again called into action four minutes later and dealt comfortably with a header from El-Hadji Diouf following a long ball from Gael Givet.
Blackburn, however, were forced to make a change after nine minutes with Steven N'Zonzi replacing David Dunn, who appeared to have suffered a groin strain.
Sam Allardyce's side then took the lead in the 14th minute following a mistake from Howard.
He raced out his goal to try and clear his lines but instead of completing a routine take, he spilled the ball and Kalinic was on hand to sweep it home.
Everton responded but Michel Salgado made the clearance with Tim Cahill, who had recovered from a slight knee problem, lurking close by.
Blackburn found themselves on the back foot after 29 minutes when Cahill made space in the area only to scuff a shot into goalkeeper Robinson's arms.
Everton were beginning to pick up the pace of the game and Louis Saha got away from Christopher Samba five minutes later. The French striker cut inside only to see his effort blocked.
Then Mikel Arteta's free-kick was deflected before Steven Pienaar tested the goalkeeper, who saved at the second attempt after the ball bobbled up in front of him.
It was now Everton who had the momentum and were beginning to string their passes together.
Sylvain Distin launched a free-kick into the area after 42 minutes and Cahill escaped his marker but his header failed to trouble Robinson.
Phil Jagielka then tried his luck from distance after 57 minutes but his effort went wide of the post.
Two minutes later manager David Moyes switched things around by introducing former Leeds striker Jermaine Beckford for the ineffective Leon Osman.
Allardyce followed suit in the 60th minute by handing Mame Biram Diouf, on loan from Manchester United, his debut. He replaced Kalinic, who had put in a hard shift.
On-loan Mame Biram Diouf was looking lively after coming on and saw his shot cleared by Howard, only to be ruled offside.
Then Phil Jones raced forward and skipped into the area but his effort was blocked by Distin.
Play switched down the other end and Saha got into a good position but sent his shot high and wide.
Blackburn nearly extended their lead in the 78th minute when Nzonzi got on the end of a cross from El-Hadji Diouf but headed marginally over the bar.
Everton kept pushing forward and substitute Jack Rodwell made space to get in a header two minutes from time but it went wide of the post.
Then Jagielka thumped in a shot in stoppage time but Robinson was equal to it and prevented the visitors from equalising.
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