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  • Smalling (50 og), Arteta (90 pen)
  • Nevland (36)
  • Date:2010-04-25
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Goodison Park
  • Attendance:35578
  • Referee:Dowd, P

Live Commentary

93mins

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

93mins

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

93mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

Three minutes will be added on.

89mins

Okaka comes off for defender Fredrik Stoor.

87mins

Youngster Jose Baxter comes on for Yakubu.

85mins

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

84mins

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

78mins

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

78mins

Erik Nevland is replaced by David Elm.

77mins

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

73mins

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.

70mins

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

69mins

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.

69mins

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

64mins

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

61mins

Former Fulham man Louis Saha comes on for Phil Neville.

58mins

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.

57mins

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....

51mins

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

49mins

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.

45mins

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

45mins

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

45mins

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.

45mins

Four minutes to be added on.

45mins

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.

42mins

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.

41mins

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.

40mins

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.

37mins

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.

35mins

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.

31mins

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

28mins

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.

25mins

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.

21mins

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

19mins

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

15mins

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.

13mins

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

10mins

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

6mins

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

2mins

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.

1mins

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

0mins

Referee Lee Mason gets us underway at Goodison Park.

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

Match Preview

Sunday sees one of the most reliable fixtures for betting in recent years take place between Everton and Fulham at Goodison Park.

Sixteen of the previous 17 Premier League games between the sides have seen the home team come out on top, with Everton's win at Craven Cottage on the final day of last season the sole aberration in this trend.

Given the above and the fact that that this game comes sandwiched between Fulham's Europa League semi-final clashes with Hamburg, while Everton are still greedily hunting league points as they try and book their place on the continent for next season, the home team will be a strong favourite to make it nine Premier League home wins out of nine against Roy Hodgson's fatigued troops.

A further boost to Everton's chances comes in the form of Fulham's poor away record, with no wins in the last 16 away from home in the league and no goals in the last seven.

The Toffees at home, however, have been strong, with seven wins and a draw from their last eight games and the knowledge that only Arsenal and Liverpool have departed Goodison with three points this season.

Furthermore, David Moyes' side have scored at least two goals in all seven of their Premier League home games in 2010, with gifted Spanish playmaker Mikel Arteta scoring in two of the last three home outings.

Part of the reason for Everton's upward progress in 2010 has been the return of big hitters like Arteta from an injury list that was grim back in the autumn.

The only first-teamer set to miss the game with Fulham is Belgian powerhouse Marouane Fellaini who is now eyeing a return to action in August.


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.

Everton

Fulham

Corners

103

Fouls

715

Goal attempts

155

Shots off target

72

Offsides

10

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