Merseyside Derby: Live Match Report
Everton would welcome their fierce rivals Liverpool to Goodison Park for the 222nd annual Merseyside Derby between the two teams, where passion is running wild amongst the supporters and the players, who are listening as their fans chant loudly into the afternoon.
Liverpool are currently lying in 3rd place in the Barclays Premier League. Liverpool can move up to 2nd in the table and will hope to leapfrog Manchester City in the process, should they win here this afternoon at Goodison Park.
Everton have been disappointing in the Barclays Premier League so far this season and find themselves in 12th place. Everton have drawn four out of their last five home league fixtures. Also, Everton find themselves as Capital One Cup quarter-finalists, playing Chelsea on the 17th December to hopefully slingshot themselves into the semi-finals.
And now the game starts off with Liverpool, who kick it between Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling for the kickoff, before it's passed back to Jordan Henderson, who passes to Joe Allen. Steven Gerrard then has the ball passed to his feet by Joe Allen, and then passes to Sakho, who then passes the ball down to the left wing to Alberto Moreno, who directly passes first-time to Joe Allen. Balotelli is given the ball by Allen, but is quickly closed down by Gareth Barry, who slides in for the tackle, and Everton gain possession of the ball.
Henderson looks to whip in a corner towards the box, which he does, and finds the head of Sterling, who heads it down to Balotelli, who feeds it through past two defenders to Joe Allen, before the ball is played into the area by Allen to the feet of Sterling, who tries his luck at goal but his shot is parried by Howard, who cleanly collects the ball.
Steven Pienaar makes the pass to Jose Antonio Reyes, who hits it first-time 25 yards forward. The ball lands in front of Romelu Lukaku, who gets behind the defenders and is free in the penalty area, before shooting for the goal and having his shot be turned behind by a brilliant save from Asmir Begovic.
Steven Pienaar moves the ball forwards towards Lukaku, who is then upended by a rash tackle from Emre Can. The referee runs over and issues a free kick for Everton, before giving a stern warning to Emre Can and allowing Everton to take the kick and continue.
GOAL! Pienaar laid it forwards for Seamus Coleman, who centered the ball to Reyes, who made a good play in making himself some space. Reyes then lets the ball drop before firing the volley at Asmir Begovic, who is powerless to stop it as it flies into the top left hand corner to put Everton in the lead 1-0.
The Everton physio runs onto the pitch, heading towards a downed Steven Pienaar. After a while of diagnosis, Pienaar is taken off-field for treatment by the Everton medical staff. Pienaar was injured after a harsh tackle from Steven Gerrard, that left him with a yellow card and a stern warning.
Everton 1-0 Liverpool: It's not looking good here for Liverpool as they haven't managed to turn their possession into goals, something that Everton cleanly managed due to a magnificent strike from Jose Antonio Reyes.
As the second half gets underway, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas kick off for Everton.
Philippe Coutinho rushes past Phil Jagielka as the Everton defender gets a poor touch on the ball, before sprinting down the centre and looking to shoot, but he instead chips the ball over to Raheem Sterling, who volleys it first-time, but the ball is caught swiftly by Tim Howard, who knocks it back down into the midfield.
GOAL! As Jose Antonio Reyes passes the ball to Steven Naismith, Kevin Mirallas sneaks past Alberto Moreno as the ball is crossed over to him, with Javi Manquillo keeping him onside. Mirallas then sneaks the ball past Begovic at the far post, before dashing over to the home fans to celebrate.
Henderson floats the corner over the heads of Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka and Philippe Coutinho, before the ball lands at the feet of Rickie Lambert, who shoots for goal, but the shot is parried away by Tim Howard. Coutinho quickly collects the rebound and passes to Adam Lallana, who cracks the ball with a thunderous boot, but the ball is barely hit over by Tim Howard for another corner.
FT Everton 2-0 Liverpool: After a very quiet second half with barely any highlights, Evertont triumph over Liverpool in this Merseyside fixture. The Liverpool fans and players both look extremely devastated, as manager Robbie Fowler himself walks onto the pitch to console his players. Fowler has a quick word with Captain Steven Gerrard, before heading over to the rest of his players near the touchline.
Man Of The Match
Jose Antonio Reyes -
The attacking midfielder's quality of passing was a constant threat to the opposition's defence and his magnificent strike to put Everton in front allowed him to contribute a lot to Everton's impressive display this afternoon.