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Everton 4 - 0 AEK Athens

Everton destroy Athens

Steven Pienaar scores for Everton against AEK Athens
Steven Pienaar scores for Everton against AEK Athens
Scoring Summary
Everton AEK Athens
Joseph Yobo (10) 
Sylvain Distin (17) 
Steven Pienaar (37) 
J� (82) 
Match Stats
Everton AEK Athens
Shots (on Goal) 10(6) 9(5)
Fouls 13 7
Corner Kicks 9 0
Offsides 1 1
Time of Possession 59% 41%
Yellow Cards 1 1
Red Cards 1 1
Saves 3 3
Match Information
Stadium: Goodison Park, England
Attendance: 26,747
Match Time: 15:05 ET
Robert Malek (Referee)

Everton AEK Athens
24 Tim Howard23 Diego Saja
15 Sylvain DistinGarcia Juanfran
Joseph Yobo4 Alves Washington Regufe Geraldo
Leighton Baines12 Sanel Jahic
17 Tim Cahill2 Carlos Araujo
20 Steven Pienaar87 Nicolas Arce
Diniyar BilyaletdinovPantelis Kafes
25 Marouane Fellaini14 Grigoris Makos
19 Dan Gosling9 Pereira Leonardo
26 Jack Rodwell18 Ismael Blanco
11 J�32 Ignacio Scocco
Carlo NashGiannis Arabatzis 22
43 Shkodran MustafiNikos Georgeas 31
21 Leon OsmanYoussouf Hersi 3
38 James WallaceTam Nsaliwa 8
Louis SahaSeydou Yahaya 26
22 Ayegbeni YakubuGustavo Manduca 11
37 Jose BaxterKristian Nemeth 29
Leon Osman for Tim Cahill (46)
Tam Nsaliwa for Alves Washington Regufe Geraldo (13)
Ayegbeni Yakubu for Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (52)
Gustavo Manduca for Tam Nsaliwa (46)
Louis Saha for Steven Pienaar (67)
Seydou Yahaya for Pereira Leonardo (71)
Yellow Cards
Tim Cahill (42)
Pantelis Kafes (64)
Red Cards
Louis Saha (90)
Carlos Araujo (55)
· Club Rosters: Everton | AEK Athens

Updated: September 18, 2009, 3:09 AM ET

David Moyes saw his Everton side chalk up a much-needed victory after securing the signature of former West Ham full-back Lucas Neill shortly before the match. Injuries have ravaged the squad so Neill is a welcome addition after his contract expired at Upton Park and he became a free agent.

• Moyes unimpressed by extra officials

With three defeats in their opening Premier League campaign, Everton were looking for boost outside of domestic competition. Moyes need not have worried as his side were in control from the start in this Europa League match with Joseph Yobo, Sylvain Distin and Steven Pienaar all scoring before half time. Jo added a fourth in the second half.

However, the night ended on a sour note with substitute Louis Saha sent off in stoppage time for lashing out at Juanfran. Russian midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov marked his first start by having a hand in the first three and was given a rousing reception when he came off in the second half.

AEK were on the back foot after only seven minutes when Pienaar tried to release Jo only for Sanel Jahic to make a timely interception. It was a taste of what was to come as Pienaar himself came within inches of putting Everton ahead two minutes later with a fierce shot, goalkeeper Sebastian Saja parrying his effort around the post. Bilyaletdinov delivered the corner and Yobo peeled away from his marker to open the scoring.

Everton went 2-0 ahead in the 17th minute and it was another corner from the Russian that led to the goal. The Greek side failed to deal with it and Marouane Fellaini was the first to react in a crowded area. Even though he failed to get a decent touch, AEK were all at sea and the ball broke to Distin, who made no mistake from close range.

Jo came close to extending their lead in the 24th minute, heading narrowly over the bar from close range. The Brazilian was then first to react when the ball was pumped into the area but found the wrong side of the post with his close-range effort. Next, Bilyaletdinov came close in the 35th minute after good link-up play involving Pienaar and Jo.

Everton were cruising and Pienaar made it 3-0 in the 37th minute with a goal out of nothing. The South African latched on to a good crossfield ball from Bilyaletdinov to thump a shot from 25 yards beyond the goalkeeper.

AEK's troubles increased in the 55th minute with Carlos Araujo sent off after deliberately kicking Distin in the testicles, following a challenge with the French defender. Soon after, substitute Ayegbeni Yakubu laid the ball into the path of Pienaar in the 62nd minute only for the goalkeeper to stick out a hand and parry his effort from 20 yards. Then Jack Rodwell tried his luck from distance but Saja made a comfortable save.

Everton kept up the pressure and Leon Osman clipped a shot wide of the post in the 66th minute after Yakubu had carved out the opening for the home side. Saha should have extended their lead in the 79th minute but sent his shot over the bar from four yards. But they did not have long to wait with Jo getting their fourth goal three minutes later before Saha's sending off.

  • Moyes unimpressed by extra officials

    After the match Everton manager David Moyes said he did not feel UEFA's experiment with goal line assistants did his side any favours, particularly with the sending off of Saha.

    "It was disappointing. It was a ridiculous kick the boy has on Louis before he got sent off," Moyes said. "It is amazing that they (the officials) see the small arm but don't see the big kick - even with the extra officials.

    "We hope they get more decisions right than wrong and I didn't think the referee had an awful lot of big decisions to make tonight but I think one of those he missed the initial incident. We need to do everything we can to help the referees but if he was helped in the Louis Saha decision then I think he was wrong."

    Moyes also criticised the AEK players for spending a lot of time on the floor.

    "Tonight was strange. British supporters and teams are not used to seeing players being on the ground so often," he added. "I've always said the one thing we have to cut out of football is diving, that is the biggest thing in football that is wrong at the moment."

    AEK coach Dusan Bajevic said he was not surprised by Everton's strength but stressed his side would improve after this result.

    "We expected Everton to be strong at set-pieces and the first two goals were from set-pieces," he said. "The third goal just finished us off. I am confident that this heavy defeat, along with the difficult fixtures coming up, will make AEK stronger. We will forget this result and carry on."
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