Thursday August 27, 2009 Play-off round Finished Ander

Sigma Olomouc 1 - 1 Everton

  • Sultes 80’
  • Pienaar 44’

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  1. Everton cruise past Sigma

    Everton cruise past Sigma

    Everton qualified for the group stage of the Europa League after a 1-1 draw at Sigma Olomouc completed a 5-1 aggregate victory. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sigma Olomouc
    • Everton
    • 90+3 That's the end of that, Everton ease into the group stage despite going down to 10 men after 6 minutes. 1-1 on the night. 5-1 overall. Click here for the match in photos!
    • 90+2 Sigma still toiling to get another but this is more like a training ground match where both sides are practising their attack and defence in tandem.
    • 90+1 Three minutes added time being played.
    • 90' Kascak comes forward and it opens up for him but his low shot from the edge of the box is poor and straight at Howard.
    • 89' Yakubu is adjudged offside after Everton break following that chance.
    • 88' A poor header from Stepan when he was found free in the box by Rossi's cross. He headed weak into the ground and should have scored.
    • 86' Sultes feeds Rossi wide right but his cross is powerfully headed clear by Yobo.
    • 84' SIGMA SUB: Stepan on for Petr.
    • 82' Another well-worked free-kick but this one his hammered over by Horava.
    • 80' The free-kick is played short across to Sultes on the edge of the box and he drills a low shot through a crowd of bodies and it's in! Bottom left! Clever effort, Howard unsighted and it's 1-1 on the night.
    • 79' A free-kick for Sigma on the right-centre, 10 yards from the box...
    • 76' EVERTON SUB: Yakubu comes on for Jo. Boy have they missed him.
    • 75' A roar from the Everton fans as Yakubu prepares to come on after a year out.
    • 74' A spell of ball for Sigma sees sub Sultes on the left cut inside Baxter and past Goslin but his low drive is straight at the keeper Howard.
    • - "Europa League, yer 'avin a laugh..."
    • - Leon Osman tries to work out just how many goals Everton have scored in this tie.
    • 73' DOUBLE SIGMA SUB: Sultes on for Petr, Otepka on for Bajer.
    • 72' A terrible studs-up tackle from Ordos, his third bookable one today, but again he escaoes without a card.
    • - Tony Hibbert being shown the red card earlier in this match...
    • 70' Everton have a free-kick on the right which Neville takes short.
    • 68' Rodwell plays a superb ball to the sub Wallace, whho races down the left and drills it in for JO WHO CAN FINISH but a great block by Skerle flying back, who cops Jo's attempted shot on the shin as well.
    • 67' Skerle with a long shot but straight at the keeper.
    • 66' Am I allowed to say that this match is now fairly tedious and pointless? At this stage Sigma really should be allowed to declare and go home. EVERTON SUB: Pienaar and Osman off for kids Wallace and Baxter.
    • 64' Rossi with a good cross from the right, he's a lot more advanced this half, but Everton clear for a throw on the left. Wasted though, a harmless long-shot is fired straight down Howard's throat.
    • 63' Rossi races down the left but he is tackled, Pienaar clears to Jo down the left, he weaves inside but lacks the pace to beat the last man and Sigma clear.
    • 62' Taken short by Baines with Osman racing toward goal but he miscontrols and Sigma clear.
    • 61' The taking of the free-kick is delayed with Pienaar down. He gets up though and doesn't need treatment.
    • 60' Jo wins a free-kick deep in the Amkar half, quite harsh on Skerle.
    • 59' Ordos, who clobbered Howard early in the first half, flies into Rodwell on the edge of the Everton box, that should have been a booking.
    • 58' Baines hurls a long throw far post but Sigma get it away. Everton look cool-as-you-like down to 10 men.
    • 57' Wonderful dummy step-over by Pienaar who races down the left, he drills it inside to Jo, who controls and slips it to Osman racing in but Osman has to dribble with several players in his way and, despite some good close control, the hosts can clear for a throw.
    • 56' Everton have a goal kick. They look more like the side that were so hard to break down last season than the goal-leaking jokers they were against Arsenal.
    • 54' Horava cuts in from the right, a one-two with Petr and it opens up for Horava but he snatches at it and the shot goes well wide.
    • 53' Good tackle from Pienaar in midfield, wide to Jo who turns and feeds Rodwell on the overlap, he swings over a curling ball that sets Pienaar free but he just strayed offside. Good counter though.
    • 52' Long ball almost sends Petr through but Howard comes to the edge of his box to claim.
    • 51' Brilliant run forward from Yobo, at left back and then bursting towards the box beating Rossi and playing it into Jo, but the ball ricochets off the Brazilian out for a goal kick.
    • 50' Another corner to the hosts who are adept enough at putting pressure on Everton but whose decision-making is poor - Hascak has an ill-advised crack from the left wing which goes well wide.
    • 48' Good corner in and Ordos can finish but he puts it well over under pressure.
    • 47' Defender Rossi gets down the right and swings over a good cross but behind for a corner.
    • 46' Second half underway!
    • - No changes at half-time, surprisingly for both sides as you'd think Sigma would want to change things and Everton rest some legs.
    • - It's not the size that counts but what you do with it - less possession (46-54) and only one shot on target to Sigma's four, but it went in and Everton lead!
    • 45+1 Half-time, 1-0 to Everton who lead 5-0 on aggregate.
    • 45' Only one minute added time being played...
    • 44' Kascak tries one from the edge of the D but weak and low into Howard's arms.
    • 43' Everton with an attack, Osman gets down the right, he swings over a good cross into the box AND PIENAAR CONTROLS WITH HIS LEFT KNEE AND RIFLES IT INTO THE ROOF OF THE NET WITH HIS RIGHT! Great touch and finish from the South African, a touch of class and Everton lead, 1-0 on the night, 5-0 on aggregate, Sigma need to score six now.
    • 41' Long to Jo who athletically claims it, runs into space, tries a drag back and wins a free-kick. He has done really well given the circumstances.
    • 39' Everton are doing a pretty good job at soaking it up now, with Gosling at right-back and the only issue being the lack of support for Jo.
    • 37' Kascak gets in on the right but the flag is up, a few yards offside he was.
    • 36' Baines is fouled on the left but play-on says the ref. Pienaar crosses in to no-one in particular, a terrible use of the advantage as now Baines is out of position and the Sigma keeper hurls it down his flank. Fortunately Yobo is there to intercept.
    • 35' This is not a good start for Everton but bear in mind that Sigma need to win by five clear goals. Unlikely, even with the Toffees down to 10 men.
    • 33' Good touch by Jo, who glides past the full back and wins a throw with no support.
    • 32' Gosling and Jo combine on the edge of the box but Sigma get it clear. Everton looking bright on the counter but playing nigh on 90 minutes a man short will take its toll...
    • 31' Dreksa goes into the back of Osman, very late but no card. Not very consistent from the ref.
    • 30' Sigma on the offensive, Horava to Janotka and Fellaini clobbers him in the box but no penalty! Well then, that looked like a very clumsy tackle to me.
    • 28' Everton are arguing with the ref because they think Janotka was offside. He wasn't, but it signifies the growing frustration at what they feel is a homer.
    • 27' Great pass from midfield frees Janotka who is in and controls but skews the finish well wide! Terrible shot after he did all the hard work!
    • 25' Corner to Sigma which taken by Bajer but is blocked by Jo, it drops to HORAVA WITH THE SHOT but it flies over.
    • 23' A yellow card is shown to Gosling for a pull on Horava.
    • 22' The ball is hoofed up to Jo, who controls and waits for support, finding Pienaar on the left, but the attack breaks down as Sigma get back in numbers.
    • 21' This delivery is swung high and deep to the back stick but Gosling is there to awkwardly head clear.
    • 20' That one is drilled in low and put behind for a second corner.
    • 19' Sigma with a good spell of pressure winning a corner on the right.
    • 17' Baines to Pienaar on the left, he swings a low inviting cross AND JO IS IN BUT HE CAN'T GET A TOUCH AND IT DRIFTS JUST WIDE!
    • 15' Jo chases a high ball and wins a free-kick just inside the Sigma half.
    • 14' Onofrej commits a foul. Everton get some respite.
    • 13' Long ball is allowed to bounce by Yobo and Neville gets back to clear.
    • 12' Sigma with some more good play as Bajer backheels it but Howard rushes out to claim.
    • 11' Treatment for Howard who was hurt after that.
    • 10' Pressure on Everton as a high ball in the box sees Petr and Horava challenge Howard but he is fouled and Everton get a free kick.
    • 9' Petr in again but he shoots weakly at Howard.
    • 7' Bajer to take this free-kick then, just on the edge of the box... he gets it over the wall and it dips and swerves but a brilliant save by Howard! The ball is still alive though and Yobo heads it away!
    • 5' Terrible error by Yobo to let the ball come across him and Hibbert is forced to slide in on Petr and the ref says it's a foul! That's going to be a red card as he was the last man! Really harsh, as it looked like he got the ball to me!
    • 3' Comfortable start for Everton here, who just need to make sure they do nothing stupid.
    • 1' Match underway!
    • - So Yakubu back on the bench for Everton after a long lay-off injured. Jo starts too, with Saha on the bench, with youngster Jack Rodwell again getting his chance and Phil Neville playing centre-half - from after this match, though, it will be Sylvain Distain.
    • - Everton team: Howard, Hibbert, Neville, Yobo, Baines, Osman, Rodwell, Pienaar, Fellaini, Gosling, Jo; Subs: Nash, Saha, Cahill, Yakubu, Duffy, Baxter, Wallace
    • - Sigma Olomouc team: Tomas Lovasik, Daniel Rossi, Dreska, Skerle, Onofrej, Janotka, Bajer, Kascak, Horava, Petr, Ordos; Subs: Drobisz, Otepka, Ulma, Stepan, Veprek, Stetina, Sultes
    • - Everton have a commanding four-goal lead as they visit Czech side Sigma Olomouc for the second leg of their Europa League play-off. FROM 17:00!
  • Summary

    • 80' The free-kick is played short across to Sultes on the edge of the box and he drills a low shot through a crowd of bodies and it's in! Bottom left! Clever effort, Howard unsighted and it's 1-1 on the night.
    • 43' Everton with an attack, Osman gets down the right, he swings over a good cross into the box AND PIENAAR CONTROLS WITH HIS LEFT KNEE AND RIFLES IT INTO THE ROOF OF THE NET WITH HIS RIGHT! Great touch and finish from the South African, a touch of class and Everton lead, 1-0 on the night, 5-0 on aggregate, Sigma need to score six now.
    • 30' Sigma on the offensive, Horava to Janotka and Fellaini clobbers him in the box but no penalty! Well then, that looked like a very clumsy tackle to me.
    • 27' Great pass from midfield frees Janotka who is in and controls but skews the finish well wide! Terrible shot after he did all the hard work!
    • 17' Baines to Pienaar on the left, he swings a low inviting cross AND JO IS IN BUT HE CAN'T GET A TOUCH AND IT DRIFTS JUST WIDE!
    • 7' Bajer to take this free-kick then, just on the edge of the box... he gets it over the wall and it dips and swerves but a brilliant save by Howard! The ball is still alive though and Yobo heads it away!
    • 5' Terrible error by Yobo to let the ball come across him and Hibbert is forced to slide in on Petr and the ref says it's a foul! That's going to be a red card as he was the last man! Really harsh, as it looked like he got the ball to me!
    • - Everton have a commanding four-goal lead as they visit Czech side Sigma Olomouc for the second leg of their Europa League play-off. FROM 17:00!

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