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Anichebe settles Everton nerves

Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 22.45CET
Everton FC 3-1 Larissa FC Victor Anichebe wrapped up this Group A opener with five minutes remaining as Larissa threatened a fightback.

Match statistics

EvertonLarissa

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target1
 
3
Corners4
 
4
Offsides4
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 22.45CET

Anichebe settles Everton nerves

Everton FC 3-1 Larissa FC Victor Anichebe wrapped up this Group A opener with five minutes remaining as Larissa threatened a fightback.

Second-half goals from Leon Osman and Victor Anichebe ensured Everton FC got their UEFA Cup Group A campaign off to a winning start against Larissa FC.

Nervy finish
David Moyes's men appeared to be cruising when Osman rifled in on 50 minutes to double the lead after Tim Cahill had broken the deadlock in the first half. The Greek visitors quickly pulled a goal back through Cleyton, however, setting up a nervy finish at Goodison Park until Anichebe took the result beyond doubt five minutes from time.

Cahill opener
There was a subdued atmosphere in the opening stages as Everton made a sluggish start, but that all changed when Cahill struck on 14 minutes. Osman combined cleverly with Mikel Arteta and drilled in a low cross that the Australian stooped to head in. Ilias Kiriakidis fired his side's first shot over on 17 minutes as Larissa struggled to find the form that had accounted for Blackburn Rovers FC.

Sharp save
Instead it was Everton who looked dangerous, with Arteta pulling the midfield strings. Larissa goalkeeper Stefanos Kotsolis pounced on James McFadden's effort on 20 minutes, then produced a much sharper save to keep Cahill's low drive out four minutes before the break. The hosts seemed determined to make their superiority count, and McFadden almost scored early in the second period, racing clear only to be denied by Kotsolis.

Superb move
When the second goal did arrive, the home fans might have felt it was worth the wait. A superb move culminated in Steven Pienaar flicking the ball to Osman who thundered in from 20 metres. Everton lost concentration in the 65th minute, Joleon Lescott surrendering possession to Cleyton who finished smartly. Larissa pressed forward in search of an equaliser before Anichebe's late intervention, the substitute slotting low past Kotsolis after a misunderstanding at the back.

Last updated: 26/10/07 0.17CET

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Lineups

everton

Everton

larissa

Larissa

24
HowardTim Howard (GK)
26
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis (GK)
2
HibbertTony Hibbert
7
GalitsiosGiorgos Galitsios
4
YoboJoseph Yobo (C)
Yellow Card65
20
FoersterMarco Foerster
Substitution79
5
LescottJoleon Lescott
Yellow Card30
4
DabizasNikos Dabizas (C)
Yellow Card28
3
BainesLeighton Baines
3
VenetidisStelios Venetidis
20
PienaarSteven Pienaar
Substitution87
10
CleytonCleyton
Goal65
21
OsmanLeon Osman
Goal50
18
FotakisGiorgos Fotakis
26
CarsleyLee Carsley
5
KiriakidisIlias Kiriakidis
Substitution75
17
CahillTim Cahill
Goal14
Substitution65
17
SarmientoMarcelo Sarmiento
6
ArtetaMikel Arteta
9
ParraFacundo Parra
Substitution58
11
McFaddenJames McFadden
Substitution65
29
BakayokoIbrahima Bakayoko

Substitutes

33
WesselsStefan Wessels (GK)
1
KipourosFotis Kipouros (GK)
10
GravesenThomas Gravesen
Substitution65
Yellow Card90
2
KotsiosElias Kotsios
15
StubbsAlan Stubbs
Substitution87
6
GikasDimitrios Gikas
16
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
13
LampropoulosAndreas Lampropoulos
Substitution75
22
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
21
KalatzisChristos Kalatzis
Substitution58
28
AnichebeVictor Anichebe
Substitution65
Goal85
24
VenetisAnastasios Venetis
Substitution79
19
Nuno ValenteNuno Valente
77
KatsiarosPanagiotis Katsiaros

Coach

David Moyes (SCO) Giorgos Donis (GRE)

Referee

Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Peter Ekström (SWE), Peter Martinsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Martin Hansson (SWE)

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