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Everton on course for last 16

Published: Thursday 14 February 2008, 0.11CET
SK Brann 0-2 Everton FC
Leon Osman and Victor Anichebe scored lovely second-half goals as Everton resumed their UEFA Cup charge.
Everton on course for last 16
Leon Osman scored a lovely opener ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BrannEverton

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target3
 
8
Attempts off target4
 
3
Corners5
 
5
Offsides0
5
Fouls committed5
 
7
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 14 February 2008, 0.11CET

Everton on course for last 16

SK Brann 0-2 Everton FC
Leon Osman and Victor Anichebe scored lovely second-half goals as Everton resumed their UEFA Cup charge.

Leon Osman and Victor Anichebe scored superb second-half goals as Everton FC left SK Brann with a 2-0 victory and a significant advantage in this Round of 32 tie.

Quality
Chances had been at a premium before Osman struck just before the hour mark, drilling the loose ball across goal and into the corner of the net from just outside the box. Everton's second, with two minutes to play, owed itself as much to Joleon Lescott's wonderful pass as Anichebe's controlled finish, and the visitors will be confident of completing the job at Goodison Park a week on Thursday to earn a meeting with either Rosenborg BK or ACF Fiorentina.

Early opening
Everton began with the confidence of a team occupying fourth spot in the Premier League and could have struck with barely 30 seconds played had Yakubu Ayegbeni not scuffed his shot from a narrowing angle. Still, the visitors were fortunate not to fall behind in the ninth minute as Jan Gunnar Solli curled in a free-kick from the left which Kristján Sigurdsson flicked on for Azar Karadas who, surprised by the pace of the ball, could only head over when well placed.

Bakke foul
Those early forays were not a sign of things to come, though, as graft superseded craft and defences established control. Brann goalkeeper Håkon Opdal produced one acrobatic stop to deny Osman, while Tim Howard in the opposite net was untroubled until added time when a foul on the American by Eirik Bakke prevented Brann from scoring from a corner.

Cahill warning
Everton approached the second half with more purpose and Tim Cahill had fired a warning by shooting against the post before Osman broke the deadlock in the 59th minute. Howard then had to be alert to prevent Thorstein Helstad from netting a speedy equaliser, although there was to be no denying David Moyes's side as substitute Anichebe touched in Lescott's curled cross from the left to add the gloss to Everton's sixth successive victory in the UEFA Cup.

Last updated: 15/02/08 10.32CET

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Lineups

brann

Brann

everton

Everton

12
OpdalHåkon Opdal (GK)
24
HowardTim Howard (GK)
3
DahlBjørn Dahl
Substitution89
4
YoboJoseph Yobo
18
BjarnasonÓlafur Örn Bjarnason
5
LescottJoleon Lescott
21
K. SigurdssonKristján Sigurdsson
8
JohnsonAndrew Johnson
Substitution76
15
HanstveitErlend Hanstveit
16
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
9
SolliJan Gunnar Solli
17
CahillTim Cahill
17
BakkeEirik Bakke (C)
18
P. NevillePhil Neville (C)
7
El-FakiriHassan El-Fakiri
Substitution75
21
OsmanLeon Osman
Goal59
11
Vaagan MoenPetter Vaagan Moen
22
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
Substitution90+3
22
HelstadThorstein Helstad
23
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Yellow Card68
Substitution89
6
KaradasAzar Karadas
Substitution69
26
CarsleyLee Carsley

Substitutes

24
UdjusNils Kenneth Udjus (GK)
33
WesselsStefan Wessels (GK)
4
GuntveitCato Guntveit
2
HibbertTony Hibbert
Substitution89
23
ThwaiteMichael Thwaite
Substitution89
3
BainesLeighton Baines
Substitution90+3
19
MisjeNicolay Misje
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
13
HusekleppErik Huseklepp
Substitution75
14
VaughanJames Vaughan
10
Demba-NyrénNjogu Demba-Nyrén
Substitution69
28
AnichebeVictor Anichebe
Substitution76
Goal88
77
WintersRobbie Winters
37
RodwellJack Rodwell

Coach

Mons Ivar Mjelde (NOR) David Moyes (SCO)

Referee

Anton Genov (BUL)

Assistant referees

Nikola Dzhuganski (BUL), Nikolay Angelov (BUL)

Fourth official

Alexander Kostadinov (BUL)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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