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Prolific Everton set up Fiorentina tie

Published: Thursday 21 February 2008, 22.45CET
Everton FC 6-1 SK Brann (agg: 8-1) Yakubu Ayegbeni hit a hat-trick helped Everton to a seventh straight win and a place in the last 16.
Prolific Everton set up Fiorentina tie
Yakubu Ayegbeni was in fine fettle ©Getty Images

Match statistics

EvertonBrann

Goals scored6
 
1
Attempts on target10
 
6
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners2
 
7
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed17
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 21 February 2008, 22.45CET

Prolific Everton set up Fiorentina tie

Everton FC 6-1 SK Brann (agg: 8-1) Yakubu Ayegbeni hit a hat-trick helped Everton to a seventh straight win and a place in the last 16.

Everton FC won their seventh straight UEFA Cup game to ease past SK Brann and into the last 16 following a 6-1 win over their Norwegian rivals.

Yakubu treble
A hat-trick from Yakubu Ayegbeni, two goals from Andrew Johnson and another from Mikel Arteta helped the English side match their biggest ever European winning margin and won through 8-1 on aggregate, Petter Vaagen Moen scoring Brann's solitary strike.

Away support
The Norwegian champions, backed by 2,000 travelling fans, started strongly and managed the first shot on target when Thorstein Helstad shot straight at Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard in the eleventh minute. Vaagen Moen was responsible for the away side's next opportunity as his dangerous 35th-minute free-kick found Helstad at the back post who forced a point-blank save from Howard.

Breakthrough goals
However, a minute later Everton were in front with their first real effort on goal. Steven Pienaar found Tim Cahill who slipped it through to Yakubu at the second time of asking before the Nigeria striker swivelled and placed a pinpoint shot across Håkon Opdal into the far corner. Four minutes later, the Merseyside club had doubled their lead – and effectively decided the tie's outcome – when Nuno Valente and Mikel Arteta combined to win the ball before the latter released Johnson. The 27-year-old striker took the ball on before crashing in right-footed past the Brann goalkeeper.

Second-half goals
Everton started the second half in far livelier fashion than the first period and within sixty seconds Phil Neville released Johnson whose placed shot beat Opdal, but came back off the upright. Yakubu then got his second in the 54th minute when he picked up Pienaar's pass, cut inside and finished left-footed. Brann hit back on the hour when Vaagen Moen's long-range free-kick eluded Howard, but Everton responded with a deflected Arteta strike in the 70th minute and then Yakubu completed his hat-trick with the easiest of tap-ins as Pienaar's cross found him on his own five metres out. David Moyes' side saved the best for last, though, with Johnson's late long-range strike.

Last updated: 22/02/08 12.29CET

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Lineups

everton

Everton

brann

Brann

24
HowardTim Howard (GK)
12
OpdalHåkon Opdal (GK)
18
P. NevillePhil Neville (C)
3
DahlBjørn Dahl
16
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
18
BjarnasonÓlafur Örn Bjarnason
Substitution65
5
LescottJoleon Lescott
21
K. SigurdssonKristján Sigurdsson
19
Nuno ValenteNuno Valente
15
HanstveitErlend Hanstveit
20
PienaarSteven Pienaar
11
Vaagan MoenPetter Vaagan Moen
Goal60
17
CahillTim Cahill
Substitution46
7
El-FakiriHassan El-Fakiri
Substitution60
26
CarsleyLee Carsley
Substitution46
17
BakkeEirik Bakke (C)
Yellow Card33
6
ArtetaMikel Arteta
Goal70
9
SolliJan Gunnar Solli
8
JohnsonAndrew Johnson
Goal41
Goal90+2
10
Demba-NyrénNjogu Demba-Nyrén
Substitution72
22
YakubuAyegbeni Yakubu
Goal36
Goal54
Goal72
Substitution73
22
HelstadThorstein Helstad

Substitutes

33
WesselsStefan Wessels (GK)
24
UdjusNils Kenneth Udjus (GK)
2
HibbertTony Hibbert
Substitution46
4
GuntveitCato Guntveit
3
BainesLeighton Baines
6
KaradasAzar Karadas
Substitution65
14
VaughanJames Vaughan
8
Gylfi EinarssonGylfi Einarsson
21
OsmanLeon Osman
13
HusekleppErik Huseklepp
Substitution60
23
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Substitution46
Yellow Card67
23
ThwaiteMichael Thwaite
28
AnichebeVictor Anichebe
Substitution73
77
WintersRobbie Winters
Substitution72

Coach

David Moyes (SCO) Mons Ivar Mjelde (NOR)

Referee

Nikolay Ivanov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksandr Gvardis (RUS)

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