The Home of Legends - Goodison Park
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March 12th, 2008 – by: matthew
Well, I've been to Liverpool so many times in the past but I've never written much about the city. It's a very cool and modern city and has had heaps of money invested into it recently, thanks to being awarded the European Capital of Culture for 2008.
I just remember it being a cold and windy night and I had such a low expectation after a dismal first leg. Everton had failed to show up then, and I kind of expected Fiorentina to roll us over. That was not to be the case! A 38,000 crowd had turned up to cheer on Everton and we all erupted to the sound of Z-Cars as the players ran out onto the pitch:
(1) Tim Howard - GK
(2) Phil Neville (c) - RB
(3) Jolean Lescott - LB
(4) Joseph Yobo - CB
(5) Phil Jageilka - CB
(6) Lee Carsley - DM
(7) Mikel Arteta (God) - RM
(8) Leon Osman - AM
(9) Andrew Johnson - CF
(10) Yakubu - S
(11) Steven Pienaar - LM
Subs: Tony Hibbert (Shite), Leighton Baines, Victor Anichebe, Tomas Graveson, Steven Wessels, but no Tim Cahill??? Arrrggghhh - that was the first disappointment of the night.
Fiorentina lined up with the likes of Christian Vieri and although he is a bit of a has been, he is still a hand full for any defender.
The first 15 minutes and Everton were soaring out of the blocks with early chances. We looked like we were there to give it a go. Just then, Steven Pienaar produced some great work down the left flank and put in a tantilising cross to be shuffled home by Andy Johnson. Get in! It's game on now. That's the way it stayed until the half-time interval despite the play all being Everton's with chance after chance falling to the likes of Arteta, Jageilka, Osman, Yakubu and, the best of all, Johnson. Sebastian Frey had kept Fiorentina in the game.
The second half saw no EFC changes, but Fiorentina had switched to a 4-4-2 (from 4-3-3) and substituted Vieri.
As a side note: We had played and beated the eventual cup winners, Zenit St Petersburg, in the group stages. That trophy could have been ours with just a little more luck.
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