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Saturday 27 September K.O. 12:45



Goodison Park | 25th April 2010 15:00

Everton v Fulham

Everton's hopes of European qualification are still alive after a dramatic 2-1 win over Fulham.

With Liverpool beating Burnley 4-0 and Everton drawing 1-1 in injury time, it looked like the Reds would be uncatchable in seventh place.

But Mikel Arteta slotted home a penalty with the last kick of the game to ensure the Toffees still have plenty to play for this term.

Earlier Erik Nevland had capitalised on an uncharacteristic Leighton Baines error to give the Cottagers the lead against the run of play after 34 minutes, with Victor Anichebe levelling just five minutes after coming on as a half time substitute.

Steven Pienaar v FulhamPienaar battles two Fulham defenders

Fulham had made nine changes from their Europa League semi-final draw in Hamburg in mid-week and Everton took advantage, dominating the first half without reward.

Inside the first minute Tim Cahill volleyed straight at Mark Schwarzer, then Tony Hibbert picked out Diniyar Bilyaletdinov at the back post and the Russian's volley hit the post.

And in the seventh minute Pienaar danced his way past a succession of defenders before being muscled out of it inside the box with the crowd screaming fruitlessly for a penalty.

Yakubu and Cahill - twice - were both off target before the midway point of the half and it took until the 25th minute for Fulham to launch an attack of note. Nevland's shot was deflected behind by Sylvain Distin but the Norwegian was alert ten minutes later as he seized on a bad backpass from Baines and cleverly clipped the ball over the onrushing Tim Howard and into the net.

Phil Jagielka challenges Stefano OkakaPhil Jagielka challenges Stefano Okaka

The goal was dramatically against the run of play and Yakubu set about putting things right when he crossed for Cahill to head over and then saw his own effort grabbed by Schwarzer.

The Toffees had to play the last few minutes of the opening period without Arteta as he required stitches in a head injury, and Clint

Dempsey could have compounded the home side's misery had he not shot over from Stefano Okaka's clever ball.

Arteta was back for the start of the second half and he was joined by Victor Anichebe as the 22-year-old replaced Bilyaletdinov.

And the two combined in the 50th minute to level the scores. Pienaar's backheel found the Spaniard and who crossed for Anichebe. The powerful striker headed at goal and the subsequent decision to declare the effort a Chris Smalling own goal looked harsh.

Tim Cahill and Kagisho Dikgacoi exchange wordsTim Cahill and Kagisho Dikgacoi exchange words

Cahill's header was then saved well by his compatriot and soon David Moyes made an attacking switch, replacing Phil Neville with Louis Saha.

Anichebe's run and left foot shot was Everton's next effort half way through the half and then Jonathan Greening almost headed into his own goal from Hibbert's cross.

Saha got on the end of an ensuing corner but his header was somehow deflected away by Chris Baird.

Okaka could have restored Fulham's lead with a chance on the counter with 13 minutes left but Everton were more likely to get the winner.

Cahill was again denied by Schwarzer after a Yakubu backheel and Arteta had a couple of late efforts from distance before Saha's late header went into the side netting.

There was still time for more drama though as Cahill was felled by Baird in the box and Arteta slotted the ball home to keep the European dream alive.



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