Everton v Liverpool
Cometh the hour, cometh the men.
Everton's two talismen etched their names on the scoresheet but this derby victory was about so much more than the undoubted qualities of Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta.
The Toffees were purposeful and probing in possession throughout, also remaining diligent in defence as goals in either half from the aforementioned pair set up victory.
Cahill's first half strike was clinically despatched after a Seamus Coleman surge and Arteta's second half strike was a stunner from the edge of the box.
The Blues continued to dominate possession and it took until half way through the opening period before Torres registered their first effort on goal.
Tim Howard tipped that flicked header over and soon the focus was at the other end when a powerful run by Yakubu saw him unleash a powerful right-foot effort which Reina was equal to.
Five minutes after though, Cahill gave Everton a deserved lead. His goal owed much to the endeavour of Coleman who surged down the right before setting up the Aussie to slam home in the 33rd minute.
The Toffees certainly didn't rest on their laurels and although Liverpool had slightly more possession before half time it was Osman who tested the visiting goalkeeper again before the break.
Sadly though that was his last significant action as he was unable to take part in the second period with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov replacing him.
Maxi Rodriguez had the first meaningful effort of the second half but soon Goodison went bonkers again as Arteta doubled the lead.
New man Bilyaletdinov won a corner and when Sotirios Kyrgiakos could only head it as far as the Spaniard, he took one touch and thumped it past compatriot Reina.
Long range efforts from Meireles, Torres and Cole were the best Liverpool could muster but soon Heitinga and Arteta were forced off through injury and Tony Hibbert and Jermaine Beckford entered the fray for the last 15 minutes or so.
Jagielka went close for Everton from a corner then Beckford was denied a penalty after tangling with Skrtl.
The ex-Leeds man then won a corner with a deflected shot but Liverpool broke swiftly following the set-pice and Gerrard sent an effort wide of Howard's post.
There was further danger with just three minutes left when Torres cut inside and shot but Howard blocked it impressively.
There was still time for Beckford to send a fizzing effort just over but the game was won regardless.