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Everton v Real Betis

Everton warmed up for the Premier League season with a 2-1 win over Real Betis.

The final preparation for the upcoming campaign saw the summer's most effective attacking players, Nikica Jelavic and Kevin Mirallas, both on the scoresheet.

The Croat took his pre-season tally to four with a calmly despatched first half strike which was laid on by Mirallas.

The Belgian then scored a freak goal himself when his corner was fumbled into the net by the Betis goalkeeper.

Braian Rodriguez's goal was merely consolation for the La Liga outfit.

Mirallas and Jelavic celebrate the Croatian's strike.

This was a friendly in name only and an early crunching challenge from Ross Barkley earned a stern ticking-off from ref Howard Webb.

And it was the Everton youngster's bad pass 14 minutes in which presented the visitors with the first decent chance. Jorge Molina seized on the stray ball and tested Tim Howard with a venomous right foot strike which the American parried away for a corner.

It took another 15 minutes before a shot worthy of the name was mustered and this time Javier Matilla sidefooted over after Betis had opened Everton up down the Blues' left hand side.

Then, with their first proper attack of the game the Blues were ahead.

Steven Pienaar's pass released Mirallas in the inside-right channel and the visiting defence couldn't clear his cross - allowing Jelavic to take a composed touch and apply a close-range finish.

From the kick off Howard saved well from Nosa Igiebor and a brilliant block from Leighton Baines denied Molina an almost certain goal.

Steven Pienaar was in the thick of the action at Goodison.

The effervescent left-back was hauled down at the other end seconds later with Webb unimpressed by penalty claims.

But Everton continued to lack fluency in their passing and Betis were pressing for a leveller before the break with Howard again required to block from powerful Betis striker Molina.

Roberto Martinez was dealt a blow when Darron Gibson limped off before half time to be replaced by John Heitinga.

And Igiebor smashed an effort into the side netting to begin the second period with Molina firing over moments later.

Then the Spanish frontman stole in to flick a deflected cross goalwards with Howard saving stunningly but unwittingly with his face.

A furious exchange between Jelavic and the terrier-like Javier Chica just before the hour would probably have seen Webb take stronger sanctions in a competitive fixture but a word with both managers sufficed on this occasion.

Then the second goal arrived in unusual circumstances when Betis keeper Stephan Andersen fumbled Mirallas' corner kick into his own net under no pressure whatsoever.

The goalscorers combined moments later and it could have been three only for Jelavic to screw wide after neat footwork by the Belgian flyer.

It could have been an even better day for Mirallas had he sent a late free-kick two yards lower.

And there was time for summer arrivals Arouna Kone and Gerard Deulofeu to see late action before  Rodriguez grabbed a consolation after pinball in the Everton box.



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