Everton Under-23s beat Benfica B in the second of their Premier League International Cup competition games on Friday night.
The Blues drew 2-2 with Brighton & Hove Albion in their first game just last week and this European encounter takes place at Merseyside Community Stadium in Southport, kick-off at 7 pm.
The annual competition, which has been won by Porto in each of the last two campaigns, pits 12 of England's best Academy sides against 12 of the top development squads from across Europe.
The 24 teams are then split into six groups of four, with the six group winners and best two runners-up advancing to the quarter-finals.
Each team will face each other only once in the group phase, with all matches set to be played in England. The fourth side in Everton's Group D is Bayern Munich.
On the night, two breakaway goals from the home side, scored before half-time, proved to be enough to secure the win for Everton. The goals came from Broadhead and Bowler to give Everton a commanding lead they did not give up.
Everton U23s: Virginia, Charsley, Galloway, Feeney, Browning, Foulds, Bowler (90' Mampala), Markelo, Hornby (65' Evans), Adeniran, Broadhead (65' Sambou).
Subs: Hilton, Lavery, Ouzounidis, Phillips.
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1 Posted 28/09/2018 at 04:59:31
2 Posted 28/09/2018 at 05:57:21
3 Posted 28/09/2018 at 11:49:30
4 Posted 28/09/2018 at 12:29:40
5 Posted 28/09/2018 at 12:49:50
6 Posted 28/09/2018 at 15:35:50
After that, they don't play again for three weeks. Go figure!
7 Posted 28/09/2018 at 15:56:11
We drew against Brighton in the first game and had a few of the U18s in the squad as it was only a couple of days after another fixture.
This one is 3 days after the checkatrade fixture.
8 Posted 28/09/2018 at 18:55:19
9 Posted 28/09/2018 at 19:47:06
and Bowler, haven't got a clue how they are playing.
11 Posted 28/09/2018 at 20:36:14
12 Posted 28/09/2018 at 21:10:17
Two first half goals around the half hour mark by Broadhead and Bowler.
Who was it that Silva poached as one of his coaches from the Benfica academy in the summer? Probably able to give Unsworth an inside line on their team.
13 Posted 28/09/2018 at 22:07:19
14 Posted 28/09/2018 at 23:00:26
26' GOAL! Everton. Nathan Broadhead
Excellent goal from the Welshman. He drove at the Benfica defence, slalomed his way past their last defender. Through on goal, Duarto made a fine stop but Broadhead slotted home the rebound
29' GOAL! Everton. Josh Bowler.
Everton double their lead! A terrific break forward sees Hornby look for Adeniran, he then picks out Bowler who coolly finishes past Duarto to make it 2-0.
The live text has lots of mentions of Josh Bowler and afterwards Unsworth praised the whole team, but picked out Bowler for special comment:
“Josh was outstanding tonight. He had one of those nights where he can do no wrong. He was outstanding.
“He is playing really well, as is Nathan. We knew we would have to counter-attack when we had the ball and the lads were terrific.”
Benfica's academy is very, very good. Benfica is leading the league in Portugal (again!) and their 2nd team play in Portugal's 2nd division (they can never be promoted) and they are leading that also.
For sure, some of the Benfica players who played tonight feature in their 2nd team.
15 Posted 28/09/2018 at 23:07:27
16 Posted 29/09/2018 at 02:40:09
Fair play, you are consistent.
17 Posted 29/09/2018 at 09:30:04
Josh Bowler has an appetite for the game and the ball,he
is always looking for it and goes forward, most of the time, when he gets it, scored a cracker versus Spurs last
Sunday, we got him from QPR's last year, one to keep your eye on. Looks like a very good result.
18 Posted 29/09/2018 at 12:23:38
Two lines of 5 and 4 worked closely together and looked to hit them on the break.
A cold night in sunny Southport!
19 Posted 29/09/2018 at 12:39:00
20 Posted 29/09/2018 at 12:46:13
That is what the Telegraph are saying yes
21 Posted 29/09/2018 at 12:59:04
22 Posted 29/09/2018 at 13:22:49
23 Posted 29/09/2018 at 13:58:03
kept up his goal scoring habit and Gordon won a penalty in the last few minutes and converted it, apparently he
( Gordon ) had a very good game.
The U16's were also in action drawing 0-0.
The U18's were playing Fulham at Fulham, hope this is a good omen, without keeping us as long waiting for the victory.
24 Posted 29/09/2018 at 20:55:40
25 Posted 30/09/2018 at 15:59:32
Turns out he is also being used as an interpreter for the Brazilian players in our squad. Speaks decent Spanish as well, so he is helping Mina to mix better, again as an interpreter... I don't know if he is making any headway learning Scouse.
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