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25 August 2012
• Villa Park, Birmingham
Referee: M. Oliver
• Attendance: 36565
K. El Ahmadi 74'
S. Pienaar 3'
M. Fellaini 31'
N. Jelavić 44'
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That's the first time in seven years Everton have come to Villa Park and taken all three points back to Merseyside. In 12 Premier League games, the Toffees had won none and draw eight, but this time they have put on a wholehearted performance to stunning effect and David Moyes will be delighted to see such display. Paul Lambert however will already be feeling the pressure of those before him as the Villans still look to get off the mark in this new campaign and will not be going anywhere far with performances like that.
Full-time: Everton win 3-1 to keep their 100 per cent start.
90' + 3'
Weimann with another chance, but this time around the Austrian can't make the effort as close as the last and is completely off-target.
90' + 2'
Osman gets a late opportunity to see Everton through, but it's too tame from the midfielder and Given collects easily.
90' + 1'
We're going to have four minutes of added time. Enough for Villa to grab two goals? Probably not if I'm honest, despite Weimann slamming the ball into the post just moments before the board went up.
New signing thinks for two seconds that he's added a fourth for Everton and got his first for the club, but sadly for the Belgian the move had some sort of infringement along the way, alas no offside flag.
Jelavic is adamant for a second as the big Croatian goes for goal rather than getting the ball away from the swarming defenders to an unmarked Fellaini and his resulting shot is some way off the mark.
Yellow CardKarim El Ahmadi
Everton haven't given up on heaping more anguish on Villa, as Osman could have cooked something up with Coleman if it wasn't for the attacker's bad touch.
Villa goal: The Villans' latest signing in El Ahmadi scores the second screamer of the game, this time a stunning effort from 30 yards. Howard should have done more to stop it, but what a spectacle.
GoalKarim El Ahmadi
Goaaalll!! Villa pull one back!!
Everton debutant Kevin Mirallas makes an almost immediate impact as Coleman crosses diagonally for the striker, but Vlaar gets in the way at the last moment.
Baines gets back into the heat of action and almostsets up Jelavic again, but the striker just can't get to the ball quick enough.
Everton again turn the screw on Villa, this time Distin in the mix and it's role reversal as Bent has to get involved to deflect the defender's effort onto the bar.
It should be said that the resulting free kick from the red was taken brilliantly by Gibson and was only narrowly off-target. Another set-play from Everton sees a half-volley from Pienaar tipped over by Given.
This is fast turning into a nightmare of a game for the hosts and if Villa had little chance before the break of seeing anything from this match, then surely they can guarantee themselves nothing now.
With Villa one man light at the back, Paul Lambert is given no choice but to sacrifice one of his midfielders for another defender and Herd is removed for Lichaj.
Red CardCiaran Clark
Gibson puts Jelavic straight through on goal with a delightful pass and the defender swoops in with a dismal tackle to sweep the striker off his feet and the referee is given no option but to show red.
Red card for Clark!!
Everton win what feels like their 20th corner of the afternoon and this time Distin tries to get the Toffees on the scoresheet once more, but the Frenchman's touch is too faint to worry the Villa defence.
Jelavic is almost allowed to grab a second of the game, but an excellent slide in by Baker sees the Croatian denied and Everton have to be happy with a corner.
Villa are making a much needed change, as Delfouneso making way for Brett Holman to make his Villa Park bow.
The game is back underway.
That's half-time and Everton will delighted with such a stunning performance, it's been a while since we've seen the Blues so dominant away from home and especially at this time of the season. Villa meanwhile have been uncreative and drab, with little to boast about at all. Paul Lambert will need a stern word with his players during the break, whilst his counterpart David Moyes will have the simple job of asking his boys for much of the same.
Goaaalll!! Everton make it 3-0 through Nikica Jelavic!!
Everton goal: This is all very impressive from Everton, they have completely out-gunned Villa during this opening half and Jelavic punishes them further with the Toffees' third. Baines cuts back the ball into the Villa box for the Croatian, and the striker finishes off the move with a simple, powerfully low effort.
N'Zogbia tries to get something happening for Villa via an ambitious run into the box, but the Everton defenders outnumber and out-power the attacker.
Apart from the two goals, however, this game hasn't really been action-happy. Villa are resorting to just whacking the ball up top to the isolated Bent, but Howard is all too happy to collect the directionless ball.
Not much coming from the home fans after Everton's second and the hosts could just be heading for a second straight defeat. Not the best of season openings for the Villans.
Everton Goal: Just as Villa look to be getting a firm hold on the game, the Belgian who almost one-handily beat Manchester United last Monday grabs another goal. Jagielka whips the ball into the box and the attacker rises to it to send the ball past Given, who should have done better in all fairness.
Goal!!: Marouanne Fellaini makes it 2-0 to Everton!!
Everton having to work hard now to regain their dominance from the opening minutes. Villa look to have come alive and are causing some problems for their visitors.
Paul Lambert's side get a chance to create something after Neville commits a foul just outside the Everton area, but the delivery is easily hacked away from danger.
The home side seem to be waking up a little more as the game progresses and Baker looks to be the one rousing them. The 19th minute of this game sees the crowd spontaneously applaud Aston Villa's Stilian Petrov, the player still recovering from his leukemia that was diagnosed at the end of last season.
Another corner for Everton, but this time Jelavic is able to make something of it and the Croatian heads just a few inches over the bar.
The Toffees' hard work is paying off and keep winning corners for their efforts. Fortunately for Villa, the visitors can';t seem to strike up a decent delivery and the ball is easily cleared.
Villa are struggling to get a grip on this game for time being. Everton are continuously pressing at the hosts and Jelavic is looking dangerous.
Everton goal: Steven Pienaar sends the away fans into raptures with a 25 yard screamer that flies past Shay Given! Debutant Steven Naismith gives the South African the ball and the attacker lets rip to put the Toffees in the lead.
We are off and underway!
David Moyes' side will be on a high after that excellent win over Manchester United, but they will have a tough task on their hands to pick up maximum points today, having not won at Villa Park in the league since 2005.
This game is the most played fixture in English top-flight history, with the two sides meeting on 194 occasions. Villa have won 72 times, Everton have won 70 and there have been 52 draws.
In terms of team news, Villa make three changes from their defeat at Upton Park, with Chris Herd, Barry Bannan and Nathan Delfouneso coming in for Brett Holman, Fabian Delph and Stephen Ireland. Everton make one change, with Steven Naismith in for Tony Hibbert. New signing Kevin Mirallas is on the bench.
Villa will be looking to bounce back after their 1-0 defeat away to West Ham, while Everton will want to build on that fine opening 1-0 victory at home to Manchester United. Who will take the points today?
Hello, my name is Sean Mullan, and welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of Aston Villa v Everton from Villa Park!
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