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24 March 2012
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: N. Swarbrick
• Attendance: 20509
L. Baines 59'
N. Jelavić 76'
90' + 4'
FULL-TIME! Big win for Everton as they leapfrog Swansea in the Premier League. The away side worked hard in the first-half and were superb in the second as the created chance after chance. A brilliant Baines free-kick and a Jelavic tap-in saw them run out 2-0 winners
90' + 3'
Sigurdsson wins a free-kick on the edge of the box and gets up to take it but he fires it over the cross-bar. Everton look to have done enough
The game is getting stretched now but still Swansea can't break the away side down. Sigurdsson finds space just outside the box but his shot is blocked by Distin
Everton are happy to sit in and counter-attack Swansea now and they can afford to with their two goal cushion
Everton counter-attack almost leads to a goal. Osman plays it wide to Pienaar who finds space in the box and then finds Stracqualursi at the far post but his shot is saved by Vorm. Great play from Everton
Yellow CardSteven Pienaar
Everton take off Jelavic for the last ten minutes. Swansea have won a free-kick on the right mid-way inside the Everton half. They need to get back into it soon if they are to turn it around
Everton pouring forward now. Hibbert eventually finds Osman on the edge of the box but he is penalised for handball
GOAL! Jelavic gets his goal. Fellaini shows great strength to wriggle free of Williams in the box and lays it on a plate for Jelavic. That goal has been coming. 2-0 Everton.
Again Everton cut Swansea open. Great play between Pienaar and Baines. The left-back cuts the ball to Jelavic who misses the ball
Jelavic misses a fantastic chance to add to Everton's lead. Pienaar breaks forward and gets the ball from Jelavic, the winger then finds the striker unmarked in the area but he shoots wide. Should have scored
Yellow CardDarron Gibson
Swansea pushing a lot of men forward now. Caulker tries a one-two with Routledge but the winger can't find the return. Swansea bring on Leroy Lita, Luke Moore and Josh McEachran as they look for an equaliser
Swansea still playing some nice football but can't break Everton down. The away side look pretty comfortable playing on the counter-attack at the moment
Everton dominating now. Pienaar finds Baines just outside the box. The left-back produces a fantastic bit of skill to flick the ball inside towards Fellaini but Vorm collects
Everton going for it now. Pienaar cuts in from the left and opens up his body to curl one towards the far post. It only misses by a foot
GOAL! Fantastic free-kick from Baines. He picks himself up after being fouled, to fire the ball in from 20 yards. 1-0 Everton. They have been much better this half
Baines finds the ball in the middle of the Swansea half. The left-back breaks forward but is fouled by Williams. Everton bring on Marouane Fellaini, just as they win a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area
Pienaar picks up the ball after a poor defensive clearance. He breaks forward but his shot goes wide. Everton playing well now, but Swansea looking dangerous on the break
Swansea boxed in at the moment. The ball comes out to Gibson, who hits it from 30 yards on his left foot. Vorm saves well but Jelavic picks it up and flicks it up, attempting an overhead kick. It goes wide but Cahill nearly knocks it in. Goal-Kick
The game is opening up a bit now. Jelavic finds the ball on the left and turns Caulker inside out, he fails to find Osman with his pass though.
Sigurdsson robs Cahill midway in the Everton half. He breaks forward but his shot is blocked. The resulting corner is also headed away
Everton get the second half underway. Both teams will be looking to improve this half and try to find the killer pass in the final third
45' + 1'
Yellow CardJoe Allen
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME! Not much in the way of clear-cut chances at the Liberty Stadium. Both teams are passing the ball well and working incredibly hard when not in possesion.
Good move by the home side. Rangel plays in inside Baines but Routledge's cross is turned away by Jagielka
Great spell for Everton now. Getting Baines on the ball regularly on the left but unfortunately, his usually reliable delivery has not been so good today
Great move by Everton. They keep the ball for around 90 seconds, working it from side to side. Osman's cross was blocked and Everton appeal for hand-ball. Nothing given.
Everton work the ball well down the left. Osman finds Baines clear on the left wing but his cross is deflected away. Hibbert collects on the opposite flank but his delivery is poor and Swansea clear
Baines swings in in, but it is cleared to the edge of the box where Darron Gibson is on hand to blast it over the bar, on the volley
A great counter-attack by Everton. Pienaar eventually finds Baines on the inside-left channel and he is brought down. Free-kick to Everton just outside the box on the left
Everton are struggling to get Pienaar and Osman into the game. When they do get the ball they hit it long hoping for a knock-down from Jelavic or Cahill. It's not really working
The game is settling in to some kind of pattern now. Swansea work the ball well until they get mid-way into the Everton half, which is when they are forced back towards their own goal
Everton's first decent chance. Good delivery by Baines from the left touchline. Jelavic gets his head on it but can't direct it goalwards
Good pressure from Everton. They force the ball back to Vorm who can only kick the ball out for a throw
Sigurdsson breaks from midfield and is found by Rangel on the right of the box but his shot is blocked by Jagielka. Swansea stepping up the tempo now
Swansea still finding it hard to break Everton down and are moving the ball across the pitch looking for a gap
Everton working so hard when not in possesion. The home team are finding it quite hard to break them down here
Swansea win a free-kick, centrally just outside the centre circle after a bit of a lunge from Jagielka. They play it wide and maintain possesion across the back four. However Williams hits it straight out for a throw
Everton getting more of the ball now. Osman, Cahill and Jelavic linking well together but they can't find the final pass to create a clear-cut chance
Swansea having a lot of possesion as you would expect but Everton are working hard to force them back. Both teams working hard when they don't have the ball
Danny Graham with the first real chance. Good through ball by Britton and Graham runs off Distin but his shot is tame and Howard gathers it easily.
Both teams feeling each other out in the opening stages. Everton trying hard to get close to Swansea's midfielders and give them no time to settle
Swansea get us underway at the Liberty Stadium
Darron Gibson returns for the Toffees after missing four games with a knee problem, but they are still without Seamus Coleman (thigh) and Jack Rodwell (hamstring)
Everton have lost their last two league games and will be looking for a good start against a Swansea team who have won three in a row and look like making a late charge for a European place
Swansea welcome back their captain Ashley Williams today after the centre-back missed the 3-0 win over Fulham
Everton team: Howard; Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Osman, Neville, Gisbon, Cahill, Pienaar; Jelavic Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Gueye, Fellaini, Anichebe
Swansea team: Vorm; Rangel, Williams, Caulker, Taylor; Routledge, Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson, Sinclair; Graham Subs: Tremmel, Tate, Monk, McEachran, Lita, Moore, Gower.
Good Afternoon and welcom to Goal.com's live commentary of Swansea City v Everton. Only Manchester United and Norwich City have won at The Liberty Stadium and if the Toffees can add to that list, they will leapfrog the Swans in the table
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