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Everton at Millwall: Live Blog | Blues throw it away late in the game

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Blues knocked out in London in the FA Cup Fourth Round

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Live Blog

Fulltime - So another season ends in January after a tame effort away from home. Little else to say about this game except that questions that have been simmering about Marco Silva should now be hitting boiling point.

Millwall - Everton full time stats
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90+4’ - Another poor freekick given away, just outside the box., and guess where that ends up. Second poor decision by DIgne giving away a dangerous foul in a position where the Blues have already suffered at many many times this season.
Dreadful late defending all around. Everton. Are. A. Joke.

90+2’ - Blues put some pressure on the hosts but no clear chances apart from a shot from distance by Sigurdsson, straight at Archer.

90’ - Zouma makes a spectacular last-ditch tackle in the box successfully to take away a late chance.

85’ - Millwall appear to be bunkering down now for the draw. Gueye clatters into Leonard, Oliver adamant that did not deserve a second booking.

79’ - Last change for Silva is Lookman going off, Theo Walcott coming on.

74’ - Digne now with a poor giveaway right by the corner flag. Freekick pings around the box as they can’t clear it again, and guess what, it’s 2-2.
Shameful lack of character from the Blues.

The Everton players are livid as that clearly went in off Cooper’s arm, and now Idrissa Gueye and Tosun are booked by Oliver for their protestations.

72’ - CENK TOSUN! Sigurdsson finds the Turkish striker in space, and his semi-scuffed shot is slotted in at the far post past Archer! 2-1 to the Blues.

70’ - The commentator sagely warns both sides to watch out with the strength of their passes, as there are visible puddles on the ground now.

65’ - Cenk Tosun is Everton’s second substitution, DCL goes off.
Ref Oliver has kept the cards in his pocket so far, but now books Murray Wallace for dragging down Lookman as he broke.

64’ - So far this has played into Millwall and Neil Harris’ hands, tied deep in the game, his side imposing themselves physically in horrible wet conditions and the Blues very unsettled.

60’ - Everton asking better questions now, but still failing to get any clear looks at goal.
Half an hour to go and the volume has certainly gone up a couple of notches.

55’ - Sigurdsson takes a shot from outside the box but it’s deflected wide for a corner. That comes to nothing, of course. Second corner we’ve seen an Everton player’s shirt getting yanked almost off the player, of course neither Michael Oliver nor any of the assistant referees ‘see’ anything.

50’ - The rain has not slowed it appears, though the pitch is still very slick. Both teams seem hungrier to begin the second half.

46’ - Kurt Zouma is a halftime change, Mina off presumably with whatever his injury was.

Halftime - Very underwhelming from the Blues in rainy conditions, despite dominating possession. The Evertonians are restless and disgruntled, with good reason.

Millwall - Everton halftime stats
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45+2’ - 1-1! Lee Gregory ties it up, from a setpiece of course. Short freekick nodded across the box and the Blues are all at sea again. No chance for Pickford to save that, but he certainly could have come out to claim that.

42’ - Goal! Out of nothing! A good sequence of passes finds Richarlison outside the box, and the Brazilian’s shot takes a slight deflection and it squirms under the goalie Archer. Blues lead 1-0.

35’ - A number of Everton supporters have expressed their concern that Silva appears to be a one-strategy pony. His tactics today will not have convinced that segment of the population otherwise.

31’ - Still 0-0, have to say, the Blues are not clearly the better side here. Everton have failed to string together a coherent sequence of passes to cause the hosts any issues.

25’ - Halfway through the first half, and Mina seems to be in some distress. Sitting on the ground, his right boot off.

20’ - Richarlison is taking his time settling in on the left but is finally seeing more of the ball.
Blues have had 70% of the possession so far. Coleman breaks again down the left, but can’t put a decent ball into the middle.

15’ - Coleman gets away again and puts in another poor cross, falls to Dominic Calvert-Lewin but he can’t untangle himself to get off a shot.

12’ - Gylfi Sigurdsson now gives up a poor freekick by the left touchline. Another good ball in, wafted deep, and a Lion heads it back across the box but Digne clears! Close shave again.

10’ - Seamus Coleman finally gets free down the right and his low cross into the box is completely whiffed by Richarlison running in late. Good chance that.

8’ - Andre Gomes gives away a poor freekick in a dangerous area, and Millwall float in a tempting freekick right into the box... Cooper gets to it first but heads very wide. That was a good chance.

5’ - Everton sustain some pressure down the left, with a couple of corners and long throws from Lucas Digne. Nothing comes out of it.

3’ - Blues look a bit shaky on the ball, but are trying to play their game in the rain here.

1’ - Millwall get us started and hoof the ball forward right away.

Lineups - Marco Silva taking no chances today, naming what might be close to Everton’s strongest XI, Yerry Mina in for Kurt Zouma and Dominic Calvert-Lewin goes up top and Richarlison returns to the left.


Everton travel to London today to take on Millwall in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. The Blues have continued to mystify with their performances this season varying wildly from one end of the spectrum to the other.

Marco Silva will be desperately hoping for some semblance of professional consistency from his side, and will likely not leave too much up to chance with his lineup choices. He was bit hard the last time he tried to ring in the changes in the League Cup this season, and will be wary of repeating that error this afternoon.

The Lions are a combative outfit and can be quite a terrifying proposition at The Den. The Cup tends to bring out the best in sides especially at home and despite their lowly 19th position in the Championship table, the Blues can expect a fierce battle.

Match Details

Date and start time: Saturday, January 26th at 9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m ET / 5:30 p.m. BST

Stadium: The Den, Bermondsey, London, England, United Kingdom

Capacity: 20.146

Weather: 50°F/10°C, rain, 85% chance of precipitation, 27 kmph winds

How to Watch/Listen

TV: N/A - United States; BBC One - United Kingdom, Sportsnet World - Canada, SuperSport 3, beIN Sports 2

Radio: Everton Match Centre, BBC Radio 5 Live, Sirius XM FC

Live stream: evertontv, ESPN+, fuboTV, Sportsnet Now, beIN Sports Connect, Flow Sports App, Optus Sport

Gamethread: Liveblog will be updated above from one hour before kickoff

Information from LiveSoccerTV.com

Lineups

Everton

Starting XI: Pickford; Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman; Gueye, Gomes; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Zouma, Walcott, Tosun, Bernard, Davies

Millwall

Starting XI: Archer, Hutchinson, Cooper, Williams, Gregory, Ferguson, Romeo, Tunnicliffe, O’Brien, M. Wallace, Leonard

Subs: Martin, Pearce, Meredith, Hanson, Skalak, Morison, Alexander

Last Meeting

The last time Everton played Millwall was also in this same competition, the Third Round in the 2005-06 season. The Lions held the Blues to a 1-1 draw at The Den, before a solitary goal settled the replay for the hosts at Goodison Park, courtesy of a former player much-loved by both sides - Tim Cahill.