Fulltime Thoughts - Disappointing in the end to lose the game, but not altogether surprised either. Sevilla dominated possession and showed more creation, and were the scrappier side too. Blues still look 2-3 weeks away from being Premier League ready, which is about how much time they have really.
60’ - There’s the final whistle, and Everton have been beaten unfortunately, 1-0 from a penalty by Ocampos for Sevilla.
58’ - Gomes, Digne, Coleman, Delph.. they’ve all been quite quick to anger today. Delph in particular has made some rash challenges today, and gets a yellow card.
53’ - Excellent cross in from Digne and DCL rises well in the box, but his low header is palmed away by the keeper for a corner that comes to nothing.
50’ - Everton have tried to pick up the pace here but Sevilla are holding the ball well and keeping it away from the Blues.
46’ - Oh Mason. Ocampos makes a quick break past Digne, and Holgate comes across to deal with him. Ocampos then pulls the ball back, and goes down quite easily with Holgate’s arm across him, ref points right at the spot.
Ocampos to take it himself, right down the middle.. Pickford dives left but then sticks out his right leg and kicks it, but it’s got enough to go past him. Sevilla 1-0, less than fifteen to play.
42’ - Horrendous challenge by Ocampos on Digne, and he is booked. Studs up, raked down his ankle. The fullback is in agony, rolling around. He limps off for now, will he get replaced?
39’ - Digne and Bernard combine to win a corner. Overhit by the Frenchman, there’s a foul in the box anyway and the chance is wasted.
37’ - First few minutes of the second half looks much like the first half. Sevilla looking much sharper when they have the ball. Everton doing a lot of sideways passing in the middle, little vertical going on.
33’ - Oof, Sevilla attack down the left, quick passing and a cut back that goes diagonally through the box, Ocampos gets a shot off but it’s tame and straight at Pickford.
Walcott is sitting higher up the pitch and Sevilla are taking advantage with the numerical advantage on the left.
31’ - Everton took their time coming back out from the break, looks like Sevilla took 10 min while the Blues went for 15. Underway again in the second half.
Halftime thoughts - Not much to be thrilled about here. Sevilla started the better side and moved the ball all around the pitch with ease. The Blues have grown into the game, nbut are yet to mount any sustained pressure on the La Liga side’s goal.
30’ - There’s the halftime whistle then, still 0-0.
28’ - We’ve got some shoving and barging on the pitch now, just about every player on the pitch involved. Lucas Digne has gone down clutching his ribs, and Andre Gomes and Franco Vazquez have both been booked.
25’ - Horrendous giveaway by Mason Holgate, passing the ball the straight to the feet of the attacker, but Sevilla dawdle on the ball and it’s cleared. Whew.
20’ - Finally some cohesive football. Bernard finds Gylfi Sigurdsson on the edge of the box, and with a beautiful ball he finds DCL through on the left, but the youngster places his shot wide of the far post.
16’ - The Spanish side are just slicing the Blues wide open down the wings. Need Bernard and Walcott to do more to support their respective fullbacks.
12’ - Much much better there. Walcott with a great volleyed cross into the box, Dominic Calvert-Lewin inexplicably aims a Chuck Norris-esque kick at it instead of a header. Strange. It goes wide, naturally.
8’ - Everton have been hemmed in butmake a quick break and Theo Walcott runs into space but the goalie is alert and comes out to clear.
4’ - It’s been all Sevilla so far as the La Liga side are moving the ball with ease and the Blues are chasing shadows.
We’re underway at Mainz’ Opel Arena! Remember, this is an abbreviated 60-minute game.
| Team news is in at Opel Arena for our first game against @SevillaFC_ENG! #OpelCup pic.twitter.com/lTjqEF1myP— Everton (@Everton) July 27, 2019
Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Mina, Digne, Gomes, Delph, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin
Sevilla: Vaclik, Jesus Navas, Kounde, Carrico, Escudero, Fernando, Oliver, Vazquez, Nolito, Ocampos, De Jong
Competition; Round: Opel Cup (2019-20 Preseason Friendly 5)
Date & Time: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 4:00am PST, 7:00am EST, 12:00pm BST, 1:00pm local time
Venue: Opel Arena, Mainz, Germany
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Everton continue their preseason training in Germany today at Bundesliga side FSV Mainz’s Opel Arena. The Blues will take part in a three-team mini-tournament consisting of 60-minute matches along with hosts Mainz and Spanish side Sevilla.
The Toffees kick off the event with the first game against Sevilla, before ending the competition three hours later against Mainz. The players will certainly be feeling the effects of the training after playing last weekend and then going through a gruelling midweek game against a Wigan Athletic side determined to hack their way to promotion from the Championship this season.
Marco Silva has taken a 29-strong squad to Germany with him, in alphabetical order: Dennis Adeniran, Leighton Baines, Nathan Broadhead, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Seamus Coleman, Callum Connolly, Tom Davies, Fabian Delph, Lucas Digne, Bernard, Matthew Foulds, Lewis Gibson, Andre Gomes, Anthony Gordon, Mason Holgate, Fraser Hornby, Michael Keane, Jonas Lossl, James McCarthy, Yerry Mina, Kevin Mirallas, Matthew Pennington, Jordan Pickford, Morgan Schneiderlin, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Maarten Stekelenburg, Cenk Tosun, Theo Walcott.
After featuring in every preseason game so far, Oumar Niasse was left at home fueling speculation that a transfer could be imminent. Cenk Tosun is back in the squad which means he is close to full fitness again.
Midfielders Joe Williams and Muhamed Besic have also been skipped for this weekend, which also fuels rumours that they could be on their way out soon too.