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Goodison Park (ATT 32,249) 9th April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Friend

Everton Everton vs Sunderland Sunderland

Everton 4

M Gueye (52)
S Pienaar (75)
L Osman (76)
V Anichebe (81)

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Everton cruise in Cup warm-up

Toffees on fire in second half as they head to Wembley

Last Updated: 09/04/12 5:21pm

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Everton warmed up for their FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool with a comfortable 4-0 win over lacklustre Sunderland.

MATCH FACTS Man of the match - Steven Pienaar. David Moyes must be gutted Pienaar is cup tied and will miss Saturday's Wembley date with Liverpool. The midfielder was at the heart of all that was good about Everton's second half display. Goal of the match: Pienaar and Leon Osman produced almost identical finishes for their strikes but the build-up to the South African's right-footed curler was excellent as the move swept across the width of the pitch. Save of the match: Simon Mignolet did well to block Osman's rasping drive on 52 minutes but was unfortunate to see his save fall to Magaye Gueye who swept the ball home. Talking point: Little in way of controversy in what was a straightforward afternoon for the home side. Martin O'Neill felt upset Tony Hibbert was not penalised for a push on Jack Colback in the run-up to the opener.

The home side, who rested several key players ahead of the Wembley date, swept to victory courtesy of four second half goals.

A drab opening period sprang to life within seven minutes of the restart when Magaye Gueye grabbed a first goal for the club.

Sunderland showed little as an attacking force and were killed off with three goals in six minutes, midfield duo Steven Pienaar and Leon Osman on the mark before substitute Victor Anichebe added to the visitors' misery when his strike deflected in off Jack Colback.

The victory sends David Moyes' men to Wembley in great heart as they prepare to lock horns with their local rivals on Saturday.

Moyes handed James McFadden his first start since the Scot returned to the club in October, while Denis Stracqualursi, Osman, Marouane Fellaini and John Heitinga also came into the side.

Sunderland, whose only change saw David Vaughan replace the injured Nicklas Bendtner, had extra motivation to beat the Toffees after losing out in an FA Cup quarter-final replay last month.

The first half had the look of an end-of-season affair, with Everton's impending cup date also surely a factor, although it was the hosts who enjoyed the majority of the possession and chances, such as they were, in the first half.

Lee Cattermole was booked for bringing down Pienaar 22 yards out but McFadden's free-kick was eventually scrambled away, while in the 27th minute Gueye chose to pick out Pienaar rather than shoot and the midfielder skied his effort.

Osman then found Fellaini 10 yards out only for the midfielder to slice his shot well wide, while at the other end Sunderland's first real chance of the game was a spectacular one as Phil Bardsley crossed for Stephane Sessegnon, who guided his overhead kick just wide.

Comfortable

The game was gradually opening up and McFadden curled a shot that at last forced Simon Mignolet into a save, albeit a comfortable one.

Everton continued their probing at the start of the second half, forcing three corners in quick succession, and from the third in the 52nd minute they at last broke the deadlock.

McFadden's cross was cleared but only as far as Pienaar, who headed the ball into the path of Osman 15 yards out. His fierce shot was blocked by Mignolet but he could not hold on and Gueye smashed in his first Everton goal from a tight angle.

McFadden had been heavily involved in the game on the right and he beat Colback with a surging run into the area but his attempted cutback was blocked by Mignolet.

Both managers made changes, with Kieran Richardson and Ji Dong-won coming on for Sunderland while McFadden was replaced by Royston Drenthe, making his first appearance for almost three weeks after returning from extended compassionate leave.

Two near identical goals in as many minutes ensured the points were wrapped up in favour of the hosts.

First the ball was played along the edge of the Sunderland area to the impressive Pienaar, who showed his quality with a lovely curling shot into the far corner in the 75th minute.

And little over 60 seconds later Osman expertly took down a long ball on his chest before turning inside and placing another superb shot in almost the same spot.

Sunderland were all over the place and in the 81st minute they conceded again. Pienaar wriggled away from two defenders in the corner and picked out substitute Anichebe, who had only been on the field for four minutes.

His first attempt at a volley merely flicked the ball up in the air, but he caught his second well enough, although Mignolet was beaten only because of a huge deflection off Colback.

EvertonTeam StatisticsSunderland
4Goals0
01st Half Goals0
5Shots on Target0
9Shots off Target3
8Blocked Shots0
5Corners2
7Fouls12
3Offsides3
0Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
85Passing Success77.8
18Tackles16
77.8Tackles Success81.2
58.7Possession41.3
52.2Territorial Advantage47.8
567Total Passes383
21Total Crosses18
148Lost Balls160
65Recoveries55
01st Half Poss.0
02nd Half Poss.0

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