Toffees come unstuck in Romania

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Everton face an early exit from Europe after an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Dinamo Bucharest in Romania.

The Toffees endured a second half slump as Dinamo netted four goals to put themselves in pole position to reach the group stages of the Uefa Cup.

The defeat was another blow to Everton boss David Moyes who has seen his side lose six of their seven games so far this season.

Everton began well and James McFadden had the first chance of the game on four minutes when he worked a one-two with Phil Neville, but he dragged his shot wide of the target.

Yobo came close to breaking the deadlock on 18 minutes when he ran unchallenged to the edge of the box and fired in a left-footed shot which Dinamo goalkeeper Uladzimir Gaev pushed round the post.

Dinamo opened the scoring on 27 minutes, very much against the run of play, when Florentin Petre got past Nuno Valente down the right and crossed for Claudiu Niculescu to bravely head home from six yards out under pressure from Yobo.

The lead proved short-lived as Everton drew level just three minutes later; Yobo rose highest to meet Simon Davies' free kick from the right and his header bounced into the ground, over Gaev and into the net.

Dinamo had a great chance to restore their lead seven minutes before the break when Ianis Zicu got through on goal, but Nigel Martyn was quickly off his line to block his attempted chip and Tony Hibbert was on hand to scramble the ball away to safety.

The home side showed more attacking intent in the second half and they restored their lead six minutes after the restart with a fine goal from Zicu.

Niculescu was the provider with a superb cross from the left and Zicu got ahead of David Weir at the near post to send an angled volley past Martyn.

Everton were now unsure at the back and Lucian Goian drove a shot just wide from inside the box after Everton failed to clear the danger from a corner.

Dinamo were in firm control and substitute Florin Bratu burst past Yobo on the left and tried his luck from an acute angle on 63 minutes, but Martyn kept out his shot with his feet.

Florentin Petre grabbed a third for the home side on 71 minutes when he picked the ball up on the edge of the area and, as the Everton defence stood off him, planted a firm shot past Martyn and into the top corner of the net.

A minute later Bratu fired in a shot just wide of the target as the Everton defence found themselves all at sea.

Everton were now in complete disarray and Bratu made it 4-1 when the ball dropped invitingly to him inside the box and he kept his cool before firing past Martyn to leave Everton with a mountain to climb.

Dinamo came close to adding a fifth when Petre burst into the box and rounded Martyn, but Hibbert got back to block the Dinamo captain's goalbound shot.

Everton almost pulled a goal back in the final minute when substitute Duncan Ferguson rose highest to meet fellow substitute Kevin Kilbane's corner with a powerful header which Gaev did superbly to push out.

But things got worse for Everton in injury time when Vlad Munteanu played Bratu in on goal and he slipped his shot under Martyn to compound The Toffees' misery.

Dinamo BucharestTeam StatisticsEverton
11st Half Goals1
7Shots on Target3
11Shots off Target3
4Blocked Shots2
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
71.4Passing Success70.3
59.3Tackles Success92.3
43.5Territorial Advantage56.5