Coleman header wins friendly against Monaco

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Everton 1 - 0 AS Monaco
Everton's Swiss pre-season sojourn wrapped up with a match against AS Monaco at Stad Saint-Marc this evening.

The opposition this time will be a little stiffer with the Ligue 1 side and former French champions able to field a slew of international stars, including former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, and Radamel Falcao, the Colombian ex-Porto and Atletico Madrid striker.

But Everton have been working on their fitness all week and Marco Silva will no doubt expect a better return than he saw against FC Sion last Sunday.

Silva named another mixed line-up of experience and youth, with Lewis Gibson and Nathan Broadhead in the line-up alongside the likes of skipper Seamus Coleman and Martin Stekelenburg while Oumar Niasse again led the line up-front.

Broadhead had an early opportunity off a sumptuous Gomes pass but failed to trouble Benaglio before Lopes fired a free-kick for Monaco over Stekelenburg's bar and Gelson Martin hit the side-netting with another effort.

Gibson found Martins too much handle with 25 minutes gone and brought the winger down in the box, handing Monaco a penalty but Stekelenburg saved Lopes's spot-kick to keep the game goalless.

At the other end, Niasse was foiled by the keeper after Lucas Digne's free-kick had deflected off the defensive wall while Monaco kept threatening at the other but Stekelenburg was at his best to pull off another good save.

Coleman had Everton's best chance of the first half thus far when he drove wide following an exchange with Broadhead but it was goalless at the break.

After Theo Walcott had snatched at a shot, Michael Keane had the Blues' next chance of the second half, forcing a save from Benaglio and Tom Davies fired a volley wide from the resulting corner.

In a moment of pure Niasse, the striker appeared to trip over his feet, then backheeling it off the post before Digne lashed a volley an inch wide.

Everton took the lead shortly afterwards, however. Niasse centred and Coleman converted with a brave header to make it 1-0.

Walcott had a late header cleared off the line and Davies hit the bar as Everton finished strongly but ended up winning by the single goal.

Everton: Stekelenburg, Coleman {c}, Keane, Gibson, Digne, Schneiderlin [Y:35'] (46' Davies), Gomes (82' Adeniran), Bernard (78' Mirallas), Sigurdsson (74' McCarthy), Broadhead (46' Walcott), Niasse.
Subs not Used: Pickford, Holgate, Baines, Pennington, Connolly, Delph, Williams, Baningime.

Monaco: Benaglio, Dias, Panzo, Glik, Chadli, Lopes, Jemerson, Fabregas, Gelson, Traore, Sylla.

Attendance: 1,100


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Brian Wilkinson
1 Posted 19/07/2019 at 16:55:06
For none members it is showing live on YouTube.

Type Monaco first v Everton and should come up in the box below on YouTube.

Jim Scales
2 Posted 19/07/2019 at 17:01:15
Cheers Brian.
Jay Wood

3 Posted 19/07/2019 at 17:03:26
The best YT link I've found so far is this:


You can (barely) here the official Everton TV commentary in the background, but be prepared to improve your Spanish!

Michael Lynch
4 Posted 19/07/2019 at 17:08:05
They seem to be playing in the local park. I'm actually surprised they're not using jumpers for goalposts.
Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 19/07/2019 at 17:12:33
Michael 4

Haha it does have that school holidays kickabout feel

Danny Broderick
6 Posted 19/07/2019 at 17:50:14
Lewis Gibson looks good.
Michael Lynch
7 Posted 19/07/2019 at 17:56:23
Danny, we must be watching different games - I thought he looked massively out of his depth first half!
Darren Hind
8 Posted 19/07/2019 at 17:58:33
I clearly remember Silva giving Mirallas plenty of opportunity last pre-season too.

It surprised just about everyone as most of us thought he was done here, but Silva clearly thought he had something. Sadly "Super Kev" fell away again before the season even got going. Now its happening again !

How is Mirallas still here ? He seems to have been on a two year pub crawl without ever leaving the last chance saloon

Jay Harris
9 Posted 19/07/2019 at 17:59:59
I thought he looked OK Michael and Broadhead is linking up well with Seamus.

Stekelenburg pulled off some great saves including the pen.

Danny Broderick
10 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:01:00

I only saw from 25 mins onwards, so I didn't see the full half. But he seems to be a big lad, and composed on the ball. Left footed centre half is a bonus also! Let's see how he gets on in the 2nd half...

Jay Wood

11 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:05:38
Well I didn't think that was a bad half of football. You can see the benefit of having more players in the team who know each other's game from last season.

And like a couple of others I thought Gibson did OK. He was tidier on the ball and with his passing than Keane, who sold him short on the half way line from which the penalty resulted. That was a poor challenge, but Lewis had been very clean in his tackling until then. It's interesting that Silva has him with the first team AND giving him game time over other candidaes you might expect to be preferred to him.

Broadhead has also had a good half, taking up some nice positions and making some good runs.

Michael Lynch
12 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:06:50
I thought Broadhead and Coleman linked up quite well. It's hard to take much from watching these games, they're miles away from the real thing.
Danny Broderick
13 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:26:39
I have to say I would keep Niasse. He has just had a chance where he went from the ridiculous to the sublime. Great run and through ball, his first touch was absolutely shocking, then he nearly scored with a sublime 2nd touch which hit the post and bar! He had a good header from the next attack which just flashed wide also.

I'm not saying he should be our first choice striker. But he creates far more danger up front than Tosun and DCL combined!

Digne just nearly scored one of the best goals I have ever seen also. What a player he is. Corner from Sigurdsson to Digne 25 yards out. First time volley, inches wide of the top corner!

Jamie Crowley
14 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:29:43
I clicked on the YT link (TY Jay!) and laughed.

It's like an adult league pick up game in a park.

Just weird.

Darren Hind
15 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:31:46
Whats the piss head doing running on ?
Danny Broderick
16 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:33:08
1-0 Coleman. Deflected shot from Niasse set him up. We have played well second half, the defence and Stekelenburg have had nothing to do...
Bobby Mallon
17 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:50:03
Good second half hit post cleared off line I enjoyed that
Danny Broderick
18 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:50:27
Davies hit the bar after being teed up in the last minute by Niasse. A good second half all in all.

Michael, I thought the young lad Gibson had a good game at centre half. Very assured 2nd half performance...

Danny Broderick
19 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:50:27
Davies hit the bar after being teed up in the last minute by Niasse. A good second half all in all.

Michael, I thought the young lad Gibson had a good game at centre half. Very assured 2nd half performance...

Bobby Mallon
20 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:51:46
Danny I wouldn't go as far as that but a decent effort
Jay Harris
21 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:56:31
All in all a much better showing than Sion. I know its only preseason but I thought we looked quite composed as a team today.

All the fringe players did quite well especially Broadhead and Davies. Oumar showed enough that he is worth considering as a squad player.

The only negative for me was Gomes and Keane continuing to make errors in possession.

Mike Gaynes
22 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:56:38
The goal was all about Bernard... great run with the ball and then a lovely cross back to the left. Brave finish from Coleman made me wince when I saw him on the turf afterwards.

Two other nice setups, one with Walcott's shot beating the keeper and being cleared off the line, and then Davies' crossbar-rattler.

Fun to see the guys playing on a Sunday league pitch and enjoying it... and even a pitch invader!

Annika Herbert
23 Posted 19/07/2019 at 18:58:39
I thought that was a decent run out, bearing in mind it, s all about being ready for the new season. I agree with Danny@19 too, i thought Gibson looked a good player.
Still can, t understand why players like Mirallas are getting game time though, unless it, s to put them in the shop window
Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 19/07/2019 at 19:01:37
Annika, there's no shop window in the world that could get Mirallas sold.

Maybe a garage sale.

Dave Abrahams
25 Posted 19/07/2019 at 19:10:21
Mike (24), more like a fire sale and claim on the insurance.
Annika Herbert
26 Posted 19/07/2019 at 19:17:37
Mike @24 and Dave@25, well that made me smile anyway!!Unfortunately you may both well be right
Trevor Peers
27 Posted 19/07/2019 at 19:29:43
News that Zouma is unlikely to be joining us means we have two priority signing to complete before the new season starts.
A center half and a striker of some description is a must if we are to maintain a position in the top 10 of the table.

After watching the latest warm up up game it's obvious we need to strengthen the team, there are no youngsters coming through who look good enough to command a first team place.

Tony Hill
28 Posted 19/07/2019 at 19:35:30
Seamus is looking fit and strong and determined. I hope he proves people like me, who have written him off as the player he used to be, completely wrong.
Andrew Ellams
29 Posted 19/07/2019 at 19:35:34
There are still players to come back and these are still fitness run outs. Get the Wigan game out of the way and Silva has 3 games to get it right for Palace.
Trevor Powell
30 Posted 19/07/2019 at 19:59:48
There must be car boot sale or even a jumble sale to get rid of the odious Mirallas! Could we not put him on E-Bay?
Richard Mason
31 Posted 19/07/2019 at 20:14:37
I think the little cameos from Dennis adreien are good, big strong lad who looks very composed
Gerry Ring
32 Posted 19/07/2019 at 20:18:06
I thought it was a reasonable display for early season. Some solid performances but Gomes & Walcott we're anonymous with Gomes making basis errors. As for Walcott, no impact. Having said that I thought McCarthy did well when he came on. Looked very assured.
Brian Hennessy
33 Posted 19/07/2019 at 20:32:43
That's not a bad idea Trevor @30

I find E-Bay excellent. Sold a homing pigeon on it this week. 15th time I have sold him this year!

I'll get my coat...

Anton Walsh
34 Posted 19/07/2019 at 20:48:10
Is big Duncan still in the dugout?
Mike Gaynes
35 Posted 19/07/2019 at 20:53:29
Brian #33, Mirallas is a homing Finch.

No matter how many times we dispatch this bird to some far-off land, come summer he reappears at Finch Farm.

Dermot Byrne
36 Posted 19/07/2019 at 20:53:47
Brian #33 that is v funny. Even my Kopite missus loved that one! Still smiling.
David Pearl
37 Posted 19/07/2019 at 20:57:27
My life has a lot of moments of pure Niasse. What can I do? I've got a feeling we might just need another goalscorer. Where was Tosun today?
James Hughes
38 Posted 19/07/2019 at 21:56:56
Senegal losing 1-0 to Algeria, Gana has played the whole game. He's going to need a good couple of weeks off at least.

Possibly back for the Watford game ?

Christy Ring
39 Posted 19/07/2019 at 22:11:39
Sky said Palace have offered £8m for McCarthy, with the Gueye situation, he's the only cover we have as a defensive midfielder, because Delphis more attacking.
Jay Wood

40 Posted 19/07/2019 at 22:13:15
The Senegal-Algeria final was the one and only game I've watched of the AFCON tournament. If it reflects the standard of the whole competition, I haven't missed anything.

A truly awful game of football, decided by a freakish lucky goal after two minutes, after which Algeria fouled their way through the entire game and Senegal were absolutely woeful on pretty much every dead ball situation they won.

Particularly for those players who also appeared at last year's world cup and who were involved three weeks into July with AFCON, they are going to need careful managing to get through the coming club season.

Paul Hewitt
41 Posted 19/07/2019 at 22:26:51
Jay Wood @ 40. I've watched a lot of the AFCON. Its been a truly terrible tournament. Played in front of empty stadiums.
Brian Wilkinson
42 Posted 19/07/2019 at 22:44:51
Everton have been given a further 3,600 tickets to the 5,000 already sold for the Wigan Ath friendly next Wednesday, plus a cash on the night turnstile for the Everton fans in the North stand.

So that's half the ground taken up already by Evertonians.

Derek Knox
43 Posted 19/07/2019 at 22:56:00
Jay & Paul @ 41, I too watched most of the games, and yes on the whole they were pretty dire, but I kept thinking it was maybe a one-off.

I was still saying at the final, the main reason I watched them was to see Gana performing and to be honest if I was a neutral he didn't stand out as being anything other than ordinary through most of the Tournament.

I know he scored a couple of goals... or was it one?

Brian Hennessy
44 Posted 19/07/2019 at 22:56:34
Nice one Mike @35. I think you are right!

Dermott @36 – Glad it brought a smile to you and your other half.

Jay Wood

45 Posted 19/07/2019 at 23:00:12
Paul @ 41.

I don't know whether to congratulate you on your perseverance and stamina, or sympathize with you for sitting through so much cack!

The BBC's final match stats says it all.
Senegal numbers 1st, Algeria's 2nd:
Possession: 62% v 38%
Shots: 12 v 1
Shots on target: 3 v 1 (qualifying Algeria's freakish winner as a 'shot on target' is parody at its best, or rather, worst)
Corners: 6 v 2
Fouls: 18 v 32

Algeria were just HORRIBLE!!! Total anti-football.

Neil Copeland
46 Posted 19/07/2019 at 23:59:49
Trevor #30, I think we should offer free postage rather than buyer collects.
Tony Hill
47 Posted 20/07/2019 at 09:14:57
More rumours about us getting into serious negotiations for Kean. On the basis of my 2 minutes YouTube research, that fella looks interesting.

Generally, I am optimistic because there is a calmness about our management team which I can't remember us having for a long time. Indeed, I can't remember us ever having it, even when we were winning trophies.

These are serious men who are in it for the longer term. It's the ones higher up who still worry me.

Jimmy Hogan
48 Posted 20/07/2019 at 09:53:46
Blimey, we've actually won a pre-season friendly...
Dermot Byrne
49 Posted 20/07/2019 at 13:54:35
Friendlies matter. Ask Kopites today!
Peter Fearon
50 Posted 20/07/2019 at 16:26:24
It is beyond belief that we are still fielding teams with Kevin Mirallas and Oumar Niasse. Neither of them are worth the air fare to Switzerland. If either of these players have a snowball's chance in hell of starting any game this season, then there is a serious problem.

Offer to pay them 66% of whatever is on left on their contract and release them. Better for them. Better for us.

Mirallas is a talented but lazy bastard. In Niasse's case, it's not really his fault he was recruited to a level where he doesn't belong. He really should be in a football version of Cirque du Soleil.

Kim Vivian
51 Posted 20/07/2019 at 18:47:41
Brian – 33. Haha. Very good – however... if you ever successfully sell a homing pigeon, what you've actually sold is a pigeon.
Kieran Kinsella
52 Posted 20/07/2019 at 18:53:29

Yeah Coleman is looking sharp. I think partly he's been shaking off rustiness and partly he knows he may have more competition... but regardless, it's good to see.

Raymond Fox
53 Posted 21/07/2019 at 19:12:27
Be careful, Danny, you are not supposed to praise Niasse. You're right, he's not half as bad as is the popular view on here. We are not exactly awash with goal scorers.
Brian Williams
54 Posted 21/07/2019 at 19:30:33
Raymond #53.

He is though, Ray, let's be honest. Only Oumar could break through the defence on the edge of the box, lose control of the ball hopelessly and manage to hit the bar from a freak touch when he wind-milled his left leg and caught the ball with his boot. The lad tries hard but he's a bit of an embarrassment at times.

He's the footballing equivalent of the infinite monkey theorem in that give him enough chances (lots and lots and lots) and eventually he'll have to score.

Same thing with the infinite monkey theorem and a Schneiderlin forward pass!

Geoff Lambert
55 Posted 21/07/2019 at 19:50:04
So that means he is better than Calvert-Lewinor Tosun, then, Brian?
Brian Williams
56 Posted 21/07/2019 at 20:00:44
Give them time, Geoff, give them time. 🤣

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