England’s Everton FC played the newly formed Melbourne Hearts on Wednesday night, and the Premier League outfit made it two wins from two down under in front of 19,261 spectators at the Etihad Stadium.
The newest addition to the A-League proved themselves as potential candidates for the upcoming season, despite losing two-nil to the Toffees.
The newest addition to the A-League proved themselves as potential candidates for the upcoming season, despite losing two-nil to the Toffees in what was just their fourth appearance as a side.
Jack Rodwell and Louis Saha both struck the back of the net, with the latter missing a spot-kick early on in the fixture for the guests.
The Hearts’ defence was solid, but up front they only threatened the English side twice through a Josip Skoko long ranger and an Eli Babalj volley – which drew top notch saves from keeper Iain Turner.
Fans of the Socceroos star Tim Cahill would have been disappointed the Aussie did not start for Everton, however he made an appearance in the second half without much impact and left the ground with cheers from the crowd as he sported a Hearts jersey.
The win for Everton was the second for the side since arriving in Australia, having beaten Sydney FC 1-0 last Saturday, and will round up their whirlwind tour when they play Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium this weekend.
If you want to follow Everton’s pre season campaign down under, then head to Ladbrokes.com.au for the greatest odds and offers on their final game up against the Roar.