Everton beat Liverpool 3-0

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Andrew Johnson scored two goals, leading Everton to a stunning 3-0 rout of Liverpool in the 204th Mserseyside derby at Goodison Park.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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Andrew Johnson scored two goals, leading Everton to a stunning 3-0 rout of Liverpool in the 204th Mserseyside derby at Goodison Park. In the most famous of English football rivalries, traditionally dominant Liverpool struggled as a more energetic Everton side carried the run of play in its biggest win over the Reds since a 4-0 win at Liverpool in 1964 and largest margin at Goodison Park since 1909. Tim Cahill scored the Blues' first goal before two well-taken strikes by Johnson sealed a memorable afternoon for coach David Moyes and Everton's loyal fans, who have often been overshadowed by Liverpool. Goalkeeper Tim Howard made two quality saves in the first 15 minutes to keep the match scoreless and later added two more quality saves in the second half in posting a deserved clean sheet. Johnson - playing with confidence since being added to England's roster for European qualifying - scored for the second straight match. Liverpool started quickly and nearly took the lead in the first minute on a shot by Robbie Fowler that Howard stopped. But Johnson was finding holes against a shaky Liverpool defence that included Jamie Carragher after he recovered from an ankle injury. Everton took the lead in the 23rd minute to the delight of the home crowd when Lee Carsley flicked a through ball sent by Mikel Arteta to Leon Osman. Osman outmuscled Steve Finnan, and Cahill ran onto the loose ball before scoring from 10 yards for his second goal of the season. Liverpool forced another quality effort from Howard, who made a diving one-handed save on a shot headed for the upper corner by Luis Garcia in the 30th minute. But more poor defending doomed the Reds to a two-goal deficit before halftime. Carragher completely missed Carsley's through ball, allowing Johnson to race in unmarked and easily beat Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina. Desperate for any momentum, Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez replaced Fowler and Peter Crouch with forwards Dirk Kuyt and John Arne Riise early in the second half. Kuyt created a pair of scoring chances, but Howard denied one and the other nearly resulted in a penalty kick after the ball hit the hand of Everton fullback Tony Hibbert, but referee Graham Poll did not point to the spot. Gerrard, the Reds' best player in the match, also had a shot ring off the post in the 72nd minute. Liverpool was forced to play the final 12 minutes with 10 men after Riise suffered an ankle injury and was unable to continue after Benitez used all his allotted substitutions. (AP)

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