Everton suffer loss in Vienna
New Everton manager Roberto Martinez suffered a defeat in his
first match in charge as the Toffees lost their friendly against
Austria Vienna 2-1.
The Austrian champions, who open their title defence next
weekend, went ahead in the 14th minute when Marko Stankovic took
advantage of a poor pass from Leon Osman and rounded debutant
Everton goalkeeper Joel before finding the net.
Stankovic doubled his tally when he wrong-footed Joel from the
penalty spot in the 37th minute after Shane Duffy was penalised for
Everton quickly pulled a goal back through Greek striker
Apostolos Vellios, who was left unmarked to head home a pinpoint
cross from Leighton Baines.
Both managers made a host of changes at the interval, but
Everton were unable to find an equaliser in the second half with
Kevin Mirallas going closest when he was foiled by a timely
intervention by substitute goalkeeper Ivan Kardum.
Despite the result, Martinez was happy with his week’s work in
He told the club’s official website: “The game was more of a
physical exercise than anything else. It’s been a very successful
“We’ve accumulated a lot of work and that’s been exactly what we
needed and it’s given us a very good platform. Today was just to
get a run out and we gave everyone 45 minutes more or less.
“We were playing against a side who are one week away from the
start of their season and that’s what we wanted – we wanted to push
ourselves to the maximum from a physical point of view, and I
thought we responded really well.”