Everton beats Melbourne Heart 2-0 in friendly

Published Jul. 14, 2010 4:33 p.m. ET

Midfielder Jack Rodwell scored in the first half and forward Louis Saha in the second to give English Premier League team Everton a 2-0 win over the Melbourne Heart.

Saha missed a penalty in the third minute Wednesday against the Heart, which will begin play in an expanded A-League in August.

Everton took the lead in the 34th minute when Rodwell knocked in Seamus Coleman's cross. Saha scored in the 60th with a left-footed strike in front of 19,261 spectators.

Everton, which includes Australia midfielder Tim Cahill, plays another A-League team, the Brisbane Roar, on Saturday to conclude its three-game Australian tour. It beat Sydney FC 1-0 last weekend.

After the match Everton manager David Moyes backed Australia's bid to host the 2022 World Cup ahead of the December vote, but warned that the poor pitches could harm the bid.

"I think Australia should get the World Cup, I think the country can take it," Moyes said. "I thought you've got everything, all the sports, all the stadiums, but your fields aren't made for soccer the way they are back home."