The first half started with alternating chances for both teams and an early booking for Barragan. When Valencia settled though, they dominated the possession and Viera was outstanding in controlling the pace of the game. He played with such confidence and flair, linking up with everyone all around the field. One couldn't even tell he played 90 minutes against Inter, only 2 days before.
With the first half ending in a 0-0 deadlock, Djukic gave Viera a rest and brought in Michel. The impact of the substitution showed as early as the 53rd minute. Jonas's run cleared space outside the box for Cissokho to cross the ball to Michel who controlled and volleyed it past the stunned Everton keeper. There were dangerous opportunities for Everton and Valencia but none could capitalize, and this could have very well been a 2-3 or 3-4 scoreline. Highlights are at the bottom.
* means substituted in/out
Everton FC (0): Robles, Stones, Distin, Jagielka, Oviedo, Deulofeu*, Gibson*, Naismith*, Barkley, Fellaini, Anichebe*
Substitutes: Howard, Osman*, Hibbert, Heitinga, Pienaar, Baines*, Jelavic*, Kone, Gueye, Coleman, Vellios, Duffy, Alcarez, Mirallas*
Valencia CF (1): Guaita, Barragan, V.Ruiz, Mathieu, Cissokho, S.Ruiz*, Parejo, Viera*, Romeu, Ibanez, Jonas*
Substitutes: Diego Alves, Periera, Rami, Costa, Bernat*, Michel*, Banega*, Fuego, Feghouli, Alcacer