VIDEO: Distin goes from hero to zero as Everton edge Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League

Everton 2 – Sporting Lisbon 1 (Europa League, February 16, 2010) The Toffees looked dangerous early doors as visiting keeper Rui Patricio was forced into a doubled save after 10 minutes. In the 35th minute Everton broke the deadlock with with a goal straight out of the Guti handbook of brilliant backheels. Neville freed Tim Cahill in the box, the Australian pull faked out his covering defender with a classy backheel and Steven Pienaar was on hand to apply the finishing touch. Sporting threatened after going behind when Marat Izmailov hit a fierce shot against Howard’s post. In Everton’s first attack after the restart they expose Sporting’s weak underbelly as Cahill challenged keeper Rui Patricio from a corner, the cross missed them both both striking an unmarked Sylvin Distin helplessly turned the ball in the net. But after coasting much of the match Everton shot themselves in the foot six minutes from time, Distin was the villain gifting possession to Leidson who he then brought down in the box and, after Distin saw red, Miguel Veloso converted from the spot.