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A year on from Everton's 22-0 win - the crazy game that shocked the football world

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A year ago today, Everton played their first game under Marco Silva and it's probably fair to say he hasn't had an easier one before or since in all his many years in football.

“Our goalkeeper Wolfgang Zelzer is a very fair sportsman and would never give up during the match.” Afterwards, Silva told the ECHO: “It is not easy to analyse the game.

“Of course, we expected a different level, the level was really low but most important for me – and it's what I told the players before the match – it is not important the level of our opponent.” A year to the day Everton return to the Alps but are some 500 miles further west against FC Sion with the Swiss top flight outfit expected to provide a much sterner challenge.

That was certainly the case when the Blues took on part-timers ATV Irdning and eager to impress their new manager, demolished the Austrian fifth-tier outfit 22-0 to smash a club record that had stood for 133 years.

Indeed, home custodian Wolfgang Zelzer, whose profile on ATV's website says his favourite food is Schweinsbraten (pork roast) and favourite drink is beer, came in for some flak for turning his back for the 20th goal and making no attempt to save the shot.

Ademola Lookman claimed a hat-trick, Nikola Vlasic scored twice while Leighton Baines, Mason Holgate and Michael Keane also found the scoresheet with the other strike a comical own goal from Sebastian Schmidt, who chipped his own goalkeeper from outside the box.

However, Irdning hit back at accusations that one of their players had not been trying by posting an online message headlined: “Fake news” and insisting that the referee's assistant had raised his flag to give Nikola Vlasic offside, something which took place out of shot of the footage circulated on social media.
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