Everton have been slammed for their 22-0 thrashing of an Austrian seventh-tier team, summed up by this hilarious effort from the opposition goalkeeper.
Everton ran riot in their first pre-season friendly under new coach Marco Silva, but were widely criticised for wasting time and energy playing against such lowly opponents.
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ATV Irding play in the seventh tier of Austrian football, the Oberliga Nord, but were no match for the Premier League club who saw four separate players score hat-tricks.
Four first-half goals from Turkey international Cenk Tosun had the Toffees 10-0 up at half-time, with Kevin Mirallas scoring five times after the break.
— Everton (@Everton) July 14, 2018
Oumar Niasse and Adeloma Lookman also bagged hat-tricks, but in the end, ATV had given up with five goals coming in the last 10 minutes, including a terrible own goal.
The Irding keeper was so disheartened he simply turned his back as Everton slotted an inevitable 20th goal.
At one stage during the second-half, the scoreline became so ridiculous that Irding were unable to update the score correctly as they did not have the number ’21’ available, so merely displayed the score as ‘2-1’ on the scoreboard.
The level of opponent was criticised by fans and media on Twitter, with some even questioning what was the point in the Toffees travelling to Austria for a pointless friendly, while others questioned whether they had played the game on FIFA’s amateur difficulty level.
Everton just beat up a team 22-0.
They are from a town of 2700 people, have no Wikipedia page, and their biggest digital footprint is a Facebook page with 113 likes that didn't even post about playing a Premier League team.
What kind of insane Football Manager save are we in? https://t.co/wyvasjPUWc
— Zack Goldman (@ThatDamnYank) July 14, 2018
Everton are 8:0 up in their preseason game versus ATV Irding. Am I the only one who finds it a bit odd the Blues have travelled to Austria to play a team in the Oberliga Nord (7th tier of Austrian football)? Not sure what they'll get from that match.
— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) July 14, 2018
ATV Irding 0-22 Everton.
The second leg could be crucial however.
— Coral (@Coral) July 14, 2018
No wonder Everton are winning 21-0 the ATV Irding keeper isn't even trying to make a save 😂 https://t.co/C2LaUPOpOx
— Dan Lawless ⚒ (@TheLawless) July 14, 2018
Disgraceful. Why didn't you lot calm down after you were 2-0 up? Scoring another 20 goals is not nice. Now no-one will scout these upcoming and rising starts form ATV irding. Their career is done! Shame on You!
— Hamza….. (@19_05_12CFC) July 14, 2018
Everton are clearly to going to win the league now and there’s nothing anyone can do about it they beat a top quality team called ATV irding #evertonforthetitle
— Tiernan Mc Fadden (@tmcfadden765) July 14, 2018