Player Ratings: Real Betis 1-1 Everton (4-3 after penalties)


These are Fresh Football’s ratings for Everton’s friendly against Real Betis in Saturday’s Dresden Cup tie.

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Joel Robles – 6.5

With not a great deal to do throughout the entirety of the game, Joel Robles did fairly well when called upon, including a save in the first half which saw him parry a shot onto the post. The Spaniard was unable to stop Betis’ goal in the 23rd minute, however, and was equally as helpless up against four well taken spot-kicks in the penalty shootout.

Bryan Oviedo – 5.5

Oviedo looked quite lively in the early exchanges of the match, but gradually saw his energy and influence on the left flank sapped out of him as the game went on. Defensively reliable, but, again, more gaps began to appear in behind him as the game reached its conclusion.

Brendan Galloway – 6.5

Among Everton’s best performers of the afternoon, the versatile defender did a good job in keeping Betis’ Rubén Castro and, later on in the game, Tony Sanabria quiet with notable interceptions.

Matthew Pennington – 6

Following a solid first half, Pennington saw his workload increase as Betis’ command of the game became more evident. Despite requiring his centre back partner Galloway to rescue him a few times with passes in behind, a hamstring injury with 12 minutes of the game to go blemished an otherwise decent display from the 21-year-old.

Mason Holgate – 6.5

An impressive first half performance saw the adventurous Holgate put in a handful of good crosses for Romelu Lukaku and Arouna Koné to attack, but it was he who felt the game’s momentum swing the most throughout the second period, struggling to contain Betis’ veteran wide man Joaquín on Everton’s right side of the pitch.

Muhamed Bešić – 5

The full 90 minutes of football played were afforded to Bešić by his boss Ronald Koeman, with the Bosnia & Herzegovina international offering very little in return against the La Liga side.

Gareth Barry – 6.5

The 35-year-old orchestrated Everton’s play in a period where the Toffees appeared to be the most dominant side. With this being Barry’s first outing in pre-season, the Englishman lasted just 60 minutes and his grapple on the game was soon surrendered by Koeman’s team.

James McCarthy – 5.5

Another who starred in his first friendly of the season, McCarthy typically offered tenacity and energy in the middle of the park, but will have seen better days going forward. The Republic of Ireland international was replaced in the 60th minute by Tom Davies.

Tom Cleverley – 6

The ex-Manchester United man provided intensity and a constant threat with his set-piece taking in the first 45 minutes of football, but much like James McCarthy, the Englishman’s touch required further calibration in the final third. Cleverley gradually lost his influence on the game as it progressed.

Arouna Koné – 7

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Koné worked the channels well playing off Romelu Lukaku and showed good control and technique when taking on whoever crossed his path. The Ivorian striker lacked the execution required, however, to make a decisive difference, but his willingness to get involved was commendable.

Romelu Lukaku – 4

The uglier half of Everton’s strike force, Lukaku was totally ineffectual in his first game back since Belgium’s Euro 2016 campaign. The striker was also substituted in the 60th minute.


Conor Grant – 5.5

Grant came on with 30 minutes of the game left and demonstrated a few neat link-ups in his time on the pitch, offering Everton rare moments of escapism from Betis’ dominance.

Kieran Dowell – 4.5

The second half substitute was often willing to match Grant’s enthusiasm in the latter stages of the game, but offered little else.

Tom Davies – 4.5

Davies, the third player to enter the game with half an hour left to be played, was another to suffer from Betis’ growing presence. The young midfielder was stuck in Everton’s half for the most part of his cameo.

Aaron Lennon – N/A

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur man was given 16 minutes to spruce up Everton’s display when he replaced Arouna Koné to play through the centre. Despite an evident willingness to press Betis’ defence, Lennon saw little of the ball in areas he would have liked.

John Stones – N/A

The coveted centre-back took to the field with little more than eight minutes of the game left, as Pennington was taken off with an injury.