Everton fans must currently be thinking that anything is possible ahead of the 2018-19 campaign after Marco Silva’s first match in charge.
The Portuguese coach kick-started his reign with a pre-season friendly against Irdning on Saturday afternoon with an extraordinary 22-0 victory over the Austrian outfit. And no, that is not a typo.
The Toffees netted half of their Premier League goals tally from last season in just 90 remarkable minutes.
Kevin Mirallas bagged five goals in the rout, Cenk Tosun netted four, as did Oumar Niasse, Ademola Lookman scored a hat-trick, Nikola Vlasic chipped in with a brace, while Michael Keane, Mason Holgate and Leighton Baines also got themselves on the scoresheet.
Oh, and there was also a spectacular own goal which made it 19-0. But more on that later.
Everton scored 10 goals in the first half and then netted 12 after half-time.
But the goal which made it 20-0, scored by Vlasic in the 85th minute, was a complete joke.
Everton’s goal to make it 20-0 was farcical
The Irdning goalkeeper, clearly fed up with picking the ball out the back of the net, simply allowed Vlasic to go through on goal and score.
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Have you ever seen anything like that before in professional football?
Everton surely wouldn’t have learned anything from today’s match. But at least it would have boosted both confidence and fitness levels.
Irdning scored a classic own goal
Now for the own goal, which is one of the most incredible we’ve seen for a long time.
One of the Irdning players inexplicably lobbed his own goalkeeper from 30 yards, which just about summed up the home side’s afternoon.
You wouldn’t even see that sort of nonsense happen on FIFA, for crying out loud.
Everton can expect a much tougher test in their next pre-season friendly, it’s safe to assume.
On Wednesday they face League Two outfit Bury, who will probably look like Real Madrid compared to the hapless Irdning.