Dec 14, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Goodison Park
Everton
4-1
Fulham
Osman (19'), Coleman (73'), Barry (84'), Mirallas (90')
Pienaar (75')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Berbatov (65' pen.)
Dejagah (70'), Senderos (90')

Half-Time Report: Leon Osman puts Everton in lead

Leon Osman gives Everton a 1-0 half-time lead over Fulham at Goodison Park.

Everton lead Fulham 1-0 at half time following an assured first-half performance at Goodsion Park.

After a quiet opening, Everton almost took the lead in the 14th minute when Leon Osman came within inches of turning home Phil Jagielka's far-post header.

The midfielder, who was restored to the starting lineup for today's game, did put his side 1-0 up five minutes later, though.

Osman sold a dummy to a Fulham defender before curling a finish into the far corner with his left foot.

Leon Osman of Everton celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Fulham at Goodison Park on December 14, 2013© Getty Images

Gerard Deulofeu, the second Everton change, almost doubled his side's tally with a fizzing cross-cum-shot that flew just wide of the far post, and the 20-year-old went close once more in the 28th minute.

Everton continued to dominate proceedings as Maarten Stekelenburg pushed away a Seamus Coleman effort from the edge of the box with 32 minutes on the clock.

Osman came close to doubling both his and Everton's advantage 10 minutes before the break, but his effort flew past the post after Stekelenburg had thwarted Ross Barkley with a good save.

A minute later, Giorgos Karagounis had Fulham's best chance of the half, but the veteran midfielder lashed his effort wide from a tight angle.

Everton players celebrate after Everton's Spanish striker Gerard Deulofeu scored an equaliser during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Everton at The Emirates Stadium in north London on December 8, 2013
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