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Sunday 17 February 2013

On this day: Five-star Everton too good for Middlesbrough

  • Olivier Dacourt's first goal for Everton came in the win over Middlesbrough

  • David Unsworth completed the scoring for Everton with 26 minutes to go

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: Review of February

17 Feb 1999: Everton 5-0 Middlesbrough

Everton routed Middlesbrough to open up a four point gap above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Marco Materazzi, who went on to win the 2006 FIFA World Cup with Italy whilst playing for Serie A giants Inter Milan, was among the scorers in an emphatic victory against their mid-table opponents.

The Toffees got off to a blistering start, with Nick Barmby opening the scoring inside the first minute. Barmby - who amassed 341 Premier League appearances with spells at Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, Everton, Liverpool, Leeds United and Hull City – doubled the hosts’ lead 15 minutes later.

Everton wrapped up the victory with goals from Olivier Dacourt, Materazzi and David Unsworth coming in a ruthless 12-minute spell in the second half. Materazzi had signed from Italian side Perugia and played regularly in the 1998/99 campaign, but he returned to the club a year later before joining Inter Milan.

The victory helped Walter Smith's side to finish 14th in the league at the end of the 1998/99 campaign, seven points ahead of the drop zone.

Despite the defeat, Middlesbrough finished ninth, with Colombian striker Hamilton Ricard scoring 15 goals in an impressive debut season in the Premier League.

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