Everton won 22-0 in their first pre-season friendly under Marco Silva, but were widely criticised for wasting time and energy playing against such lowly opponents.

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 give times after the break.

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.

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 return to England to play against Bury at Gigg Lane on July 18 as they continue their pre-season campaign.



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