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Everton take derby spoils with 3-0 rout of Liverpool

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LONDON, Sep 9 (Reuters) England striker Andrew Johnson scored twice as Everton handed local rivals Liverpool a 3-0 Merseyside derby mauling at Goodison Park today.

Australia midfielder Tim Cahill struck from close range after 24 minutes and Johnson fired home a second 11 minutes later after a defensive blunder from Jamie Carragher.

Liverpool, who left Wales forward Craig Bellamy out of the squad, twice struck the post through captain Steven Gerrard before Johnson completed the rout with a comical third in stoppage time.

Keeper Jose Reina palmed Lee Carsley's shot up in the air, then backtracking caught the ball under the crossbar. With his momentum about to carry him over the line, Reina released the ball, allowing Johnson to head home.

Victory lifted unbeaten Everton, with 10 points from four games, to the top of the standings. Manchester United, on nine points, host Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford in a late kick off (1615).

Champions Chelsea are at home to London rivals Charlton Athletic in one of six 1400 starts.

REUTERS AY PM2030

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