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Five Official Experiment Underway

  • AP, Friday, September 18, 2009 3:45 PM
On Thursday, the Europa League implemented its experimental policy of using five match officials, using two extra assistants to help officiate incidents from behind the goals for the 24 first-round games. U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard got a shutout as Everton opened European soccer's second-tier cup competition with a 4-0 victory over AEK Athens in Group I on goals by Joseph Yobo, Sylvain Distin, Steven Pienaar and Jo. In Group E, American midfielder Clint Dempsey and most of Fulham's other regular starters didn't play in a 1-1 tie at CSKA Sofia. Shakhtar Donetsk, which won the final UEFA Cup, began its title defense with a 4-1 victory at Brugge.

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