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Europa League: Everton 3-0 Lille

Everton cruise to win over lacklustre Lille to go clear at the top of Group H.

Everton took control of Group H in the Europa League with a 3-0 win over a listless Lille side at Goodison Park.

After a cagey opening to the game, it was Leon Osmanwho opened the scoring with an excellent half-volleyed finish after 27 minutes, which was the perfect way to celebrate his new one-year contract extension.

The goal prompted a spell of Everton domination which culminated in Phil Jagielka’s headed goal from Aiden McGeady’s corner four minutes before half-time.

Lille offered almost nothing in response, with Liverpool-bound Divock Origi unable to make an impression on the game.

It was left to Steven Naismith to kill the game off on the hour-mark, as he smashed Leighton Baines’ cross into the roof of the net to send the Toffees three-points clear at the top of Group H.

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Premiership: Everton 0-0 Swansea

Everton boss Roberto Martinez had to settle for a point against former club Swansea, who held on for a draw having gone down to 10 men late in the game.

Wilfried Bony had a shot saved for the visitors before they were denied a penalty when Jonjo Shelvey’s strike appeared to hit Antolin Alcaraz’s hand.

Shelvey was later sent off for a second booking after 72 minutes.

Defender Phil Jagielka failed to put away a header as Everton struggled to test Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Substitute Romelu Lukaku nearly had a clear sight of goal late on but Swansea defender Ashley Williams pulled off a vital interception from a Leighton Baines cross to deny him.

Lukaku also failed to put away a Samuel Eto’o cross – although the Belgian forward appeared offside so the goal might not have counted in any case.

This was the first time the Toffees have failed to score in the league this season, and while home keeper Tim Howard was a virtual spectator, the hosts rarely threatened to break down down the Welsh side either.

For the visitors, perhaps content to stifle their hosts, this was just a second clean sheet in their last 21 away league games – though they have now failed to beat the Goodison Park club in 19 league meetings.

Martinez, taking charge of his 200th Premier League game, was a team-mate, captain and manager of Swansea boss Garry Monk during the former’s spell in charge of the Welsh club between 2007 and 2009 and the pair chatted on the touchline before kick-off.

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Europa League: FK Krasnodar 1-1 Everton

Samuel Eto’o’s late goal salvaged a point for a lacklustre Everton in their Europa League group-stage game at FK Krasnodar.

The Cameroon striker was perfectly placed to tap in a cross from Leighton Baines with eight minutes remaining.

Brazilian forward Ari had fired the home side ahead after capitalising on a mistake from Phil Jagielka.

The Toffees, who were second-best in Russia, now have four points from two Group H games.

Two weeks ago, they got their campaign off to the best possible start courtesy of a comfortable 4-1 home win over German side Wolfsburg.

That victory showcased a bright, attacking display from a near first-choice Roberto Martinez side to give them confidence of achieving their manager’s aim of going as far as possible in this season’s competition.

However, despite again naming a strong side, the Spaniard’s team were distinctly average in Russia to provide a reality check to their ambitious aims, and they needed a trademark piece of finishing from experienced European campaigner Eto’o, 33, to dig them out of a hole.

Martinez made five changes for the 4,800-mile round trip, but kept his defensive unit – including holding midfielder Gareth Barry – intact.

For much of the first half, this proved a wise decision against a Krasnodar team who produced the kind of positive and incisive display that had seen them score 11 unanswered goals in three Europa League wins this season prior to Thursday.

Martinez’s backline had to deal with a number of attacks during the first 20 minutes, which saw Marat Izmailov twice go close, initially with a flicked effort from close range that landed on the roof of the net and then a shot from the edge of the box that Tim Howard did superbly to palm away.

Having survived, the Toffees grew into the game and went close themselves as Aiden McGeady, who spent three-and-a-half seasons in Russia with Spartak Moscow, saw a low shot saved by Andriy Dykan, who was static soon after as a John Stones header sailed just past the post.

However, with so much hard work done and half-time looming, Everton gifted Krasnodar the lead when Jagielka’s ill-judged touch on Odil Ahmedov’s pass put Ari through on goal to slot in the opener.

Martinez introduced Romelu Lukaku at half-time but it did little to stem the flow of the game as the home side continued to pour forward.

It was another substitute, home midfielder Wanderson, who came close to adding to the scoreline with a jinking run into the box that ended with him hooking a shot against the bar.

With time running out, Eto’o, who now has 45 European goals in 111 appearances, found space in the box to poke home Baines’s delivery and snatch an unlikely point for the away side, who could even have won it but for a neat save from Dykan to deny Lukaku with a header.

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League Cup: Swansea 3-0 Everton

Swansea recorded their first ever win over Everton to reach the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

The Welsh side took the lead in the first half when Nathan Dyer poked in after excellent work by Jefferson Montero down the left.

Gylfi Sigurdsson tapped in the second after Jonjo Shelvey’s delivery was inadvertently headed on to the bar by Everton’s Sylvain Distin.

Substitute Marvin Emnes drilled in an brilliant third late in the game.

This latest defeat means the Toffees have only managed two wins in all competitions so far this season, although perhaps more worryingly for manager Roberto Martinez, his team have only managed one clean sheet.

The Spaniard described his team’s defensive travails as “spooky”.  After the full-time whistle the rain-drenched backline had a haunted look.

A major problem was down Swansea’s left. Full-back Tony Hibbert, playing in a club record equalling 15th season, was often left treading water by winger Montero.

It was on one of those forays that led to the first Swans goal when the Ecuador international got past his marker before firing in a low ball that found its way to Dyer at the far post.

The second goal came as a result of a far bigger error from another one of Everton’s experienced defenders. On this occasion, Distin lost his bearings when he headed Shelvey’s delivery on to his own bar.

The Frenchman was punished for his misjudgement when Sigurdsson raced in to guide the loose ball past Everton keeper Tim Howard.

Everton had brought on their record signing Romelu Lukaku at half-time to bring some bite into the attack, but his only clear-cut chance was smothered by Gerhard Tremmel, who raced out to prevent the Belgian from shooting.

It was another substitute on the night who scored the third and final goal.

Emnes, who signed a permanent deal with the Swans in the summer, showed great pace and precision when he raced onto a through-ball before finding the corner with a firm drive.

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Europa League: Everton 4-0 Wolfsburg

Everton marked their return to Europe with a 4-1 Europa League victory over Wolfsburg at Goodison Park.

The Toffees’ last European campaign came back in 2009-10 when they advanced to the final 32, and they will be hopeful of at least reaching that stage this season after claiming all three points in their Group H opener.

They only had to wait for 15 minutes until their first goal with Ricardo Rodriguez turning Steven Naismith’s effort into his own net, while the second came on the stroke of half-time as Seamus Colemanconverted Leighton Baines’ delivery.

Baines struck the third from the penalty spot just after the break, before Kevin Mirallas added extra gloss to the scoreline with a neat finish at the death.

Tim Howard looked to have earned a well-deserved clean sheet after making a string of fine saves, only to be beaten by Rodriguez’s excellent set-piece, which proved to be the last kick of the game.

There is a long way to go given Everton’s tricky draw, which has also pitted them against Ligue 1 leaders Lille and Russian outfit Kuban Kranodar, but Roberto Martinez will take much encouragement from this performance.

 

Premiership: Everton rocked by Barkley injury blow

Everton’s Premier League hopes have suffered a major blow on the eve of the new season after Ross Barkley was ruled out for six to eight weeks.

Various reports say the England midfielder received a knock on Friday when preparing for the Premier League opener at Leicester.

Barkley will undergo a scan in the next couple of days to assess the damage.

He was a key player for manager Roberto Martinez last season and earned a place at the World Cup on the back of his club performances.

However, the 20-year-old could be facing several weeks out and that would be a significant blow to Everton.

It has been reported that he could miss between six and eight weeks, meaning he could be out until the middle of October, missing Everton’s opening seven fixtures of the season in the process.

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Everton 1-3 Celta Vigo: Nolito hat-trick sinks Toffees

Everton’s winless pre-season run continued as a Nolito hat-trick condemned them to a 3-1 defeat against Spanish side Celta Vigo.

The Toffees took the lead through an Aiden McGeady strike after 10 minutes.

But eight minutes later Nolito converted a deep cross, and he then gave Celta the lead when he robbed John Stones and chipped Tim Howard.

And the striker completed his 16-minute hat-trick when he curled a shot past Tim Howard before the break.

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Premiership : Romelu Lukaku : Everton sign Chelsea striker for £28m

Everton have signed Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku for a club record £28m.

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The 21-year-old Belgian World Cup forward, who scored 16 goals on loan at Everton last season, has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez said: “This signing is not just important for this season. It is a significant day in the history of this football club.”

Lukaku joined Chelsea from Anderlecht for £18m in August 2011 but played only 15 games for the club.

After signing his contract at Goodison, Lukaku said: “I’m 21, I need to be playing in a good team. I needed to be in a place that felt right.

“I decided very quickly I wanted to come back. This is the place I belong.”

Lukaku’s transfer breaks the previous record of £15m for Marouane Fellaini when he joined Everton from Standard Liege in 2008

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Premiership : Ross Barkley: Everton midfielder signs new four-year contract

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a four-year contract extension with the club.

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The 20-year-old scored six Premier League goals last season and was part of the England squad at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Manager Roberto Martinez said: “It is a four-year deal which reflects his new role and his development. This is as big news as we could get.

“He is still a young man but is a massive part of our squad.”

Barkley made his debut for Everton at the start of the 2011-12 season and had loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United before becoming a first-team regular under Martinez last season.

He made his England debut against Moldova in September 2013 and made three appearances at the World Cup.

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Premiership : Spurs Goalkeeper Signs Five-Year Contract Extension

Tottenham’s France international goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has signed a five-year contract extension with the Premier League club.

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The 27-year-old was signed by then Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas for £8m from Lyon at the end of the summer transfer window in 2012.

He has made 78 appearances for the north London club.

Lloris captained France at the World Cup, and played in all of their games in Brazil.

He will work with his third coach since joining Spurs as Mauricio Pochettino succeeds Tim Sherwood following the former White Hart Lane player’s departure at the end of the 2013-14 season.

“The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino is important,” Lloris told the club’s website.  “I have a good feeling with him. He is also ambitious.

“Everything is clear in my head and if I’ve signed a new contract it’s because I trust the club and I’m sure we will progress in a positive way.”

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