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Europa League: Dynamo Kiev 5-2 Everton

England’s last remaining team exited European competition as Everton were soundly beaten in their last-16 Europa League tie against Dynamo Kiev.

In a week where Manchester City and Arsenal exited the Champions League, poor defending cost Everton in Ukraine, as they lost 6-4 on aggregate.

Romelu Lukaku’s strike cancelled out Andriy Yarmolenko’s wonderful opener.

But Lukasz Teodorczyk, Miguel Veloso, Oleg Gusev and Antunes scored, before Phil Jagielka’s headed consolation.

Everton’s resounding defeat ends a dismal month for English sides in Europe, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham also knocked out.

The collective failings mean the country does not have a side in the last eight of the Europa League or Champions League for the first time since 1995.

It will pose further questions on the strength of the domestic game and Martinez will likely be quizzed about his team’s defensive generosity as they surrendered a 2-1 first-leg lead in their first European away loss of the season.

Though they can look at two Ross Barkley efforts which hit the post as unfortunate, indecision littered their work at the back as hopes of a first European trophy since 1985 were ended.

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Europa League: Everton 2-1 Dynamo Kiev

Everton once again produced a Europa League performance in contrast to their domestic displays as Romelu Lukaku’s late penalty secured them a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in their last-16 first leg against Dynamo Kiev.

The Toffees started the contest at Goodison Park poorly and fell behind in the 14th minute to an Oleg Gusev finish, but they improved markedly as the first half went on and equalised in the 39th as Lukaku’s strength allowed him to set up a Steven Naismith strike.

Roberto Martinez’s side did their best to sustain the momentum after the break, but it looked as if they would be frustrated in their attempts to add another goal.

However, a handball from Danilo Silva eight minutes from time saw referee Carlos Velasco Carballo award a spot-kick which Lukaku converted, making him Everton’s all-time record European scorer with seven goals and sealing the advantage in the tie for his side.

Martinez’s men have been struggling in the Barclays Premier League this term but they continue to impress in continental action and will fancy their chances of emerging from next week’s second leg in Kiev with a quarter-final place booked.

They are the only British club left in the competition, and 24 hours after Chelsea’s dramatic exit from the Champions League, this result also lifted some of the gloom that has been surrounding the overall performance of Premier League and Scottish Premiership sides in Europe this term.

At first, Everton seemed afflicted by the same uncertainty they have shown domestically as they came under early pressure from a dynamic Dynamo outfit.

That pressure soon reaped dividends for the Ukrainian league leaders when Antolin Alcaraz sliced the ball behind for a corner.

Andriy Yarmolenko sent it into the box and, with the Everton defence slow to react, Gusev nipped around a clutch of blue shirts to meet the delivery with a neat volley past Tim Howard at the near post.

The hosts were initially unable to get much going at all in response, aside from Kevin Mirallas thrusting his hand into the face of Atunes to earn a booking.

 

Sergei Sydorchuk lashed a shot off-target and saw a low drive turned behind by Howard either side of Phil Jagielka blocking Dieumerci Mbokani’s header.

A chance of sorts did present itself for Everton just after the half-hour when Dynamo goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovskiy came haring out of his box and made a hash of his attempted clearance, with the ball falling to Lukaku, but the striker’s lob was off target.

Moments later, Alcaraz caused a scare at the other end by inadvertently playing in Mbokani, who was unable to take advantage.

However, Everton then suddenly came to life. Lukaku’s free-kick skimmed the top of the bar, a corner was given and from the delivery, Jagielka’s header was cleared off the line by Silva, with Alacaraz subsequently shooting narrowly over.

Within three minutes of that the game was level, Lukaku battling well to hold off several Dynamo players and tee up Naismith, who slotted home.

Another home goal appeared set to follow swiftly when Mirallas took the ball around Shovkovskiy but the winger failed to pick out fellow Belgium international Lukaku.

Everton looked to keep their foot on the pedal as the second half got under way and after an Alcaraz long-range shot was fumbled by Shovkovskiy, Naismith glanced a header wide from a corner.

Dynamo replied with Mbokani nodding onto the roof of the net and Martinez then replaced Mirallas with Arouna Kone, who swiftly saw Shovkovskiy get down to claim his header.

Further efforts were traded, with Yarmolenko shooting over and a Lukaku strike gathered by Shovkovskiy.

Everton then snatched victory on the night when substitute Leon Osman diverted the ball against the hand of Silva and the resulting penalty was slotted in — just about — by Lukaku.

In the dying moments Lukaku’s cross was nodded goalwards by Osman and Naismith failed to connect on the stretch — but Everton fans were happy enough at the final whistle.

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Europa League: Everton 3-1 BSC Young Boys

Romelu Lukaku scored two goals to reach a total of five in the tie as Everton cruised past Young Boys to progress to the Europa League last 16.

The Belgian striker followed up his hat-trick in the 4-1 win in Switzerland with two more after Sekou Sanogo had given the visitors the lead.

Kevin Mirallas then made it 3-1 before the break as Everton ensured a safe passage into Friday’s last-16 draw.

They are now the only British side remaining in the Europa League.

The Merseysiders are flying the flag after Liverpool, Tottenham and Celtic all exited the competition on Thursday.

A similar fate was never likely to befall Roberto Martinez’s side after their exploits in Bern last week but a slow start to this encounter gave Young Boys a glimmer of hope and left the Goodison Park crowd frustrated.

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Europa League: BSC Young Boys 1-4 Everton

Romelu Lukaku responded to recent fan criticism with a first Everton hat-trick in a fine Europa League round of 32 first-leg win over Young Boys.

The striker angered supporters earlier this month by telling a newspaper that he hoped to leave for a “top club”.

He struck with a header, a right-foot shot and a left-foot shot after Young Boys scored through Guillaume Hoarau.

Seamus Coleman scored Everton’s second, while Hoarau missed a second-half penalty after John Stones was sent off.

Since making a permanent £28m move to Everton from Chelsea in July, Lukaku has struggled to reach the levels of form he showed during a loan spell at Goodison Park last season.

But he had a prolific evening against a Young Boys side who struggled with their offside trap all evening, and could have had at least two more goals after completing his hat-trick.

Uli Forte’s side could point to the fact that two of Everton’s three first-half goals looked to be offside.

But Everton deserve immense credit for adapting so well to the synthetic surface at the Stade de Suisse, having spent time in the build-up to the match training on the artificial pitch of rugby league side Widnes Vikings.

They had to come back from a goal down as Young Boys, who had won their previous seven European games, scored with their first shot on target amid poor defending.

Raphael Nuzzolo broke down the left and played a square pass to former Paris St-Germain striker Hoarau, who was not closed down by Phil Jagielka and curled a right-foot shot beyond keeper Tim Howard from 25 yards.

Home keeper Yvon Mvogo made a fine double save to stop Lukaku’s shot on the turn and Ross Barkley’s follow-up, but perhaps should have kept out Everton’s equaliser.

Gareth Barry chipped a ball in from the left, and Lukaku got in front of centre-back Steve von Bergen to direct a downward header that bounced inside the post despite Mvogo getting a hand to it.

Everton were in front four minutes later thanks to a fine move, although Steven Naismith looked offside as he collected Barkley’s return pass before playing the ball through the keeper’s legs for Coleman to turn in at the far post.

The visitors were soon two goals clear as Bryan Oviedo’s back heel set up Barry to deliver a deflected cross that Lukaku touched in from three yards, as Young Boys appealed in vain again for offside.

Either side of that goal, Everton could have conceded, with Howard making a double save from Hoarau and Nuzzolo before James McCarthy made a remarkable clearance with his knee to turn Sekou Sanogo’s goalbound shot on to the post.

Lukaku broke away to complete his hat-trick shortly before the hour mark, coolly lofting the ball beyond Mvogo.

Everton’s night was soured when Stones received the first red card of his career, dragging down Hoarau and conceding a penalty after being beaten for pace by the France striker.

But Hoarau lifted his penalty well over the crossbar and it was the visitors who should have scored further goals, with Lukaku turning substitute Luke Garbutt’s cross wide from five yards, and then seeing a shot saved by Mvogo after being put through.

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FA Cup: West Ham 2-2 Everton

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian scored the winning penalty as his side beat Everton in a thrilling FA Cup tie

Enner Valencia put the hosts ahead when he collected Andy Carroll’s pass and shot past away goalkeeper Joel Robles.

Everton had Aiden McGeady sent off for two bookable offences, but equalised with Kevin Mirallas’s free-kick.

Romelu Lukaku put the Toffees in front after Mirallas’s fine run, but Carlton Cole’s close-range finish took the game to penalties, where West Ham won 9-8.

After it finished 2-2 at the end of extra-time in an amazing match, the third-round replay went to a shootout.

Everton’s Steven Naismith had his penalty saved and Stewart Downing had a chance to win it for the hosts, but Robles saved his effort.

However, the Spanish goalkeeper then hit the crossbar with his attempt before Adrian threw off his goalkeeping gloves and calmly converted the 20th penalty to set up a fourth-round tie with Bristol City.

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FA Cup: Everton 1-1 West Ham

Romelu Lukaku earns replay for Everton against West Ham with late leveller.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku’s added-time equaliser in the FA Cup tie against West Ham eased some of the mounting pressure on his manager Roberto Martinez.

The Belgium striker’s smart turn and finish – his fourth goal in as many matches for the Toffees against the Hammers – earned a 1-1 draw and at the very least postponed another inquest into what is going wrong at Goodison Park.

Lukaku’s first in seven matches ended a four-game losing streak and ensured they live to fight another day in the competition after James Collins’ 56th-minute header had exposed the Toffees’ defensive Achilles heel – only QPR have conceded more in the Premier League this season.

West Ham were on the verge of their first victory in 15 attempts since 2007 against their perennial bogey side.

Everton’s current figures do not make for much better reading. They have won just once in the last 10 matches and their last clean sheet came against Europa League opponents Wolfsburg in late November immediately prior to their current slump.

The goal was the least Lukaku, in his first start in three matches, deserved.

It looked like the rest had done him some good as he twice forced Adrian to fumble shots, the West Ham goalkeeper recovering once to deny Kevin Mirallas on the rebound and then being bailed out by Winston Reid.

The Belgium striker also rolled an effort wide of the far post after he was picked out in the inside-left channel by an eye-of-the-needle pass from Ross Barkley, who appeared to lurch from brilliant to dreadful and back again in the first half.

Lukaku has been criticised for not playing like a B£28million striker but he was offering plenty to the team, with his brilliant ball over the top picking out Steven Naismith, who shot from such a narrow angle it beat Adrian but eventually rolled out for a throw.

Seamus Coleman, who just failed to connect at the far post, and Mirallas both had efforts before Barkley showed the best and worst bits of his game as a 60-yard drive at the West Ham defence ended with him passing tamely into the path of Reid as he tried to pick out Lukaku.

The visitors were not without their chances with Stewart Downing, who drifted effectively across the pitch, forcing Joel Robles to tip over and Morgan Amalfitano firing wide.

Everton’s opportunities began to dry up in the second half as, for all Lukaku’s good early play, the side were lacking runners to get beyond him.

The visitors sensed their chance and after defender Carl Jenkinson had driven through the left of Everton’s defence, only to be denied by a good, low near-post save by Robles, they took the lead.

Sylvain Distin, whose scalp did just enough to divert wide Downing’s drive, was partly to blame after losing Collins at the resulting corner but the Wales defender was still allowed to get between Naismith and Muhamed Besic to head in at the near post.

Robles, deputising for the injured Tim Howard with his own position under threat, reacted well to tip over Enner Valencia’s header while Lukaku’s own header was ruled out at the other end as he had climbed all over Aaron Cresswell to get to the ball.

Martinez had labelled the match as the most important of their season so the significance of Lukaku pouncing on Bryan Oviedo’s cross late on could not be underestimated.

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Premiership: Everton 1-1 Hull

Hull ended a run of four consecutive league defeats thanks to Sone Aluko’s second-half equaliser at Everton.

Substitute Aluko twisted and turned defender Sylvain Distin before firing a low, angled shot past Tim Howard.

Everton took the lead when Romelu Lukaku fired in his sixth of the season from Kevin Mirallas’ pull-back.

Lukaku also had a late shot blocked by Craig Dawson, while Hull’s ex-Toffees striker Nikica Jelavic headed inches wide.

It was Everton’s central defence – their Achilles this season – that cost them victory against the visitors.

There were signs that it could prove a problem again when Jelavic twice brushed off the attentions of Distin – and it was the French defender who was at fault for the Hull equaliser.

Aluko, a replacement for the injured Mohamed Diame six minutes earlier, surged past the former Newcastle and Portsmouth defender down the left before rifling a low shot beyond the reach of Howard.

Hull then should have gone ahead moments later when Jelavic exploited more poor defending but the Croatia striker headed his effort inches past the keeper’s right-hand post.

It had all begun so well for the home side, who were looking to bounce back following their weekend defeat against Tottenham.

Lukaku was particularly prominent, combining a muscular ability to hold off defenders with a willingness to track back for his side.

But it is his prowess in front of goal which prompted Martinez into making him a permanent signing during the summer, and after a slow start he is starting to prove his worth.

He scored his latest goal – his third in four matches – after combining with Belgium team-mate Mirallas. The winger was in menacing form in the first half and picked out Lukaku, who converted the chance despite being at full stretch.

The £28m striker, who had an early firm effort well held by Allan McGregor, had a shot blocked by Dawson as Everton pushed for a late winner.

That was one of Everton’s few clear-cut efforts on goal after the break though, and despite eight minutes of stoppage time they failed to trouble McGregor again.

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Europa League: Wolfsburg 0-2 Everton

Everton are through to the Europa League knockout stage as Group H winners after victory at Wolfsburg.

A 1-1 draw in the other group game between Krasnodar and Lille meant the Toffees progressed regardless of the result in Germany.

Three points ensured top spot, however, as Romelu Lukaku powered home before half-time after Wolfsburg’s Ivan Perisic had a goal ruled out.

Kevin Mirallas sealed victory in the second half with a goal on the break.

Everton, four points ahead of Wolfsburg at the top of the group, progress to the last 32 with a game to spare as they look to secure a first European trophy since 1985.

Both sets of players went into the game unaware of the scoreline in the group’s other fixture, which kicked off one hour earlier.

Each side knew, however, that a win would guarantee qualification and that might have played its part in a frenetic start.

Wolfsburg, with eight wins from their last nine games, were immediately on the offensive as Perisic lashed into the side-netting while Aaron Hunt drew a full-stretch save out of Tim Howard.

Sylvain Distin hit the bar with a downward header between those chances but Wolfsburg should have been ahead midway through the half, when Perisic was wrongly ruled offside when he stabbed home from close range.

It was a let-off for Everton, and a crucial one, as they hit Wolfsburg on the break just before half-time.

Distin’s header aside, the visitors had barely threatened in the first 45 minutes but snatched the lead when Lukaku received a pass from Kevin Mirallas, outmuscled two defenders and ran through on goal before finishing calmly.

Knowing that defeat would leave them needing at least a draw in their final game against Lille, Wolfsburg again pressured the Everton defence in the second half.

The hosts were again denied when former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner had a header ruled out for offside, but also Everton looked dangerous on the break – though Aiden McGeady somehow contrived to sidefoot over when presented with an open goal.

However, Everton wrapped up the win with another breakaway goal as Lukaku sent Mirallas away and the forward confidently slotted home.

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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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