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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.

Read more at BBC Sport

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.