Everton’s Europa League struggles continue


Everton remain bottom of their group and winless in the Europa League after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Lyon at Goodison Park on Thursday.

Everton 1 Lyon 2
Early Fekir penalty breaks deadlock
Williams equalises in second half
Sigurdsson hits post from free-kick
Traore secures first win for Lyon

Match Summary

The Toffees were trailing to Nabil Fekir’s penalty after just five minutes, although they eventually hit back through Ashley Williams in the second half.

Parity lasted only six minutes, however, as Bertrand Traore restored the lead for Bruno Genesio’s team via a deflection off Michael Keane to record their first in Group E.

Full Report

The hosts got off to the worst possible start when Mason Holgate brought down Fernando Marcal just inside the area on the left in the fifth minute to concede a penalty, which was clinically dispatched by Fekir.

Ronald Koeman’s side took some time to find their feet after the early setback and threatened for the first time on 17 minutes with a volley from Nikola Vlasic 20 yards out that missed the target by some margin.

Kevin Mirallas did better four minutes later with a shot from outside the box that he dragged wide of the near post after cutting inside from the left, while Morgan Schneiderlin produced the same result on 25 minutes after a cross from the right was cleared into his path 19 yards out.

Jordan Pickford produced a routine save from Lucas Tousart’s volley just outside the area on 28 minutes and Traore lashed an effort over the crossbar from 20 yards out three minutes later after finding space on the right.

The action swung to the other end where Mirallas tested Anthony Lopes from a tight angle after being played in on the left by Tom Davies, who was fortunate to see his clearing header come back off the bar from Memphis Depay’s free-kick on 37 minutes.

Lopes pulled off another fine save to keep out Davy Klaassen on 40 minutes following a mistake from Marcelo to give away possession in a dangerous area.

But Les Gones finished the half strongly, with Depay and Fekir combining smartly on the left to create a chance for the Dutch winger, whose weak attempt from 18 yards out was easily saved by Pickford, before Traore cut inside from the right and curled a left-footed shot narrowly wide of the far post from the edge of the box.

Substitute Ademola Lookman almost made an immediate impact following his introduction at the break as he latched onto Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s flicked header at the back post on 46 minutes, but Lopes was well placed to make the save at close range.

Pickford and Schneiderlin then combined six minutes later to deny Myziane Maolida inside the area on the left, in a lively start to the second half.

Tempers flared on 66 minutes when Williams barged Lopes out of play on the left byline, which led to a mass brawl and an escape for the Welsh defender, who was lucky to only receive a caution, along with Traore for his part in the heated incident.

Less than three minutes later Williams was back in the opposition area as he headed home an exquisite free-kick from Gylfi Sigurdsson, who nearly gave the Toffees the lead from another set-piece on 73 minutes when missed everyone in the box and came back off the right post before Mouctar Diakhaby cleared the danger.

Lyon seized on their misfortune to go back in front just two minutes later as Keane got the last touch on Traore’s flick at the near post from Maxwell Cornet’s cross on the right.

Lopes was at his best again to save Calvert-Lewin’s header at full stretch from Sandro Ramirez’s cross in the 85th minute, while Pickford prevented Jordan Ferri and Cornet from extending the visitors’ lead at the death.