Everton return to Europa League in style with 4-1 win

Everton marked their first appearance in Europe since the 2009/2010 season with a 4-1 Europa League win over Wolfsburg on Thursday.

The Merseysiders were ahead after just 15 minutes at Goodison Park when Ricardo Rodriguez put through his own goal after deflecting a Steven Naismith shot.

close-range header from Seamus Coleman (below) made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time.

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Leighton Baines (below) added the third from the penalty spot two minutes after the break with Kevin Mirallas firing home a smart fourth two minutes from time after a fine pass from substitute Samuel Eto’o.

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Rodriguez grabbed a consolation for Wolfsburg with a curled free-kick past Tim Howard in the Everton goal in injury time.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is perhaps a rarity among Premier League managers in welcoming the mountain of extra fixtures that a successful run in the Europa League can bring about and he received an early reward with the  comfortable 4-1 win.

“We have worked hard for 12 months to earn the right to play in the Europa League – the more competitions the better,” he said after the match..

The English side top Group H after rivals Lille and Krasnodar drew 1-1 in France.- AFP

Full results:

Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-1 Villarreal 
Apollon Limassol                  3-2  FC Zürich 
Club Brugge                         0-0 Torino
FC Copenhagen                    2-0 HJK Helsinki 
Partizan Belgrade                 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Besiktas                              1-1 Asteras Tripolis 
Salzburg                              2-2 Celtic  
Dinamo Zagreb                     5-1 FC Astra 
PSV Eindhoven                    1-0 Estoril 
Panathinaikos                      1-2 Dinamo Moscow 
Qarabag                              0-0 Saint-Etienne 
Dnipropetrovsk                     0-1 Inter Milan 
Belgium  Standard Liege      2-0 Rijeka 
Sevilla                                2-0 Feyenoord
Lille                                   1-1 FC Krasnodar
Everton                              4-1 VfL Wolfsburg 
Young Boys                       5-0 Slovan Bratislava
Napoli                               3-1 Sparta Prague
Steaua Bucharest              6-0​ Aalborg 
Rio Ave                             0-3 Dynamo Kiev 
PAOK                               6-1 Dinamo Minsk
Fiorentina                          3-0 Guingamp 
Metalist Kharkiv                 1-2 Trabzonspor
Legia Warsaw                   1-0 Lokeren