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