Lyon 3-0 Everton: Europa League – as it happened

Tom Davies on 2 November 2017

Full-time: Lyon 3-0 Everton

And that’s that. Everton are out of the Europa League. Three-nil was a harsh scoreline, the first goal coming against the run of play, but they fell apart after falling behind. Lyon showed only flashes of their best but they looked a more accomplished side than Everton, who for all their focus and determination this evening, continue to look a limited side. And a luckless one too, as Cuca Martina’s worrying injury demonstrated.

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90+2 mins: Everton booking – Vlasic clatters the back of Aouar’s foot from behind and sees yellow for it. It’s all unravelled.

90+1 mins: Mariano, who’s impressed since coming on, wriggles himself into a shooting position 20 yards out but his deflected shot is well held lowdown by Pickford.

90 mins: Apollon and Atalanta have drawn 1-1, a result that is unable to reprieve Everton, whose European campaign will have three more meandering minutes

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Goal! Lyon 3-0 Everton (Depay, 88)

Salt is poured into gaping wounds with a goal of impressive simplicity, a lovely curling ball in by Ferri from the right that is met by Depay at the near post who arrows a header low into the corner.

Lyon’s Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring whilst a frustrated Jordan Pickford hoikes the ball away.
Lyon’s Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring whilst a frustrated Jordan Pickford hoikes the ball away. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

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87 mins: So what does this game tell us about Unsworth’s chances of getting the Everton gig full time? Not much I’d say – but they still look like a bunch of lower mid-table toilers rather than a team on which huge wads were blown over the summer. In the meantime, a lovely interchange between Mariano and Depay is snuffed out by Everton bodies in the box. Lyon have been better since Fekir went off tonight.

84 mins: Shneiderlin’s red card gave Robbie Savage in the commentary box the chance to pull out his “boast” about receiving 79 yellow cards but only one red in his career, because basically he carefully managed to do only one stupid and/or violent thing in a match. Whereas Schneiderlin on this occasion did not. Watch and learn, kids.

Red Card! Schneiderlin (second booking)

81 mins: Everton are down to 10, Schneiderlin clumsily and pointlessly going in too high and late on Cornet and receiving a second yellow card.

Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin heads off for his early bath.
Everton’s Morgan Schneiderlin heads off for his early bath. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters

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78 mins: For all that Everton have defended well in deep midfield areas tonight, they were all at sea there, with the centre-halves adrift of each other as Mariano, Depay and then Aouar picked them off. They win a free-kick though, which Sigurdsson curls narrowly wide with Williams not far off making a decisive touch.

Goal! Lyon 2-0 Everton (Aouar, 76)

A long ball finds Mariano who nudges it on for Depay, who then feeds Aouar, just inside the area, who strokes it with precision into the corner. That’s Everton’s European campaign over surely.

Houssem Aouar strikes a pose as he celebrates scoring their second goal in front of some rather happy Lyon fans,
Houssem Aouar strikes a pose as he celebrates scoring their second goal in front of some rather happy Lyon fans, Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters

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74 mins: So with Atalanta still winning, Everton are heading out as things stand, and all this after their most tenacious performance of their campaign. It’s not over yet though. The masked Calvert-Lewin wins a free-kick on the left, from which Holgate volleys against the bar after a header back from Kenny. But Kenny is ruled to have been out of play when nodding it back.

72 mins: Everton substitution: Vlasic for Lennon; Lyon had made a change a minute earlier too: Traore going off for Mariano, his work done.

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71 mins: When your luck’s out it’s out. Everton’s most dominant period of the game ends in them conceding. Lyon get forward again now and win another couple of corners, the first of which is headed behind by Calvert-Lewin, the second offering up a chance to Cornet after a bout of head-tennis and his fierce shot flies fractionally wide of the right-hand post.

Goal! Lyon 1-0 Everton (Traore, 68)

But wouldn’t you know? A long ball forward appears to have been won by Schneiderlin but it deflects away from him into the path of Traore in space, who bears down on goal, takes it wide of the keeper and slots it low into the net.

Lyon’s Bertrand Traore celebrates after opening the scoring.
Lyon’s Bertrand Traore celebrates after opening the scoring. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images
Everton players look dejected after going behind.
Whilst the Everton players look dejected after going behind. Photograph: James Marsh/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock

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67 mins: Lookman, Everton’s best attacking outlet all evening, embarks on another decent ruin through the middle setting up Lennon for a cross in that’s initially cleared. But Schneiderlin wins it back, enabling Calvert-Lewin to set up Sigurdsson for a shot from 20 yards that is thumped wide.

65 mins: Lyon win a corner after Diakhaby powers forward and feeds Mendy, whose cross is adjudged to have been deflected behind. But Depay’s corner is straight down Pickford’s throat.

64 mins: Depay hooks a low cross into the box from the right by-line but Williams clears. And Lyon just can’t maintain the spells of patient possession they managed in the first half.

62 mins: Lyon substitution: Aouar for Fekir, who’s been unusually subdued tonight.

61 mins: Everton substitution: Calvert-Lewin on for Gueye, presumably as an out and out No9 and Sigurdsson maybe dropping just behind?

60 mins: Everton chance again! Lookman forages down the right, beats his man, Mendy, at the byline and sends a teasing low ball into the near post where Sigurdsson can’t quite get clear of his man to make a clean connection. Or indeed, any connection, as replays indicate.

58 mins: Everton booking – Schneiderlin. The fallout from that Lyon penalty shout was general verbals from a number of players, prime among them Schneiderlin, who goes into the book.

57 mins: Fakir is sent clear by a probing long pass, twists and turns at Holgate, who looks as if he’s brought down the Lyon playmaker inside the area but replays suggest he won the ball. The free-kick is given Everton’s way, to howls from the home crowd.

54 mins: Everton win a free-kick on the left after Baningime is fouled. Sigurdsson’s ball in causes a bit of bother but there’s been a foul by Holgate and the whistle goes. Williams fires it into the net regardless, gets booed, and a talking-to by the referee.

52 mins: Lyon’s first chance of the half arrives when Besic gives the ball away to Traore, who lays it off to Cornet on his right but his low angled effort is too close to Pickford.

51 mins: Bangingime closes down Fekir again midway inside the Everton half, frustrating the home side, who’ve not hit their straps since the restart yet.

47 mins: Everton have begun this half in sprightly fashion, and are pressing well, pushing Mendy to do some defensive work out wide deep into his own half, but Lyon earn a breather when they win a free-kick.

46 mins: Everton chance! Kenny feeds Baningime who gets forward and finds Lennon whose ball in drops to Gueye in space inside the box but he belts it straight at the keeper. He should have done better. That was the clearest chance we’ve had, and by miles the closest Everton have come.

Idrissa Gueye of Everton with a chance on goal but he can’t direct it past the Lyon keeper.
Idrissa Gueye of Everton with a chance on goal but he can’t direct it far enough away from Anthony Lopes who’s between the sticks for Lyon. Photograph: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

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Peep!

Lyon get the second half started. No changes discernible yet

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Half-time: Lyon 0-0 Everton

Everton will be happy enough with that. They’ve kept their shape and their defensive focus against a side who clearly have the capacity to outpass them but haven’t found the necessary incision yet.

In the meantime, here’s an email back at Ian Copestake from Robin Hazlehurst: “To answer Mr Copestake, didn’t Wolves get done for dossing about on the back row in maths when they fielded a team of butlers to usher Man Utd goalwards a while back or summat? D for effort was deemed not acceptable then.”

Everton’s effort has been pretty good so far, their main point of concern at the moment being Martina after that nasty-looking injury. Anyway, back in a bit for the second half.

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45+6 mins: Ouch. A nasty clash between team-mates as Pickford dashes out and collides with Williams, the keeper falling awkwardly but getting up Ok. The home crowd raise their jeers of the Welsh defender once again. Both sets of fans creating decent noise here.

45+5 mins:Lyon are making plenty of headway out wide but in the middle Fekir and Traore haven’t been the threat we might have anticipated. Which in part is testament to Everton’s resilience so far.

45+3 mins: Everton are defending well in a last-line rearguard kind of way but the ball keeps coming back at them from their more accomplished opponents. Lyon’s latest lengthy spell of possession, though, breaks down against Kenny’s resolute tackling at left-back.

45+1 mins: Depay wins possession in a central possession and supplies Traore, whose shot is beaten out by Pickford and cleared by Kenny

45 mins: Depay wins a corner for Lyon after some neat trickery under pressure from three Everton defenders. Marcelo gets clear of his marker, Holgate, to power a header wide. Not a great header, not great marking.

We’ll have seven added minutes.

Marcelo of Lyon rues a missed chance.
Marcelo of Lyon rues a missed chance. Photograph: Alexandre Dimou/Icon Sport via Getty Images

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43 mins: Everton substitution: Martina is carried off. All the best to him. Besic is on. Play resumes after a seven-minute delay. Besic moves to left-back and Kenny to right-back

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This isn’t looking good for Martina, who appeared to land awkwardly around his neck/upper-back. Five medical staff are tending to him, and he’ll play no further part in this match. Young Morgan Feeney is warming up.

Concerned faces around the ground as Cuco Martina of Everton receives treatment from the medical team.
Concerned faces around the ground as Cuco Martina of Everton receives treatment from the medical team. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

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37 mins: Cuco Martina went down awkwardly when up-ended by Cornet as he tried to clear from that free-kick and is being treated. In the meantime, Atalanta are leading 1-0 against Apollon

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36 mins: Lyon forage forward on the right again through the former Manchester United man Rafael, Everton clear for a throw. But the home side are back on top, and they win a free-kick 30 yards out when Depay is fouled by Lennon. The same player belts a free-kick straight at Pickford who parries firmly away.

34 mins: A mistake on Lyon’s left lets in Lennon but Everton can’t do anything with it once he supplies Sigurddson and Lyon regain possession and break quickly through Cornet, whose cross from the byline is chested anxiously and unconvincingly back to Pickford, but the linesman’s flag had gone up as the ball had been taken out of play by Cornet.

32 mins: Mendy wins a corner on the left after Baningime blocks his cross from the byline. A bit of kerfuffling in the box ends with Marcelo being penalised, Everton winning a free-kick and the danger clearing.

31 mins: Lookman finds Lennon on the right with a lovely incisive diagonal ball but his cross for Sigurdsson is headed clear. Baningime wins it back, feeds Lookman then Gueye, whose chipped ball forward drifts aimlessly out behind the goal. Bit of a waste of a fine move that.

29 mins: Lyon get forward again, as Rafael leaves Lookman behind him on the right and his decent cross finds Fekir, who half-volleys over.

26 mins: Martina gets clear on the left but checks back and feeds Lookman, whose ball into the box is wayward and eludes any team-mates, drifting out for a goalkick.

25 mins: Baningime is doing really well here, breaking up play again just inside his own half and giving Everton a spell of pressure – that they do little with. Throw to Lyon.

Beni Baningime of Everton on the ball.
Beni Baningime of Everton on the ball. Photograph: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images

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23 mins: Trickery on the right from Cornet starts another passing move from Lyon, who win a corner when it culminates in Rafael’s cross being headed out by Holgate for a corner. It’s cleared but Lyon create an even better chance when Depay’s ball in finds Traore unmarked, but his downward header is well saved low by Pickford and the ball is scrambled clear. Lyon’s best chance so far.

20 mins: Mendy and Depay combine on the left before the latter fizzes a low cross across the six-yard box that Holgate clears.

“Is horse-racing the only sport/glorified betting franchise that punishes participants for not trying?” parps Ian Copestake. “Judging by their selection, the only effort Everton seem prepared to make is to flog a dead horse.” They’re holding their own here at the moment though.

18 mins: Lennon, on the right-hand edge of the area, nudges a half-chance into the path of Sigurdsson from Kenny’s pass, but the Icelandic false 9 got a false touch under pressure, and can only scuff to the keeper.

16 mins: Everton have settled a bit in the past few minutes, keeping possession at least if not carving out opportunities. Beningime looks impressively composed so far. Lookman also looking busy.

Everton’s Ademola Lookman, left, tries to get away from Lyon’s Bertrand Traore.
Everton’s Ademola Lookman, left, tries to get away from Lyon’s Bertrand Traore. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

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14 mins: Mendy promptly charges down the end but his effort from the left is parried clear and Everton win a throw and clear.

13 mins: Some tidier and more tenacious work in midfield from Lookman and Baningime earns Everton some territorial respite. They win a free-kick on the left, which Sigurdsson curls in menacingly only for Diakhaby to head clear. They come again with Lookman heading for the byline on the left but Lyon clear from his pull-back. Some kind of striker in the box might have been handy.

11 mins: Fekir, Depay and Mendy combine pleasingly down the left before switching it out wide to Cornet and back again. Mendy’s low cross is cleared for a throw but Lyon maintain possession and territorial dominance. A foretold pattern is emerging here, but no clear chances as yet have been created.

9 mins: Diakhaby finds Mendy with a probing long ball down the left but Lennon does well to track him back and force him to run it out for the goal kick.

7 mins: Everton win a throw on the right deep in Lyon’s half but Guey is dispossessed while receiving, Beninigime, on his European debut, wins it back, but Lyon regain possession again, and the galloping Cornet is tugged back on the right by Martina, who becomes the game’s first booking. He’s struggling at full-back already.

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5 mins: An early free-kick for Lyon, as Fekir is bundled over from behind by Martina having been fed well by Traore. Depay curls it across the face of goal, Diakhaby gets clear of his marker at the far post but can’t reach it and it’s a goal kick.

3 mins: Ashley Williams is being lustily booed every time he touches the ball, following the stramash at Goodison a fortnight ago. A scrappy start so far.

1 min: Everton win an early throw on the right. But are pressed to pass it right back to Pickford, who then blooters it out of play on the left. Onwards and upwards.

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Everton get us underway

The players are on their way out … the imposing Parc OL, venue for this season’s final, looks only half-full but sounds livelier. Their ultras have a huge banner asking “You talking to me?”

Supporters of Olympique Lyon show a banner
Looks like some of the Lyon fans are also fans of Travis Bickle. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

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For all the talk of Everton having a young team out tonight, the average age of Lyon’s is only 23, and their attack in particular has more shape and verve than Everton’s.

“Is this a sign of how the mighty fall?” asks Derek Fordham, referring to the picture at the top of this blog that will be changed once the game gets underway (so look NOW, in order to get the gag), “Is that Ronald Koeman at the top of the stairs taking pics of the Everton team leaving for the game?”

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Some pre-match chat with Unsworth, who has changes and the non-fielding of an out and out striker to explain: he’s made changes “with one eye on Sunday [the home game against Watford], so we’ve given others the opportunity to put themselves in contention, we’ve given a chance to lads who haven’t been playing”. Rotation becomes harder to justify when you’re losing. Whether tonight’s lineup will look any more balanced than in recent weeks, well let’s see.

First email, on a subject upon which I have never, once, been ribbed before at all. “Hey Tom!” chirps JR in Illinois, “So not only do you not get the start for Everton tonight but you don’t even make the bench! Did Unsworth leave you out so you could do this MBM?”

I’ll just go where the gaffer tells me to be honest, JR. I’m a team man.

This has happened before:

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The teams

Lyon: Lopes, Rafael, Marcelo, Diakhaby, Mendy, Tousart, NDombele, Cornet, Fekir, Depay, Traore. Subs: Gorgelin, Aouar, Mariano, Ferri, Morel, Marcal, Tete.

Everton: Pickford; Kenny, Martina, Williams, Holgate, Schneiderlin, Baningime, Gueye, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Lookman. Subs: Joel, Mirallas, Klaasen, Besic, Vlasic, Calvert-Lewin, Feeney.

Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)

So Everton start with only five of those that began the game at Leicester, though they do have decent-looking options on the bench. That’s the theory anyway,

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Preamble

Evening everyone. It’s tricky to gauge the significance of this fixture in the overall scheme of Everton’s calamity-strewn season, though social justice’s Neville Southall reckons “this November and December may be most important time in Everton’s history”. They’re in a relegation scrap, they’re scrabbling around for a new permanent manager, and need an unlikely upswing in form to qualify for the Europa League knockout stages after a group campaign characterised by abject surrenders (Atalanta away), limp late goal concessions (Apollon Limasol at home) and angry toddler-carrying dads in the crowd getting involved in argy-bargy (Lyon at home). The only way is up from here then.

Everton probably need to win this to have any chance of going through, should they be so minded. Ronald Koeman’s team selections suggested an ambivalent attitude to the competition, and his replacement, David Unsworth, may be of a similar mind: he has opted to leave Wayne Rooney, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka at home tonight, and will also be without the injured Michael Keane, one of a number of the club’s trumpeted summer signings to have toiled this term. But Unsworth is after a permanent job, and needs some kind of performance after Sunday’s poor showing at Leicester, in which he had to pretty much tear up his starting formation after a torrid first half. While Unsworth fiddles and seeks to rouse his side, others continue to be linked with his job, ranging from Burnley’s Sean Dyche of Burnley to Wolves’ and Jorge Mendes’s Nuno Espírito Santo.

Tonight Everton are up against a Lyon side handily placed in second in the group, and going well domestically too, nestled in third place and only seven points behind Ligue 1’s Qatari overlords at the top, who are the only team to have beaten them in the league, back in mid-September. Bruno Génésio’s side have won their last three league games, and after a summer of player turnover look to be hitting their stride a bit. Nabil Fekir has scored five in his last four matches. Everton have scored seven in the league all season. Lyon are favourites basically.

Kick-off 6pm GMT.

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