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Saturday 16 December 2017

Charsley's debut win

Apollon Nicosia 0 Everton 3

Harry Charsley (l) celebrates with Everton scorer Ademola Lookman
Harry Charsley (l) celebrates with Everton scorer Ademola Lookman

Ireland Under-21 international Harry Charsley made his debut as Everton bowed out of the Europa League with a convincing win away to Apollon Nicosia.

Ademola Lookman's brace ensured a youthful Everton side did not miss Sam Allardyce's presence in Cyprus.

A pre-arranged medical appointment meant new boss Allardyce was not in Nicosia to witness the win over Apollon Limassol, the Toffees' first of the group stage, but he will receive a positive assessment of his fringe players and youngsters from stand-in manager Craig Shakespeare.

The most glowing review will be reserved for 20-year-old Lookman, who scored two goals in seven first-half minutes, the second of which was a blistering strike from range to cap off a 26-pass move where each Everton player touched the ball, with Nikola Vlasic then adding a third late on.

Everton's XI, which featured two debutants - Charsley and Fraser Hornby - was the youngest an English club had selected for a European group-stage fixture in eight years, while James McCarthy missed the game with a hamstring injury.

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