Saturday 20 January 2018

Lukaku's spot on for Toffees as they take slender advantage to Kiev

Everton's Romelu Lukaku applauds their fans at the end of the match
Everton's Romelu Lukaku applauds their fans at the end of the match

EVERTON will take a slender advantage to the Ukraine for their round of 16 second leg clash with Dynamo Kiev after last night's first leg victory at Goodison Park.

Steven Naismith handed the Toffees a lifeline after his 39th minute strike cancelled out Oleg Gusev's 14th minute opener for the visitors.

And it took an 81st minute Romelu Lukaku penalty to put the Toffees in the driving seat for the return leg in a week's time.

Ireland internationals Séamus Coleman and James McCarthy started the game for Everton as manager Roberto Martinez sought to ensure that his side's poor Premier League form of late didn't transfer to their Europa League campaign.

However, the Toffees' fears of an away goal were realised early on when Gusev, on the right-hand corner of the six-yard box, flicked his boot and whipped the ball past goalkeeper Tim Howard at the near post from a corner.

But Everton rallied and Lukaku held off three defenders just outside the box to feed Naismith and slide a low finish under Olexandr Shovkovskiy to bring Everton level.

Everton got the winner their play deserved late on when Lukaku fires his spot kick down the middle of the goal to put Everton ahead after Danilo Silva's handball from a Leon Osman cross.

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