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Wednesday 17 October 2018

Toothless Toffees crash out of Europa

Lyon 3 Everton 0

Memphis Depay celebrates
Memphis Depay celebrates

Managerless Everton crashed out of the Europa League with two Group E games left to play as they were beaten 3-0 at Lyon.

Former Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore, who had netted the winner in Lyon's 2-1 victory at Goodison Park a fortnight ago, opened the scoring midway through the second half, before substitute Houssem Aouar and former Manchester United man and Everton transfer target Memphis Depay wrapped things up.

The 80th minute dismissal of Morgan Schneiderlin, following a second yellow card, capped a miserable night for the Toffees.

Losses

The defeat, Everton's fifth in a row in all competitions, combined with Atalanta's 1-1 draw at Apollon Limassol, means the rock-bottom Toffees cannot reach the last 32.

Three of the losses have come since Ronald Koeman's sacking, and while caretaker boss David Unsworth has made it clear he would like the position full-time, the results so far are not strengthening his position.

Unsworth opted to rest the experienced trio of Wayne Rooney, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka for this contest, and his starting line-up - featuring six changes - had no recognised striker, with Gylfi Sigurdsson starting as a 'false nine'.

An excellent chance came Everton's way early in the second half when Ademola Lookman teed up Idrissa Gueye, who saw his strike saved by Anthony Lopes and probably should have done better.

It looked as if Everton might be building some momentum, but the game then got away from them entirely.

First Traore collected the ball, burst forward and slotted past Pickford in the 68th minute, then eight minutes later Pickford blocked a Mariano Diaz effort but was then beaten by a shot from Aouar, who was set up by Depay.

And after Schneiderlin was dismissed, Depay completed the scoring with a header two minutes from time.

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