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Everton knocked out of Europa League by Lyon

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Gylfi Sigurdsson played in a number nine role for an hour of the match

Ten-man Everton were knocked out of the Europa League with defeat at Lyon as David Unsworth’s hopes of being made their permanent manager were dealt a further blow.

The defeat coupled with Atalanta’s 1-1 draw against Apollon Limassol means the Toffees cannot progress from the group stage with two matches remaining.

Unsworth, who was promoted from the club’s academy to become caretaker boss after the sacking of Ronald Koeman, has now lost all three games he has overseen.

Former Chelsea player Bertrand Traore opened the scoring in the 68th minute when he outpaced the Everton backline and slotted past Jordan Pickford.

Their second came 14 minutes from time when substitute Houssem Aouar threaded his shot past the reach of the England goalkeeper, who was already spread out on the turf having saved from Mariano Diaz in the build-up.

It went from bad to worse for the visitors when they were reduced to 10 men after Morgan Schneiderlin received a second yellow for a foul on Maxwel Cornet.

And with two minutes remaining former Manchester United midfielder Memphis Depay, who set up the strike for Aouar, applied the final blow when he headed in the third from six yards.

Earlier in the match, Everton full-back Cuco Martina was taken off in a neck brace having fallen awkwardly in a challenge with Cornet.

Sigurdsson experiment puzzling

Unsworth opted to start with no recognised striker, so former Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson was tasked with what at first seemed a ‘false nine’ role but turned out to be an out-and-out target man.

The Iceland international neither managed to run behind the Lyon backline nor did he manage success with holding up the ball to bring his team-mates into play. It was a frustrating night for the £45m summer signing.

The experiment was halted in the 60th minute when forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin was brought on and Sigurdsson dropped back.

Once back in his more familiar number 10 role he looked more comfortable, and had Everton’s best chance when he curled a shot fractionally wide of keeper Anthony Lopes’ upright.

What’s next for Everton?

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Former defender David Unsworth had two spells with Everton as a player

From high hopes at the start of the season to dismal despair.

The club, with the backing of new major shareholder Farhad Moshiri, spent north of £150m on players in the summer and brought in highly regarded manager Koeman from Southampton.

But they are now without a manager, third from the bottom in the Premier League and out of Europe after suffering the ignominy of being the first English side to not win any of their first four games of a Europa League campaign.

It is also now five defeats in a row – the first time the club have endured such a run in 12 years.

Unsworth is believed to have four matches to stake his claim for the full-time job – he will have to produce a miracle against Watford to ensure he gets the nod.

Martina injury results in long stoppage

Everton’s followers will be hoping that the injury to full-back Martina is not as serious as it first looked.

The incident near the end of the first half saw the Curacao international jump behind Cornet to meet a high ball and land awkwardly on his neck.

The 28-year-old received on-pitch treatment for more than five minutes before he was taken off on a cart with his neck in a brace.

Everton later tweeted that their defender had been taken to hospital for observation.

Unsworth said: “Cuco was concussed and was complaining of pains down his neck. He’s gone straight to hospital for scans.”

Man of the match – Bertrand Traore (Lyon)

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The former Chelsea man was outstanding in attack and set Lyon on their way with his goal

Everton leaky once again – the stats

  • The Toffees are the first English side to not win any of their first four games of a Europa League campaign (D1 L3).
  • This was the biggest defeat for an English team against French opposition in Europe since October 1997 (Strasbourg 3-0 Liverpool in the Uefa Cup).
  • It was also Lyon’s first home victory against English opposition in Europe since November 1967, when they beat Tottenham 1-0 in the Cup Winners’ Cup.
  • Everton have now conceded in 15 of their last 16 games in all competitions, with the only clean sheet in this run coming against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup (3-0).
  • Schneiderlin is the only Premier League player to have been sent off more than once across all competitions in 2017/18 (also v Man City).
  • Everton failed to register a shot on target in the first half, yet had their only one of the game within the opening minute of the second half.

‘We can’t cave in’ – what they said

Everton caretaker manager David Unsworth: “I’m really disappointed with the result. For nearly 70 minutes we were nearly perfect with our gameplan and created a couple of opportunities that we could and should have scored.

“The effort and commitment was there. In periods we showed some nice touches and created a couple of opportunities against a very good Lyon team.

“But we just can’t cave in the way we do when we concede a goal. That’s something that we need to rectify very, very quickly.”

Live Text

Match ends, Lyon 3, Everton 0.

Second Half ends, Lyon 3, Everton 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Houssem Aouar (Lyon) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Mariano (Lyon) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Houssem Aouar.

Ferland Mendy (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Vlasic (Everton).

Goal! Lyon 3, Everton 0. Memphis Depay (Lyon) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Ferri.

Attempt saved. Mariano (Lyon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maxwel Cornet.

Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Beni Baningime (Everton).

Houssem Aouar (Lyon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Houssem Aouar (Lyon).

Beni Baningime (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second yellow card to Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton) for a bad foul.

Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Everton).

Rafael (Lyon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Rafael (Lyon).

Ademola Lookman (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution, Lyon. Jordan Ferri replaces Tanguy NDombele.

Goal! Lyon 2, Everton 0. Houssem Aouar (Lyon) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Memphis Depay.

Foul by Marcelo (Lyon).

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tanguy NDombele (Lyon).

Beni Baningime (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Everton. Nikola Vlasic replaces Aaron Lennon.

Attempt missed. Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Lyon. Conceded by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Corner, Lyon. Conceded by Jonjoe Kenny.

Substitution, Lyon. Mariano replaces Bertrand Traoré.

Goal! Lyon 1, Everton 0. Bertrand Traoré (Lyon) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tanguy NDombele.

Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Tanguy NDombele (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton).

Corner, Lyon. Conceded by Muhamed Besic.

Substitution, Lyon. Houssem Aouar replaces Nabil Fekir.

Substitution, Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces Idrissa Gueye.

Foul by Marcelo (Lyon).

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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