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Lyon 3-0 Everton

  • Everton's Europa League campaign ended with a dreadful 3-0 defeat by Lyon.
  • Bertrand Traore, Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay down the sorry Toffees.
  • Unsworth's men had a couple of chances but in the end suffered their fifth consecutive defeat.
  • Morgan Schneiderlin saw red as Cuco Martina what looked to be a serious injury.
Morgan Schneiderlin
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FT: Lyon 3-0 Everton.

As you were for the Toffees. Another damning, damaging defeat dumps them out of the Europa League. Traore, Auoar and Depay with the strikes to condemn Unsworth's side to their fifth consecutive defeat.

Stoppage in injury time as Auoar suffers a knock.

Three minutes of stoppage time, if anyone still cares.

Rafael surges down the right, plays the ball inside for Ferri, who crosses for Depay. The Dutchman gets above ahead of Holgate to head past Pickford, and kick Everton when they're already down and out.

GOAL! Lyon 3-0 Everton (Depay)

Mariano pearolls a shot that Pickford gathers easily. Both sets of sides going through the motions now, with the game already done and dusted.

Aouar sees yellow for a late challenge on Baningime. Unnecessary.

Another Everton pass goes out of play. It's listless from the Toffees now. They know their fate.

RED CARD! Morgan Schneiderlin receives a second yellow for a daft, late challenge.

Silly from the Frenchman, who is being jeered off by his countrymen.

Williams passes the ball to Kenny, who lets it roll straight out of play. Sums up Everton's season so far.

Lookman is fouled by Rafael, who picks up a yellow card for his troubles.

Sigurdsson on duty to take, and his ball just evades an Everton head. Williams should have connected.

GOAL! Lyon 2-0 Everton (Auoar)

A long punt upfield to Mariano is blocked by Pickford. The ball falls to Memphis, who plays it to Auoar, who fires comfortably into the net.

Everton's Europa League campaign is over.

Everton win a free-kick high up through Calvert-Lewin.

Sigurdsson's ball is overhit, Kenny does his best to keep it alive but the officials deem it to be out of play. A very tight call.

Lyon try for a second but Cornet's well-struck effort flashes just wider of Pickford's right post.

Unsworth makes his final change - Lennon off, Vlasic on.

The ball fortunately finds it way into Traore's path. The Burkina Faso international outpaces Williams, waits for Pickford to commit himself before slotting the ball low into the net.

As it stands, Everton are out. Traore has now been withdrawn for Mariano.

GOAL! Lyon 1-0 Everton (Traore)

A well-worked move from Everton leads to Sigurdsson's second chance of the evening. Schneiderlin wins the ball back tenaciously before Lennon and Calvert-Lewin to tee up Sigurdsson, who flashes a shot wide.

Lyon make a change as well- Fekir off, Aouar on.

Unsworth makes his first change of the evening - Idrissa Gueye makes way for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Gylfi Sigurdsson will be absolutely delighted.

Great work from Lookman as he gets around the outside of Mendy. The young winger drives into the box and lays the ball off to Sigurdsson, who just can't flick the ball over the goalkeeper. Replays show the Iceland international should have done better.

Fekir is set away and surges into the penalty area. Holgate stays with him before going to ground in an attempt to win the ball, and is perhaps lucky to not concede a penalty, like he did in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago.

Schneiderlin goes in the referee's book for running his mouth. Approaching the hour mark at the Groupama Stadium.

Not an inch being given or taken as both teams battle for supremacy. Besic then hands Lyon a chance on a plate but Cornet can only shoot straight at the goalkeeper.

A very early chance for Everton in the second half!

Gueye combines well with Lennon and forces a good save out of Lopes. Lookman tries to follow up with the rebound but Diakhaby is there to clear. Encouraging for the Blues.

Both teams are back out for the second half, which Lyon get under way.

The sheer volume of medical personnel that tended to Martina highlighted the seriousness of his injury. Let's hope it is not too severe.

Cuco Martina
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HT: Lyon 0-0 Everton.

Not the worst half from an Everton point of view, who have conceded a few chances but have not looked all at sea like in previous matches. Unsworth's side have not created any real chances, while Lyon have gone close through Traore and Depay, but there's still everything to play for in the second period.

Beni Baningime and Nabil Fekir
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Pickford and Williams collide with each other, and the former seems to have come off worst. A miscommunciation leads to a bump for the Welshman and a nasty fall for the Englishman, but both are carrying on.

A rare venture forward Everton is stopped abruptly as Lookman fouls Diakhaby. Just under three minutes of stoppage time remaining.

Lyon forcing the issue as we enter seven minutes of stoppage time. Pickford has to save well from Traore before Kenny just about clears the danger in his own six-yard box. Testing times for Everton.

Besic's first involvement is to concede a corner as Depay seeks to give him an early test.

The Dutchman whips the ball in, Marcelo connects, but he heads wide. Lyon are getting joy from set pieces.

A defensive reshuffle for Everton, with Kenny moving to left-back. Besic now operating at right-back.

Martina now wearing headgear as the medical team take inordinate care with him. He has now been gently lowered onto the stretcher and will presumably be taken to hospital. Applause rings from all four corners of the stadium.

It really doesn't look good for Martina. A number of medics are tending to the defender, who is now being helped onto a stretcher. He fell rather awkwardly on his beck as he challenged for a ball with Cornet. Let's hope it is nothing serious, but I'm afraid it looks that way.

Besic set to come on in place of the Curacao star.

Lennon concedes a free-kick after bringing down Depay.

The Dutchman steps up and stings Pickford's palms from some distance before Martina is fouled by Cornet. The Curacao international is now down, receiving heavy treatment.

Lennon robs Mendy of the ball but lacked support as he darted into the box. Lyon immediately break back through Cornet, who is adjudged to have ran the ball out of play. Replays show that wasn't the case.

Lookman has been bright so far.

Ademola Lookman
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A great ball from Lookman finds Kenny, who can't find Sigurdsson with his cross. Everton recycle possession with Martina, but his cross finds nobody and rolls harmlessly for a goal kick.

First chance for Fekir as Rafael delivers another testing cross. The France international finds a bit of space for himself but blazes way over.

Baningime finds Martina in a bit of space. The full-back comes inside to find Lookman, whose ball is no way near the onrushing Schneiderlin. 25 minutes gone, 0-0.

Rafael delivers a good cross but Kenny produces a good defensive header to concede a corner.

The corner's taken short and almost brings the first goal - Pickford saving well from Traore, who is picked out excellently by Depay, before the ball is flashed across the face of goal.

Depay and Mendy combine to get around Kenny but Holgate is on hand to clear the danger. Everton looking a lot more compact, with Baningime's presence a welcome defensive tonic.

First half-chance for Everton but Sigurdsson cannot get any substantial connection on the ball. Good work from Baningime, Kenny and Lennon to carve out the opportunity, which failed to trouble Lopes.

Everton try and probe but Gueye's overhit pass gives Martina no chance. Unsworth may be encouraged by his side's start, but a goal does not seem to be forthcoming.

Lookman does well to rob Traore and raid down the left-hand side but his cross finds noone in the box, because there was noone in Everton colours lurking. Lack of a striker coming back to bite the Blues - and not for the first time.

Lyon putting on the pressure at the moment. They win a throw-in high up the pitch as Depay tries to pull out some tricks, but it comes to nothing.

Martina then gives the ball away cheaply but just about gets away with it. Not having a fine start, is Cuco.

Martina picks up a very early yellow card for a poor challenge on Cornet, caused by his own undoing. Really poor from the full-back, who is not a Goodison favourite.

Baningime gives away the ball and Lyon break. Fekir surges forward and is brought down by Martina, who concedes a free-kick in a dangerous area.

Depay whips in the ball, but Diakhaby can't connect with it.

Boos and whistles as Williams gets his first touch of the game, which is being played almost exclusively in the middle of the park at the moment.

We are under way in Lyon. Everton with an early throw.

Boos ring around the stadium as Ashley Williams waits for Fekir to meet him in the middle. The Welshman isn't a favourite in this city.

The teams emerge from the tunnel and out onto the pitch, which is surrounded by empty seats.

The players are lining up in the tunnel. Kick-off just moments away.


Finally caught word of the Lyon subs: Gorgelin, Marçal, Morel, Tete, Ferri, Aouar, Mariano.

Lyon have only lost eight of their last 45 matches at the Groupama Stadium, while Everton have only won twice away from home this year.

Is this a foregone conclusion?

...but apart from all of that, everything's fine!

Kick off less than a quarter of an hour away. A reminder of today's teams:

Lyon: Lopes, Rafael, Marcelo, Diakhaby, Mendy, Tousart, Ndombele, Cornet, Fekir, Traore, Memphis.

Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Williams, Martina, Baningime, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Lennon, Lookman, Sigurdsson.

With that line-up surprising many, it may seem as if Unsworth is disregarding the Europa League, but that is far from the truth.

Asked if he is focusing on other matters, Unsworth said: "Absolutely not. We wanted to freshen everything up and give players the opportunity they've been looking for."

Some reasoning behind Everton's starting line-up from the interim boss.

Not great reading for Evertonians, this...

Everton have landed at the Groupama Stadium.

A very rare start for young Ademola Lookman, who, like many of Everton young starlets, was called up to the England Under-21's squad today.

The vibrant attacker was not afforded many opportunities by Ronald Koeman during the start of the season but Unsworth has seen fit to throw the winger into the deep end at the Groupama Stadium.

Will he flourish or flounder?

Ademola Lookman
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David Unsworth has gone to new lengths in order to solve Everton's striker problem - he isn't playing with one.

Gylfi Sigurdsson will lead the line, presumably as a false nine, and will be flanked by Ademola Lookman and Aaron Lennon. Unsworth has made six changes to the side that lost to Leicester, with Holgate, Martina, Baningime, Lookman Sigurdsson and Schneiderlin replacing Jagielka, Baines, Davies, Mirallas, Rooney and Calvert-Lewin.


Everton: Joel, Feeney, Besic, Vlasic, Klaassen, Calvert-Lewin Mirallas.

Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Williams, Martina, Baningime, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Lennon, Lookman, Sigurdsson.



Lyon: Lopes, Rafael, Marcelo, Diakhaby, Mendy, Tousart, Ndombele, Cornet, Fekir, Traore, Memphis.


Things got a little bit heated the last time these two met a fortnight ago...

That idiot holding his child as he throws punches has been banned from Goodison Park for life. But he thinks the club should have provided "adequate security". Dope.

The Evertonians are out in force, going through their repertoire and drinking all the ale Lyon has to offer.

Will they be drinking to celebrate or forget after the final whistle tonight?

Sean Dyche has been heavily linked with the vacant managerial position at Everton, and he has not been shy about addressing the issue over the last 10 days.

The Burnley boss is understandably flattered to be linked with the Goodison Park hotseat but insists the speculation has not distracted him from the matters at hand.

"The players have just got on with their jobs, despite all the speculation. They are professional," Dyche said on the speculation surrounding Turf Moor.

"I just keep getting on with my job. Same as I was last week. When you [the media] asked me. Same as I was the week before."

Sean Dyche
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Everton held talks with Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo over their vacant managerial position recently, but the former Porto manager has no interest in leaving Molineux if his latest tweet is anything to go by.

Thousands of Everton supporters have travelled to Lyon to cheer on the Toffees at the Groupama Stadium, though they may have been disheartened when it was revealed that Rooney et al did not make the trip.

David Unsworth was quick to dispel any negativity during his press conference on Wednesday, and is confident his side will put in a performances the travelling Toffees can be proud of.

"We'll pick a team to win the game and I know our players will give absolutely everything for our fans making the trip," Unsworth said.

"Every game that I stand there as Everton manager, every game that the lads put on the shirt to represent our great Club, it's vitally important to try to win the game. Any competition - league, cup, anything - is vitally important. We do it for our fans."

David Unsworth

Everton defender Morgan Feeney has been drafted into the Toffees' first-team squad ahead of their Europa League group stage clash against Lyon on Thursday (2 November) as interim boss David Unsworth searches for a remedy to his side's defensive woes.

Feeney is well regarded by the Merseysiders and was part of the Under-23 side that was crowned Premier League champions last season. The young centre-back has trained with the first-team on a number of occasions during the current campaign and was not included in the Toffees' side that suffered a 1-0 defeat by Mansfield Town in the Checkatrade Trophy on Monday.

Unsworth has not been afraid to elevate some of Everton's youth prospects to the first-team during his brief tenure in charge; midfielder Beni Baningime has featured against Chelsea and Leicester City, while young forward David Henen has been training with the Everton first-team for the last week.

Morgan Feeney
Feeney's impressive performances for Everton's youth sides have led him to the first-team. Getty Images

Everton's slim chances of Europa League progression will be ended with defeat tonight, but Unsworth has still decided to leave his most senior figures at home as he keeps one eye on the crucial clash against Watford.

Wayne Rooney, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka have all stayed on Merseyside, while Michael Keane is also absent as he recovers from a foot problem. James McCarthy is also out with a hamstring injury.

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A win for Everton against Lyon could enhance interim manager David Unsworth's chances of landing the job full-time.

The former full-back has presided over two defeats so far and is in need of a decent result against Bruno Genesio's side if he is to have any chance of staying on beyond the match against Watford, though he insists he is not phased by what the match at the Groupama Stadium represents.

"That doesn't scare me, because I know the game, and I know that in the end you will be judged, I know, on performances – and I think performances have improved for a game and a half, certainly in the second half against Leicester," he was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.

"But within those performances, you've got to try and dig out some results, so I want to win the game tomorrow, I want to perform, and Sunday's a massive game as well.

"Sunday's a cup final for me and I think we've got to play it like a cup final, I certainly want the players to play it like a cup final."

David Unsworth
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Good afternoon and welcome to IB Times UK's live coverage of Lyon vs Everton.

David Unsworth's side may have other pressing issues to worry about ahead of the clash at the Groupama Stadium, but the Toffees interim boss knows his side must deliver a strong performance against the Ligue 1 outfit as he looks to pull the Merseysiders from the mire in which they find themselves.

'Rhino' has left the likes of Wayne Rooney, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines at home as he keeps one eye on the match against Watford on Sunday (5 November), while 18-year-old defender Morgan Feeney has been drafted into the first team set-up.

Lyon will certainly look to exploit the beleaguered Toffees, and have no real injury concerns to worry about ahead of this evening's clash. Mariano Diaz missed the reverse fixture at Goodison Park a fortnight ago but has been passed fit to lead the line for Bruno Genesio's side after recovering from a groin problem.

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