Everton 2-1 Dynamo Kiev: Romelu Lukaku completes Toffees comeback

first_imgEverton came from behind to gain a slender advantage over Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League last-16 at Goodison Park on Thursday.The Toffees went behind following a sluggish start when Oleh Husev whipped the ball past Tim Howard, but they were level before the break when Steven Naismith guided the ball past Oleksandr Shovkovskiy into the bottom corner.And Romelu Lukaku’s composed spot-kick ten minutes from time puts the Toffees in pole position when the tie resumes at the Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium next week.Everton’s season arguably rests with their progress in the Europa League, so the air of trepidation surrounding Goodison Park before kick-off was to be expected.And the home faithful were sent into silence when the visitors took the lead on 14 minutes. Kiev capitalised on a laboured Everton start when Husev swept home a delicate volley past Tim Howard, beating the American shot-stopper at his near post.The hosts appeared to look rattled from the setback as Kevin Mirallas was booked for a petulant foul, while Andriy Yarmolenko was emerging as the visitors’ main threat down the right, with Luke Garbutt responsible for marking the 25-year-old in the absence of Leighton Baines.Kiev continued to press as Dieudonne Mbokani’s goal-bound header was blocked by Phil Jagielka before Serhiy Sydorchuk forced a good save from Howard. But Lukaku could have levelled the scoring from 40-yards with Shovkovskiy caught outside of his area, but his shot bounced wide.The Belgium ace then came to within a lick of paint to equalising when his free-kick struck the post via a Shovkovskiy fingertip save. But the visitors could not withstand Roberto Martinez’s rejuvenated side when Lukaku stormed through the Kiev defence before sliding Steven Naismith in on goal, and the Scotland international produced an assured finish to level the match before the break.The Ukrainian league leaders looked a shadow of the side that commanded the early period of the first-half as Everton occupied the majority of possession and should have gone ahead when Mirallas’ cross whistled through the six yard area, but neither Naismith nor Lukaku could poke the ball into the net.Everton maintained their pursuit of a second goal with a string of half-chances and should have edged in front when Gareth Barry was presented with the ball inside the box, but the former Manchester City midfielder miscued his effort.Martinez wrung the changes in a bid to improve his side’s fortunes in front of goal and it paid off when Leon Osman – on for the largely peripheral Ross Barkley – saw his cross blocked by the arm of Danilo Silva inside the area. Lukaku did the rest with a cool penalty down the middle to put the Blues ahead with ten minutes remaining.And the 21 year-old almost created the hosts’ third with a sweeping cross, although Osman’s header flashed wide of the mark. Everton 2-1 Dynamo Kiev: Lukaku completes Toffees comeback 1last_img read more