Everton make triumphant return to Europe against Wolfsburg

Darron Gibson makes first appearance for club in almost a year

Seamus Coleman scores Everton’s second goal during the  Europa League Group H match against VFL Wolfsburg. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images.

Seamus Coleman scores Everton’s second goal during the Europa League Group H match against VFL Wolfsburg. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images.

 

Everton 4 Wolfsburg 1 Everton made a successful return to European football with a 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg at Goodison Park last night.

Manager Roberto Martinez showed he is taking the Europa League seriously by naming a full-strength side and was rewarded with a perfect start to their campaign.

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Ricardo RodriguezIrelandSeamus Coleman

Tim Howard was the busiest player on the park in the second half but Kevin Mirallas rubbed salt in Wolfsburg’s wounds with a fourth before Rodriguez atoned for the own goal by beating the Everton goalkeeper with a free-kick.

Republic of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson replaced Steven Naismith in the 81st minute to make his first Everton appearance in almost a year. The Derry man was denied a dream comeback when Wolfburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio saved his shot.

The scoreline ultimately flattered Everton but there was no doubt they dominated. EVERTON: Howard, Coleman (Osman 90), Stones, Jagielka, Baines, Barry, McCarthy, McGeady, Naismith (Gibson 81), Mirallas, Lukaku (Eto’o 68). Subs Not Used: Robles, Besic, Atsu, Alcaraz. Booked: Naismith, Mirallas. WOLFSBURG: Benaglio, Jung, Knoche, Naldo, Rodriguez, Gustavo (Guilavogui 76), Malanda (Hunt 46), De Bruyne, Arnold, Caligiuri (Bendtner 60), Olic. Subs not used: Grun, Schafer, Klose, Klich. Booked: Knoche. Attendance: 29, 593 Referee: Luca Banti (Italy).

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