UEL: Everton 1-2 Lyon


Ashley Williams sparked a brawl between players with fans also joining in

Everton's struggles continued as they lost 2-1 to Lyon at Goodison Park in the Europa League


The home side fell behind early on when Nabil Fekir slotted home a penalty following a rash challenge by Mason Holgate.

However, Ronald Koeman's side drew level after 69 minutes when Ashley Williams powered home a header, only for Bertrand Traore's deft backheel to hand Lyon the win six minutes later.

As a result, Everton have now taken just one point from their opening three Group E games and sit bottom of the table.
 
The hosts made the worst possible start to the game when just six minutes in, Holgate recklessly chopped down the marauding Fernando Marcal, with referee Bas Nijhuis having no choice but to point to the spot.

Lyon captain Fekir stepped up and beat Jordan Pickford with a low shot into the bottom right-hand corner of the net, the France international's eighth goal of the season.

The Ligue 1 team could have doubled their lead eight minutes before the break when Memphis Depay's 25-yard free-kick took a wicked deflection off Tom Davies, only to beat the wrong-footed Pickford, but not the bar.
 
However, it took a melee involving Williams and a posse of players from both sides - and disappointingly some members of the home crowd too - to spark the hosts into life midway through the second period.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, who had just been brought on, chipped a free kick into the danger area and there was the Everton captain to beat Anthony Lopes with a bullet header.

Everton almost took the lead minutes later when another Sigurdsson free-kick beat everyone in the middle, only to strike the far post, before the visitors then went up the other end and won the game.

Substitute Maxwell Cornet's brilliant run took him clear to the right-hand byline and his cross was then turned in at the near post by Traore, albeit with the help of a large deflection off Michael Keane.


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