EVERTON head into their second Europa League Group E fixture against Apollon Limassol looking to bounce back from their woeful opener with Atalanta two weeks ago. Follow the action LIVE with Sportseconds.
Everton vs Apollon Limassol: Express Sport brings you LIVE Europa League scores, news and results30: Rooney has asked for a couple of minutes to see if he can make it through the pain barrier. Ronald Koeman looked like he reluctantly agreed.
27: Ah, Wayne Rooney looks to have hurt himself when attempting that acrobatic overhead kick. He’s receiving treatment on his right arm, and doesn’t look like he’ll be able to continue. We’ll see.
25: That somewhat fortunate equaliser has boosted Everton’s confidence. Wayne Rooney looks for a spectacular overhead kick but completely misses the ball before Sigurdsson tests goalkeeper Bruno Vale with a decent half-volley.
EVERTON 1-1 APOLLON – ROONEY
22: Gift, what an absolute gift.
Everton are right back in this thanks to a cataclysmic error from Yuste.The right-back plays a backpass that’s nowhere near the goalkeeper, and Wayne Rooney is alert to finish into an empty net.
18: Are Everton guilty of trying to over-complicate things? It’s like they’re trying to pass the opposition to death instead of going direct.
15: More dodgy stuff as Tom Davies gives the ball to Vasilou, who looks to drill past Pickford from distance, but it sails over the bar. Everton on the rocks here.
EVERTON 0-1 APOLLON – ADRIAN
12: Awful, simply awful.
Everton’s nightmare European campaign goes from bad to worse after a ghastly mistake from Ashley Williams.
The Welsh centre-back sloppily gives away possession when trying to find Leighton Baines. Jakolis pounces and drills a cross into the six-yard box, where Adrian loses Mason Holgate before converting from point-blank range.
10: I tell you what, Apollon aren’t here to make up the numbers. They are throwing men forward at every opportunity with Maglica nodding a decent cross over.
9: Sum the game up in one word? Pedestrian. There’s a lack of pace and precision in the early stages, while the Goodison faithful are the quietest I’ve heard them in many years.
6: Almost suicidal from Ashley Williams and Idrissa Gueye, who take a tumble in the middle of the park. Fortunately for them, Jordan Pickford was quickly off his line to clear.
3: Not quite a lung-busting start from the Toffees, but they are in complete control during these early stages. Interesting to see how young Jonjo Kenny performs at right-back tonight. Cuco Martina has been used there in recent games, but Evertonians are desperate to see Kenny given a chance.
EVERTON 0-0 APOLLON
1: We’re underway under the Goodison Lights folks. It looks a winnable fixture on paper, but let’s not forget that Apollon earned a very credible draw against Lyon a few weeks ago.
20:04: The BT Sport commentator is eager to remind us that Everton are the only English team to have lost in Europe this season. Let’s hope the Toffees can recover tonight. Momentum needed.
20:02: Here’s the starting XI’s…
Everton XI: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Williams, Baines, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies, Sigurdsson, Sandro, Rooney.
Subs: Stekelenburg, Mirallas, Martina, Klaassen, Vlasic, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman.
Apollon Limassol XI: Bruno Vale, Joao Pedro, Yuste, Roberge, Vasiliou, Allan, Sachetti, Alef, Jakolis, Maglica, Sardinero.
Subs: Kissas, Martinez, Alex, Zelaya, Jander, Stylianou, Schembri.
Referee: Tamas Bognar.
20:00: Evening folks, sorry this is a ridiculously late start but the Arsenal match finished a little bit later than I was expecting.
But I’m here, you’re here, the teams are out – so I’ll stop with the apologies and tell you what the heck is going on at Goodison Park!Centre-backs Michael Keane and Phil Jagielka will both be missing once again when Everton host Apollon Limassol.Keane (foot) and Jagielka (hamstring) remain unavailable after sitting out Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League win over Bournemouth, but Wayne Rooney, who was left with a cut above his left eye and a bloodied face having been caught by Simon Francis’ arm in that game, is fit to feature.
James McCarthy (knee) is not yet ready to make his return to action, while Oumar Niasse, scorer of three goals in the last two matches, is unable to play as he was not included in Everton’s squad for the Europa League group stage.
Everton provisional squad: Pickford, Stekelenburg, Robles, Williams, Holgate, Feeney, Martina, Kenny, Baines, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Besic, Klaassen, Sigurdsson, Rooney, Davies, Vlasic, Lookman, Mirallas, Lennon, Sandro, Calvert-Lewin.
After the woeful 3-0 away defeat to Atalanta in their Group E opener two weeks ago, bottom-placed Everton need to get up and running swiftly.
The Toffees ended their run of six matches without victory and four successive losses by winning their last two games and will certainly be expected to get three points on the board.
Apollon may not make for high-profile continental opposition, but it should be noted that Sofronis Avgousti’s men have already registered a commendable result in this pool, securing a 1-1 home draw with Lyon thanks to Adrian Sardinero’s late equaliser.
Also, they overcame a British side en route to the group stage, beating Aberdeen 3-2 on aggregate in the third qualifying round.