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Everton crash out of Europe after Kiev mauling

Everton's Steven Naismith (2nd R) celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during their UEFA Europa League Group H match against Lille, at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north-west England, on November 6, 2014 (AFP) photo: Oli Scarff, Oli Scarff

British involvement in European football competition is over after Everton crashed out of the Europa League following a 5-2 defeat to Dynamo Kiev, with the Premier League side going down 6-4 on aggregate. The Ukrainian side went ahead courtesy of a fantastic strike from Andriy Yarmolenko, who cut inside Gareth Barry before unleashing a curling shot into the top corner. Romelu Lukaku responded with a similar cracker of his own to give Everton the aggregate advantage, but two failed clearances from Antolin Alcaraz gifted Kiev further goals.
Oleh Gusev and an Antunes goal – without doubt the best of the tournament, curled into the top corner from 30 yards – made sure. Despite their woeful defensive lapses, Everton created chances in attack, the outstanding Ross Barkley twice hitting the woodwork. And although Phil Jagielka sparked a glimmer of hope by heading in Leighton Baines’ corner eight minutes from time, it was too little, too late. The defeat means it is the first time in 20 years that there has been no British involvement in the quarter finals of European football competition.

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