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Lukaku scores late penalty to give Everton win over Dynamo Kiev

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

Romelu Lukaku scored his seventh goal in European competition this season to give Everton a slender 2-1 lead after the first leg of their Europa League tie against Dynamo Kiev at Goodison Park.

The Toffees started the contest at Goodison Park poorly and fell behind in the 14th minute to an Oleg Gusev finish, but they improved markedly as the first half went on and equalised in the 39th as Lukaku’s strength allowed him to set up a Steven Naismith strike. Roberto Martinez’s side did their best to sustain the momentum after the break, but it looked as if they would be frustrated in their attempts to add another goal.

However, a handball from Danilo Silva eight minutes from time saw referee Carlos Velasco Carballo award a spot-kick which Lukaku converted, making him Everton’s all-time record European scorer with seven goals and sealing the advantage in the tie for his side. Martinez’s men have been struggling in the Barclays Premier League this term but they continue to impress in continental action and will fancy their chances of emerging from next week’s second leg in Kiev with a quarter-final place booked.

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