Europa League - Group H
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Everton 3-0 Lille

Everton midfielder Russell Osman scores against Lille in the Europa League
Everton are undefeated in four Europa League games this season
  • Everton one point clear at the top of Group H
  • Toffees away to Wolfsburg on 27 November
  • Roberto Martinez's side unbeaten in five

Everton strengthened their grip at the top of Group H as they eased to an easy Europa League win over Lille.

Leon Osman celebrated his new one-year contract extension by firing home from eight yards after Aiden McGeady's cross had evaded James McCarthy.

McGeady was involved in the second before the interval, Phil Jagielka finding the net with a header following the former Celtic winger's corner.

Steven Naismith added the third from Leighton Baines's low cross.

Roberto Martinez's side head into their final two group games in pole position to qualify for the last 32 after passing their French test with flying colours.

The Toffees have eight points from four games, one more than Wolfsburg, who hammered Krasnodar 5-1 and who Everton visit on 27 November.

Steven Naismith celebrates scoring for Everton against Lille in the Europa League
Scotland international Steven Naismith has scored six goals for club and country this season

Win in Germany and Martinez's side can start planning for the next round with one game to spare.

It was fitting that Osman, who has served the first team for almost 12 years, should find the net hours after it was announced that the 33-year-old will remain at Goodison Park until at least the summer of 2016.

The hosts had already gone close through Romelu Lukaku when Osman gave Vincent Enyeama no chance after lashing home McGeady's 27th minute cross into the danger area.

Everton were vibrant and creative as they constantly probed the French defence in what was one of their best Goodison displays of the season.

Tim Howard had to be alert to stop Ryan Mendes from scoring when the game was goalless but other than that the Toffees defence was rarely troubled.

Lukaku spurned a great chance to double the lead when he headed wide before unmarked England defender Jagielka showed the Belgian how to score with a 42nd minute bullet header after another excellent delivery by McGeady.

Lille were a shadow of the team that had frustrated the Toffees in northern France two weeks earlier.

The busy Lukaku forced Enyeama into a fine finger-tip save to keep out his 54th minute free-kick before Naismith sealed the points in front of his watching international manager Gordon Strachan.

Naismith, named in the Scotland squad for the forthcoming European Championship qualifier against the Republic of Ireland and the England friendly, produced an emphatic finish from eight-yards after Leighton Baines's cutback.

That was Baines's ninth assist of the campaign while Everton are now unbeaten in five league and cup matches, their season gathering momentum.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez:

"We played with a maturity that suggested we had been playing in Europe for years.

"What pleased me the most was that every player was ready and embraced the chance to play in Europe.

"We started the game really brightly and in the first three actions we showed we could open Lille up.

"We were very strong defensively against a strong attack. Then going forward we always looked a threat."

Leon Osman celebrates scoring Everton's first goal against Lille in the Europa League
Leon Osman made his senior Everton debut as a substitute in January 2003
Phil Jagielka celebrates scoring Everton's second goal in a 3-0 win over Lille in the Europa League
Phil Jagielka (right) has now equalled his best-ever goal haul in a season for Everton in all competitions, matching his total from 2012/13
Everton players celebrate a 3-0 win over Lille in the Europa League
Everton have only ever lost two of their 30 European home games when they have scored, winning 24 and drawing four

Line-ups

Everton

  • 24Howard
  • 2Hibbert
  • 6Jagielka
  • 15Distin
  • 3Baines
  • 16McCarthySubstituted forBesicat 85'minutes
  • 18BarryBooked at 67minsSubstituted forGibsonat 67'minutes
  • 21Osman
  • 14Naismith
  • 7McGeadySubstituted forAtsuat 66'minutes
  • 10R Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 4Gibson
  • 5Eto'o
  • 17Besic
  • 19Atsu
  • 20Barkley
  • 22Pienaar

Lille

  • 1Enyeama
  • 2CorchiaSubstituted forRodelinat 75'minutes
  • 14Kjaer
  • 25Basa
  • 23Souaré
  • 4BalmontBooked at 86mins
  • 24MavubaBooked at 28mins
  • 5Gueye
  • 20Mendes da GraçaSubstituted forBeriaat 64'minutes
  • 11FreySubstituted forRouxat 64'minutes
  • 27Origi

Substitutes

  • 9Rodelin
  • 12Meité
  • 16Elana
  • 18Beria
  • 22Rozehnal
  • 26Roux
  • 34Traore
Referee:
Bas Nijhuis

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamLille
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Everton 3, Lille 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Everton 3, Lille 0.

Attempt missed. Ronny Rodelin (Lille) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Florent Balmont with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Lille. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

Tony Hibbert (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Divock Origi (Lille).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Simon Kjaer (Lille) because of an injury.

Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

Pape Souaré (Lille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Franck Beria (Lille) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Lille. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

Offside, Everton. Tim Howard tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

Booking

Florent Balmont (Lille) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florent Balmont (Lille).

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Franck Beria (Lille).

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Muhamed Besic replaces James McCarthy.

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Florent Balmont (Lille).

Offside, Everton. James McCarthy tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Lille. Ronny Rodelin replaces Sébastien Corchia.

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Franck Beria (Lille).

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sébastien Corchia (Lille).

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Darron Gibson replaces Gareth Barry because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Gareth Barry (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Christian Atsu replaces Aiden McGeady.

Delay in match Gareth Barry (Everton) because of an injury.

Delay in match Sébastien Corchia (Lille) because of an injury.

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

Sébastien Corchia (Lille) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Lille. Franck Beria replaces Ryan Mendes.

Substitution

Substitution, Lille. Nolan Roux replaces Michael Frey.

Goal!

Goal! Everton 3, Lille 0. Steven Naismith (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

Corner, Lille. Conceded by James McCarthy.

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Mgladbach42209278
2Villarreal421111567
3FC Zürich4112710-34
4Apollon Limassol4103313-103

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Club Brugge42208178
2Torino42114227
3FC Copenhagen411236-34
4HJK Helsinki410328-63

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas42208358
2Tottenham42208358
3Asteras Tripolis411258-34
4Partizan Belgrade401318-71

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg4310136710
2Celtic42206428
3Dinamo Zagreb4103811-33
4Astra Giurgiu4013410-61

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Moscow440062412
2PSV Eindhoven42115417
3Estoril Praia410334-13
4Panathinaikos401348-41

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan42204138
2Dnipropetrovsk411223-14
3FK Qarabag411224-24
4Saint-Étienne40401104

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla42207348
2Feyenoord420256-16
3Standard Liege411245-14
4HNK Rijeka411257-24

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Everton42208268
2Wolfsburg421111837
3Lille403125-33
4FK Krasnodar4022511-62

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli43018359
2Sparta Prague430111479
3BSC Young Boys42028626
4Slovan Bratislava4004014-140

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev43018449
2Steaua Bucharest421111657
3Aalborg BK420248-46
4Rio Ave401338-51

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina431081710
2Guingamp42114317
3PAOK Salonika41127524
4Dinamo Minsk4013111-101

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Legia Warsaw440051412
2Trabzonspor42115327
3KSC Lokeren411224-24
4Metalist Kharkiv400426-40
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