Europa League - Group E
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Atalanta 3-0 Everton

Wayne Rooney
Everton managed just two shots on target against Atalanta. Their next Group E match is against Apollon Limassol at Goodison Park on 28 September

Everton produced a dreadful performance as they lost their Europa League opener against Atalanta in Italy.

The home side dominated from the outset, taking the lead when Everton failed to deal with a corner, with the ball ricocheting off Phil Jagielka's hip and falling to Andrea Masiello to poke in.

Alejandro Gomez doubled the lead with a stunning curling strike, before Bryan Cristante drove through the Toffees' defence and placed the ball into the corner as the hosts went into half-time 3-0 up.

It was more of the same from Atalanta in the second half, minus the goals, with Andrea Petagna hitting the woodwork after being set up by former Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon.

French side Lyon were held 1-1 in Cyprus by Apollon Limassol in the other Group E game.

Everton still too nice

Ronald Koeman
Ronald Koeman's Everton have now lost 3-0 in two consecutive games

Before the match, manager Ronald Koeman said he was taking the Europa League "very seriously". He also said Everton were "too nice" as they were beaten 3-0 at home by Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Dutchman made six changes from that defeat, but his team failed to show the intent and aggression the manager craved, with their performance arguably worse than against Spurs.

Atalanta were clinical, controlled possession and utilised the wings. Everton were continuously on the back foot and gave the ball away far too often, with any move for a counter-attack breaking down. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, leading the line, hardly featured in the game.

They were fortunate to only be three down at the break, Masiello could have had a hat-trick had it not been for two fine saves from Maarten Stekelenburg in the Everton goal. Hans Hateboer also came close with a shot across the goal, with Michael Keane getting an important touch to deny him.

Having invested heavily in the squad this summer, Koeman fielded new signings Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Keane, Nikola Vlasic and Wayne Rooney in his starting line-up.

Vlasic, a deadline-day signing from Hajduk Split, was at fault for Gomez' goal, allowing the Argentine to cut inside after a lazy-looking challenge.

Atalanta's return to Europe

Atalanta
It was 26 years since Atalanta played in Europe. La Dea reached the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup in 1991, where fellow Italian side Inter Milan put them out

The game took place in Serie A side Sassuolo's Mapei Stadium, with Atalanta's ground being renovated.

Despite being 120 miles away from their home in Lombardy, the Atalanta fans travelled in their numbers and were in full voice as their side made a spectacular start to their first outing in Europe since reaching the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup in 1991.

Gomez' superb strike showed exactly why he was one of the standout stars in Serie A last season. He scored 16 goals in the Italian domestic league as Atalanta beat Lazio to fourth place.

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What next for the Toffees?

After back-to-back 3-0 defeats, Everton face Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday (16:00 BST).

The match will see Rooney return to Old Trafford, while striker Romelu Lukaku will face his old club for the first time since joining Manchester United from Everton in July.

With Everton failing to replace the Belgian in the transfer window, Lukaku could show Koeman the goalscoring prowess they have been missing this season.

'I need to criticise myself' - Koeman

Everton boss Ronald Koeman on BT Sport: "Our ball position was poor but most painful was in the first half - they showed more aggression, they showed more passion. That's really painful because it starts with that and then you need quality on the ball.

"I asked myself questions on what I was doing wrong against Tottenham, because it's not how I like to see my team. We can play bad football, we can miss chances, but the commitment and passion Atalanta showed in first half was much bigger than we showed.

"This is not the time or place to criticise players, I need to criticise myself because the team was not prepared for this tonight."

Everton's poor showing in Italy - the key stats

  • English sides have lost 10 of their last 14 visits to Italy in European competition (W2 D2 L10).
  • Everton have now lost all four of their away games in Italy without scoring a single goal.
  • This is only the third time that an English club has lost their opening group-stage game of a Europa League campaign. The other two were Birmingham City in 2011-12 and Manchester United in 2016-17 - although Jose Mourinho's side ended up winning the tournament.
  • Everton conceded three goals before half-time in a competitive fixture for the first time since November 2016 (0-5 at Chelsea).
  • Atalanta scored three goals in the first half of a European game for the first time.
  • Five of Everton's starting XI on Thursday were not born when Atalanta scored their previous goal in Europe (December 1990).
  • Everton have managed four shots on target in their past three matches. Their opponents have had 21 shots on target in those games.

Line-ups

Atalanta

  • 1Berisha
  • 3Toloi
  • 6Palomino
  • 5MasielloBooked at 33minsSubstituted forCaldaraat 77'minutes
  • 33Hateboer
  • 4CristanteSubstituted forKurticat 82'minutes
  • 11Freuler
  • 15de Roon
  • 21Castagne
  • 29PetagnaSubstituted forCorneliusat 79'minutes
  • 10Gomez

Substitutes

  • 7Orsolini
  • 9Cornelius
  • 13Caldara
  • 27Kurtic
  • 32Haas
  • 91Gollini
  • 95Bastoni

Everton

  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 30Holgate
  • 4Keane
  • 6Jagielka
  • 3Baines
  • 21Besic
  • 2SchneiderlinSubstituted forRamírezat 66'minutes
  • 27Vlasic
  • 18SigurdssonBooked at 63mins
  • 10RooneySubstituted forKlaassenat 66'minutes
  • 29Calvert-LewinSubstituted forMirallasat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Pickford
  • 5Williams
  • 9Ramírez
  • 11Mirallas
  • 15Martina
  • 17Gueye
  • 20Klaassen
Referee:
Vladislav Bezborodov
Attendance:
14,490

Match Stats

Home TeamAtalantaAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home20
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Atalanta 3, Everton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atalanta 3, Everton 0.

Attempt missed. Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Hans Hateboer.

Attempt missed. Mason Holgate (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sandro Ramírez.

Attempt missed. Michael Keane (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

Attempt blocked. Davy Klaassen (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sandro Ramírez.

Attempt saved. Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alejandro Gomez with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Sandro Ramírez (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nikola Vlasic.

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Phil Jagielka following a corner.

Attempt missed. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Timothy Castagne.

Attempt blocked. Jasmin Kurtic (Atalanta) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marten de Roon.

José Luis Palomino (Atalanta) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mason Holgate (Everton).

Substitution

Substitution, Atalanta. Jasmin Kurtic replaces Bryan Cristante.

Attempt missed. Hans Hateboer (Atalanta) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alejandro Gomez with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Atalanta. Andreas Cornelius replaces Andrea Petagna.

Andrea Petagna (Atalanta) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

Substitution

Substitution, Atalanta. Mattia Caldara replaces Andrea Masiello.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Attempt missed. Muhamed Besic (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by José Luis Palomino.

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sandro Ramírez.

Foul by Hans Hateboer (Atalanta).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Andrea Masiello (Atalanta) because of an injury.

Timothy Castagne (Atalanta) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mason Holgate (Everton).

Foul by Remo Freuler (Atalanta).

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Sandro Ramírez replaces Morgan Schneiderlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Davy Klaassen replaces Wayne Rooney.

Foul by Andrea Masiello (Atalanta).

Mason Holgate (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by José Luis Palomino (Atalanta).

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Bryan Cristante (Atalanta) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 14th September 2017

  • Austria ViennaAustria Vienna1AC MilanAC Milan5
    FT
  • AtalantaAtalanta3EvertonEverton0
    FT
  • ArsenalArsenal3Köln1. FC Köln1
    FT
  • Slavia PragueSlavia Prague1Maccabi Tel-AvivMaccabi Tel-Aviv0
    FT
  • VillarrealVillarreal3FC AstanaFC Astana1
    FT
  • Dynamo KievDynamo Kiev3SkenderbeuSkenderbeu1
    FT
  • Young BoysYoung Boys1Partizan BelgradePartizan Belgrade1
    FT
  • Istanbul BasaksehirIstanbul Basaksehir0LudogoretsLudogorets Razgrad0
    FT
  • Hoffenheim1899 Hoffenheim1Sporting BragaSporting Braga2
    FT
  • HNK RijekaHNK Rijeka1AEK AthensAEK Athens2
    FT
  • Apollon LimassolApollon Limassol1LyonLyon1
    FT
  • FC CopenhagenFC Copenhagen0Lokomotiv MoscowLokomotiv Moscow0
    FT
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As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal11003123
2Slavia Prague11001013
3Maccabi Tel-Aviv100101-10
4FC Astana100113-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev11003123
2Partizan Belgrade10101101
3Young Boys10101101
4Skenderbeu100113-20

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga11002113
2Istanbul Basaksehir10100001
3Ludogorets10100001
4Hoffenheim100112-10

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1AC Milan11005143
2AEK Athens11002113
3HNK Rijeka100112-10
4Austria Vienna100115-40

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atalanta11003033
2Lyon10101101
3Apollon Limassol10101101
4Everton100103-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Copenhagen10100001
2Lokomotiv Moscow10100001
3Sheriff Tiraspol10100001
4Zlín10100001

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Steaua Bucharest11003033
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva11002113
3Lugano100112-10
4Viktoria Plzen100103-30

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal11003123
2BATE Borisov10101101
3Red Star Belgrade10101101
4Köln100113-20

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Marseille11001013
2RB Salzburg10101101
3Vitória Guimarães10101101
4Konyaspor100101-10

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Östersunds FK11002023
2Ath Bilbao10100001
3Hertha Berlin10100001
4Zorya Luhansk100102-20

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Nice11005143
2Lazio11003213
3Vitesse100123-10
4SV Zulte Waregem100115-40

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg11005053
2Real Sociedad11004043
3Rosenborg100104-40
4Vardar100105-50
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