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Summary

  1. Howard makes string of impressive saves
  2. Everton's first Euro match since 2010
  3. Micah Richards makes Fiorentina debut
  4. FT: Partizan Belgrade 0-0 Spurs
  5. FT: Salzburg 2-2 Celtic

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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That's us done for the evening. But we will be back on Saturday with coverage of a Premier League programme that includes Steve Bruce and Alan Pardew squaring up to each other when Newcastle face Hull and Liverpool travelling to West Ham in the late game.

Sunday's top-flight fixture list is a peach.

Leicester v Manchester United, Tottenham v West Brom, Everton v Crystal Palace and Manchester City v Chelsea.

See you there.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has described an anti-Semitic banner displayed by Partizan Belgrade fans at tonight's match as "very disrespectful and unacceptable".

UEFA is investigating the issue pointed out to them by Tottenham officials with a delegate from the governing body taking photographic evidence after the match.

Manager reaction

Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg

Everton manager Roberto Martinez speaking to ITV Sport: "We have been speaking about the return of European nights and it was phenomenal to see the fans supporting the team. To finish with that performance and scoreline was fantastic.

"Wolfsburg are full of energy and will press you high up and we were magnificent engaging with that, playing through it and finding the gaps. It was an open game with two teams who wanted to get on the ball and use their attacking players.

"We have worked hard for 12 months to earn the right to play in the Europa League. The more competitions the better, because we have 25 professionals who can play and six and seven youngsters who are ready to help out the first team."

Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg

Everton will load up the van and head out to Krasnodar and Lille for the next two matches in the Europa League on 2 and 23 October respectively.

The next European night at Goodison is the return against Lille on 6 November.

Player reaction

Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg

Leighton Baines
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Leighton Baines, speaking to ITV Sport: We are made up with that. To score four gaols like that is great. Myself and Seamus Coleman have licence to get forward when people fill in behind us from midfield.

Sometimes we both go, at other times one of us stays. We are getting that balance right.

"We are excited to be in this competition. We are looking forward to these nights, travelling around Europe. We want to get out of this group and go a long way in this group."

Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg

Match stats
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Villa-like efficiency from Everton. Seven shots on target, four goals and a busy night for Tim Howard.

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Evan Chrisp: Best I've seen Everton play so far this season, great game and the result brings great confidence for the rest of the campaign.

Rob Burroughs: Eto'o could have had two assists tonight - plus his nutmeg! May not play every game, but will be immense impact player for Everton.

Elsewhere in Europe

Dries Mertens scored a second of the night as Napoli cruised to a 3-1 win over Sparta Prague despite falling behind early on against the Czechs.

Steau Bucharest had a thumping 6-0 win over AaB Aalborg, PAOK Salonika beat Dinamo Minsk 6-1 and Young Boys had a 5-0 victory against Slovan Bratislava.

Sevilla did not add to their lead after moving 2-0 ahead against Feyenoord after half an hour, while Federico Bernardeschi scored a third for Fiorentina as the Italians beat Guingamp 3-0.

In Everton's group, Lille fought back to draw 1-1 with Krasnodar.

FULL-TIME

Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg

GOAL

Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg - Ricardo Rodriguez

Tim Howard is undeservedly beaten, but Wolfsburg and Ricardo Rodriguez have the goal that both have earned for their performance.

The full-back curls a peach of a free-kick over the wall and the ball dings in off the inside of the near post to find the net.

No celebration, which is a shame as it is a beauty.

Everton 4-0 Wolfsburg

Great tackle! James McCarthy comes flying across to make a superb last-ditch challenge on Aaron Hunt, just as the German was poised to pull the trigger.

SUBSTITUTION

Everton 4-0 Wolfsburg

Leon Osman comes on to replace Seamus Coleman who looks like he has an egg coming up after that clash of heads with Ivica Olic.

FOUR MINUTES OF INJURY TIME

Four minutes of time added on.

GOAL

Everton 4-0 Wolfsburg - Kevin Mirallas

Kevin Mirallas decorates a curious game with another Everton goal.

The Belgian was sprung in behind by Samuel Eto'o's clever nutmeg pass through Naldo's legs and finished coolly inside Diego Benaglio's near post.

Ouch!

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Ivica Olic looks like a man whose skull is stronger than a vinegar-soaked conker.

It certainly seems that way with Seamus Coleman having to take a seat for a moment after a clash of heads with the Croatia international.

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Aled Northcott: Is it just me or does this scoreline completely flatter Everton tonight?

John Pierce: We been battered in the 2nd half. Work to do defensively for Everton.

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Every Everton fan in the ground was willing that one in. Darron Gibson, surging forward, drills a shot straight into the midriff of goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.

James McCarthy fires over the top shortly after from 18 yards. Everton's defence are getting a much needed breather after being pulled here and there in this second half.

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Gareth, from Exeter via text: How many 3-0 wins do you get where the keeper is a genuine shout for man of the match?

Clarky, from Edinburgh via text: So glad to see Naismith getting some great comments tonight. As a Scotland fan I have followed him since he was a lad at Kilmarnock, his work ethic is second to none and he has improved with every game in the Premier League.

SUBSTITUTION

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Steven Naismith comes off after another full-blooded, sweat-drenched performance. Darron Gibson, making his first appearance since a serious knee injury, is on in his place.

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Nicklas Bendtner gets up well, makes solid contact with his header, but can only guide his effort straight into the gloves of Tim Howard.

Wolfsburg are still battering Everton, everywhere except on the scoreboard.

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Tim Howard in goal for Everton
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Ivica Olic gets to the ball before Phil Jagielka, skirts round Tim Howard, but the angle beats him in the end with his shot ending in the side netting with a sliver of goal to aim at.

SUBSTITUTION

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

A change for the visitors as Luis Gustavo makes way for Josuha Guilavogui.

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Matt Fox: Looks like only the teams from Merseyside will pick up wins in Europe this week.

Sam Willson: Tim Howard has been in inspired form tonight!

Si's insight: Breathtaking control and vision from Eto'o for Everton v Wolfsburg. He's still got it.

Elsewhere in Europe

It was all going so well for Danish side AaB Aalborg who were holding Steaua Bucharest after 50 minutes but after having goalkeeper Nicolai Larsen sent off, the wheels have come off and they are now 6-0 down.

Fiorentina are now 2-0 up against Guingamp thanks to Juan Cuadrado and in the other match in Everton's group, Lille pulled it back to 1-1 against Krasnodar.

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg's Kevin de Bruyne shoots at goal
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Tim Howard will have earned his post-match chips and beans.

The Everton goalkeeper stretches full-length to keep out a trundling Kevin de Bruyne shot that came through a thicket of legs and threatened to sneak into the far corner.

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Samuel Eto'o's first meaningful contribution is to get his backside into play, bumping off his marker around halfway, spinning and pinging a fine ball up to Steven Naismith.

With Wolfsburg stretched, Everton work the ball across to Aidan McGeady, but the Irishman's effort, aimed at the top corner, clears the bar.

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Match of the Day pundit and former Everton defender

Phil Neville: "John Stones is growing into a very good player - got a great temperament which is vital at this level."

SUBSTITUTION

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Samuel Eto'o is off the bench and into the fray. Romelu Lukaku comes off to a big ovation.

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

And now Naldo curls a cute free-kick just wide of Tim Howard's near post with the Everton goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

Wolfsburg are still going at it hammer and tongs, but the clock and scoreboard are both against them.

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Maximilan Arnold can strike a ball. The Wolfsburg man leathers another shot goalwards and, fortunately for Everton, it is straight at Tim Howard, the ball rebounding to safety off the American's shoulder.

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Phil Jagielka's sloppy backpass beats Tim Howard to the byeline, giving away another corner. The England international makes up for it soon after, nicking the ball off Ivica Olica's bootlaces.

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Nicklas Bendtner
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Nicklas Bendtner's first touch is to lay the ball back to Maximilian Arnold on the edge of the box and the Wolfsburg midfielder gets a hold of his shot. John Stones bravely blocks at the expense of a corner.

The Germans have been the better side since Everton's third goal. They have had 18 shots to Everton's seven so far.

Elsewhere in Europe

Micah Richards
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They have played for 56 minutes in Florence and on-loan Manchester City defender Micah Richards has been brought on for his Fiorentina debut, replacing former City team-mate Stefan Savic. The Italians still lead 1-0 against Guingamp.

SUBSTITUTION

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Nicklas Bendtner alert!

The former Arsenal man, sporting a rather smooth slick-back hairdo, is coming on in place of Daniel Caliguri.

The Everton fans seem caught between jeers and ironic cheers.

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Niall, from Craigavon via text: (re Andrew from Richill, 21:04) Yes, Coleman is a great and talented right-back that could grace the position of many a great team Barcelona included. But why would anyone wish him elsewhere when he is already integrated at a great and upwardly mobile progressing team? Is it footballing talent you are discussing or the merits of teams with bucketloads of money?

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Everton have come off the boil since Leighton Baines blasted home their third. Roberto Martinez is up out of the dug-out to focus minds and warm some ears.

YELLOW CARD

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Steven Naismith goes into the book as he clatters into Luis Gustavo on the edge of the box. Ricardo Rodriguez almost extracts more punishment, but his well-hit free-kick is pushed out by an alert Tim Howard. Great stop.

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We asked for your opinions of Steven Naismith...

Alex, from London via text: This time last year I watched Naismith pass the ball to a blue shirt at Craven Cottage, I announced this was the most he has ever done for us. Now he can't find anything but the back of the net! Fantastic.

Kev, from Formby, via text: Naismith is a quality player. Great on the ball, always going forward and knows how to score.

Tommy via txt: Steven Naismith is the prime example as to how pure effort, passion and hard work can go a very long way into making a very good footballer, not the most technically gifted player but always popping up with goals and assists at vital moments - fair play!

Everton 3-0 Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg are pressing and probing and they are getting some joy. In fact, Luis Gustavo wastes their best chance of the match so far, side-footing a soft shot straight at Tim Howard after getting goalside of his man and the ball under control 15 yards out.

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Hull City midfielder David Meyler: "Hope Wolfsburg bring on Bendtner, think he could change the game and score a few goals!"