Europa League - Group H
FK Krasnodar1Everton1

FK Krasnodar 1-1 Everton

Samuel Eto'o
Eto'o scored his second Everton goal in Russia to earn his side a point
  • Everton remain unbeaten in Group H
  • Eto'o scores his second Everton goal
  • The Toffees remain top of their group

Samuel Eto'o's late goal salvaged a point for a lacklustre Everton in their Europa League group-stage game at FK Krasnodar.

The Cameroon striker was perfectly placed to tap in a cross from Leighton Baines with eight minutes remaining.

Brazilian forward Ari had fired the home side ahead after capitalising on a mistake from Phil Jagielka.

The Toffees, who were second-best in Russia, now have four points from two Group H games.

Two weeks ago, they got their campaign off to the best possible start courtesy of a comfortable 4-1 home win over German side Wolfsburg.

That victory showcased a bright, attacking display from a near first-choice Roberto Martinez side to give them confidence of achieving their manager's aim of going as far as possible in this season's competition.

However, despite again naming a strong side, the Spaniard's team were distinctly average in Russia to provide a reality check to their ambitious aims, and they needed a trademark piece of finishing from experienced European campaigner Eto'o, 33, to dig them out of a hole.

Everton's defensive issues
Everton have kept just one clean sheet in their nine games this season in all competitions after keeping five in their last nine in 2013-14.

Martinez made five changes for the 4,800-mile round trip, but kept his defensive unit - including holding midfielder Gareth Barry - intact.

For much of the first half, this proved a wise decision against a Krasnodar team who produced the kind of positive and incisive display that had seen them score 11 unanswered goals in three Europa League wins this season prior to Thursday.

Martinez's backline had to deal with a number of attacks during the first 20 minutes, which saw Marat Izmailov twice go close, initially with a flicked effort from close range that landed on the roof of the net and then a shot from the edge of the box that Tim Howard did superbly to palm away.

Having survived, the Toffees grew into the game and went close themselves as Aiden McGeady, who spent three-and-a-half seasons in Russia with Spartak Moscow, saw a low shot saved by Andriy Dykan, who was static soon after as a John Stones header sailed just past the post.

However, with so much hard work done and half-time looming, Everton gifted Krasnodar the lead when Jagielka's ill-judged touch on Odil Ahmedov's pass put Ari through on goal to slot in the opener.

Martinez introduced Romelu Lukaku at half-time but it did little to stem the flow of the game as the home side continued to pour forward.

It was another substitute, home midfielder Wanderson, who came close to adding to the scoreline with a jinking run into the box that ended with him hooking a shot against the bar.

With time running out, Eto'o, who now has 45 European goals in 111 appearances, found space in the box to poke home Baines's delivery and snatch an unlikely point for the away side, who could even have won it but for a neat save from Dykan to deny Lukaku with a header.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "Today gave us a lot of experience. It has been a very good lesson for us. I think anything you can get away from home is a positive.

"But Krasnodar played really well and I thought we couldn't find our attacking rhythm in the first half.

"I think in the end we deserved it. I was delighted with the character that we showed."

"Maybe a draw is a fair result, but Krasnodar did have a lot of chances they couldn't take and it could have been a different story."

John Stones reacts during the game with FK Krasnodar
John Stones went close for Everton with a first-half header
Ari (right) celebrates with FK Krasnodar manager Oleg Kononov
Ari scored for the second game in succession for FK Krasnodar
Russian soldiers in the crowd
Russian soldiers were in attendance to provide their backing for the home side
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku was brought on at half-time for Everton


FK Krasnodar

  • 31Dikan
  • 5Jedrzejczyk
  • 27R Sigurdsson
  • 6Granqvist
  • 17Kaleshin
  • 8Gazinskiy
  • 21LabordeSubstituted forMamaevat 71'minutes
  • 33PereyraSubstituted forPetrovat 83'minutes
  • 10Ahmedov
  • 11IzmailovSubstituted fordo Carmo Carneiroat 64'minutes
  • 9da Silva Ferreira


  • 4Martynovich
  • 7Mamaev
  • 14do Carmo Carneiro
  • 19Burmistrov
  • 20Adzhindzhal
  • 88Sinitsyn
  • 98Petrov


  • 24Howard
  • 2Hibbert
  • 26Stones
  • 6Jagielka
  • 3Baines
  • 4Gibson
  • 18Barry
  • 19AtsuSubstituted forLukakuat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Osman
  • 7McGeady
  • 5Eto'o


  • 1Robles
  • 8Oviedo
  • 10Lukaku
  • 14Naismith
  • 17Besic
  • 27Browning
  • 30Alcaraz
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Match Stats

Home TeamFK KrasnodarAway TeamEverton
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Live Text

Match ends, FK Krasnodar 1, Everton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, FK Krasnodar 1, Everton 1.

Attempt saved. Wanderson (FK Krasnodar) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pavel Mamaev.


Romelu Lukaku (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

Ragnar Sigurdsson (FK Krasnodar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Everton. Darron Gibson tries a through ball, but Samuel Eto'o is caught offside.

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Artur Jedrzejczyk (FK Krasnodar).

Darron Gibson (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sergei Petrov (FK Krasnodar).

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Andreas Granqvist.

Attempt blocked. Samuel Eto'o (Everton) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

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

Foul by Odil Ahmedov (FK Krasnodar).

Dangerous play by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

Ragnar Sigurdsson (FK Krasnodar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

Odil Ahmedov (FK Krasnodar) wins a free kick in the attacking half.


Substitution, FK Krasnodar. Sergei Petrov replaces Mauricio Pereyra.


Goal! FK Krasnodar 1, Everton 1. Samuel Eto'o (Everton) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Vitaliy Kaleshin.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Pavel Mamaev.

Artur Jedrzejczyk (FK Krasnodar) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Everton).

Andreas Granqvist (FK Krasnodar).

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wanderson (FK Krasnodar).

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Andrey Dikan.

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leon Osman.


Substitution, FK Krasnodar. Pavel Mamaev replaces Ricardo Laborde.

Offside, Everton. Leighton Baines tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Samuel Eto'o (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Osman.

Attempt saved. Ricardo Laborde (FK Krasnodar) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, FK Krasnodar. Conceded by Tony Hibbert.

Foul by Ari (FK Krasnodar).

Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Wanderson (FK Krasnodar) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Odil Ahmedov.


Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 2nd October 2014

As It Stood


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4FC Zürich201134-11


1Club Bruges21103034
3FC Copenhagen21012113
4HJK Helsinki200205-50


1Asteras Tripolis21103124
4Partizan Belgrade201102-21


2RB Salzburg21104314
3Dinamo Zagreb21015233
4Astra Giurgiu200227-50


1Dinamo Moscow22003126
2PSV Eindhoven21011103
3Estoril Praia21012113


1Inter Milan22003036
4FK Qarabag201102-21


3Standard Liege21013213
4HNK Rijeka201124-21


2FK Krasnodar20202202


2Sparta Prague21014403
3BSC Young Boys21016333
4Slovan Bratislava200207-70


1Dynamo Kiev22006156
2Steaua Bucharest21017343
3Aalborg BK210116-53
4Rio Ave200204-40


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4Dinamo Minsk200219-80


1Legia Warsaw22002026
3KSC Lokeren21011103
4Metalist Kharkiv200213-20
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