Europa League - Group H
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VfL Wolfsburg 0-2 Everton

Romelu Lukaku
Everton are looking to win their first trophy in 20 years
  • Everton will finish top of Group H after win
  • Toffees unbeaten in Europa League
  • Lukaku and Mirallas on target

Everton are through to the Europa League knockout stage as Group H winners after victory at Wolfsburg.

A 1-1 draw in the other group game between Krasnodar and Lille meant the Toffees progressed regardless of the result in Germany.

Three points ensured top spot, however, as Romelu Lukaku powered home before half-time after Wolfsburg's Ivan Perisic had a goal ruled out.

Kevin Mirallas sealed victory in the second half with a goal on the break.

Everton, four points ahead of Wolfsburg at the top of the group, progress to the last 32 with a game to spare as they look to secure a first European trophy since 1985.

Both sets of players went into the game unaware of the scoreline in the group's other fixture, which kicked off one hour earlier.

Each side knew, however, that a win would guarantee qualification and that might have played its part in a frenetic start.

Everton
Everton are top of Group H with 11 points, four ahead of Wolfsburg

Wolfsburg, with eight wins from their last nine games, were immediately on the offensive as Perisic lashed into the side-netting while Aaron Hunt drew a full-stretch save out of Tim Howard.

Sylvain Distin hit the bar with a downward header between those chances but Wolfsburg should have been ahead midway through the half, when Perisic was wrongly ruled offside when he stabbed home from close range.

It was a let-off for Everton, and a crucial one, as they hit Wolfsburg on the break just before half-time.

Distin's header aside, the visitors had barely threatened in the first 45 minutes but snatched the lead when Lukaku received a pass from Kevin Mirallas, outmuscled two defenders and ran through on goal before finishing calmly.

Knowing that defeat would leave them needing at least a draw in their final game against Lille, Wolfsburg again pressured the Everton defence in the second half.

The hosts were again denied when former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner had a header ruled out for offside, but also Everton looked dangerous on the break - though Aiden McGeady somehow contrived to sidefoot over when presented with an open goal.

However, Everton wrapped up the win with another breakaway goal as Lukaku sent Mirallas away and the forward confidently slotted home.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez:

"On the transition we were lethal and every time we broke we looked really threatening.

"The two centre-halves (Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin) and (goalkeeper) Tim Howard were outstanding, and I think the shape of the team helped those three to be at their best.

"We have been getting on with our season on the quiet and I think Romelu Lukaku has been exactly the same.

"We are building something special going into the second half of the season. That is our objective."

Romelu Lukaku
Everton have never lost to German opposition in European football, winning five and drawing four of their nine encounters
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku netted his first European goal since October 2010, when he scored for Anderlecht
Everton
Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner had a goal ruled out in the second half for Wolfsburg
Everton
Everton are unbeaten in this year's Europa League

Line-ups

Wolfsburg

  • 1Benaglio
  • 8Vieirinha
  • 25Naldo
  • 31Knoche
  • 4Schäfer
  • 19Malanda-AdjeSubstituted forCaligiuriat 63'minutes
  • 22Luiz GustavoBooked at 45mins
  • 14De Bruyne
  • 10HuntSubstituted forArnoldat 75'minutes
  • 9PerisicBooked at 58mins
  • 3BendtnerSubstituted forOlicat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Klose
  • 7Caligiuri
  • 11Olic
  • 15Träsch
  • 20Grün
  • 24Jung
  • 27Arnold

Everton

  • 24Howard
  • 2Hibbert
  • 6Jagielka
  • 15Distin
  • 29Garbutt
  • 16McCarthySubstituted forOsmanat 31'minutes
  • 17BesicBooked at 73mins
  • 7McGeady
  • 5Eto'oSubstituted forBarkleyat 73'minutes
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forAtsuat 83'minutes
  • 10R Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 9Koné
  • 19Atsu
  • 20Barkley
  • 21Osman
  • 23Coleman
  • 27Browning
Referee:
Fernando Teixeira Vitienes

Match Stats

Home TeamWolfsburgAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home39
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home3
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, VfL Wolfsburg 0, Everton 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, VfL Wolfsburg 0, Everton 2.

Attempt missed. Ivica Olic (VfL Wolfsburg) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Vieirinha with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (VfL Wolfsburg) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Caligiuri.

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

Corner, VfL Wolfsburg. Conceded by Phil Jagielka.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Perisic (VfL Wolfsburg) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maximilian Arnold.

Offside, Everton. Christian Atsu tries a through ball, but Ross Barkley is caught offside.

Maximilian Arnold (VfL Wolfsburg) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box following a corner.

Corner, VfL Wolfsburg. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Caligiuri (VfL Wolfsburg) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maximilian Arnold with a cross.

Corner, VfL Wolfsburg. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

Offside, VfL Wolfsburg. Daniel Caligiuri tries a through ball, but Ivica Olic is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Christian Atsu replaces Kevin Mirallas.

Attempt missed. Ivica Olic (VfL Wolfsburg) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Daniel Caligiuri.

Attempt missed. Vieirinha (VfL Wolfsburg) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Maximilian Arnold.

Corner, VfL Wolfsburg. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

Maximilian Arnold (VfL Wolfsburg) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

Attempt missed. Ivan Perisic (VfL Wolfsburg) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Maximilian Arnold.

Attempt blocked. Maximilian Arnold (VfL Wolfsburg) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ivica Olic (VfL Wolfsburg) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

Attempt saved. Ivica Olic (VfL Wolfsburg) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Caligiuri.

Substitution

Substitution, VfL Wolfsburg. Ivica Olic replaces Nicklas Bendtner.

Substitution

Substitution, VfL Wolfsburg. Maximilian Arnold replaces Aaron Hunt.

Goal!

Goal! VfL Wolfsburg 0, Everton 2. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku with a through ball following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Marcel Schäfer (VfL Wolfsburg) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.

Booking

Muhamed Besic (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Hunt (VfL Wolfsburg) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Everton).

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Ross Barkley replaces Samuel Eto'o.

Attempt missed. Kevin De Bruyne (VfL Wolfsburg) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Nicklas Bendtner (VfL Wolfsburg) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Perisic (VfL Wolfsburg) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Caligiuri.

Attempt missed. Nicklas Bendtner (VfL Wolfsburg) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcel Schäfer with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Marcel Schäfer (VfL Wolfsburg) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Daniel Caligiuri (VfL Wolfsburg) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Everton).

Attempt missed. Samuel Eto'o (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 27th November 2014

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Mgladbach523011479
2Villarreal522113768
3FC Zürich52121011-17
4Apollon Limassol5104416-123

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Club Brugge52308179
2Torino52214228
3HJK Helsinki520349-56
4FC Copenhagen511348-44

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham532093611
2Besiktas523010559
3Asteras Tripolis5122710-35
4Partizan Belgrade501419-81

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg5410167913
2Celtic52217708
3Astra Giurgiu5113510-54
4Dinamo Zagreb5104812-43

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Moscow550083515
2PSV Eindhoven42115417
3Estoril Praia410334-13
4Panathinaikos5014510-51

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan532062411
2FK Qarabag512235-25
3Saint-Étienne50502205
4Dnipropetrovsk511335-24

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Feyenoord53027619
2Sevilla52217528
3HNK Rijeka52127707
4Standard Liege511347-34

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Everton5320102811
2Wolfsburg5212111017
3Lille504136-34
4FK Krasnodar5032612-63

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli531183510
2Sparta Prague5311114710
3BSC Young Boys530211749
4Slovan Bratislava5005117-160

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev5401104612
2Aalborg BK530258-39
3Steaua Bucharest521211747
4Rio Ave5014310-71

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina5410102813
2Guingamp52125507
3PAOK Salonika52129547
4Dinamo Minsk5014113-121

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Legia Warsaw540152312
2Trabzonspor531184410
3KSC Lokeren521234-17
4Metalist Kharkiv500539-60
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