Europa League - 1st Leg
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BSC Young Boys 1-4 Everton

By Mike WhalleyBBC Sport
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku is the fourth Everton player to score a European hat-trick
  • Lukaku hat-trick gives Everton control of tie
  • Young Boys had gone ahead with first attack
  • Stones sent off, Hoarau misses penalty
  • Everton secure second win in 12 games

Romelu Lukaku responded to recent fan criticism with a first Everton hat-trick in a fine Europa League round of 32 first-leg win over Young Boys.

The striker angered supporters earlier this month by telling a newspaper that he hoped to leave for a "top club".

He struck with a header, a right-foot shot and a left-foot shot after Young Boys scored through Guillaume Hoarau.

Seamus Coleman scored Everton's second, while Hoarau missed a second-half penalty after John Stones was sent off.

Since making a permanent £28m move to Everton from Chelsea in July, Lukaku has struggled to reach the levels of form he showed during a loan spell at Goodison Park last season.

But he had a prolific time against a Young Boys side who struggled with their offside trap all evening, and could have had at least two more goals after completing his hat-trick.

Uli Forte's side could point to the fact that two of Everton's three first-half goals looked to be offside.

But Everton deserve immense credit for adapting so well to the synthetic surface at the Stade de Suisse, having spent time in the build-up to the match training on the artificial pitch of rugby league side Widnes Vikings.

They had to come back from a goal down as Young Boys, who had won their previous seven European home games, scored with their first shot on target amid poor defending.

Raphael Nuzzolo broke down the left and played a square pass to former Paris St-Germain striker Hoarau, who was not closed down by Phil Jagielka and curled a right-foot shot beyond keeper Tim Howard from 25 yards.

Lukaku at the treble
Romelu Lukaku is the fourth Everton player to score a hat-trick in Europe - after Alan Ball, Andy Gray and Yakubu

Home keeper Yvon Mvogo made a fine double save to stop Lukaku's shot on the turn and Ross Barkley's follow-up, but perhaps should have kept out Everton's equaliser.

Gareth Barry chipped a ball in from the left, and Lukaku got in front of centre-back Steve von Bergen to direct a downward header that bounced inside the post despite Mvogo getting a hand to it.

Everton were in front four minutes later thanks to a fine move, although Steven Naismith looked offside as he collected Barkley's return pass before playing the ball through the keeper's legs for Coleman to turn in at the far post.

The visitors were soon two goals clear as Bryan Oviedo's back heel set up Barry to deliver a deflected cross that Lukaku touched in from three yards, as Young Boys appealed in vain again for offside.

Either side of that goal, Everton could have conceded, with Howard making a double save from Hoarau and Nuzzolo before James McCarthy made a remarkable clearance with his knee to turn Sekou Sanogo's goalbound shot on to the post.

Lukaku broke away to complete his hat-trick shortly before the hour mark, coolly lofting the ball beyond Mvogo.

Everton's night was soured when Stones received the first red card of his career, dragging down Hoarau and conceding a penalty after being beaten for pace by the France striker.

But Hoarau lifted his penalty well over the crossbar and it was the visitors who should have scored further goals, with Lukaku turning substitute Luke Garbutt's cross wide from five yards, and then seeing a shot saved by Mvogo after being put through.

Guillaume Hoarau
Young Boys took the lead with their first shot on target
Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku had scored in two of Everton's previous three away games before scoring in Switzerland
Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman's tap-in was his first goal since scoring against Aston Villa in October
Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku's only previous hat-trick in English football was for West Brom against Manchester United in May 2013
Romelu Lukaku
Everton's three first-half goals came in the space of 15 minutes - Lukaku getting the third


BSC Young Boys

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 18Mvogo
  • 3HadergjonajBooked at 89mins
  • 4Vilotic
  • 5Von Bergen
  • 8Lecjaks
  • 35Sanogo JuniorBooked at 50minsSubstituted forBertoneat 90'minutes
  • 14GajicSubstituted forGerndtat 70'minutes
  • 11SteffenSubstituted forSulejmanovat 79'minutes
  • 31Kubo
  • 29Nuzzolo
  • 99Hoarau


  • 1Wölfli
  • 6Bertone
  • 9Gerndt
  • 16Sulejmanov
  • 21Rochat
  • 23Sutter
  • 93Bürki


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 26StonesBooked at 62mins
  • 6Jagielka
  • 8OviedoSubstituted forGarbuttat 58'minutes
  • 16McCarthySubstituted forAlcarazat 70'minutes
  • 18Barry
  • 11Mirallas
  • 20BarkleyBooked at 49mins
  • 14NaismithBooked at 36mins
  • 10LukakuBooked at 79minsSubstituted forAtsuat 85'minutes


  • 1Robles
  • 4Gibson
  • 17Besic
  • 19Atsu
  • 29Garbutt
  • 30Alcaraz
  • 48Duffus
Manuel De Sousa

Match Stats

Home TeamBSC Young BoysAway TeamEverton
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, BSC Young Boys 1, Everton 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, BSC Young Boys 1, Everton 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Atsu (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Seamus Coleman with a cross.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, BSC Young Boys. Leonardo Bertone replaces Sekou Sanogo Junior.

  5. Booking

    Florent Hadergjonaj (BSC Young Boys) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Christian Atsu (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Florent Hadergjonaj (BSC Young Boys).

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Raphaël Nuzzolo (BSC Young Boys) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Gerndt.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Christian Atsu replaces Romelu Lukaku.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Gareth Barry with a through ball.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Milan Vilotic (BSC Young Boys) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Yuya Kubo.

  12. Post update

    Offside, BSC Young Boys. Tauljant Sulejmanov tries a through ball, but Guillaume Hoarau is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Steven Naismith (Everton) because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Guillaume Hoarau (BSC Young Boys) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tauljant Sulejmanov.

  16. Post update

    Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sekou Sanogo Junior (BSC Young Boys).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  19. Booking

    Romelu Lukaku (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, BSC Young Boys. Tauljant Sulejmanov replaces Renato Steffen.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 19th February 2015

As It Stood


1B Mgladbach63301441012
3FC Zürich62131014-47
4Apollon Limassol6105418-143


1Club Bruges6330102812
3HJK Helsinki6204511-66
4FC Copenhagen6114513-84


3Asteras Tripolis6132710-36
4Partizan Belgrade602419-82


1RB Salzburg65102181316
3Dinamo Zagreb62041215-36
4Astra Giurgiu6114615-94


1Dinamo Moscow660093618
2PSV Eindhoven62228808
3Estoril Praia612378-15


1Inter Milan633062412
3FK Qarabag613235-26


3HNK Rijeka621378-17
4Standard Liege6114410-64


3FK Krasnodar6132712-56


2BSC Young Boys6402137612
3Sparta Prague6312116510
4Slovan Bratislava6006120-190


1Dynamo Kyiv6501124815
2Aalborg BK6303510-59
4Rio Ave6114510-54


3PAOK Salonika621310737
4Dinamo Minsk6114314-114


1Legia Warsaw650172515
3KSC Lokeren631244010
4Metalist Kharkiv6006310-70
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