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Everton fans suffer further disappointment following Europa League stalemate

The Toffees threw away a well-earned three points

Everton’s disappointing start to the season continued with a 2-2 draw against little-known Cypriot side Apollon Limassol in the Europa League. 

Ronald Koeman’s men looked set for a hard-earned three points before Hector Yuste headed home a late equaliser to deny the struggling Merseysiders.


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Another bad night for Koeman

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Another bad night for Koeman

Apollon shocked their loftier hosts early on when they went ahead after 12 minutes, but Wayne Rooney soon equalised.

Youngster Nicola Vlasic – who was easily Everton’s liveliest player on the night – put Koeman’s side ahead in the second-half, hitting a low shot beyond the ‘keeper.

The Blues looked on course for a much-needed win before Yuste headed in from a free-kick on the 88th minute. .

Rooney scored Everton’s equaliser

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Rooney scored Everton’s equaliser

The result is all the more surprising with Apollon going a player down moments before; former Sunderland player Valentin Roberge receiving a straight red card for a foul on Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Everton have now only won twice in their last nine games in all competitions – a shocking return – considering they splashed out on a number of expensive new players over the summer, including Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The pressure is mounting on Koeman

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The pressure is mounting on Koeman

The result means Everton are currently bottom of their Europa League group, following their disastrous 3-0 defeat against Atalanta last time.

While Atalanta are a decent enough side playing at ‘home’ (the game a fortnight ago was actually played over 100 miles away from Atalanta’s home ground, which isn’t up to UEFA’s standards quite yet), Apollon are currently eighth in the Cypriot league.

The pressure is mounting for Koeman.