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Live Commentary - A Limassol vs Everton | 07 Dec 2017

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Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-3 EVERTON

That's your lot. Everton's Europa League campaign comes to an end for another season, but we already knew that...

From tonight, Big Sam can take plenty of positives (wherever he was watching it) with Lookman scoring twice before Vlasic added a late third. Five Everton players also made their debut in Cyprus - plenty to celebrate, even if they don't feel like it.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-3 EVERTON

90+1: And now 17-year-old Alex Denny is on to make his debut as well, replacing Charsley.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-3 EVERTON

90: TWO minutes added on in Cyprus. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-3 EVERTON

89: Mirallas has had a good evening, and he makes way for Everton's No 70, Anthony Gordon. Another debut. HE WAS BORN IN 2001 WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY LIFE.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

GOAL! APOLLON 0-3 EVERTON (Vlasic, 87)

And there's the cherry on top!

Vlasic plays the ball beyond Pitian before chasing it down himself and sliding it past Kissas.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

84: Almost a dream start to his first-team career from Broadhead, who travels with the ball towards the byline before picking out Vlasic,but he then takes an age to make his mind up and ends up losing possession in the Apollon box.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

81: A first change for Everton! Young Welshman Nathan Broadhead comes on to make his debut, replacing another debutant in Hornby.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

78: One too many challenges from Sachetti, who slips more than anything but sees his name go in the book. Baningime in fact picked up a yellow moments before for a late challenge too. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

76: Final change from the hosts as Martinez makes way for Pittas. Still no movement on the Everton bench...

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

74: SAVE! Neat turn from Mirallas, who then fires his attempt straight at Kissas.

ANOTHER SAVE! It's a decent stop this time from the Apollon keeper, as he sticks out a boot to deny Hornby. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

72: This one just petering out a tad. Still no changes from Everton, which is slightly surprising.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

Quite a few nights for Shakespeare in Europe this year... The 2017 European tour ends there though!

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

66: Lookman would be in good company if he can find his third...

The four players to have netted a hat-trick for Everton in Europe are Romelu Lukaku, Yakubu, Andy Gray and Alan Ball.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

62: Double sub for the hosts as Schembri and Adrian make way for Zelaya and Jakolis. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

60: Very close call for the referee as Klaasen handles the ball on the edge of his own area. Fortunately for the visitors, the referee says free-kick... Which looks just about right.

Not sure if he's tried a Coutinho here, but Joao Pedro looks as though he tries to play the free-kick under the wall, but it only ends up hitting the boys in blue.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

58: SAVE! Tidy backheel from Vlasic and Lookman only has eyes for goal as he sees his attempt from a narrow angle saved. He could have returned the favour for Vlasic for a simple third, but it's hard to blame the 20-year-old given that he is on a hat-trick!

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

The story of Everton's second goal, courtesy of Opta.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

52: Has been a decent start to the second half from Apollon. With six teenagers on the Everton bench, will we see any more debuts handed out this evening? It's the perfect opportunity. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

50: SAVE! Just about... The ball swerves this way then that from Allan's powerful strike, and Joel ends up using his knees to parry the effort away. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

48: Strong challenge from Klaasen on Jander on the edge of the box but it's a fair one and Everton go on the counter... but it ends with Mirallas' low cross being claimed by Kissas.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

HAT-TRICK FOR LOOKMAN?

He has 45 minutes to find a third... 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

SECOND HALF! Back underway then. The hosts get the second 45 going... 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

There goes the half-time whistle. Positive display from Everton so far, and it's Lookman who will take the plaudits from that opening 45. Two goals for the 20-year-old in Cyprus.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

45: Just the ONE minute added on.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

44: WIDE! Papoulis dances into the Everton box but he's just off balance when shooting and the attempt does not trouble Joel.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

42: SAVE! Almost a third for Everton, but Vlasic is denied by the feet of Kissas.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

39: Baningime gives away the foul and Sardinero will look to cross one in...

NO GOAL! Papoulis glances his header into the far corner! But the flag is up.... and a replay shows he is just offside.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

37: Lookman, on a hat-trick now of course, floats in a ball for Hornby, but he gives away the foul for going in too strong on Roberge.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

35: JUST WIDE! Mirallas is a man on a mission tonight, and he carries the ball to the edge of the area before dragging a shot inches wide.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

33: SAVE! x 3! Apollon have responded well since going two goals down. Schembri, Papoulis and Sardinero all stinging the gloves of Joel in the past few minutes, but the Everton keeper has been wise to them all.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON

30: So it was 26 passes in total - which ended with a pretty decent strike from Lookman. Everton comfortable with half an hour gone!

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

GOAL! APOLLON 0-2 EVERTON (Lookman, 28) 

Pass after pass from Everton. They've had all the time in the world to play it around and must have racked up 30 or so passes there.

It ends up with Lookman 25 yards out and his rifled effort is too strong for Kissas, who can only get a touch on the attempt.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-1 EVERTON

25: BLOCKED! Tidy play from Everton again as Feeney plays a ball over the top for Hornby, who ambitiously juggles the ball with a couple of touches before attempting a volley, but the attempt is blocked. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-1 EVERTON

23: So it has been a bright start from Everton's make-shift side, and they thoroughly deserve the lead here in Cyprus. A host of players hoping to make a point, and they're certainly putting in a shift so far. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

GOAL!APOLLON 0-1 EVERTON (Lookman, 21)

And it's Everton's No 31 who has put the visitors ahead!

A tidy one-two between Vlasic and Mirallas results in the former sending in a delightful ball towards the back post, and there is Lookman to power a header past Kissas.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-0 EVERTON

20: For fans of players with high shirt numbers, and frankly, who isn't, Apollon have a No 46, 68 and 77 on the pitch tonight, while Everton boast players with No 48, 54 and 67. Quite possibly the highest average number-on-back-of-shirt game EVER?

Who knows. But there are also players with 83, 88 and 92 on Apollon's bench.

Numbers eh, gotta love 'em. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-0 EVERTON

17: Everton earn the first corner of the day but Mirallas' cross is too deep to find a team-mate. Apollon look to break but they don't have the numbers forward to do so.

Moments later, a more patient build-up from the hosts results in Sachetti volleying from around 30 yards out, and it bobbles a few times before Joel makes a simple stop.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-0 EVERTON

15: Again sloppy from Everton on the edge of their own area. The ball falls into the path of Adrian, who flashes a shot well over.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-0 EVERTON

13: Everton certainly in the ascendancy here with a few chances to score so far here. However, they were exposed at the back too, so they will need their wits about them. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-0 EVERTON

11: GREAT SAVE! Almost a debut goal for Charsley! The ball falls kindly for the left-back on the edge of the area, and his curled effort looks destined for the top corner, but Kissas gets over to tip it away for a corner, which comes to nothing for the visitors. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-0 EVERTON

9: WHAT A CHANCE! Oh Lookman, he had all the time in the world! Klaasen finds Lookman, who cuts onto his right, but then waits and waits before shooting straight at Kissas from barely six yards out. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-0 EVERTON

7: CLOSE! Very nearly a opener from the hosts! Martinez slides in captain Papoulis, who is in acres of space down the left. He cuts inside and benefits from a Baningime slip, but can only fire his effort over the bar from 15 yards out. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-0 EVERTON

5: NO PENALTY! Mirallas carries and carries and carries the ball, eventually into the Apollon box, but he's deemed to have gone down too easily when looking for a penalty. A coming together so tough to label it a dive.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-0 EVERTON

3: Nice play from the Brazilian Allan, with the Liverpool loanee kick-starting Apollon's first attack. It almost ends badly for Everton as Joel comes out but fails to claim it cleanly. However, the hosts cannot punish the error. 

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

APOLLON 0-0 EVERTON

KICK-OFF! The battle to avoid bottom begins! Everton must win to leapfrog the Cypriots.

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

TEAMS ARE OUT

So it's that man below, Morgan Schneiderlin, who leads out an experimental Everton side in Cyprus. Time to impress Big Sam - wherever he may be watching from!

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

SCHNEIDERLIN TARGETS FRESH START

Morgan Schneiderlin admits he has a point to prove and is desperate to make the most of a "fresh start" under Sam Allardyce.

The Frenchman, who has been named in an experimental XI for the Europa League meeting against Apollon Limassol, is focused on re-establishing himself as a regular starter for the Toffees.

Hear from Schneiderlin in the video below

Ben Coley moderator 5pts

LATEST BETTING

Everton are as big as 100/30 here as their focus remains on domestic matters, which means the home side are odds-on. Price Boosts include Klaasen to score first at 11/1, Apollon to win 2-0 at the same price and Mirallas to score in an Everton win at 13/2.

Click here for all the odds

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

TIME FOR A WIN

As you can see below. No English side has failed to win a group game during a single campaign - and no victory tonight would see them record the worst group stage campaign by an English side in either the Champions League or Europa League.

Everton picked up their only point in a 2-2 draw with Apollon on matchday two. Can their fringe side help them go one better to avoid this embarrassing feat?

Michael Hincks moderator 5pts

OPTA STATS

In the Europa League only, no English side have ever failed to win a group stage match in a single campaign.

The Toffees will be just the second English side to visit Apollon Limassol in European competition after Liverpool in a first-round Cup Winners' Cup tie in September 1992, with the Reds winning 2-1.

Apollon Limassol are without a win in their last 10 Europa League group stages matches (D3 L7), with their last victory coming at home against FC Zürich in September 2014.

English sides are unbeaten in their seven trips to Cyprus in European competition, winning six and drawing one.

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