Everton's young side were unable to maintain the club's unbeaten European record this season as Krasnodar chalked up a 1-0 victory at Goodison Park.
With the Toffees already guaranteed to top Group H ahead of the final game and their Russian opponents eliminated, manager Roberto Martinez took the opportunity to showcase the latest "diamonds" to come off a production line that launched the careers of Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley.
He gave debuts to 17-year-olds Ryan Ledson and Kieran Dowell while...
Substitutes Aaron Hunt and Nicklas Bendtner scored two apiece to inspire Wolfsburg to victory over Europa League Group F opponents FC Krasnodar.
The Bundesliga side were locked at 0-0 with their Russian opponents at half-time, but Hunt made the difference as he netted twice within 12 minutes of his arrival.
Wanderson gave the away side a glimmer of hope after 72 minutes but Joshua Guilavogui restored the two-goal cushion and Bendtner snatched a late brace to make it 5-1.
After a series of early Wolfsburg...
Everton striker Samuel Eto'o marked his return to Russia with a late equaliser as his side snatched a 1-1 draw at FK Krasnodar in Europa League Group H.
The 33-year-old former Anzhi Makhachkala player stabbed in Leighton Baines' cross in the 82nd minute to ensure the Toffees took a point from a game in which they had been second best for much of the time.
Krasnodar took a deserved lead in the 43rd minute through Brazilian striker Ari, who capitalised on a mistake by Everton captain Phil Jagielka...
The UEFA Club Financial Control Body has opened formal investigations into seven clubs, including Liverpool, regarding "potential break-even breaches."
FINANCIAL FAIR PLAY
- Man City and PSG lobby for FFP changes
- Clubs call on UEFA to close financial fair play loophole
- UEFA financial fair play change could hit Man United
- Financial fair play catch-up for Liverpool, Monaco and others
- Teams new to Europe could find tournament payouts held
- Despite mega-transfers, teams actually showing restraint
The clubs must offer information on their accounts to UEFA from the past three years, as reported by ESPN FC on Tuesday.
The Merseyside club were absent from European competition last year and only recently submitted detailed accounts to the governing body, which dictates that losses must be restricted to 35.4 million pounds over a two-year window.