Everton had another Europa League night to forget on Thursday, going down 2-1 to Lyon at Goodison Park.
With the pressure mounting for manager Ronald Koeman, he could only watch as his side went down to the French side and leave the Toffees languishing at the bottom of their group with just one point from a possible nine.
Remarkably, it could have been even worse for Everton. Midway through the second half, defender Ashley Williams pushed Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes to the ground – an incident that led to multiple players from both sides becoming embroiled in a scuffle behind the visitors’ goal.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Welsh international was only shown a yellow card for his part in the fracas. Indeed, he even almost had a say in the result as he headed home Gylfi Sigurdsson’s brilliant free-kick to level the score just minutes after the incident.
However, the away side restored their lead with fifteen remaining with former Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore firing home past Jordan Pickford.
With a match against Arsenal to come this weekend, Koeman will now know that he needs to pick up a win sooner rather than later to keep the wolves from his door.
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