Sep 18, 2014 at 8.05pm UK at ​Goodison Park
Everton
4-1
Wolfsburg
Rodriguez (15' og.), Coleman (45'), Baines (47' pen.), Mirallas (89')
Naismith (54'), Mirallas (72')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Rodriguez (94')
Knoche (46')

Result: Everton ease past Wolfsburg

Everton beat Wolfsburg 4-1 to start their Europa League campaign with a victory at Goodison Park.

Everton have claimed a 4-1 victory over Wolfsburg in their Europa League opener at Goodison Park this evening.

The hosts took the lead in the 15th minute when Steven Naismith was picked out by Leighton Baines inside the box, before seeing his effort take a deflection off Diego Benaglio before finding the net.

Seamus Coleman (R) of Everton celebrates with teammate Leighton Baines of Everton after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League against Wolfsburg on September 18, 2014© Getty Images

Luis Gustavo tested his luck from range soon after, but his effort was beaten away by Tim Howard.

The hosts threatened to add a second goal three minutes before the break, with Romelu Lukaku seeing a long-range free kicked palmed away by Benaglio.

They were able to double their lead on the stroke of half time, when Kevin Mirallas saw his effort saved by the keeper and from the rebound Baines unselfishly picked out Seamus Coleman to head in at the back post.

In the first minute of the second half Everton were awarded a penalty when Aiden McGeady was brought down inside the box by Robin Knoche, and Baines stepped up to score from the spot.

Ivica Olic stung the palms of Howard with a powerful strike, before the keeper was again forced into action to save Gustavo's low attempt.

Steven Naismith (R) of Everton celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League Group H match between Everton and VFL Wolfsburg on September 18, 2014© Getty Images

Howard continued to frustrate Wolfsburg and the keeper had to be at full stretch to tip Ricardo Rodriguez's free kick wide.

Naldo came within inches of pulling a goal back for the German side with a low free kick that curled narrowly wide of the post.

Everton still looked to pose a threat and they almost scored a fourth on the counter-attack when McGeady curled an effort inches over the top corner.

Nicklas Bendtner was brought on for the visitors and the Danish striker saw a header saved by Howard after connecting with Rodriguez's cross.

Mirallas added a fourth for Everton with a minute left to play as he latched on to a through-ball from Samuel Eto'o, before confidently slotting an effort past the keeper.

In the fourth minute of stoppage time Wolfsburg found the back of the net thorough Rodriguez's curling free kick, but it proved to be little more than a consolation as Everton began their European campaign with a win.

General View prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on September 14, 2013
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