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Instant Reaction: Everton leave it late to snatch point

An epic 4,000 mile round-trip produces something tangible as Everton escape from Krasnodar with a point.

Chris Brunskill

For 70 minutes Everton struggled badly against their Russian opponents,who were more talented than many had given them credit for. However, as the home side tired Everton slowly worked their way back into the game and grabbed a draw thanks to Samuel Eto'o. Here's some quick thoughts:

*This is why we signed Samuel Eto'o. The former Barcelona man still has something to offer and his class made a real difference, his movement for the goal making it look a lot easier than it actually was. His reaction immediately after scoring the equaliser, issuing a mini team-talk to his teammates, shows why his experience will be invaluable this season.

* A very useful point. Everton can be delighted for three reasons. Firstly, Krasnodar are a decent team and one that will cause Lille and Wolfsburg problems later in the group. Secondly, it was a long arduous trip for a side lacking a lot of European experience. And thirdly, Everton were second best for much of the game and did well to only be one goal down after 70 minutes, especially when Wanderson hit the bar following a mazy dribble.

* Lack of pace. Everton's success over recent seasons have revolved around attacking with pace, but with Seamus Coleman and Kevin Mirallas absent they looked ponderous. Leon Osman, Gareth Barry, Tony Hibbert and Darron Gibson are not going to win many sprints.

* Defensive mistakes. He may have been the hero on Saturday, but Phil Jagielka will be disappointed with his role in the opening goal. His loose touch took John Stones out of the game and sent Ari clear to volley past Tim Howard, another case of an individual error gifting the opposition a goal.

That said..

*Rock solid Stones. John Stones once again put in a masterful display, showing composure beyond his years. He also played a key role in the Everton goal, his superb slide tackle winning the ball back in a dangerous area.

*Atsu struggles. On-loan Cristian Atsu made a rare start but struggled to impose himself and was careless in possession, prompting Robert Martinez to take him off at half-time.

*Everton in control of the group. Four points from two games is an excellent return and one that puts Everton top of Group H. Two wins from their remaining four games should be enough to see them through - though they should aim for more.