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Phil MedlicottFootball - Dynamo Kiev v Everton - UEFA Europa League Third Round Second Leg - NSC Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine - 19/3/15 Everton's Ross Barkley (L) and Romelu Lukaku look dejected after Dynamo Kiev score their third goal Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.Dynamo players celebrate their goal against Everton during the Europa League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Dynamo Kyiv and Everton at Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, March. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)Football - Dynamo Kiev v Everton - UEFA Europa League Third Round Second Leg - NSC Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine - 19/3/15 Romelu Lukaku celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Everton Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Everton crashed out of the Europa League after being punished for poor defending by a ruthless Dynamo Kiev side in Ukraine.
The Toffees led the last-16 tie 2-1 from the first leg at Goodison Park but suffered a crushing 5-2 defeat in Thursday's second encounter at the Olympic Stadium to go down 6-4 on aggregate, bringing British interest in European competition to an end for the season.
The crucial damage was done in the first half of the second leg after a wonderful curling effort from Dynamo's Andriy Yarmolenko in the 21st minute had been equalised in similar fashion eight minutes later by Romelu Lukaku.
Six minutes later, Everton's slow reactions at the back allowed Lukasz Teodorczyk to prod home, and within another two minutes, Miguel Veloso met a failed attempted clearance by Toffees captain Phil Jagielka with a volley that deflected in.Football - Dynamo Kiev v Everton - UEFA Europa League Third Round Second Leg - NSC Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine - 19/3/15 Andriy Yarmolenko (L) celebrates after scoring the first goal for Dynamo Kiev Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Roberto Martinez's men then once again did not cover themselves in glory defensively 11 minutes into the second half when Dynamo added another goal, Oleg Gusev finishing from close-range on the rebound.
And the triumph for the Ukrainian league leaders was wrapped up in the 76th minute when Vitorino Antunes let fly superbly from distance, before Jagielka headed in an 82nd-minute consolation.
Everton had been hoping to make a European quarter final for the first time in 30 years, but instead completed a treble of eliminations for the Barclays Premier League's last three remaining sides in Europe over the past few days following Arsenal and Manchester City's Champions League exits.
While the questions about the real strength of English football will only continue from here, Martinez's players, their creditable run in this competition now over, will focus on trying to finish their disappointing Premier League season positively, with a trip to QPR next up on Sunday as they try to build on the morale-boosting 3-0 win over Newcastle.
Everton always looked set to have plenty to deal with in the shape of a Dynamo outfit with a formidable home record, as well as the poor pitch and hostile atmosphere of the Olympic Stadium, a section of which had been closed for this match by UEFA after crowd trouble at the ground in the last round.
And the pressure was on the visitors from the off, Gusev looping a header over and Antunes firing wide in the early stages.
After Ross Barkley replied with a shot gathered by Dynamo goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy, the home team grabbed the lead in emphatic style as Yarmolenko burst forward, bamboozled Gareth Barry with his footwork and sent a fine strike past Tim Howard from outside the box.
Everton swiftly rallied as Barkley sent a low drive against the far post, before a decent Howard save kept the lively Yarmolenko at bay.Football - Dynamo Kiev v Everton - UEFA Europa League Third Round Second Leg - NSC Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine - 19/3/15 (L-R) Everton's Phil Jagielka, Tim Howard and Leighton Baines look dejected after Dynamo Kiev score their third goal Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
The Toffees fans who had travelled for the game - estimated to be just under 1, 000 in number - were then sent into raptures as Lukaku, his club's record goalscorer in Europe, took his tally to eight in the competition. The striker collected the ball when it came his way via a blocked Christian Atsu shot, rode one challenge and beat Shovkovskiy beautifully from the edge of the area.
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