By DAN KARELL
Tim Howard marked Everton’s return to European competition with another magnificent performance.
The U.S. Men’s National Team star was a beast between the posts on Thursday evening as Everton routed Wolfsburg, 4-1, at Goodison Park in their first match of the 2014-2015 Europa League Group Stage. Howard made 12 saves to keep Wolfsburg off the board until Ricardo Rodriguez scored a fabulous free kick in the fourth minute of stoppage time to deny Howard a clean sheet.
Rodriguez did however score an own goal for Wolfsburg, and Everton also had goals from Seamus Coleman, Leighton Baines, and Kevin Mirallas.
Elsewhere in Europa League action, defending champions Sevilla beat Feyenoord, 2-0, with former Everton midfielder Gerard Deulofeu setting up both goals for the Spanish club. Also of note, Tottenham were held to a scoreless draw at Partizan, Inter Milan beat Dnipro on the road, 1-0, and Lille drew with Krasnodar, 1-1.
Here’s a roundup of all the Europa League group stage action:
EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP STAGE MATCHDAY ONE
Apollon 3-2 FC Zurich
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Villarreal
FC Copenhagen 2-0 HJK
Club Brugge 0-0 Torino
Besiktas 1-1 Asteras
Partizan 0-0 Tottenham
Dinamo Zagreb 5-1 Astra
Celtic 2-2 Red Bull Salzburg
Panathinaikos 1-2 Dynamo Moscow
PSV Eindhoven 1-0 Estoril Praia
Dnipro 0-1 Inter Milan
Qarabag 0-0 AS Saint-Etienne
Sevilla 2-0 Feyenoord
Standard Liege 2-0 Rijeka
Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg
Lille 1-1 Krasnodar
BSC Young Boys 5-0 Slovan Bratislava
Napoli 3-1 Sparta Prague
Steaua Bucharest 6-0 Aab
Rio Ave 0-3 Dynamo Kiev
PAOK 6-1 Dinamo Minsk
Fiorentina 3-0 Guingamp
Metalist Kharkiv 1-2 Trabzonspor
Legia Warsaw 1-0 KSK Lokeren
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