Everton fell to a 5-1 loss to Atalanta in the Europa League group stages at Goodison Park. They went behind in the first half after Timothy Castagne got down the right wing and picked out Bryan Cristante who slotted the ball into the bottom right corner. Joel Robles then made a great double save from the penalty spot to deny Atalanta the chance to make it a more comfortable victory. Cristante then headed Atalanta into a 2-0 lead from a corner. Sandro Ramirez then pulled back a goal after converting Kevin Mirallas’s cross. Atlanta then made it 3-1 in the 86th minute after Robin Gosens’s effort from outside the box went in. The substitute Andrea Cornelius then made it 4-1. Cornelius then headed in a corner to make it 5-1 just before full time.
The Best And The Worst Everton Players Rated From Their Shambolic Defeat To Atlanta
Joel Robles: 8
Couldn’t do anything to stop the first goal. Apart from, that he had very little to do in the first half. Great double save from the penalty to deny Atalanta captain Alejandro Gomez from scoring and was brilliant in the rebound effort as well. Pulled off another great save to deny Hans Hateboer from doubling the lead. Unlucky that he could not do anything for the third, fourth and fifth goal.
Jonjoe Kenny: 6
Very energetic first half display from the young full-back. Seems to posses a great deal of pace which will be useful to get up and down the right wing. Was replaced in the 68th minute by Morgan Feeney.
Cuco Martina: 6
Poor from the full-back as he allowed Castagne to run down the wing unmarked. Good cross just before half time to pick out Tom Davis. He was then booked in the 65th minute.
Ashley Williams: 5
Unlucky for the Welsh centre-half for the Atalanta goal as he managed to cut out the cross but the ball only fell to Cristante who slotted it into the bottom right corner. He also rose well to meet a corner but him and Keane both went for the same ball so ended up with a tame header from his centre-half partner onto the back of his head. Very poor challenge just before half time which led to him picking up a booking.
In the 47th minute, he brought down Andrea Petanga, lucky to be on the pitch after that challenge.
Michael Keane: 5
His header from Rooney’s corner was headed away, but he was quite close to Williams who went up for the same ball and that led to him heading it onto the back of Williams head.
Tom Davis: 6
Great shot in the 37th minute as Martina’s cross picked him out unmarked at the back post, but his shot was cleared off the line by Rafeal Toloi. Picked up a booking in the 75th minute.
Benni Baningime: 6
The young midfielder got stuck in the middle of the park in the first half. He seem a bit nervy on the ball though. Great pass to pick out Ramirez for his shot.
Davy Klaassen: 6
Fired over the bar early on in the second minute from just outside the box. Got about well in the first half but struggled to see a lot of the ball due to the lack of possession Everton had. Made way in the 62nd minute for Nikola Vlasic.
Kevin Mirallas: 6
The ball fell to him just on the stroke of half-time but it was straight at the Atalanta keeper. Great cut back to pick out Ramirez to make it 2-1. Made way in the 78th minute for Dominic Calvet-Lewin.
Wayne Rooney (C): 7
A terrific run and cross down the right wing, five minutes in. Did well to try his best to make good runs and crosses into the box in the first half but to no avail. Made a couple of nice defensive clearances in the second half. Lost his man at the corner that made it 2-0. Great ball in the build-up to the goal.
Sandro Ramirez: 6
Follow up from Mirallas’s shot fell to him with an open goal but he did not get a hold of it and put the ball well over the bar. It looked like the finish of a man who is very low on confidence. Good run in behind just before halftime. In the 72nd minute, he got on the end of Mirallas’s cut back and slotted the ball into the right corner of the net.
Nikola Vlasic: N/A
Hard to rate as did not do an awful lot after coming on for Klaassen.
Morgan Feeney: N/A
Hard to rate as did not do an awful lot after coming on for Kenny.
Dominic Calvet-Lewin: N/A
Hard to rate as did not do an awful lot after coming on for Mirallas. Picked up a booking just before full time