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And that, my Europa friends, is that for the first week of group-stage matches. Thank you very much for following. We’ll be back on Saturday at 10:00 BST to bring you all the action from the Premier League. Matches include QPR v Stoke, Aston Villa v Arsenal and West Ham v Liverpool. Cheerio and see you then!
Michel Vorm, Michel Vorm and Michel Vorm. What has the Dutchman got to do to start a game for Tottenham? Second-choice to Hugo Lloris in the Premier League, Vorm was again on the bench for today’s 0-0 draw at Partizan. If he’s not going to play in Europa League matches, when will he???
Away from the big victories, Asteras Tripolis - fifth in the Greek league last season - held Besiktas to a 1-1 draw away from home, Celtic earned a 2-2 draw at Salzburg but can count themselves unfortunate not to have won, while Dinamo Moscow sealed an impressive 2-1 at Panathinaikos.
Steaua Bucharest 6-0 Aalborg
PAOK Salonika 6-1 Dinamo Minsk
Young Boys 5-0 Slovan Bratislava
Dinamo Zagreb 5-1 Astra Giurgiu
More from Everton manager Roberto Martinez: “I thought Howard was magnificent in his concentration and the way he controlled his box. We defended really well but it was a shame we conceded in the last minute. Everyone is fighting for a place in the side. The team that played at West Brom did very well and it was important to introduce continuity. The demands are huge and we have to be ready as a squad.”
From Steven Naismith wheeling away in celebration after a goal he didn’t even score to Gonzalo Higuain netting for Napoli, you can check out all the best pictures from the first batch of Europa League group-stage fixtures below.
Gallery: Europa League matchday one
Everton manager Roberto Martinez told ITV Sport: “Wolfsburg are full of energy and if you allow that pressure to be successful you stop being a real threat... We used the gaps really well, we were very dynamic but I think we used our pressure a little bit better than them... The work-rate of the team was phenomenal and it was a real open game.”
Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking: “It’s obviously not the start that we hoped for and the coach cannot be happy with that. We should have gone into half-time just one goal down and then we conceded the second. Straight after the restart we conceded again and the game was lost. We have problems at the moment but congratulations to Everton. I’m annoyed rather than disappointed. The display we put up I wonder whether everyone had listened to me.”
Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs told Sky Germany: “They were very strong in every duel. They do not shy away from the opponent and they never give up. These are their strengths and they showed them tonight. Plus they were brutally effective. After a match like today's you have lots of problems and lots of things that did not work. The referee's wrong call right ahead of the 3-0 finally decided the match.”
Tom Maston reports: “Leighton Baines was superb with two assists as well as a coolly converted penalty while James McCarthy's stock will have risen higher with an all-action display. It may just be one match, but the blue side of Merseyside certainly look a good bet to go a long way in this competition.”
An excellent night for so many Everton players. Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman caused problems all evening, Samuel Eto'o was lively when he came on and Tim Howard was magnificent again in goal. Check out how all the players on show at Goodison Park fared in our player ratings...
Player Ratings: Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg
Serie A can be pleased with a job well done in European action this week. The Premier League? Not so much. The record of English clubs on the continent reads W2 D2 L2 and one of those wins was only guaranteed thanks to a last-minute penalty.
Sevilla 2-0 Feyenoord, Standard Liege 2-0 HNK Rijeka
Everton 4-1 Wolfsburg, Lille 1-1 FK Krasnodar
Young Boys 5-0 Slovan Bratislava, Napoli 3-1 Sparta Prague
Rio Ave 0-3 Dinamo Kiev, Steaua Bucharest 6-0 Aalborg
Fiorentina 3-0 Guingamp, PAOK Salonika 6-1 Dinamo Minsk
Legia Warsaw 1-0 Lokeren, Metalist Kharkiv 1-2 Trabzonspor
Tom Maston reports: “Ricardo Rodriguez's late consolation may have denied Everton the clean sheet that Tim Howard deserved, but on the whole this was a superb return to European action for Roberto Martinez's side. The Toffees were never totally comfortable, especially in the first half as the German side dominated possession, but goals at crucial times proved to be the difference.”
GOAL: Oh now that is extremely harsh on Tim Howard. The Everton goalkeeper has been brilliant all evening but loses his clean sheet through an excellent Ricardo Rodriguez free-kick just before the final whistle. There was nothing he could do about it, in fairness - credit to Rodriguez.
GOAL: And that wraps up a resounding victory for Everton. Kevin Mirallas stays onside to latch on to a Samuel Eto’o pass and finishes superbly past Diego Benaglio. One final change for the hosts - Leon Osman replaces Seamus Coleman - and we’ll have four minutes added on.