Pressure mounts on Koeman, Giroud wonder-goal lifts Arsenal: Europa League round-up
Defeat for Everton at home to Lyon has placed more scrutiny on their Dutch manager, while earlier on Thursday, Arsenal went home with a win from Belgrade.
Lyon piled the pressure on Everton manager Ronald Koeman with a 2-1 Europa League win at Goodison Park on Thursday, while Olivier Giroud's acrobatic late strike snatched Arsenal a 1-0 victory over 10-man Red Star Belgrade.
Nabil Fekir's penalty put French side Lyon ahead early on as Everton struggled for inspiration with Wayne Rooney rested and watching on from the stands.
The crowd only really got behind their team when a mass brawl broke out between the players in the second half after captain Ashley Williams pushed over Anthony Lopes as the Lyon goalkeeper jumped to catch the ball.
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The Wales international was lucky not to see red as he also appeared to land blows on several players, while some home fans tried to get in on the action by leaning over the barriers.
The incident is unlikely to go unnoticed by Uefa, but Williams brushed it off by powering home a header from a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick just minutes later.
However, Lyon were the better side and retook the lead through Bertrand Traore's clever finish.
Williams played down his moment of madness, telling BT Sport: "It's football. It is what it is. We want to win and so do they. These things happen ... We want to show fight for ourselves, the club and fans."
Everton now turn their attentions to a home Premier League match with Arsenal on Sunday, where anything other than three points would put Koeman's position under even more scrutiny.
"I'm disappointed, we had a good start and we made a really stupid foul for the penalty," Koeman said. "The performance was not good in the first half, lots of mistakes, no confidence. Nothing is impossible, but with only one point from two home matches, it will be difficult."
Everton, who have only won two Premier League matches in eight games this season despite significant close-season transfer investment, remain bottom of Group E on one point after a winless three games.
Italians Atalanta top the standings ahead of Lyon after seeing off Apollon Limassol 3-1.
Giroud wonder-goal lifts Arsenal
Earlier on Thursday, Arsenal rode their luck at times in an uninspiring performance, before Giroud struck in the 85th minute after Red Star had seen Milan Rodic sent off.
Arsenal took advantage in style with a wonderful goal, as Jack Wilshere's clever flick was turned across goal by Walcott for Giroud to send an overhead kick spinning into the top corner.
The Premier League side stay top of Group H, five points clear of Red Star, after three straight wins.
Italian Serie A high-flyers Lazio came from behind to win 3-1 at Nice.
Mario Balotelli opened the scoring for Nice in the fourth minute, after announcing the birth of his son Lion earlier this week, only for Felipe Caicedo to equalise seconds later.
The Italian capital-city side took top spot in Group K and extended their unbeaten away run in the Europa League to 11 matches as midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored a second-half double.
But seven-time European champions AC Milan continued to struggle as they were held to a 0-0 home draw by AEK Athens in Group D.
Real Sociedad bounced back from their 3-1 defeat by Zenit St Petersburg last time out with a 6-0 thrashing of Vardar in Macedonia as Brazilian Willian Jose scored four goals in 25 minutes.
Updated: October 20, 2017 10:14 AM