Lille 0-0 Everton: Les Dogues held to a draw in France by resilient Everton

Everton took a share of the spoils in a tricky Europa League away tie against OSC Lille, reports BBC Sport.

The French Ligue One outfit were on top for the first-half, with Everton struggling to match the tempo of the game. Isdrissa Gueye came the closest to scoring for Lille, but his effort from the edge of the box skimmed the woodwork.

Everton’s best chance of the half was arguably a tame effort from distance from winger Aiden McGeady. Sylvain Distin and Ross Barkley both started against the French outfit tonight, and got more valuable match fitness.

After the break, manager Roberto Martinez made significant changes. He brought on striker Romelu Lukaku after the break and his introduction almost paid dividends immediately, with the Belgian setting up McGeady, whose effort was saved by goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

Everton ended the game the strongest, but a point appeared a fair result for both sides by full time. The result means Everton are in good shape for qualification from their group, with the Merseyside outfit sitting at the summit, while Lille’s wait for a first Europa League win of the season goes on.

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