Dynamo Kiev a tough Europa League draw, admits Everton boss Martinez

Roberto Martinez has acknowledged Everton have been given a difficult task in the Europa League Round of 16 as the Premier League side were paired with Dynamo Kiev, BBC Sport reports.

The Toffees reached the last 16 with a 7-2 aggregate win over Swiss side Young Boys, winning 4-1 in Bern and 3-1 at Goodison Park. Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick in the first leg, in Switzerland, and claimed a brace in the win on Merseyside, with Seamus Coleman and Kevin Mirallas also on target.

Dynamo, meanwhile, saw off French side Guingamp, beating the Ligue 1 club 4-3 on aggregate – 3-1 in Kiev after a 2-1 reverse in France.

Everton, the only British side left in the Europa League after defeats for Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Celtic – against Fiorentina, Besiktas and Inter respectively – will travel to Ukraine for the first leg and Martinez admitted he would rather have welcomed Dynamo initially.

“We’d have preferred to be away first but that’s not in our control,” the Spaniard said. “It’s what we expected – a tough draw.”

The games are due to take place on March 12 and March 19, with Warsaw hosting the final on May 27. The winners will receive a Champions League place for the following season.

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