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Keane impresses as Everton seal Europa League playoff berth – player ratings

Date Posted,August 2, 2017

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s calm finish kept Everton’s bid for Europa League qualification on course as Ronald Koeman’s men edged MFK Ruzomberok 1-0 in Slovakia.

England Under-20 star Calvert-Lewin spared the Toffees’ blushes with a late strike in eastern Europe, sealing a 2-0 aggregate victory for the Merseyside club in the third qualifying round.

Wayne Rooney again drew a blank in front of goal as he feels his way into his second Everton stint, but Koeman’s side did just enough to progress.

A below-par Everton laboured for their win, but still conjured the one moment of class required to move into the Europa League play-off round.

Rooney failed to set the world alight (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Calvert-Lewin’s smart goal added to Leighton Baines’ first-leg strike to ensure Everton stepped further forward in European qualifying action.

Big-money summer signing Jordan Pickford started in goal and was able to keep a clean sheet, as Everton avoided any embarrassment on the road.

The visitors dominated territory and possession but were unable to find any kind of cutting edge – that was until replacement Calvert-Lewin pounced went clean through on goal and guided the ball into the bottom corner with a first-time finish on the run.

Here’s how the Toffees rated in Slovakia…

Everton’s travelling fans celebrate their victory (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Pickford 7 – First impressions of £30m keeper on debut were reassuring. Nimble and competent

Williams 5 – Careless distribution, unconvincing and uneasy in three-man back line

Keane 7 – MOM Most assertive of Everton’s three centre backs, broke forward where possibles

Jagielka 6 – Fortified by extended contract but not his most comfortable night

Davies 6 – Surprise pick at right wing-back hugged touchline and maintained energetic shuttle

Schneiderlin 5 – Held the fort well enough but never took game by scruff of neck

Gueye 5 – More infantry than heavy artillery, flattered to deceive too often

Dominic Calvert-Lewin celebrates with new man Davy Klaassen (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

Baines 6 – Steady and reliable, but so is my Vauxhall Astra

Klaassen 6 – Flickers of promise but never managed to pick the ‘killer’ pass

Ramirez 5 – Promised more than he delivered, especially his wayward shooting

Rooney 6 – His 50th start for Everton, but looks to have a great future behind him

Subs – Calvert-Lewin (Ramirez, 69) 7, Barry (Schneiderlin, 82), Mirallas (Rooney, 86)

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