Following a rocky start, Everton got back into the swing of things against the Ukrainian giants, and came away with an all important lead in preparation for the return leg next week.
It was a bad start for Everton as Oleg Gusev peeled off his marker to notch a cheeky finish at the near post. Ross Barkley will feel that he could have prevented the goal, but he will hopefully learn from his mistake.
As the half wore on the Toffees began to take the game to their visitors, with Romelu Lukaku coming close with this long drive, which was expertly tipped over by Kiev’s goalkeeper.
Just three minutes later, though, and parity was restored. Lukaku managed to muscle his way forward and pick out Steven Naismith will a wonderfully timed pass. The Scotland international took the chance in his stride and finished with aplomb.
It then looked as though a draw would be likely, but Roberto Martinez’s men were given a reprieve with a late handball in the area.
And that man again, who had been such a thorn in Kiev’s side all evening, stepped up to dispatch his spot kick and become Everton’s all time leading goalscorer in Europe ever.