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Romelu Lukaku scores Everton's second goal from the penalty spot

Romelu Lukaku scores Everton's second goal from the penalty spot

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Dynamo Kiev's Oleg Gusev flicks his side in front from a near post corner

Dynamo Kiev's Oleg Gusev flicks his side in front from a near post corner

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Dynamo Kiev defender Danilo Silva get's to the ball ahead of Everton's Ross Barkley (R)

Dynamo Kiev defender Danilo Silva get's to the ball ahead of Everton's Ross Barkley (R)

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Romelu Lukaku scores Everton's second goal from the penalty spot

First it was meek, then tense, and eventually Goodison rage turned into elation as Everton fought back to keep their European hopes alive.

The tempest arrived 15 minutes into the Europa League tie, as Oleh Gusev volleyed Dynamo Kiev ahead and the most irate verdict yet on Everton's erratic season was delivered in a chorus of agitation. It would give way to euphoria by the time Romelu Lukaku struck the 82nd-minute winner from the penalty spot.

It was a different mood prior to Steven Naismith's equaliser just before half-time as Roberto Martinez's side recovered from an insipid start.

Howls were greeting every sideways pass and the now weekly appeals for direct action were growing in ferocity. When Everton's midfielders granted the wishes to go longer and quicker, Lukaku's suitability to the role of lone striker was brought into focus once more, his touch too inconsistent to facilitate the demand for the up-and-at-em style.

The end of the tether has been hovering dangerously into view for a while, but Martinez was left in no doubt the Gwladys Street had located it as Everton's players momentarily stood damned on their own turf.

It is the players' credit they responded to take a lead to Kiev next week.

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Romelu Lukaku tries to bend a free kick around the Dynamo Kiev wall

Romelu Lukaku tries to bend a free kick around the Dynamo Kiev wall

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Romelu Lukaku tries to bend a free kick around the Dynamo Kiev wall

They may even welcome the verbal volley they were experiencing from the stands.

As so often this season, it was looking like a tactical mess, the poise and precision of last season replaced by a muddle where the manager's idealism, players' capabilities and fans' appetite for a more aggressive game did not tally.

The sound of fury that followed Kiev's opener threatened to be overwhelming, but it proved galvanising in the closing stages of the first half when the momentum shifted and Everton's first period of sustained pressure brought an equaliser courtesy of Naismith.

Lukaku turned Danilo Silva and sent the Scot scurrying forward to finish with composure, but the threat had been growing.

It continued through the second half when Silva's unnecessary handball allowed Lukaku to stroke home the penalty. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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Everton's Steven celebrates after scoring his team's equaliser

Everton's Steven celebrates after scoring his team's equaliser

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Everton's Steven celebrates after scoring his team's equaliser

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