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Strong showing by Keane, Gueye power Everton to Europa League win

Everton closed out the first half with two goals and held off Split for a win in the first leg of the UEL playoff round.
The first leg of Everton and Hajduk Split's Europa League clash had to be momentarily halted due to trouble in the crowd.

Goals from Michael Keane and Idrissa Gueye leave Everton well placed to progress to the Europa League group stage after beating Hajduk Split 2-0 in the playoff round first leg Thursday night.

Crowd trouble in the away section brought the game to a halt shortly after the opening goal, but the home side regrouped and scored again before half-time after stewards and police restored order off the pitch.

A fourth-successive clean sheet in all competitions laid the foundations for this victory, although...

August 17, 2002: Wayne Rooney makes Everton debut in draw vs. Tottenham

Former Everton boss David Moyes has his say on Wayne Rooney's move from Manchester United to Everton.

Wayne Rooney made his senior debut at the age of 16 for Everton when facing Tottenham in a Premier League game on Aug. 17, 2002. Then, a phenomenon was born.

A version of this article appeared on ESPN FC in September 2010.

Rooney's ascent was a thrilling development for English football, but to those in the know at Goodison, it was no surprise. He had been destined for greatness in Everton blue for years.

The young Rooney, a native of Croxteth, was offered a trial at Liverpool but never arrived...

Ronald Koeman faces challenge in trying to juggle Everton's rotations

Ronald Koeman says Everton are still trying to get deals done to add new players, including Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson.

At a time when the majority of teams barely are through their first game of the new season, manager Ronald Koeman is preparing his Everton side for their fourth competitive outing in 2017-18.

Thursday night brings Hajduk Split to Goodison Park in the first leg of the Europa League playoff round. This is the second of five competitive matches in a 16-day spell that started with last weekend's victory against Stoke.

With the first leg of the previous Europa League qualifying round taking place in...

Wayne Rooney the Everton hero again with dream goal on second debut

Everton's Ronald Koeman was full of praise for Wayne Rooney after seeing his new striker score on his second debut.
Everton's Ronald Koeman was full of praise for Wayne Rooney after seeing his new striker score on his second debut.

A 1-0 win against Stoke on Saturday gave the newest chapter of the Wayne Rooney and Everton story a well-scripted start. His match-winning header helped the home side to their first opening day success in five seasons.

With a neat one-two in the build-up, some sharp movement and a well-timed leap, the Rooney homecoming suddenly burst to life as half-time approached. The first goal in royal blue in 4,869 days had been worth the wait.

After a wretched first half stemming from some perplexing tactical...

Rooney's dream homecoming kick-starts Everton's 'revolution' in style

Wayne Rooney provided the lone goal of the game in his Everton return to lead the Toffees to victory over Stoke City.
Everton's Ronald Koeman feels Wayne Rooney's experience was a major factor in sealing the Toffees' opening day victory.
English Premier League: Wayne Rooney (45'+1) Everton 1-0 Stoke City

LIVERPOOL, England -- Three quick thoughts from Everton's 1-0 season-opening win over Stoke City in the Premier League:

1. Rooney makes perfect homecoming

All summer long Everton fans have, privately or publicly, harboured their little doubts about Wayne Rooney. Some have never wavered, but for most there has been pointed talk of his "influence in the dressing room" and his "experience at the highest level," those intangible qualities that would surely compensate for his fading powers. But on...

Everton with personnel questions despite rousing start to the summer

Ronald Koeman says Everton are still trying to get deals done to add new players, including Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson.

If the early stages of the transfer window sent supporter optimism off the scale, the subsequent lull and two sleep-inducing Europa League performances offer a heavy dose of perspective as Everton prepare to face Stoke in their opening game on Saturday.

Preseason promise does exist by way of the youthful summer signings acquired in the first few days of the window. Each of the new recruits has shown enough in their brief time in royal blue to suggest they can be important players as the season develops.

Yet...