Everton booked their place in next phase of the Europa League with an almost perfectly-executed away performance on the Continent. Romelu Lukaku played a pivotal role in the Blues' 2-0 win, rampaging through to break the deadlock shortly before half time and then sending his Belgian international teammate, Kevin Mirallas, away for the killer second goal in the second half to cap an excellent night's work in Germany.
Roberto Martinez says he will not turn to the January transfer market to bring in central-defensive reinforcements, suggesting instead that he will promote some of his up-and-coming youth players like Tyias Browning or veteran defender Tony Hibbert to fill in if need be while Antolin Alcaraz and John Stones are out injured until the New Year.
Leon Osman marked his 400th Everton appearance with the knockout blow in a testy encounter at Goodison Park as the Blues extended their unbeaten run to seven matches. Romelu Lukaku had rammed in the opener with 25 minutes gone after Ross Barkley's shot was blocked but substitute Mauro Zarate equalised via a heavy deflection 10 minutes after half time. A fractious affair could have gone either way until Samuel Eto'o finished a quick counter with a perfect centre that Osman slid home.
Roberto Martinez has come to the defence of Ross Barkley in the wake of accusations that he attempted to "buy" a decision from referee Mark Clattenburg by diving in last Saturday's match against West Ham.