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Calvert-Lewin keeps his cool as Toffees just shade it

Ruzomberok 0 Everton 1 - Everton win 2-0 on Aggregate

By Staff Reporter

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 an 80th-minute strike in eastern Europe, sealing a 2-0 aggregate victory in the third qualifying round.

Wayne Rooney again drew a blank as he feels his way into his second Everton stint, but Koeman's side did just enough.

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 were unable to find any kind of cutting edge - until replacement Calvert-Lewin pounced to go clean through on goal and guide the ball into the bottom corner.

Koeman will be hoping Rooney can move quickly past the indifferent form that has punctuated his return to his boyhood club so far, with the 31-year-old yet to hit his stride since his summer move from Manchester United.

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