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Watch: Ashley Williams sparks melee at Goodison Park

The Wales defender went on to score for the Toffees shortly thereafter.

AS EVERTON WERE beaten in the Europa League tonight, growing frustration on Merseyside was summed up by Ashley Williams sparking a brawl between both sets of players after a reckless shove on Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, with fans unnecessarily lashing out at visiting players in the ensuing melee.

Williams perhaps ought to have been dismissed, but he made the most of his reprieve to cancel out Nabil Fekir’s early penalty as momentum seemed to have swung the Toffees’ way with 20 minutes to play.

Williams needlessly pushed Lopes over after he had gathered the ball, sparking a mass brawl that even involved some Everton supporters.

The Wales defender escaped with just a yellow card after rucking with several opponents and came back to haunt Lyon just moments later, rising highest to thump home substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick.

But the final word was Lyon’s as Bertrand Traore flicked home from close range to leave Everton with just two wins from their last 12 games.

Everton now welcome Arsenal to Goodison Park on Sunday, with Koeman knowing only a win will do to get this side’s faltering season back on track.

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