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Leighton Baines rescues Everton as Wayne Rooney makes slow start

• Everton 1-0 Ruzomberok
• Baines 65

New-look Everton’s latest European campaign got off to only a stuttering start, though at least Leighton Baines’s second-half goal gives them a slender advantage to try to hold on to in Slovakia next week. There were several promising debuts as well, though Wayne Rooney found himself slightly upstaged by his fellow recruit Sandro Ramírez, who does not actually look much younger but plays with the zip, confidence and aggression one would expect of a 22-year-old.

This might have been Rooney’s first game in Europe for his old club but it was also Everton’s first competitive outing …read more

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