Everton went into their game against FK Krasnodar yesterday afternoon under a little bit of pressure.
Roberto Martinez’ side were impressive against German team Wolfsburg winning 4-1 and they went into the match off the back of a draw in the Merseyside derby last weekend.
Everton battled hard but went behind during the game before Samuel Eto’o kept his cool and showed his experience, equalising with a late strike to secure another very impressive result for the team.
Some questioned Eto’o’s motivation for joining Everton earlier in the summer but he’s produced some effective and professional performances for the club after playing for Chelsea last season.
Everton’s focus will now switch back to the Premier League and a trip to Manchester United this Sunday.
It’s a difficult game for the club because of the travelling time needed to get back from Russia, the lack of preparation time and the fact United have had far longer to rest due to not being in Europe this season.
Everton will be well supported for the game and they always produce determined performances under Martinez, but it will be difficult given their defensive record and United’s exciting attack.
If the defence can hold firm then Eto’o may be the man to make the difference once again up front whether he starts the game or comes off the bench late in the second half when legs have started to get tired.
Everton are currently way down in 15th place but three points would take them above Manchester United and up well inside the top half of the table, as the team continues their ultimate quest to achieve Champions League football for next season.
Here’s what Everton fans made of his performance on Twitter last night against Krasnodar with a point which maintains the momentum built from recent games.
Eto'o you beauty! World-beaters wearing Everton Blue...it seems like a dream.— Everton USA (@EvertonUSA) October 2, 2014
Not the best performance but excellent goal from Eto'o, another outstanding performance from Stones and Hibbert player well with experience— Toffee Connoisseur (@SJM1878) October 2, 2014
Terrible performance, take a point all day. Think I should take Eto'o out for a scran tomorrow the lil beauty.— Nick Scarisbrick (@ScarisNick) October 2, 2014
Gotta take that after such an awful performance! Eto'o will score some very important goals for us this season... Good result in hindsight!— Mike Liptrot (@ML1878) October 2, 2014
We just got bailed out of a horrid performance. Thanks Eto'o— Everton New Orleans (@NOLAToffees) October 2, 2014
Eto'o can stay in Russia going off this performance. Awful.— Ryan (@Ryan_EFC1878) October 2, 2014
He had a poor game tonight by his standards, but on a free Eto'o is a massive bargain compared to £22 Million for BalloHeskey and Lambert...— Andy Osborne (@CasinoBear) October 2, 2014
We have been poor all season world class strike on Saturday and eto'o has stopped a massive fume— shaun seagraves (@sseagraves88) October 2, 2014
For what was a pretty poor half, we made a few decent opportunities. Atsu, Eto'o n Gibbo need to really up their game— Matt Foreman (@Hausenheisen) October 2, 2014