Romelu Lukaku sends heartfelt thanks to Everton fans on Instagram for Europa League support

The Belgian had a terrific season in Europe, even if Everton's adventure finished prematurely last night.

Everton were unceremoniously dumped out of the UEFA Europa League last night, as they were comprehensively beaten by Dynamo Kiev in the Ukrainian capital.

The Toffees last saving grace of a disappointing season was this competition, in which they have performed so well, but last night they put in perhaps their worst defensive performance of the season to go crashing out.

The game finished 5-2, with defenders Antolin Alcaraz and Phil Jagielka having games to forget. The likes of Gareth Barry, Steven Naismith and Seamus Coleman were also not up to scratch but in all honesty the main blame lies at the door of Roberto Martinez. He set his team up completely wrong for the fixture and was rightly punished.

One player who did come out of the game with some credit was Romelu Lukaku. He toiled away up top, mostly alone, and scored yet another goal in Europe. His recent form has been excellent, netting 10 goals in his last 13 appearances for the club.

He took to Instagram this morning to thank the Everton fans for their support in Europe, both at home at Goodison and as far east as Krasnodar in Russia.

Everton fans will now be hoping that the exit from Europe can leave them to focus solely on the job of staving off a lingering relegation battle.

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