Everton booked their place in last 16 of the Europa League with a 3-1 victory over BSC Young Boys.
Once again it was Romelu Lukaku that did the damage – just a brace this time – with Kevin Mirallas completing the night’s scoring.
For a second time, however, the Blues had to come from behind against the Swiss Super League side after Sekou Sanogo’s close range finish had looked like upsetting the odds.
But after Steven Naismith was sent tumbling by Marco Wolfi, Lukaku’s penalty then half-volley turned the tide, with Mirallas wrapping it up at the end of the first half.
Everton handed starts to Darron Gibson – who impressed in the Premier League against Leicester City five days earlier – and Antolin Alcaraz, in for the suspended John Stones.
The inclusion of the Gibson meant a switch to three across the middle, with Naismith and Mirallas supporting striker Lukaku from wide positions.
Roberto Martinez warned that the Blues’ Swiss opponents would come out all guns blazing in the build-up to this second leg.
And on 13 minutes they scored. Raphael Nuzzolo had a shot which Milan Vilotic flicked towards goal. Howard reacted brilliantly to keep it out but there was Sanogo to lunge in and bundle the loose ball home.
It wasn’t the start Everton had had in mind, and Seamus Coleman needed to put a strong block in to stop Guillaume Hoarau from having a shot on goal. From the resultant corner, Scott Sutter hit the underside of the bar.
Sanogo’s early strike had actually masked a bright start from the hosts and they admittedly took a while to recover. But when Naismith was sent flying by Wolfi in the box, up stepped Lukaku to calmly slot the ensuing spot-kick into the corner of the net to ease building tensions around Goodison Park.
Lukaku doubled his tally minutes later with a peach of a finish. The ball was worked out wide to the left by the impressive Gibson for Luke Garbutt to motor forward. And when the young left-back crossed for the striker, he half-volleyed past Wolfi to make it 6-2 on aggregate.
Gareth Barry then fizzed a drive over the bar as the Blues started to build a head of steam.
A ripple of noise spread around Goodison with the news that Liverpool had exited the competition via penalties over in Turkey against Besiktas. That meant the Toffees were the last British club standing in the Europa League after Tottenham and Celtic were beaten by Italian sides Fiorentina and Internazionale earlier in the evening.
Back on Merseyside, Everton were chasing further goals.
Alcaraz nodded an inswinging free-kick narrowly wide then Lukaku played in Mirallas, who was only denied by a good save from Wolfi.
But the Belgian wouldn’t have to wait long for another bite of the cherry. Goal number three duly arrived just before the break.
Gibson’s exceptional through ball was perfect for Mirallas who raced clear of the defence and slid an effort past the Young Boys keeper.
Lukaku’s night ended three minutes into the second half as he made way for Arouna Kone but by now, Young Boys were sick of the sight of him.
It did nothing to diminish Everton’s threat going forward – Mirallas was only denied a second by the toe of Wolfi after good work from Kone.
The Ivorian put in a bright cameo and drew another save out of Wolfi after Mirallas returned the favour with a slide-rule pass.
Credit to Young Boys, who continued to plug away roared on by their boisterous away support, who drew a round of applause from the home crowd for their non-stop singing.
But on the pitch Everton were attacking with real quality. Substitute Muhamed Besic played an exceptional pass out for the Garbutt to set himself. His cross came within a whisker of the boot of Mirallas as the Blues nearly added a fourth.
That fourth was proving elusive as Kone struck the post with 15 minutes remaining.
In the end it did not matter. A late cameo from the returning Leon Osman, who had a late effort ruled out for offside, put the icing on the cake.
Everton – Britain’s only surviving representative – were into the next round of the Europa League.