Everton's foray into Russia resulted in a share of the spoils after a 1-1 draw in Krasnodar.
Samuel Eto'o equalised late-on, converting Leighton Baines' cross after Brazilian striker Ari had capitalised on a Phil Jagielka miscue shortly before half time.
Earlier, John Stones and Gareth Barry had come closest to giving the 370 travelling Evertonians something to cheer in south west Russia.
Roberto Martinez had made five changes to the side which drew 1-1 with Anfield but none were in the defensive or goalkeeping ranks, meaning Tony Hibbert and Tim Howard became the Club’s joint European appearance record holders.
The opening exchanges were dominated by the home side and Mauricio Pereyra had an early sighter which flew comfortably over the bar.
Odil Ahmedov's volley and Ricardo Laborde's dangerous low cross served as warnings before Marat Izmailov gave Tim Howard his first real test in the 17th minute with a low drive which the American beat away.
The custodian remained busy, scrambling across to deny the trickily-named Artur Jedrzejczyk moments later.
Everton had offered little to worry the Russians’ defence until midway through the half when Aiden McGeady beat three men and sent a deflected effort just wide.
Then Gareth Barry's cute curled effort had Andriy Dykan in the Krasnodar goal at full stretch as the Blues found a little more rhythm and attacking impetus.
John Stones rose unmarked in the centre to head McGeady’s cross just wide shortly afterwards but Krasnodar remained a serious threat.
Ari's effort was deflected wide after Christian Atsu had surrendered possession on the edge of his own box.
But the burly frontman wouldn’t be denied two minutes before half-time when he surged on to Phil Jagielka’s miscued clearance and powered the ball past Howard to make it 1-0.
At half time Romelu Lukaku replaced Atsu but it didn’t prevent Krasnador from continuing to come forward.
Gibson and Jagielka both gave the ball away in a frantic period around the hour mark which culminated in Ari sending a deflected shot on to the roof of the net. The Irishman then struck a left foot drive from 30 yards over the bar.
Seconds after coming on, Krasnodar substitute Wanderson jinked through the Everton defence before clipping the bar.
Then Lukaku forced Dykan into a save at his near post after shooting from an acute angle but it was, in truth, a rare moment of concern for the glovesman until Eto’o’s intervention eight minutes from time.
The Cameroonian claimed his second Blues goal with a deft touch inside the six-yard box after Baines’ right-wing cross.
And while Everton ended the game looking for a winner, seeing Lukaku's towering headed palmed away in the last minute, a point remains a satisfactory return as they look to progress from Europa League Group H.