Everton's dreams of Europa League glory this season came to an unexpected end as they slumped to a 4-2 aggregate defeat against Sporting Lisbon.
Holding a 2-1 advantage going into the second leg, they were given a chasing by a rejuvenated Sporting side.
Second-half goals from Miguel Veloso, Pedro Mendes and substitute Matias Fernandez sent the home side through to the last 16 thanks to a 3-0 victory on the night.
The home side had made a bright start and Liedson clipped his effort wide of the post in the 13th minute.
Sporting came within a whisker of taking the lead on the night when Phillipe Senderos, on loan from Arsenal, barged over Yannick Djalo on the edge of the area. Skipper Joao Moutinho stepped forward and sent a sweet free-kick over Howard but saw his effort come back off the bar.
Sporting made the breakthrough when Veloso got clear inside the six yard area and from an acute angle drove a shot beyond Howard and into the corner.
The hosts went ahead on aggregate in the 76th minute through former Rangers midfielder Mendes.
He got on the end of a cutback from Marat Izmailov to find the corner with his effort, although it appeared to take a deflection off substitute Jack Rodwell.
Fernandez then added a third in stoppage time with a superb run and finish to complete a night of misery for Everton.
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