Getting dumped out of a cup competition is never an enjoyable moment for football fans, but Everton’s night of misery was made even worse by news elsewhere.
In the summer, Nikola Vlasic, Yannick Bolasie and Muhamed Besic were all sent on loan to CSKA Moscow, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough respectively.
On Tuesday night Marco Silva made seven changes to his team to face Southampton in the fourth round of the EFL Cup at Goodison Park.
Theo Walcott managed to cancel out Danny Ings’s opener, but when penalties ensued after full-time the ex-Arsenal star and teammate Richarlison missed from the spot to hand the Saints a place in the next round.
Plenty of Everton fans were disappointed as the competition was one of few realistic opportunities for the club to pick up silverware.
To make matters worse, the supporters discovered that Bolasie netted the equalising goal for Villa in a 3-3 draw with Preston North End on the same night, while Besic scored the opener in a 2-0 triumph over Ipswich Town.
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Vlasic nabbed the headlines, though, as he scored the only goal to deny Real Madrid in a Group G Champions League match.
So Vlasic, Bolasie and Besic scored? Imagine my shock.
— َ (@FutboINat) October 2, 2018
So tonight Bolasie Besic and Vlasic all net as we go out the cup hahahaha
— MrBojangalang (@MrBojangalang) October 2, 2018
So Besic, Vlasic and Bolasie all scored tonight while Richie almost hit the upper Gladdy with his pen. Who woulda thunk?
— ged english (@gedenglish) October 2, 2018
Vlasic, Bolasie and Besic all scoring while we go out to Southampton at home is peak Everton
— Greg Evans (@gregofallgregs) October 2, 2018
Bolasie goal, Besic goal, Vlasic goal… when u left Everton, it used to be the end… Now it’s like a big break! ??
— ?? StickyToffeePuddin’ ⚽️ (@JulianGray_EFC) October 2, 2018
Vlasic, Besic and Bolasie with goals today!
For their other clubs.
Everton lost, of course.
— SF Evertonians (@SFEvertonians) October 2, 2018
Besic bolasie and vlasic all score, while we go out the cup to a Danny ings goal and our big money summer signing missing a pen? nobody does it like the ev mate
— ✖️ (@Joe96__) October 2, 2018
Whilst on the same night Besic, Bolasie and Vlasic all score for their loan teams when they might have got a game for Everton. Vlasic’s goal against Real Madrid in the Champions League, obvs.
— azul (@thechicoazul) October 2, 2018
Bolasie, Vlasic and Besic scored tonight! ?
— P (@Paul_M__H) October 2, 2018