Everton vs Young Boys: Roberto Martinez surprised Toffees are last British side standing in Europa League

Former Wigan boss pleased with Everton's progression

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Roberto Martinez has expressed his surprise at Everton being the only British club left in this year's Europa League.

The Toffees beat Young Boys with a 7-2 aggregate victory and now await their fate in the round-of-16 draw.

Liverpool, Tottenham and Celtic were all knocked out while Hull City failed to qualify at the beginning of the campaign.

Merseyside rivals Liverpool were knocked out in Turkey

A brace from Romelu Lukaku a neat Kevin Mirallas strike cancelled out Sekou Sanogo’s early opener for the visitors and Martinez was thrilled with the manner which his side came through the tie.

“We made it an open game,” Martinez said in his post-match press conference.

“I was very satisfied after the first 10-15 minutes with the manner we settled into the game.

“We scored three goals and created a huge amount of good opportunities. All in all to be at this stage of the competition after seven goals over the two games is a phenomenal balance for us.

“Being the last British team in the Europa League is a very satisfying achievement and we are very pleased with the manner in which we played both games against a really admirable football team.”

Everton's Kevin Mirallas scores his side's third goal of the game

When asked if he was surprised Everton are the country's last representative in the competition, he added “I am surprised because with the quality that we have in our league, you feel we can compete in European leagues.

“Obviously in the Europa League with the quality of Spurs, Liverpool and even Celtic after the draw against Inter Milan, you just feel you can have a big impact in this competition

“But as it is it shows you that it’s not easy to play in Europe. It’s not easy to have to adapt and play away from home, adapt to different styles and ways of playing the game.

“I was very pleased with the way we adapted and the way our players showed an incredible tactical awareness to play in the manner that we did.”