Defender Sylvain Distin scored for Everton then conceded a late penalty and was sent off as the Premier League side beat Sporting 2-1 in the first leg of the first knockout round of the Europa League on Tuesday.

Everton appeared to be coasting to a well-deserved two-goal victory to take a healthy advantage to Lisbon for the second leg on Feb. 25, but the match had a sting in the tail.

Distin was adjudged to have brought down Sporting's Liedson in the 85th minute. He was sent off and Miguel Veloso gave Tim Howard no chance from the ensuing penalty.

Earlier Distin had put Everton 2-0 up four minutes into the second half when the ball hit him from a corner and rolled into the net.

The goal followed a well-struck opener from Steven Pienaar, who side-footed home on the run into the roof of the net from 12 metres out after 35 minutes to put Everton ahead.