Romelu Lukaku struck a hat-trick as the Toffees came from behind to beat the Swiss side in Bern to all but book their berth in the next phase of Europe's second tier club competition.
The Belgian striker completed his treble just before the hour-mark with a cool lofted finish to give Everton a three-goal lead before John Stones was sent off for bringing Hoarau down in the area only for the Frenchman to fire over the bar from the penalty spot.
In the end, however, it was an impressive performance from the Merseysiders who will be feeling confident going into the return bout at Goodison Park next week.
2014/15 UEFA Europa League - Round of 32
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