Everton headed to Italy with the ambition of bringing three points home from their Europa League tie with Atalanta, however, they instead conceded three goals and put in one of their worst performances in recent memory.
Over 2,500 fans made the across Europe, with Ronald Koeman wanting to get his first win in this yearâ€™s competition, as they also compete with Olympique de Lyonnais and Apollon Limassol in a tricky Group E.
However, it was not the start the Dutchman and the Toffees would have liked, nor a result their fans would have expected.
The Serie A side took the lead in the 27th minute after defender Andrea Masiello put the ball past a much changed Everton side, including goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
Alejandro Gomez added a second for Atalanta in the 41st minute, before Bryan Cristante finished the rout just before the half-time whistle.
The Italians controlled much of the game, and it could have been a far more embarrassing scoreline if it was not for some key saves made by Stekelenburg.
The Goodison Park outfit hold high ambitions for themselves domestically, with Koeman harvesting aspirations for his squad to challenge for a Champions League place, however, this result could put that into perspective.
Everton fans were obviously not happy with what they saw from their side, with many taking to Twitter to slate many of the players on the field.
However, one player seemed to receive more criticism from supporters for his performance at the Mapei Stadium, with Muhamed Besic getting the full brunt of it.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international had a torrid time on the pitch, having looked sloppy and out of place â€“ although recent family tragedies and injury problems could have played a factor.
Here are some of the tweets fans made of his performance:
Besic not good enough for this level, needs to be shown the exit in January
— Richard Isherwood (@Richard_D_I) September 14, 2017
That's twice I've seen Besic now I know he's been out injured but he's not good enough supposed hard man gets bullied in that midfield
— Jack (@Jackg1878) September 14, 2017
Besic was absolutely dreadful
— Soph (@SophGallagher4) September 14, 2017
Never seen the point of besic. Literally seen him have about two good games for us. Plastic hardman, liability and goes missing.
— bh1981 (@benhutchy1981) September 14, 2017
Besic wouldn't get in the Marine squad, we looked lazy, unfit and uninterested. They where hungry and deserved the win.
— Santa (@FUT_Santa_MI5) September 14, 2017
Holgate is NOT a full back. Besic is NOT an Everton player. DCL is not good enough.
— Mark Williams (@MarkW1878) September 14, 2017
How is Mo Besic still on that pitch?
— Clad all over (@RaytonTony) September 14, 2017