The duo were joined by Tony Hibbert and Joel Robles in David Unsworth's team for the Blues latest fixture in the competition, with Baines playing the first half – in a midfield role this time – and Besic completing an hour.
Everton fell behind early and were 2-0 down after just 12 minutes thanks to strikes by Andre Silva and Claudio Ribeiro.
They battled to find their way back into the game and halved the deficit in spectacular fashion through Callum Connolly who swept home a brilliant first-time shot with a quarter of an hour to go.
Ismael Leon restored the visitors' two-goal advantage from the spot, however, and though substitute Harry Charsley would make it 3-2, the Blues couldn't find an equaliser.Tony Hibbert lasted until five minutes from time, before he was forced off with his log term knee injury.
The result means that Everton's hopes of progressing beyond the group stage rest on the Portuguese side beating Tottenham next month.
Everton U21s: Robles, Hibbert , Kenny (c), Holgate, Connolly, Dowell, Williams, Besic (65' Walsh), Baines (46' Charsley), Byrne, Duffus (41' Evans). Subs: Hewelt, Davies, Thorniley, T Duffus
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1 Posted 23/11/2015 at 08:18:32
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5 Posted 24/11/2015 at 02:21:22
6 Posted 24/11/2015 at 06:49:58
David Henen is at League One Fleetwood Town for a month-long loan spell.
Leandro Rodriguez was involved in the previous two Under-21 games. He came on as a sub at Southampton (October 26) at started at Middlesbrough (November 8).
7 Posted 24/11/2015 at 12:04:36
Although Galloway has done well, I think his future would be more central and Baines still has more attacking prowess so I expect to see him back in his familiar role in the next game.
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