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Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Lukaku double helps Everton end Leicester's winning run

Lukaku double helps Everton end Leicester's winning run

Romelu Lukaku on Sunday scored twice to check Leicester's renaissance in the English Premier League under manager Craig Shakespeare as Everton beat the Foxes 4-2.

Everton's third goal arrived when Phil Jagielka headed home Kevin Mirallas' corner and Romelu Lukaku added a fourth when Leicester failed to clear their lines from the same scenario.

That grit comes from the same place that saw Mirallas lose his temper with Huth which usually isn't something you want to see from your players, but in a game so unpredictable with 3 goals in 9 minutes, it is precisely the kind of ferocity Everton needed.

"We try to keep the best players", said Koeman.

"The team selection was with the games coming up in mind", he said.

The foxes face Atletico Madrid in Spain on Wednesday evening in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final tie.

Lukaku bagged a brace to take his total in the Premier League to 23 for the season - one more than Middlesbrough have managed altogether.

Had Leicester won, Shakespeare would have equalled a Premier League record, held by Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola, as the only managers to win each of their first six fixtures in charge.

Morgan Schneiderlin played very efficiently and astutely in holding midfield and Leicester awarded him with too much space.

Just ask Wayne Rooney, Everton's last boy wonder, who was tempted away from Goodison Park by Manchester United as an 18-year-old in 2004 just two years after having shown off a t-shirt which read "Once a Blue, Alway's [sic] a Blue" after scoring a goal in the FA Youth Cup in 2002. It is rare for players so sharp and skillful to accompany their agility with grit, which is what created the distance for a ridiculously composed Tom Davies to slot in what would be the first of many.

Unsurprisingly the pace slowed somewhat, although the visitors nearly levelled when Slimani's cross was deflected into the side-netting. Albrighton arcs the left-wing free kick towards the far post and sees it completely bamboozle Joel before dropping into the net!

Lukaku restored parity for Everton in the 25th minute with a textbook header after a brilliant cross by Ross Barkley. He appears to round Schmeichel but the keeper gets a last-ditch hand on it to divert the ball wide. It mattered little, though, as from Mirallas' corner Jagielka rose highest to head home. Once more a risky Mirallas corner swerved in from the left side was met by Jagielka but while Andy King blocked his header, the ball dropped invitingly for Lukaku to rap back across goal and into far corner.

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