Everton's Lukaku halts Leicester revival

It was the kind of match that simultaneously makes you incredibly optimistic about the future under Ronald Koeman - the Romelu Lukaku caveat aside - while also rueful over the missed opportunities, particularly away from home where this Everton side has lacked the kind of verve and determination they showed today.

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Two goals from Romelu Lukaku ensured Everton ended Craig Shakespeare's ideal record as Leicester manager with an entertaining 4-2 victory in the Premier League on Sunday.

But Leicester, much changed before Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final at Atletico Madrid, never looked comfortable.

The goal-scoring action got underway as early as the first minute, Tom Davies racing up the pitch as Everton poured forward before slotting home to score just 30 seconds after the start. Marc Albrighton then put Leicester in the lead with a perfectly placed free-kick; undoing all of Everton's hard work in the opening stages.

Lukaku struck in the 23rd and 57th minute, with a Phil Jagielka header sandwiched in between in the 41st minute.

Lukaku netted twice, taking his season's tally for Everton to 24, as the Merseysiders fought back from 2-1 down.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal have all been linked with a possible move in recent months for the England worldwide, a boyhood Everton fan.

After a ideal start Shakespeare's five-match winning streak in the league is over - but he'll no doubt take it if his team get a positive result in the Champions League quarter final at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night. "We wanted to be competitive and win the game and the selection was to get three points, but it was more about squad rotation". The manager said: "Even if they don't perform on the level, we try to keep the best players".

The Belgian striker now has a goal in all eight of Everton's games at Goodison Park this year.

Manager Craig Shakespeare said: "He won't be ready for Wednesday".

The only thing missing from his game was a goal and Barkley was unlucky not to get one as he constantly found himself in threatening positions.

What they did last season was downright ridiculous and providing they don't win the Champions League (it might affect our chances of qualifying for the tournament if United win the Europa League as well...) we want them to go far!

We can't be too critical of the second goal against us, a miskick from a set piece just is what it is.

  • Julie Sanders