Everton 4 Leicester City 2: Lukaku settles classic clash

Everton star Romelu Lukaku continued his magnificent season with a double that saw off Leicester City at Goodison Park.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Everton beat Leicester City 4-2 in an enthralling Premier League clash to keep their faint hopes of Champions League qualification alive.

An unbelievable first half started with Tom Davies netting after just 30 seconds, the joint-fastest Premier League goal this season.

But goals from Islam Slimani and Marc Albrighton ensured Leicester, who made five changes ahead of their huge Champions League quarter-final away to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, were ahead by the time the match reached the 10-minute mark.

Everton fought back, though, Lukaku heading in midway through the half to score for a seventh consecutive home league game.

Another aerial effort, this time from Phil Jagielka, had Ronald Koeman's men in front at half time, before Lukaku's 23rd top-flight goal of the season sealed victory after the break.

Everton had only collected one point from crucial away matches with Liverpool and Manchester United coming into the game, but have now won seven home league fixtures in a row.

Koeman's men move level on points with sixth-placed Arsenal – who have played three games fewer – and seven behind Manchester City in fourth, while Leicester stay 11th after manager Craig Shakespeare's six-match winning streak since taking charge came to an end.

In a stunning start, Davies scored to celebrate signing a new contract with the club earlier this week.

Kevin Mirallas was the creator, surging past Daniel Amartey and Yohan Benalouane before being brought down on the edge of the area, with Davies making the most of the referee's advantage to take one touch and stab a left-footed finish inside Kasper Schmeichel's near post.

But Leicester were level in the fourth minute, Demarai Gray embarking on a magnificent run on the counter-attack from midway inside his own half and ultimately feeding Slimani to slot a cool finish through the legs of Joel Robles.

The visitors completed a remarkable turnaround inside 10 minutes after Jamie Vardy was fouled by Matthew Pennington, who started in place of suspended centre-back Ashley Williams. Joel and the home defence anticipated a cross and were caught out when Albrighton, who may not have meant it, whipped his free-kick into the top corner from an acute angle.

Premier League top scorers: Lukaku extends lead at top

  • PHILIPPE COUTINHO (Liverpool) – 9 goals
  • OLIVIER GIROUD (Arsenal) – 9 goals
  • MICHAEL ANTONIO (West Ham) – 9 goals
  • THEO WALCOTT (Arsenal) – 10 goals
  • TROY DEENEY (Watford) – 10 goals
  • JAMIE VARDY (Leicester City) – 10 goals
  • ROBERTO FIRMINO (Liverpool) – 10 goals
  • CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (Crystal Palace) – 11 goals
  • FERNANDO LLORENTE (Swansea City) – 11 goals
  • SON HEUNG-MIN (Tottenham) – 11 goals
  • JOSHUA KING (Bournemouth) – 13 goals
  • SADIO MANE (Liverpool) – 13 goals
  • EDEN HAZARD (Chelsea) – 14 goals
  • JERMAIN DEFOE (Sunderland) – 14 goals
  • SERGIO AGUERO (Manchester City) – 16 goals
  • DELE ALLI (Tottenham) – 16 goals
  • ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC (Manchester United) – 17 goals
  • DIEGO COSTA (Chelsea) – 17 goals
  • ALEXIS SANCHEZ (Arsenal) – 18 goals
  • HARRY KANE (Tottenham) – 19 goals
  • ROMELU LUKAKU (Everton) – 23 goals