Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Everton defeated champions
Leicester, who face Atletico
The defeat ended the run of five straight wins since Craig Shakespeare replaced Claudio Ranieri as manager.
For Everton, it was a fine bounce back from their derby defeat to
Ronald Koeman’s team grabbed the lead after 30 seconds when Kevin Mirallas broke through from midfield and appeared to be brought down but the referee, wisely, played advantage, and the ball fell to Tom Davies, who shot home.
Leicester struck back three minutes later though with a trademark counter-attack, Demarai Gray bursting deep into home territory before he slipped the ball to Islam Slimani, and the Algerian coolly side-footed past Joel Robles.
Robles was beaten again in the 10th minute when he misjudged a curling free kick from the left from Marc Albrighton as the champions took a 2-1 lead.
Everton looked the sharper in midfield, with Mirallas particularly lively, and it was no surprise when they got back on level terms in the 23rd minute.
Ross Barkley whipped in a superb cross from the right, which Lukaku met with a perfect glancing header – the Belgian scoring for the eighth straight home game.
Four minutes before the end of an intense first half, Everton grabbed the lead.
Barkley should have scored when one-on-one with
And from the resulting kick, Phil Jagielka rose at the back post to power in a header.
Lukaku struck again, with his 23rd league goal of the season, in the 57th minute, firing home at the back-post after
Robles made amends for his error with a superb diving save to keep out a fine header from
Koeman said he was pleased with his team’s performance, particularly the displays of Lukaku and Barkley, who had come in for some criticism after the Merseyside derby.
“We played some fantastic football in the first 45 minutes, really good team performance today. We had great movement between the lines.
“Lukaku and Barkley didn’t need to respond, (but) they showed today they are fantastic football players. Two players on a high level, but the whole team played well.”