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Lukaku double as Leicester's winning run ends at Everton

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Craig Shakespeare Will All Be Well That Ends Well

Two goals from Romelu Lukaku ensured Everton ended Craig Shakespeare's flawless record as Leicester manager with an entertaining 4-2 victory in the Premier League on Sunday. Emulating the duo's achievements in the Champions League will provide ample compensation.

Romelu Lukaku has challenged Everton to keep pace with Manchester United and Arsenal in the closing weeks of the Premier League season.

One of the greatest contributing factors to winning a football title is the style of football played by the team and the morality that is enforced throughout the football club as a whole, including both players and coaching staff. Daniel Amartey and Ben Chilwell replaced Danny Simpson and Christian Fuchs in defence.

LEICESTER head into their clash with Everton on the back of five straight league wins.

Barkley himself had the chance to snatch the lead for his side but Schmeichel stretched out a paw to divert the ball wide.

Everton's goalkeeper, exposed for the equaliser, was at fault as Leicester took the lead in the 10th minute. They did not last long.

A much-changed Leicester side, without their regular full-backs or midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, and with Riyad Mahrez appearing only as a substitute, were unable to cope with the threat of Lukaku.

Algerian forward Slimani grabbed the equaliser for the away side four minutes later when he profited from a Demarai Gray pass with a wonderful piece of finishing. The ex-Sporting striker didn't hesitate in rolling the ball under Joel Robles and into the net with a cool finish.

Confusion between unfamiliar central defensive partners Jagielka and Matthew Pennington made Gray's choice easy and the latter's clumsy foul on Jamie Vardy then earned the Foxes a 10th-minute free kick.

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.

Goodison was treated to a fourth goal with only 23 minutes on the clock as Everton levelled in style. Davies, Barkley and Mirallas were outstanding.

Leicester had won five consecutive league games after sacking Claudio Ranieri in February following a run of results that left it just above the relegation zone. He appears to round Schmeichel but the keeper gets a last-ditch hand on it to divert the ball wide.

Ronald Koeman's men came back though, equalising through Romelu Lukaku and taking the lead through Phil Jagielka's second goal in as many game.

Lukaku extended Everton's advantage 12 minutes into the second half. Jagielka was again the target and he got the slightest touch ahead of Andy King for the ball to drop to the Belgium worldwide at the back post.

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