Everton 4-0 Stoke City: Lukaku scores brace

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Romelu Lukaku ended the week how he had started it – in the headlines – with two goals in the 4-0 win over 10-man Hull City to help move Everton level on points with Arsenal.

A 3-1 loss at West Brom earlier on Saturday saw the Gunners remain in fifth place and the thumping of the Tigers has closed the gap to the Toffees to mere goal difference.

Lukaku, who added two goals late on to punish Hull, on Tuesday questioned whether Everton had the ability to reach the Champions League.

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His double on Saturday, with both goals in added time, may not have been the decisive factor in putting the Toffees level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal, but it at least showed his professionalism cannot be called into question.

The platform had been laid by a first goal for 20-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin, in his sixth Premier League appearance, and, after Tom Huddlestone’s red card, another from Enner Valencia.

Lukaku then took centre stage to register his 20th and 21st league goals of the season, the first time an Everton player has reached that tally since Gary Lineker in 1985-1986.

The win puts Everton tantalisingly close to the top four, five points behind Liverpool with the Merseyside derby at Anfield up next after the international break.

Credit: Reuters

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