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Lukaku scores a brace in 3-2 win

Everton forward Romelu Lukaku destroyed Newcastle as the Belgian marked his home debut with a double-strike in a 3-2 win at Goodison Park on Monday.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez snapped up Lukaku on loan from Chelsea on transfer deadline day and the powerful 20-year-old looks set to be a big hit on Merseyside.

He netted on his Everton debut in a win at West Ham last weekend and followed that with a pair of clinical finishes to kill off Newcastle.

Lukaku’s goals came either side of Ross Barkley’s strike, which the Belgian also set up as Everton raced into a 3-0 lead before the break.

Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy scored for Newcastle in the second half, but Alan Pardew’s side had left it too late to complete a remarkable revival.

Everton remain unbeaten after six matches and their third win of the season lifts them into fourth place.

“I loved it, I had waited to make my home debut for a long time,” Lukaku said. “My team-mates really helped me and from minute one I was focused.”

Martinez saluted his striker’s sublime display, saying, “For a number nine to have that awareness of what was going on around him was tremendous. Romelu was unplayable.

“He is going to get stronger and the players around him will learn how to play with him.

“The first half was so dominant that sometimes unconsciously you drop the tempo, but overall I was pleased we controlled it for long periods. It’s been a good start to the season.”AFP

For a number nine to have that awareness of what was going on around him was tremendous. Romelu was unplayable.


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