Belgian duo down defending champions

Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku were on target as Everton beat Leicester 2-0 in their Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day.

  • Leicester 0 Everton 2
  • Mirallas nets on 52 minutes
  • Lukaku adds a second at the death

Match Summary

While the Foxes started well, they failed to take any of their first-half chances as the visitors grew with confidence, culminating in Mirallas scoring in the 51nd minute before Lukaku made sure of the result in injury time.

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Full Report

The defending league champions were quick out of the blocks but it was Ronald Koeman's side who took control of possession early on without testing the opposition.

Leicester midfielder Daniel Amartey enjoyed the first real opportunity of the game with a half-volley from the edge of the box after 11 minutes that Toffees stand-in stopper Joel Robles comfortably saved.

Demarai Gray was next up with a chance that he fired wide after breaking forward through the middle of the park following a quick one-two with Marc Albrighton, this after a good Kasper Schmeichel delivery following Gareth Barry's poor corner.

Ben Chilwell did well to break down the left before delivering in low cross that Barry was able to clear ahead of seeing another low cross in the area hacked away, this time by Ramiro Funes Mori, after cleverly turning in the box from a short corner.

A good Albrighton cross, that was heading for Shinji Okazaki, was well headed clear by Ashley Williams, and while the Toffees found their feet more and more as the match wore on, it took until the 43rd minute for their best chance as Funes Mori rose high to connect to a  Mirallas ball into the box, but he only succeeded in getting under the ball and heading well over the target from close range.

And the final piece of action of the opening 45 minutes saw Mirallas stretch in vain to meet a Leighton Baines ball into the box, that just needed a touch to direct it on target.

Islam Slimani scuffed a chance at the start of the second half following an Albrighton knockdown before Mirallas took his chance.

The Belgian striker scored through a route-one ball as he raced onto a long punt forward from Robles before being forced wide right and firing into the bottom left-hand corner, with the help of a deflection from Marcin Wasilewski.

Williams did well to head clear with Albrighton lurking before second-half substitute Leonardo Ulloa, on just a minute earlier for Gray, should have scored for the Foxes with his first touch after picking up a great Danny Simpson cross, but he hit his 66th-minute effort straight at Robles.

Leicester upped the pressure in search of an equaliser, but it was the Toffees who remained the more likely goalscorers, with Idrissa Gueye guilty of missing an 83rd-minute effort that he skied over with the entire goal gaping, form a Lukaku pass.

Robles collected a dangerous Albrighton delivery with ease before Lukaku sealed all three points with his goal in the 91st minute.

Ross Barkley released the striker through on goal and he beat Wes Morgan and Wasilewski before firing home past a despairing Schmeichel.