Lukaku scores twice as Everton downs Leicester City

Leicester City, which faces Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the first leg of its Champions League quarterfinal, made five changes ahead of its trip to Spain.

Lukaku has now scored 23 goals in the season.   -  Getty Images

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Everton defeated champions Leicester City 4-2 at Goodison Park in a game which saw four goals inside the opening 23 minutes.

Leicester, which faces Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the first leg of its Champions League quarterfinal, made five changes ahead of its trip to Spain and the defeat ended the run of five straight wins since Craig Shakespeare replaced Claudio Ranieri as manager.

Everton took the lead after 30 seconds through Tom Davies but the visitor struck back with two goals in nine minutes - Islam Slimani finishing off a Demarai Gray counter-attack and Marc Albrighton beating a poorly positioned Joel Robles with a curling free kick.

The home side got back on level terms with a 23rd-minute Lukaku glancing header from a brilliant Ross Barkley cross from the right and skipper Phil Jagielka headed in a corner four minutes before the break.

Lukaku struck again, with his 23rd league goal of the season, in the 57th minute, firing home at the back post after Leicester failed to clear a corner.

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