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Leicester City 0-2 Everton

Kevin Mirallas
Kevin Mirallas helped Everton to their first away win since September

Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku fired Everton to their first away win since September as champions Leicester dropped closer to the relegation places.

Belgium winger Mirallas capitalised on a lapse in concentration in the Leicester defence when he latched on to a long ball from goalkeeper Joel Robles, and struck a low shot into the corner of the net.

Daniel Amartey, Leonardo Ulloa and Demarai Gray brought saves out of Robles but Everton added a second goal in injury time.

A long ball from Ross Barkley found Lukaku, who showed great strength before firing the ball past Kasper Schmeichel in the Leicester goal.

Everton's victory was their first on the road since a 3-0 win at Sunderland on 12 September.

Lapse in concentration costs Foxes

Leicester's remarkable Premier League title success last season was underpinned by their defensive fortitude, but sloppy errors are costing them this term.

Final Score pundit Trevor Sinclair said the Foxes backline were "daydreaming" for Mirallas' goal.

Leiceister defenders Wes Morgan and Marcin Wasilewski allowed a long punt from keeper Robles to bounce and Mirallas was on to it as quick as a flash for his third goal in as many games against the Foxes.

The hosts had committed men forward for Everton's second goal late on, but the ease with which Lukaku shrugged off the attentions of the same duo emphasised how they can be exposed against direct balls and pace.

It was also another reminder for Leicester's players and fans of how unforgiving the Premier League can be as the champions dropped to 16th in the table, three points above the relegation places.

Everton more pragmatic and clinical

Everton executed Ronald Koeman's game plan to perfection at King Power Stadium as they beat Leicester on their own patch for the first time since 1997.

The Toffees soaked up the pressure and had the pace and power to hurt the home side on the counter-attack.

Under Koeman's predecessor Roberto Martinez, Everton were certainly more aesthetically pleasing to watch, but it is results that count.

Koeman has made the Toffees more versatile to adapt to their opponents' strengths and expose their weaknesses.

A top-six finish does not look beyond them and this victory lifted them to seventh.

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Koeman hails Everton confidence

Chilwell looks a star of the future

Despite conceding twice, it was not all doom and gloom for Leicester given an impressive showing from one of their rising stars.

Liverpool were strongly linked with Ben Chilwell in the summer - despite the fact he had not even made a first-team appearance for the Foxes - but the Leicester left-back signed a new five-year contract instead.

It is easy to see why Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was so interested in the 20-year-old based on his Premier League debut as he barely put a foot wrong with a mature and accomplished performance.

Not too dissimilar in style to opposite number Leighton Baines, his positional play and reading of the game were excellent. The England Under-21 international, who was on loan at Huddersfield last season, also made plenty of overlapping runs going forward.

Leicester's first-choice left-back Christian Fuchs missed this game as he served a one-match suspension, which leaves Claudio Ranieri with something of dilemma for his next match.

"I've waited a while for my Premier League debut and I wanted to show I am up to the level," Chilwell said. "There's a lot of games coming up so hopefully I'll be in the manager's thoughts."

Ben Chilwell, Leighton Baines touch map
Ben Chilwell's impressive Premier League debut at left-back (left) for Leicester compares favourably with experienced Everton counterpart Leighton Baines (right) from an attacking perspective as demonstrated from their respective touch maps.

MOTD analysis

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright:

"Leicester need to get themselves going, they really do. They are starting to get in serious trouble now."

Former England captain Alan Shearer:

"That's one win in nine for Leicester, but I thought Everton were worthy winners. They were more aggressive, a little bit more direct. Leicester were missing Christian Fuchs and, in particular, Robert Huth."

Man of the match - Romelu Lukaku (Everton)

Romelu Lukaku
Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku produced a classic back-to-goal display, which was exactly what Ronald Koeman required at King Power Stadium. He held the ball up well, chased lost causes and his late goal was rich reward for his tireless efforts. He now has 10 league goals for the season.

'Everything was right, now it's wrong' - what they said

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Nothing is easy this season - Ranieri

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri: "We were in control but suddenly there was a long kick and we reacted a little late and they scored.

"After that we were nervous, and controlled the match much better. This season is this way - nothing is right, nothing is easy. We have to work and react. That's our medicine. We have to stay together in the bad moment.

"We wanted to give a good present on Boxing Day, but it was not possible. Here everything was right in the first six months and now everything is wrong."

Everton manager Ronald Koeman: "We played well, the second half was better than the first. Our ball possession was better after 1-0 and that's a question of confidence.

"I think we had chances to score more goals. It was a good team performance, with fight. We defended well and were good on the counter-attack.

"We know the Premier League is tough and we need to prepare ourselves for Hull now. This gives us confidence."

Robles becomes 50th keeper with an assist - the best match stats

  • The Foxes have not won a Premier League Boxing Day match since beating Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in 1998 (D1 L6)
  • Everton are unbeaten in their last five Premier League away games on Boxing Day (W3 D2 L0)
  • Joel Robles became the 50th different goalkeeper to provide an assist in the Premier League
  • Romelu Lukaku has scored seven of Everton's 11 Premier League away goals this season (64%)
  • Kevin Mirallas has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances against Leicester
  • Everton have lost just two of their last 14 Premier League games against a reigning champion (W7 D5 L2)

What's next?

Leicester have another home game against West Ham on New Year's Eve (15:00 GMT). Everton are on the road again and their next festive fixture is on Friday, 30 December (20:00 GMT) when they travel to Hull City.

Line-ups

Leicester

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 17SimpsonBooked at 79mins
  • 27Wasilewski
  • 5MorganBooked at 90mins
  • 3Chilwell
  • 22GraySubstituted forUlloaat 65'minutes
  • 10KingSubstituted forMahrezat 64'minutes
  • 13Amartey
  • 11Albrighton
  • 20OkazakiSubstituted forDrinkwaterat 45'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 19Slimani

Substitutes

  • 2Hernández
  • 4Drinkwater
  • 7Musa
  • 21Zieler
  • 23Ulloa
  • 24Mendy
  • 26Mahrez

Everton

  • 1Robles
  • 30Holgate
  • 5Williams
  • 25Funes Mori
  • 23Coleman
  • 17Gueye
  • 18BarrySubstituted forDaviesat 68'minutes
  • 3Baines
  • 12LennonSubstituted forCleverleyat 88'minutes
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forBarkleyat 76'minutes
  • 10Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 6Jagielka
  • 7Deulofeu
  • 8Barkley
  • 15Cleverley
  • 19E Valencia
  • 26Davies
  • 41Hewelt
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
31,985

Match Stats

Home TeamLeicesterAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Leicester City 0, Everton 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leicester City 0, Everton 2.

Attempt missed. Seamus Coleman (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

Tom Davies (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

Booking

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Leicester City 0, Everton 2. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Albrighton.

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Albrighton (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Tom Cleverley replaces Aaron Lennon.

Offside, Everton. Leighton Baines tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Tom Davies (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ben Chilwell.

Booking

Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Aaron Lennon (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Idrissa Gueye (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

Booking

Danny Simpson (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Tom Davies (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Idrissa Gueye.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Ross Barkley replaces Kevin Mirallas.

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

Offside, Leicester City. Wes Morgan tries a through ball, but Islam Slimani is caught offside.

Foul by Tom Davies (Everton).

Islam Slimani (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Tom Davies replaces Gareth Barry.

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Demarai Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Riyad Mahrez replaces Andy King.

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater (Leicester City).

Offside, Everton. Idrissa Gueye tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Gareth Barry.

Offside, Leicester City. Danny Simpson tries a through ball, but Islam Slimani is caught offside.

Idrissa Gueye (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

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1Chelsea18151238112746
2Man City18123339201939
3Liverpool17114241202137
4Arsenal18114339192037
5Tottenham1796229121733
6Man Utd189632718933
7Everton187562321226
8Southampton176651716124
9West Brom186572322123
10Watford186482230-822
11West Ham186482332-922
12Stoke175661924-521
13Bournemouth186392331-821
14Burnley1862101728-1120
15Middlesbrough184681620-418
16Leicester184592331-817
17Crystal Palace1844102933-416
18Sunderland1842121631-1514
19Swansea1833122141-2012
20Hull1833121439-2512
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