Romelu Lukaku grabbed a brace as Everton ended Craig Shakespeare's perfect start as Leicester City boss with an enthralling 4-2 victory at Goodison Park.
A barnstorming contest got off to a flyer when Tom Davies scored inside 30 seconds for the Toffees, but the visitors hit back and had snatched the lead by the 10th minute courtesy of Islam Slimani and Marc Albrighton.
Lukaku notched for the eighth straight home game to level before Phil Jagielka brought a breathless first 45 minutes of play to an end with a header to restore the Blues' advantage.
Lukaku then added his second of the encounter from a corner just shy of the hour to take his tally to 23 for the season as Everton produced a much more measured and controlled display following the interval. The victory was the seventh straight home success for Ronald Koeman's seventh-placed side, who move level on points with Arsenal in sixth, albeit having played three games more.
Leicester stay 11th as Shakespeare's bid to equal the record start of six consecutive league wins set by Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti was deservedly halted in one of the most memorable matches of the campaign. The visitors made five changes to their line-up, and the defence in particular struggled to cope as Shakespeare looked to keep some of his stars fresh for the Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night.
Shakespeare's run is over, but his gamble with his team selection could yet pay off
After a perfect start Shakespeare's five-match winning streak in the league is over - but he'll no doubt take it if his team get a positive result in the Champions League quarter final at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night. The Foxes boss clearly had one eye on Europe with the tinkering to his line up as keeping faith with the players and system who won the league last term has been key to his success. If his players are fresh and perform at their best on one of the biggest nights in their history, it'll be a case of short-term pain for long-term gain.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Romelu Lukaku (Everton): It could easily have gone to Kevin Mirallas or Ross Barkley for all-action attacking displays, but Lukaku's finishing is vital to Everton's hopes of qualifying for Europe and on this evidence it's no surprise he's leading the way at the top of the goal charts.
EVERTON: Joel 7, Holgate 6, Jagielka 8, Pennington 6, Baines 6, Schneiderlin 6, Gueye 7, Davies 7, Mirallas 8, Barkley 8, Lukaku 8. Subs: Barry 5.
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