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Lukaku and Barkley put Saints to the sword

The visitors recorded a 3-0 win over Southampton today.

ROMELU LUKAKU SCORED twice in the first half with Ross Barkley adding a third late on as Everton claimed their first Premier League victory of the season in today’s early kick-off.

Belgium striker Lukaku headed home Arouna Kone’s 22nd-minute cross and swept in from Barkley’s astute pass on the stroke of half-time before the England midfielder neatly curled in a third goal six minutes from time.

Lukaku put the finishing touch on a lightning fast counter-attack to open the scoring for Everton in today’s early kick-off.

Victory, Everton’s first at St Mary’s since 2002, provisionally elevated Roberto Martinez’s team to second place in the fledgling standings, two points below Manchester United, who won 1-0 at Aston Villa on Friday.

The goal came just seconds after a Southampton corner as James McCarthy broke from his own area before finding Arouna Koné.

With Tom Cleverley drawing away two defenders, Lukaku was able to ghost in at the far post and his header was perfectly placed.

 

The 22-year old Belgian added a second just before half-time with a well-taken goal from the edge of the area.

 

In a relatively quiet second half, Ross Barkley made sure of all three points with a curling finish six minutes from time.

 

An impressive seventh last season in manager Ronald Koeman’s first campaign, Southampton are without a win after two matches, having drawn 2-2 at Newcastle United in their opening fixture.

Additional reporting from AFP.

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