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Lookman double helps Toffees finish woeful campaign on a high

Apollon Limassol 0 Everton 3

By Liam Blackburn

Ademola Lookman's brace ensured a youthful Everton side did not miss Sam Allardyce's presence in Cyprus as they finished their woeful Europa League campaign with a victory.

A pre-arranged medical appointment meant new boss Allardyce was not in Nicosia to witness the 3-0 win over Apollon Limassol, the Toffees' first of the group stage, but he will receive a positive assessment of his fringe players and youngsters from stand-in manager Craig Shakespeare ahead of Sunday's Merseyside derby with Liverpool.

"To come away from home, to keep a clean sheet and score three, the team have to take enormous credit for that," Shakespeare said.

The most glowing review will be reserved for 20-year-old Lookman, who scored two goals in seven first-half minutes, the second a blistering strike from range to cap off a 26-pass move where each Everton player touched the ball, with Nikola Vlasic then adding a third late on.

Next up, Anfield.

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