Belfast Telegraph

Lukaku bags brace in Saints defeat

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Everton put last week's disappointing home draw behind them with an impressive 3-0 win at Southampton, while Leicester downed West Ham to move to the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Tim Howard's superb save to keep out Sadio Mane's 20th-minute strike denied Southampton the lead and within two minutes Everton were ahead through Lukaku.

The Belgium international headed home Arouna Kone's pinpoint cross to finish off a devastating Everton counter-attack that had started with a Southampton corner.

The visitors doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time following another rapid attack, which resulted in Ross Barkley setting up Lukaku to clinically fire low past Saints keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.

Graziano Pelle spurned a chance to get Saints back into the game and Everton, who were held 2-2 at home by promoted Watford in their opening fixture, wrapped up the points - and their first win at St Mary's in over a decade - when Barkley curled home their third six minutes from time.

That win lifted Everton up to third in the standings on four points, two behind Manchester United and Leicester, who followed up their victory over Sunderland with a 2-1 triumph at West Ham.

The Hammers beat Arsenal 2-0 away first up but were behind after 25 minutes on Saturday as Jamie Vardy's ball into the box found summer signing Shinji Okazaki, who netted on the rebound after his initial volley had been saved by Adrian.

Claudio Ranieri's men made it 2-0 in the 38th minute when Riyad Mahrez fired home Marc Albrighton's cross for his third goal of the season.

Dimitri Payet pulled a goal back 10 minutes into the second half to open his account for West Ham but they could not find an equaliser and ended the match with 10 men after goalkeeper Adrian was given a straight red for a high challenge on Vardy after he went up for a stoppage-time corner.

Bafetimbi Gomis was again on the scoresheet as Swansea, following up their impressive 2-2 draw at champions Chelsea, beat 10- man Newcastle 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

Gomis beat the offside trap to put Swansea ahead in the ninth minute with his seventh goal in his side's last 11 Barclays Premier League matches, before Newcastle's woes increased when right-back Daryl Janmaat was sent off in the 41st minute for a second yellow card after deliberately pulling back Jefferson Montero.

Andre Ayew, who also scored at Stamford Bridge, then wrapped up the win when he headed home Montero's cross in the 52nd minute.

Tottenham spurned the chance to notch their opening win as Stoke came back from two goals down to snatch a point at White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino's men looked in control as first-half goals from Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli saw them leading 2-0 heading into the final 12 minutes, but a Marko Arnautovic penalty and an 83rd-minute equaliser from Mame Biram Diouf saw Mark Hughes' side claim a 2-2 draw.

Sunderland's troubles continued as Premier League new boys Norwich earned a 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light.

Canaries captain Russell Martin put the visitors ahead in the 26th minute after Sunderland keeper Costel Pantilimon's parry hit him and rolled into the net, and Steven Whitaker doubled their lead in the 37th minute.

Nathan Redmond added a third before the hour and Sunderland, who were beaten 4-2 by Leicester in their opener, could only net a late consolation through 21-year-old debutant Duncan Watmore.

In Saturday's other match, promoted Watford and West Brom shared a goalless draw at Vicarage Road.


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