Lukaku Hat-trick Lifts Everton Above Young Boys

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku responded to recent fan criticism with a first Everton hat-trick in a fine Europa League round of 32 first-leg win over Young Boys.
The striker angered supporters earlier this month by telling a newspaper that he hoped to leave for a “top club”.
He struck with a header, a right-foot shot and a left-foot shot after Young Boys scored through Guillaume Hoarau.
Seamus Coleman scored Everton’s second, while Hoarau missed a second-half penalty after John Stones was sent off.
Since making a permanent £28m move to Everton from Chelsea in July, Lukaku has struggled to reach the levels of form he showed during a loan spell at Goodison Park last season.
But he had a prolific evening against a Young Boys side who struggled with their offside trap all evening, and could have had at least two more goals after completing his hat-trick.
Uli Forte’s side could point to the fact that two of Everton’s three first-half goals looked to be offside.
But Everton deserve immense credit for adapting so well to the synthetic surface at the Stade de Suisse, having spent time in the build-up to the match training on the artificial pitch of rugby league side Widnes Vikings.
They had to come back from a goal down as Young Boys, who had won their previous seven European games, scored with their first shot on target amid poor defending.
Raphael Nuzzolo broke down the left and played a square pass to former Paris St-Germain striker Hoarau, who was not closed down by Phil Jagielka and curled a right-foot shot beyond keeper Tim Howard from 25 yards.


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