- Everton rally from two goals down
- Lukaku’s second brace of the season (Aug. 15 vs. Southampton)
- Toffees join the race for Champions League qualification
Everton found themselves two goals down to West Bromwich Albion early in the second half, but two goals and an assist from Romelu Lukaku led the way back for Roberto Martinez’s Toffees, who took home all three points from the Hawthorns.
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West Brom took the lead on 41 minutes, when the Baggies won the ball back well inside Everton’s half and James Morrison led the charge into the final third. Morrison slipped a through ball around two Everton defenders and into the path of Saido Berahino, whose first-time shot went off the leg of Tim Howard, looped into the air and nestled itself just inside the far post.
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Nine minutes after halftime, West Brom doubled their lead through Craig Dawson‘s header from close range. Chris Brunt whipped in the corner kick, Howard ran along his goal line — to nowhere in particular — and Dawson rose above the crowd to head the ball down and inside the far post.
Less than a minute later, West Brom’s lead had been halved, as Lukaku got the slightest of touches on a ball played into the box by Gerard Deulofeu.
Arouna Kone leveled the score in the 75th minute when he looked ever-so-slightly offside as he raced behind the West Brom defense and latched onto Lukaku’s through ball and fired past a stumbling Boas Myhill. From 2-0 down, to level at 2-2.
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Nine minutes later, Lukaku completed the unlikely comeback with his second of the night. It was Deulofeu once again who provided the tantalizing ball into the box, which initially was dealt with defensively, but only as far as the body of Lukaku. The ball ran back across the face of goal, Lukaku beat Myhill to the spot and poked it over the line from two yards out.
With the victory, Everton (12 points) jump all the way up to fifth in the league table, ahead of Tottenham Hotspur on tiebreakers. Meanwhile, West Brom (8 points) slip into 15th as their goal differential equals that of defending champions Chelsea, having scored five fewer goals.