Leicester 0-2 Everton: Mirallas, Lukaku beat banged up Foxes

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  • Mirallas opens scoring
  • Lukaku scores late on
  • Leicester 3 points off bottom three

Everton beat Leicester City 2-0 at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day as the reigning champs slumped further towards the relegation zone.

Two second half goals from Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku did the damage as Leicester missed the suspended trio of Jamie Vardy, Christian Fuchs and Robert Huth badly.

With the win Everton moves on to 26 points for the season, while Leicester stay on 17 points and are just three points above the relegation zone.

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It was an even start at Leicester and buoyed by his late equalizer at Stoke last time out, Daniel Amartey lashed an effort on goal which Joel Robles saved down low.

Damarai Gray then drilled an effort just wide as Everton struggled to get going against the Foxes.

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Everton forced the issue as half time arrived but Leicester’s much-changed defense held firm. For now.

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In the 52nd minute Leicester were behind as Mirallas latched onto a ball over the top and his low finished took a slight deflection off Marcin Wasilewski and in. 1-0 to the Toffees.

Everton were buoyed by the opener and looked much more comfortable but Leicester made some subs and Leonardo Ulloa sent a header in on goal which Robles saved well.

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Late on Lukaku set up Idrissa Gueye but he somehow put the ball over the bar from close-range but Lukaku did it himself in the closing stages as he ran at Leicester’s defense and finished to secure the 2-0 win.