Shakespeare's Foxes ready for Atletico despite Everton blow

Shakespeare's Foxes ready for Atletico despite Everton blow

Thirty seconds in and Everton were ahead through Davies, who owed a debt of gratitude to referee Robert Madley. Leicester lose the ball clearing the corner as Davies challenges it through to Barkley. The winger drew the defenders before setting up his teammate for an easy finish.

With the dust still flying, Leicester then took the lead after 10 minutes when Marc Albrighton beat a flapping Joel Robles with a free kick from a tight angle on the left flank - a decent hit but but a bad mistake of positioning from the goalkeeper.

The second half proved far less entertaining than the first, Everton remaining resolute as Leicester chased the game.

Lukaku levelled with a bullet header from a whipped Ross Barkley cross, and Everton led by half-time as former Sheffield United centre-half Jagielka rose to power home Mirallas's corner.

The return of the rested Wilfred Ndidi in midfield should add much-needed steel to the side for a testing evening in the Vicente Calderon as they aim for silverware that would arguably surpass even last season's Premier League coup.

Lukaku notched for the eighth straight home game to level before Phil Jagielka brought a breathless first 45 minutes of play to an end with a header to restore the Blues' advantage. Entire games can pass by without witnessing even half of the action seen in this first half at Goodison Park.

A score of 2-2 never looked like being the eventual outcome and Ronald Koeman's side were in front again prior to the interval.

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"We finished the game better than Madrid", he said. We know Rom is a great finisher but Ross played really well between the lines.

Lukaku netted twice, taking his season's tally for Everton to 24, as the Merseysiders fought back from 2-1 down.

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"We stuck at it and we knew we had the likes of Rom and a lot of players are in top form at the minute".

The security he and Gana give Everton also allowed for Barkley to get up and take risks dribbling forward into the solid shape of the Foxes.

The momentum was back with Koeman's men now who, epitomised by the rejuvenated Mirallas and the inventive Barkley, were combative, determined and pleasing on the eye in equal measure. One he signs the contract.

Asked after the match how he would resolve the contract stand-off, Koeman said: "We offer him a new contract and two possibilities, one is sign that contract, if he doesn't we need to sell the player. It's simple, it's not so hard in my opinion".