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Gary Lineker praises Everton duo as Toffees make it two wins from two

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Gary Lineker praises Everton duo as Toffees make it two wins from two

Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the first hat-trick of his career as the Toffees went top of the fledgling Premier League table on Saturday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s charges ran out 5-2 winners against West Brom at Goodison Park in the day’s early kickoff, the six points from their first two games taking them to the summit.

The visitors struck first, Grady Diangana opening the scoring after a fine solo run, but Calvert-Lewin equalised in the 31st minute with a close-range backheel, allowed to stand after a VAR review.

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A dramatic end to the first half saw James Rodriguez put Everton ahead with a clinical finish, before Albion defender Kieran Gibbs and boss Slaven Bilic were both sent off.

Despite being a man down and with their manager sent to the stands, the away side drew level after the restart through Matheus Pereira’s impressive free kick.

However, Everton retook the lead in the 54th minute as Michael Keane poked home after Sam Johnstone parried Richarlison’s header.

Calvert-Lewin then made sure of victory with a quickfire brace, a close-range strike on 62 minutes followed by a header four minutes later, with Rodriguez involved in both.

Gary Lineker was impressed with Everton’s performance and was especially complimentary of Calvert-Lewin and Rodriguez during the game:


Calvert-Lewin is the first Everton player to score a Premier League hat-trick since Wayne Rooney in 2017, while the Toffees have won their first two games of the season for the first time in eight years.

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