Lukaku’s 50

Romelu Lukaku added his name to an illustrious list of players to have scored 50 goals for Everton with his strike against Crystal Palace. We have looked back at all 50 of his goals in an Everton shirt, which he has scored in just 100 Everton appearances, the first man to achieve such a feat since Joe Royle in 1969. His record is even more impressive as it comes in the age of multiple substitutions, with Lukaku spending 165 minutes on the pitch per goal, or the equivalent of 1.8 games per goal.

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Goal 1 – West Ham 2-3 Everton (21st September 2013)

Lukaku signed for Everton on loan from Chelsea on deadline day and wasn’t able to make his Everton debut until 21st September. Starting as a substitute, Lukaku emerged from the bench at half time with Everton trailing and transformed the game with a combative forward performance which he capped with a brave headed goal to put Everton 3-2 in front with just 6 minutes remaining.

Goal 2 – Everton 3-2 Newcastle United (30th September 2013)

Lukaku made his home debut on Monday night football, scoring after just 5 minutes to make himself an instant Goodison hero. Kevin Mirallas burst down the Everton right before crossing into the box where Lukaku fired the ball home past Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal.

Goal 3 – Everton 3-2 Newcastle United (30th September 2013)

Lukaku scored his second of the game in the 37th minute. A long hopeful kick forward by Tim Howard dissected the Newcastle defence, with Lukaku running on to the ball, flicking it past Krul, skipping inside a Newcastle defender and then powering the ball into an open net from a couple of yards out.

Goal 4 – Manchester City 3-1 Everton (5th October 2013)

Lukaku made it 4 in 3 Premier League appearances with the opening goal against Manchester City. A hopeful ball down the channel from Phil Jagielka was seized upon by Lukaku who took advantage of some hesitant City defending to cut inside past Joleon Lescott before firing past Joe Hart.

Goal 5 – Aston Villa 0-2 Everton (26th October 2013)

Lukaku continued his goal a game record with his fifth Everton strike against Aston Villa. A fantastic Everton move resulted in a ball down the left from Leighton Baines into the path of Leon Osman who squared for Lukaku to stroke the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area.

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Goal 6 – Everton 3-3 Liverpool (23rd November 2013)

Lukaku scored his first Merseyside derby goal to draw Everton level at 2-2. Kevin Mirallas pulled a ball back from the Everton left into the penalty area, finding his Belgium teammate who fired past Mignolet and into the Liverpool goal.

Goal 7 – Everton 3-3 Liverpool (23rd November 2013)

A Kevin Mirallas corner was headed home from the edge of the 6 yard box and into the top corner of the Liverpool goal. Lukaku rose powerfully above a number of Liverpool defenders with the header brilliantly placed away from Mignolet and a Liverpool defender who was positioned on the post.

Goal 8 – Everton 4-0 Stoke City (30th November 2013)

With Everton already three to the good, Lukaku was desperate to add his name to the scoresheet and he did just that in the 79th minute. After a good run down the left from Bryan Ovideo, the Costa Rican picked out Lukaku at the front post who beat the Stoke keeper to the ball to poke home Everton’s fourth.

Goal 9 – Everton 2-1 Southampton (29th December 2013)

After a five game goal drought Lukaku was back amongst the goals to secure Everton a vital three points. Minutes after Southampton had equalised, Lukaku linked up with James McCarthy to smash the ball past Davis in the Saints goal.

Goal 10 – Everton 1-0 West Ham (1st March 2014)

After a month out injured, Romelu Lukaku emerged from the bench to score an 81st minute winner, side-footing home a Leighton Baines cross.

Goal 11 – Arsenal 4-1 Everton (8th March 2014)

Everton’s FA Cup campaign ended in disappointing fashion as they were well and truly beaten by Arsenal. The game was level at half time, Lukaku equalising after Ozil had given the Gunners the lead. A powerful break led by Ross Barkley caught out Arsenal. Barkley crossed into the box, where Mirallas fumbled the ball into the path of Lukaku who was left with an open goal to equalise.

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Goal 12 – Everton 3-2 Swansea (22nd March 2014)

With the game level at 1-1 Lukaku pounced to put Everton back into the lead. A run down the right by Kevin Mirallas resulted in a cross into the box which Lukaku met at the near post to fire into the corner of the Swansea goal.

Goal 13 – Newcastle United 0-3 Everton (25th March 2014)

This game is famous for Ross Barkley’s opener, but Lukaku strengthened Everton’s position in the match with the second goal. Leon Osman found Gerard Deulofeu on the right with the Spaniard playing a beautifully weighted cross into the box for Lukaku to poke past Krul and into the Newcastle net.

Goal 14 – Everton 3-0 Arsenal (6th April 2014)

Everton annihilated Arsenal with Lukaku standing out as Everton’s star performer. Positioned on the right of the Everton attack the Gunners couldn’t cope with Lukaku’s pace and power which was typified by his goal. With Everton already one-nil ahead, Lukaku was picked out by Kevin Mirallas, Lukaku ran from the right and cut inside past three Arsenal defenders before powerfully striking the ball into the far corner of the Arsenal goal.

Goal 15 – Everton 2-3 Manchester City (3rd May 2014)

A strange atmosphere was generated inside Goodison with Liverpool and Manchester City battling for the title, some Evertonians were unsure of whom they wanted to win. Everton were 3-1 down when Lukaku scored, the Belgium met a Leighton Baines cross with a diving header, the ball going in off the post to reduce the arrears.

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Goal 16 – Hull City 0-2 Everton (11th May 2014)

With his loan spell drawing to an end, Lukaku signed off with a goal in the final game of the season. A brilliant pass from Leon Osman inside the Hull City defender was weighted perfectly for Lukaku who picked up the ball on the edge of the area, cut inside and curled the ball past the Hull keeper to put the Blues two-nil in front.

Goal 17 – West Brom 0-2 Everton (13th September 2014)

A hopeful cross from Leighton Baines into the West Brom box was hurriedly cleared by Jonas Olsson, the ball falling at the feet of Romelu Lukaku who brilliantly curled the ball past Ben Foster into the Baggies goal.

Goal 18 – Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace (21st September 2014)

A clever round the corner pass from Leon Osman picked out the on rushing Lukaku brilliantly and the Belgium finished comfortably into the corner of the Park End goal.

Goal 19 – Everton 3-0 Aston Villa (18th October 2014)

An Everton counter attack led by Ross Barkley led to Lukaku scoring Everton’s second early in the second half. Barkley picked out Lukaku on the left hand corner of the box. Lukaku turned and fired a speculative shot towards goal, Brad Guzan should have saved comfortably but the ball squirmed past him and into the Villa net.

Goal 20 – Burnley 1-3 Everton (26th October 2014)

After his mistake gifted Burnley an equaliser, Lukaku was keen to make amended. A brilliant Everton move involving Naismith, Lukaku and Eto’o resulted in the ball falling for Lukaku in the box. His first shot was blocked but the ball landed back at the feet of the Belgium and his scuffed shot was too much for Heaton in the Burnley goal.

Goal 21 – Everton 2-1 West Ham (22nd November 2014)

This one had an element of fortune about it. A Ross Barkley shot was blocked, with the ball falling to Lukaku, who was fractionally offside but flag stayed down and the former Chelsea striker converted to put Everton in front.

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Goal 22 – Wolfsburg 0-2 Everton (27th November 2014)

A brilliant counter attacking goal! Lukaku received the ball just inside the Wolfsburg half, used his strength to hold off a defender before powering towards goal and placing a brilliant finish past the keeper and just inside the near post.

Goal 23 – Everton 1-1 Hull City (3rd December 2014)

A brilliant run from Kevin Mirallas down the Everton right created the goal, the flying winger pulling the ball back to Lukaku on the penalty spot to fire home.

Goal 24 – Everton 1-1 West Ham (6th January 2015)

Everton were really struggling for from, but Romelu Lukaku appeared determined to keep Everton in the FA Cup. The Belgium was impressive throughout, especially in the second half and he scored a well-deserved goal in the dying minutes of the match. Oviedo crossed a low ball into the box which Lukaku controlled with his right foot before firing a close range volley with his left past Adrian to level the scores.

Goal 25 – West Ham 2-2 Everton (13th January 2015)

Unfortunately 10 men Everton excited the cup, but not before Everton’s Belgiums tried everything to win the game for the Blues.  Mirallas had equalised in normal time and with the game in extra time he went on a mazy run into the box, skipping past a number of West Ham players before squaring across goal to present Romelu Lukaku with a simple tap in.

Goal 26 – Crystal Palace 0-1 Everton (31st January 2015)

In the opening stages of the match Steven Naismith escaped down the Everton right and cut the ball across goal from the byline. Speroni in the Palace goal got a hand to the ball but only succeeded in pushing it onto the sliding Lukaku who scored to put Everton into an early lead.

Goal 27 – Young Boys 1-4 Everton (19th February 2015)

A Bryan Oviedo cross into the box was brilliantly headed home by Lukaku, who was level with the penalty spot when he met the ball, to draw the Blues level at 1-1.

Goal 28 – Young Boys 1-4 Everton (19th February 2015)

Gareth Barry squared the ball across goal and with the Young Boys defence hesitant the ball fell to Romelu Lukaku at the far post to poke Everton into a 3-1 lead.

Goal 29 – Young Boys 1-4 Everton (19th February 2015)

The hat-trick was complete just before the hour mark. Lukaku ran with the ball down the left hand channel before lifting the ball over the advancing keeper to put a seal on a very satisfying Everton victory.

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Goal 30 – Everton 3-1 Young Boys (26th February 2015)

Goal number 30 was a penalty kick, placed well into the left hand corner of the goal giving the keeper very little chance of saving, despite going the right way.

Goal 31 – Everton 3-1 Young Boys (26th February 2015)

A good Everton move was finished off by Lukaku. A run down the left and a perfectly placed cross by Luke Garbutt was met on the volley by Lukaku who powered the ball into the Young Boys goal with a well taken finish.

 

Goal 32 – Everton 2-1 Dynamo Kiev (12th March 2015)

A pressurised spot kick which Lukaku finished straight down the middle of the goal.

Goal 33 – Everton 3-0 Newcastle United (15th March 2015)

A penalty kick calmly converted into the right hand corner of the Gwladys Street goal with the keeper sent the wrong way.

Goal 34 – Dynamo Kiev 5-2 Everton (19th March 2015)

With Everton in desperate need of a goal Lukaku rose to the occasion, picking up the ball outside the area, the Belgium striker took a couple of touches before unleashing a brilliant shot from 20 yards to silence the Dynamo Kiev support. Unfortunately Everton’s performance unravelled after that strike and the Europa League dream was over.

Goal 35 – Aston Villa 3-2 Everton (2nd May 2015)

Another penalty which threatened to bring Everton back into a game they eventually lost. This one was sidefooted into the right corner of the goal with Shay Given unable to get a hand to the ball despite going the right way.

Goal 36 – West Ham 1-2 Everton (16th May 2015)

Lukaku scored his 20th goal of the season, a diving header in the dying moments of the game to give Everton a thrilling win.

Goal 37 – Southampton 0-3 Everton (15th August 2015)

An exhilarating Everton counter attack was finished by Lukaku, Arouna Kone picking out his teammate with a brilliant cross which Lukaku headed back across goal and into the net.

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Goal 38 – Southampton 0-3 Everton (15th August 2015)

Lukaku’s and Everton’s second was started and finished by the Belgium. Lukaku won the ball on the half way line, played in Ross Barkley and then powered into the box, picking up Barkley’s throughball to finish into the corner of the Southampton net.

Goal 39 – Barnsley 3-5 Everton (26th August 2015)

With Everton in danger of going out of the Capital One Cup at the first hurdle, Lukaku pounced to level the game at 3-3. A Gerard Deulofeu cross was met on the bounce, Lukaku steering the ball into the corner of the goal.

Goal 40 – Barnsley 3-5 Everton (26th August 2015)

Lukaku sealed the victory with his second of the night. Ross Barkley ran from the half way line before slipping in Lukaku on the edge of the box. Everton’s number 10 drew in the keeper before side footing a shot into the empty goal.

Goal 41 – West Brom 2-3 Everton (28th September 2015)

Lukaku demonstrated his fantastic determination, climbing above the West Brom defence to head home a brilliant cross from Gerard Deulofeu.

Goal 42 – West Brom 2-3 Everton (28th September 2015)

Another cross from Gerard Deulofeu, this time Lukaku met the ball with his chest (arm) and bundled the ball across goal before firing into the net from point blank range to complete a remarkable Everton comeback from two-nil down.

Goal 43 – Everton 1-1 Liverpool (4th October 2015)

An early ball into the box from Gerard Deulofeu caused chaos in the Liverpool defence, when the ball eventually ricocheted into the path of Romelu Lukaku he clinically finished past his Belgium teammate (Mignolet) in the Liverpool goal.

Goal 44 – Everton 6-2 Sunderland (1st November 2015)

With Everton already 3-2 in the lead, Lukaku latched on to a Deulofeu through ball, rounded Pantilimon in the Sunderland goal and placed the ball into an empty net.

Goal 45 – West Ham 1-1 Everton (7th November 2015)

A brilliant goal, which was a near replica of his finish against Sunderland the previous week. A dissecting ball from Deulofeu was inch perfect for Lukaku, the Belgium didn’t need to check his run and he rounded the West Ham keeper to equalise for the Blues.

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Goal 46 – Everton 4-0 Aston Villa (7th November 2015)

With the ball bouncing around in the box, Seamus Coleman clipped a ball into the box which Lukaku headed across the goal and into the far corner, giving Brad Guzan, who was stranded on his near post, no chance in the Villa goal. The header was all the more impressive as the ball was played behind Lukaku, with the Belgium striker adjusting his body position to get the correct purchase to head on target.

Goal 47 – Everton 4-0 Aston Villa (7th November 2015)

Lukaku rounded off a lovely Everton move to cap off a 4-0 victory. Deulofeu ran powerfully from the middle of the pitch, played a pass into Barkley who with a single touch found Lukaku who finished brilliantly, firing past the on rushing Guzan with a clinical one touch shot.

Goal 48 – Bournemouth 3-3 Everton (28th November 2015)

This was Lukaku’s fifth league goal in his last four matches and put Everton two-nil ahead, latching onto a brilliant pass from Gerard Deulofeu to fire past Federici in the Bournemouth goal.

Goal 49 – Middlesbrough 0-2 Everton (1st December 2015)

Lukaku scored Everton’s second of the night, heading home to end a brilliant Everton move which contained 28 succesful passes. Gerard Deulofeu claimed the assist, skipping past the Middlesbrough defender before crossing perfectly for Lukaku to head home his 49th Everton goal.

Goal 50 – Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace (7th December 2015)

With Everton falling behind in the closing stages of the match the Blues required an immediate response which was provided by the talismanic Lukaku. A cross from Deulofeu was flicked on inadvertently by Gareth Barry and Lukaku finished from a couple of yards out to draw Everton level.

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