Leicester City climbed out of the Premier League’s relegation zone as Youri Tielemans’ stunning first-half strike put Brendan Rodgers’ side on course for a deserved win at Everton.
Tielemans controlled James Maddison’s cut on the thigh before slotting into the top corner of Jordan Pickford’s goal from the edge of the box.
Harvey Barnes put the result beyond doubt in the closing stages, firing a powerful shot past Pickford for his fifth league goal of the campaign.
The visitors dominated the first half but missed several chances to take the lead before Tielemans’ moment of inspiration on the stroke of half-time.
Rodgers’ side continued to create better openings in the second half, with Patson Daka firing over the bar from a good position and the outstanding Maddison hitting the outside of the post with a curling long-range shot.
Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin went off injured after just over an hour to end a miserable afternoon for the Toffees and their supporters.
The win moves Leicester up to 13th – two places above the Toffees, thanks to their huge goal difference.
Maddison shines for senior Foxes
Maddison’s scintillating display will leave Gareth Southgate’s hopes of a place in England’s World Cup squad unscathed.
The 25-year-old was at the heart of the Foxes’ best attacking moves, but the visitors’ end proved his downfall early on, Pickford making a one-handed save to deny Dakar before Barnes fired over the bar from Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s pass. .
The only thing missing from Maddison’s performance was a goal. James Tarkowski and Idrissa Gueye made blocks to deny the former Norwich man in the first half, before a clever effort hit the woodwork midway through the second half.
However, he set up both of Leicester’s goals – the first was Tielemans’ goal of the season contender. The Belgium international is out of contract next summer, but Rodgers has said he will “continue to work” with the 25-year-old despite his future being uncertain.
Just as Everton looked to be pushing for an equaliser, Barnes was sent off by Maddison before beating Pickford with a blistering effort.
After conceding 22 goals in their first eight league games of the campaign, Leicester have conceded just three in their previous seven.
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Match ends, Everton 0, Leicester City 2.
Second half ends, Everton 0, Leicester City 2.
The attempt has been saved. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot misses the target. Assisted by James Maddison.
Substitute, Leicester City. Nampalys Mendy replaces Youri Tielemans.
Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Nathan Patterson (Everton).
James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick.
Foul by Vitaliy Mykolenko (Everton).
Attempt blocked. Blocked by Anthony Gordon (Everton) on the left side of the box. Assisted by James Tarkowski with a header.
Corner, Everton. Marc Albrighton scores a basket.
Goal! Everton 0, Leicester City 2. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) left footed shot from the center of the box to the left. Assisted by James Maddison after a break.
Attempt blocked. Alex Iwobi (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the box. Support from Demarai Gray.
The attempt has been saved. Wout Faes (Leicester City) header from the center of the box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by James Maddison with a cross.
Corner, Leicester City. Vitaliy Mykolenko has scored.
Corner, Everton. James gets a layup from Justin.
Substitute, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton is replaced by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.
The attempt has been saved. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot is too high. Assisted by Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall.
Offside, Leicester City. Danny Ward tries to pass, but James Maddison is caught offside.
Change, Everton. Nathan Patterson replaces Séamus Coleman.
Change, Everton. Anthony Gordon replaces Dwight McNeil.
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