Southampton v Everton: The tweet, moment and man of the match

Everton won at Southampton today, thanks to two goals from Romelu Lukaku and a strike from Ross Barkley.

Southampton v Everton: The tweet, moment and man of the match
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Here's a brief lowdown of the game at St Mary's.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

STAR PLAYER

Ross Barkley: Ran the show in front of England manager Roy Hodgson.

Capitalised on the space afforded to him, setting up Romelu Lukaku’s second and curling home a superb goal at the end.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Romelu Lukaku: After Tim Howard produced a fine save to deny Sadio Mane, Everton broke at pace and the Belgian headed home a wonderful opener.

Lukaku added a second but it was his pre-match actions that proved the moment of the match.

Having hit a woman in the stands during the warm-up, he ran up to check she was okay and gave her a hug and a shirt.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Saints manager Ronald Koeman – back on the bench after Achilles surgery – again named an attacking line-up, but his side looked unbalanced against Everton. Roberto Martinez’s side proved a handful throughout and ruthlessly exposed the space afforded to them in midfield.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

A number of Everton fans let themselves down by singing through Southampton’s pre-match tribute to the late Markus Liebherr.

The Swiss entrepreneur saved Saints from liquidation and the club remembered their former owner five years after his passing.

WHO’S UP NEXT?

Everton v Manchester City (Premier League, Sunday 23 August)

Southampton v FC Midtjylland (Europa League play-offs Thursday 20 August)

PLAYER RATINGS

Southampton

Maarten Stekelenburg: 6 (out of 10)

Cedric Soares: 6

Maya Yoshida: 5

Jose Fonte: 6

Matt Targett: 6

Steven Davis: 6

Victor Wanyama: 6

Dusan Tadic: 6

Shane Long: 6

Sadio Mane: 7

Graziano Pelle: 6

Subs

Oriol Romeu: 6

Jay Rodriguez: 6

James Ward-Prowse: 6

Everton

Tim Howard: 7

Seamus Coleman: 7

John Stones: 7

Phil Jagielka: 7

Brendon Galloway: 6

James McCarthy: 7

Gareth Barry: 6

Arouna Kone: 7

Ross Barkley: 8

Tom Cleverley: 7

Romelu Lukaku: 8

Subs

Steven Naismith: 6

Tyias Browning: 6

Gerard Deulofeu: 6

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