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Everton hammer Stoke City 4-0 at home

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Everton hit four past Stoke City at Goodison Park to move into the Champions League spot of this afternoon.

Goal from Gerard Deulofeu, who was handed first Premier League start for Everton, Seamus Coleman, Bryan Oviedo, and Romelu Lukaku as Roberto Martinez’s side ran riot.

The hosts started the match better of the two, testing Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic with a curling free kick from Deulofeu in the second minute.

Deulofeu was a live wire throughout the first half, forcing Begovic into another save in the 15th minute, his effort going through a crowd of players before being smothered by the Bosnian.

As the game went on a brilliant link-up play between James McCarthy and Romelu Lukaku carved out a further chance for The Toffees moments later, but the former could only drag his shot wide for a goalkick.

Everton continued to up the tempo, with Leon Osman unleashing a vicious drive just before the half-hour mark, producing yet another save from Begovic who was outstanding in the first 45 minutes.

The home side, though, took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Deulofeu fireda shot into the top corner after good build up from Steven Pienaar and Gareth Barry.

Everton added a deserved second shortly after the restart through right-back Seamus Coleman, who latched on to a Deulofeu cross and scuffed a shot into the far side-netting.

Roberto Martinez’s men made it three in the 56th minute courtesy of a long-range screamer from Costa Rica international Bryan Oviedo that left Begovic with no chance.

Stoke’s best chance to grab a consolation goal fell to Peter Crouch in the 61st minute, but Everton keeper Tim Howard was at hand to deny Stoke striker.

The hosts completed the rout in the 77th minute through Lukaku, who put away an Oviedo cross to claim his eighth goal since joining Everton on loan from Chelsea.

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