Everton v Chelsea ratings: Sublime Lukaku; Costa ‘an animal’

Date published: Saturday 12th March 2016 7:59

Gareth Barry: Keeps a close eye on Diego Costa

Romelu Lukaku was an obvious man of the match in Everton’s FA Cup win over Chelsea, while Diego Costa is slammed, as we rate and slate the players’ performances.


Joel Robles: A virtual spectator until he had to push a Willian free-kick over the bar just before half-time. 6/10

Seamus Coleman: Everton’s Mr Reliable was among the pick of the performers. Won nearly all his battles. 7

Phil Jagielka: Generally marshalled the defence well but a couple of first-half slips might have been costly. 6

Ramiro Funes Mori: Was beaten by Diego Costa as the striker came close to opening the scoring but offered a threat at set-pieces. 6

Leighton Baines: Back in the team and did his job at the back but was unable to create much going forward. 6

Gareth Barry: Barry was missed last week but will now have to sit out another two matches after picking up two late bookings in what was an otherwise tigerish display. 6

James McCarthy: The Toffees always look more solid with McCarthy in the team. Worked his socks off and played well. 7

Tom Cleverley: One of Everton’s brighter performers in attack and always eager to track back. 6

Ross Barkley: A poor first half where he gave the ball away too much but was Everton’s chief creative influence after the break. 7

Aaron Lennon: The winger has been in fine form of late but struggled to get involved for the first hour but livened up. 6

Romelu Lukaku: Had barely had a sniff of goal until he dribbled through the Chelsea defence to score a sublime goal against his former club, followed by a clinical second. Showed every inch why he’s one of Europe’s best and worth a good £55million in the modern market. 9


John Stones (for Lennon, 88 minutes): A substitution to waste a few seconds. 5

Muhamed Besic (for Barkley, 90 minutes): No time to make an impact. 5

Oumar Niasse (for Lukaku, 90 minutes): Gave the crowd the chance to give Lukaku a standing ovation. 5



Thibaut Courtois: Had very little to do until the latter stages and was not at fault for either goal. 6

Cesar Azpilicueta: Kept Baines quiet when the Everton full-back did get forward but offered little himself. 6

Branislav Ivanovic: Lukaku got away from the Serbian for the second goal. 5

Gary Cahill: Looked to have done a decent job against Lukaku until his late heroics. 6

Kenedy: Charged forward on a couple of occasions in the first half but quieter thereafter. Belatedly given a tricky time by Lennon. 6

John Obi Mikel: A reassuring presence in front of the back four. 6

Nemanja Matic: Did his job without catching the eye. 6

Cesc Fabregas: Struggled to create much in attack. Booked in the second half. 5

Willian: Tested Joel with a trademark free-kick but otherwise quiet and was the first player to be subbed. 5

Pedro: Failed to make a real impact on the game. 4

Diego Costa: Came closest to a goal for Chelsea with a shot along the goal-line but booked early on and shown a second yellow for senseless retaliation against Barry. His antics are becoming beyond tiresome and he showed once again – despite trying to disguise it by making it look like a kiss and a cuddle – that he’s nothing more than a wild animal. 4


Oscar (for Willian, 73): Came on just in time for Everton’s match-winning spell. 5

Loic Remy (for Matic, 82): No chance to pull Chelsea back into it. 5

John Terry (for Kenedy, 85): One piece of good news for Chelsea was the captain’s return from injury. 5

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