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Lukaku scores his first goal against Southampton.

Romelu Lukaku - Player of the Week

Romelu Lukaku - Player of the Week

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Lukaku looks good for Everton

Lukaku celebrates his second goal.Everton's star striker, Romelu Lukaku, scored two great team goals to give The Toffees a fantastic 3-0 victory away to Southampton. Everton's first goal arrived in the 22nd minute, just a minute after the Everton goalkeeper, Tim Howard, had made a brilliant save to deny Southampton's Sadio Mane. Everton attacked quickly and Aroune Kone put over a great cross, then Lukaku, with the ball slightly behind him, put a fantastic header into the top corner. Everton extended their lead just before half-time. Again Everton played on the counter-attack. Lukaku started the move on the halfway-line, with a pass to Ross Barkley. Barkley ran with the ball before passing back to Lukaku, who had continued his run and hit his second of the game. In the second half, Southampton tried to get back in the match but never looked threatening and it was Everton who scored the final goal of the match, with Barkley curling a beautiful finish into the top corner.

"As a team we were outstanding in every department. On the counter-attack we looked unplayable at times." Everton manager, Roberto Martinez.

How did Lukaku make fans of both teams happy?

Lukaku with fans in Singapore.Lukaku was Man of the Match at Southampton and created chaos in the Southampton defence every time he got the ball. He played on his own as a striker and this role was perfect for him. He scored twice to send the Everton fans home happy. It was the first time Lukaku had scored twice in a Premier League match since scoring two in the Merseyside Derby in November 2013. In this form, Lukaku is unplayable, but the challenge is whether he can perform at this level every week.

But, Lukaku wasn't in great form before the match. In the warm-up, Lukaku sent a shot straight into the Southampton crowd and it hit a woman straight in the face! But Lukaku wasn't slow to say sorry. He walked straight into the crowd and up to the Southampton fan to give her a hug and apologise. It's not very often when an away player is clapped by home fans, but on this occasion Southampton fans cheered Lukaku has he walked back onto the pitch. After his performance for Everton, maybe there weren't so many Southampton fans cheering Lukaku after the match!   

@RomeluLukaku9 climbs into the stands and apologises to a #SaintsFC fan after hitting her with a stray shot. http://t.co/l1V1BcgYA5

"When I hit her, I saw her face, it was a bit disappointing for me and her. I really didn't want her to get hurt. I just gave her my shirt. I hope she enjoyed it and will keep it. She said 'thank you'." Romelu Lukaku.

What do we know about Romelu Lukaku?

Lukaku scoring against Newcastle.Romlelu Lukaku was born on 13 May 1993 in Antwerp. The city is the biggest in Belgium, but it's not the capital, which is Brussels. Antwerp is home to one of the biggest ports in the world and is very important for the economy of the city. Lukaku has football in the family as his father, Roger Lukaku, was also a footballer and played for Zaire, now called the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the 1990s. When Lukaku was 13 years old, he joined Anderlecht's youth team. Anderlecht are the most successful team in Belgium and have won 5 European trophies and the Belgian league 33 times. Lukaku made his full debut for Anderlecht just 11 days after his sixteenth birthday, and scored his first goal at the beginning of the following season. He finished the 2009/10 season as the Belgian league's top scorer, and helped Anderlecht win the title for a 30th time and reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League, which was an amazing achievement for a 16 year-old. 

"Today we grabbed the game from minute one into our hands and we were efficient in front of goal, and that’s positive."  Romelu Lukaku.

Where did Lukaku move to next?

Lukaku scoring in the Merseyside Derby.Lukaku's amazing performances for Anderlecht, naturally got the attention of some of the biggest clubs in European football. It was Chelsea who decided to sign the 18 year-old on a five year contract in August 2011. Lukaku made his Premier League debut in the same month, coming on as a substitute for Fernando Torres in a 3-1 win against Norwich City. Lukaku found it difficult to break into the Chelsea team and his 3-year stay at Stamford Bridge involved only 10 Premier League appearances for The Blues. During this time he did, however, have successful loan spells at West Bromwich Albion and Everton. In 2012/13, while on loan at West Brom, Lukaku scored 17 Premier League goals, which was more than any other Chelsea player that season. In 2013/14, he spent the season on loan at Everton and scored 15 Premier League goals. In the summer of 2014, Lukaku made a permanent transfer to Everton for a record fee of £28 million.

"Romelu and I are good friends. We wish each other all the best." Liverpool striker, Christian Benteke.

Does Lukaku play for his country?

Can Lukaku and Benteke play together for Belgium?Lukaku has 37 caps for the Belgian national team and has scored 8 goals (August 2015). He was also an important member of Belgium's World Cup team that reached the quarter-finals at Brazil 2014. His main rival for a place in the team is Liverpool's Christian Benteke, as Belgium often play with just one striker in the team. It is an interesting rivalry that we are sure will develop now Benteke is also playing on Merseyside. Lukaku, after his two goals against Southampton, has more Premier League goals (44) than any other Belgian in Premier League history. But Benteke, after scoring the winner for Liverpool against Bournemouth at the weekend, is just one goal behind with 43 Premier League goals.

Who will finish the season with most goals, Everton's Romelu Lukaku or Liverpool's Christian Benteke?

 

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The last time Lukaku scored twice in the Premier League was in 2013 against Liverpool.

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Lukaku and Everton played in their third (green) kit against Southampton.

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Romelu Lukaku climbed into the crowd to say sorry to a fan that he hit with the ball.

Do you think it was a good idea for Lukaku to go into the crowd? 

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When was the last time you said 'sorry'?

 

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Rema's picture
Rema
20/08/2015
RS
538
points

I think that was great idea and I agree with Southampton's fans. Award for his movie was so sympathetic. It's rare to see that fans clap to the player who play for opposite side.


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Rema
20/08/2015 13:10
Serbia
West Ham United
538

I think that was great idea and I agree with Southampton's fans. Award for his movie was so sympathetic. It's rare to see that fans clap to the player who play for opposite side.

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VerdMead96
21/08/2015
PL
146
points

That was a nice gesture of Lukaku. The players often do their best to cheer up and take care of the supporters since they embellish a football match. It is always a memorable moment for a fan no matter which team she/he supports. Romelu stole the show at the St. Mary's and gave a clear sign that he is ready for the new season and can play a major role in achieving his team's goals. So good luck, The Belgian Tank!


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VerdMead96
21/08/2015 22:26
Poland
Manchester United
146

That was a nice gesture of Lukaku. The players often do their best to cheer up and take care of the supporters since they embellish a football match. It is always a memorable moment for a fan no matter which team she/he supports. Romelu stole the show at the St. Mary's and gave a clear sign that he is ready for the new season and can play a major role in achieving his team's goals. So good luck, The Belgian Tank!

Abdallah
27/09/2015
KW
1813
points

Yes he had to.
Celebration , warming up , get thee ball .


Abdallah
27/09/2015 20:47
Kuwait
Chelsea
1813

Yes he had to.
Celebration , warming up , get thee ball .

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almirpereira
23/10/2015
BR
1315
points

I like it!!!


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almirpereira
23/10/2015 03:58
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

I like it!!!

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almirpereira
24/10/2015
BR
1315
points

Ho, ho ho


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almirpereira
24/10/2015 03:22
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

Ho, ho ho

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
03/11/2015
ME
6922
points

It is not an ideal situation but it is nice to see:-)


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aragorn1986
03/11/2015 16:12
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

It is not an ideal situation but it is nice to see:-)

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MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015
RW
2320
points

My last time saying sorry is yesterday to my classmates


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MUGEMANYI
20/11/2015 06:58
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

My last time saying sorry is yesterday to my classmates

nikosonris
23/11/2015
UA
2453
points

I was really impressed. I think few players would do the same. Romelu's behaviour and response from The Saints' fans deserve respect.


nikosonris
23/11/2015 11:45
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I was really impressed. I think few players would do the same. Romelu's behaviour and response from The Saints' fans deserve respect.

ulvirustemov
27/11/2015
AZ
47
points

It is the action that has to be clapped


ulvirustemov
27/11/2015 10:59
Azerbaijan
Arsenal
47

It is the action that has to be clapped

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MUGEMANYI
27/11/2015
RW
2320
points

Indeed, it is good


MUGEMANYI's picture
MUGEMANYI
27/11/2015 17:16
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

Indeed, it is good

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
06/12/2015
ME
6922
points

I remember when Eric Cantona went into a crowd:-) It was not a smart move, but many will remember that day.


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aragorn1986
06/12/2015 14:13
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

I remember when Eric Cantona went into a crowd:-) It was not a smart move, but many will remember that day.

hichem hy
26/12/2015
DZ
123
points

Yes, it was good behavior for Lukaku.


hichem hy
26/12/2015 21:13
Algeria
Manchester City
123

Yes, it was good behavior for Lukaku.

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HakanUslu1881
11/03/2016
TR
1761
points

Yes of course.
Yes.
I don't remember.


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HakanUslu1881
11/03/2016 08:40
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

Yes of course.
Yes.
I don't remember.

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kwesimanifest
01/07/2016
GH
14285
points

That's very courteous of him


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kwesimanifest
01/07/2016 09:45
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

That's very courteous of him

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kwesimanifest
01/07/2016
GH
14285
points

Yes it was a great idea


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kwesimanifest
01/07/2016 09:47
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Yes it was a great idea

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/07/2016
GH
14285
points

Unfortunately Eric Cantona went into the stands and had a fight with a fan


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kwesimanifest
01/07/2016 09:48
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Unfortunately Eric Cantona went into the stands and had a fight with a fan

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
01/07/2016
GH
14285
points

I normally say sorry every other time to people. I am not bothered to even say sorry even if am not at fault.


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kwesimanifest
01/07/2016 16:24
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

I normally say sorry every other time to people. I am not bothered to even say sorry even if am not at fault.

englishman
19/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

saying sorry it's for every time


englishman
19/07/2016 14:51
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

saying sorry it's for every time

englishman
19/07/2016
DZ
1026
points

it's great to say sorry


englishman
19/07/2016 14:52
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

it's great to say sorry

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