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  • Hearts
  • Everton
  • Cleverley replaces McCarthy 45'
  • Oviedo replaces Baines 64'
  • Barkley replaces Kone 77'
    Naismith replaces Lukaku 77'
  • Dowell replaces Mirallas 82'
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Starting XI - Hearts: Alexander, Paterson, McHattie, McGhee, Ozturk, Rossi, Walker, Gomis, Sow, McKirdy, Nicholson Everton: Jagielka, Howard, Baines, Stones, Kone, Lukaku, Mirallas, McCarthy, Barry, Osman, Coleman

4-4-2
  • Alexander
  • Paterson
  • Ozturk
  • McGhee
  • McHattie
  • Walker
  • Rossi
  • Gomis
  • Nicholson
  • McKirdy
  • Sow
4-2-3-1
  • Howard
  • Oviedo
  • Jagielka
  • Stones
  • Coleman
  • Barry
  • Osman
  • Barkley
  • Dowell
  • Naismith
  • Oviedo
Hearts Everton
Alexander 1 24 Howard
Paterson 2 3 Baines (Oviedo 64'')
McHattie 3 5 Stones
McGhee 4 6 Jagielka (c)
Ozturk (c) 5 9 Kone (Barkley 77'')
Rossi 6 10 Lukaku (Naismith 77'')
Walker 7 11 Mirallas (Dowell 82'')
Gomis 8 16 McCarthy (Cleverley 45'')
Sow 9 18 Barry
McKirdy 10 21 Osman
Nicholson 11 23 Coleman
Substitutions
King 12 1 Robles
Hamilton 13 8 Oviedo
Oliver 14 14 Naismith
Reilly 15 15 Cleverley
Anderson 16 20 Barkley
Buchanan 17 27 Browning
Smith 18 35 McAleny
38 Pennington
42 Ledson
49 Robinson
51 Dowell

A hat-trick from Romelu Lukaku helped Everton begin their short stay in Scotland with a win over Hearts.

The Blues striker tucked home two penalties either side of converting a Seamus Coleman cross to help Roberto Martinez’s men come from behind at Tynecastle.

Calum Paterson had put the Jambos ahead inside nine minutes after heading home a corner but Lukuku then took over.

He could have had further goals but for several crucial saves from Hearts keeper Neil Alexander, while Kevin Mirallas and Tom Cleverley also went close.

Lining up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Arouna Kone through the middle supported by Lukaku and Mirallas, the Blues enjoyed possession in the early going.

But it was Hearts who went in front. In the ninth minute, Kevin McHattie whipped over a corner and Calum Paterson powered a header past Tim Howard to put the hosts ahead.

They almost grabbed a second minutes later, Sam Nicholson not connecting well enough with a pin-point Morgaro Gomis centre.

Everton had the chance to level up on 18 minutes though and did so. Seamus Coleman floated over a cross that Lukaku nodded at goal. Neil Alexander flung himself to his right to superbly save but when the follow from Gareth Barry struck an arm, the Blues had a penalty. Up stepped Lukaku to do the honours.

Everton started to control proceedings after the equaliser and Baines drew another good save out of Alexander after trying to catch out the keeper with a free-kick out wide.

Osman then a shot deflected wide for a corner and from the resultant set-piece the veteran midfielder had his head in his hands after a free header went wide.

Good work from Mirallas handed Lukaku the chance for a second but his thunderous effort flew off target.

Lukaku did grab his second on 35 minutes. Seamus Coleman crossed from the right and the Belgian side-footed past Alexander.

A venomous effort from Lukaku then whizzed agonisingly wide as he went searching for his hat-trick.

His international compatriot Mirallas went equally close, delicately clipping the ball over Alexander but wide of the target. With that, the first half came to a close.

On came Tom Cleverley at the start of the second half, and that wasn’t the only change. Having started with the ball to be used in the SPL this season for the opening 45 minutes, the 2015/16 Premier League ball came out for the second period.

And it was soon in the Hearts net. Mirallas was felled in the box and Lukaku completed his hat-trick from the spot.

Good work from Kone provided with him with another opportunity minutes later – Jagielka released the Ivorian down the right, he skipped a challenge before passing to Lukaku just inside the box but after setting himself, he rifled it over the bar.

Yet another chance fell for the Belgian on 57 minutes. Gareth Barry slipped a ball through but Alexander was down fast to block the resulting shot.

Hearts to their credit were still pushing forward searching for goals – Osman Sow and Jamie Walker both had decent opportunities but Howard comfortably dealt with the former and the latter shot wide.

On came Bryan Oviedo to mark his return from long-term injury.

Alexander again palmed away a ferocious Lukaku effort as Everton continued to carve out chances, almost permanently camped in the Hearts half.

With 77 minutes on the clock, off went the hat-trick hero and on came Steven Naismith, to a typical Edinburgh welcome for someone who had previously turned out for Glasgow Rangers…!

Cleverley shot inches wide and Kieran Dowell was given a further taste of first-team football with a late cameo.

The Blues now head for Dens Park to face Dundee on Tuesday.