Football

Lukaku and Barkley too good for sorry Villa

EVERTON 4
(Barkley 17, 42, Lukaku 28, 59)

ASTON VILLA 0

Aston Villa slumped to a heavy first defeat under Remi Garde in his second game in charge as braces from Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku condemned the English Premier League basement boys to a thrashing at Everton.

Barkley put the Toffees ahead in the 17th minute, finishing at the far post when Brad Guzan turned Gerard Deulofeu’s effort his way.

Lukaku then headed home in the 28th minute, before poor Villa defending allowed Barkley to add another three minutes before half-time.

Lukaku notched his second just before the hour, with Barkley and Deulofeu again involved on an afternoon when the young trio truly shone. The result leaves Villa five points adrift of safety.