EVERTON danced and dazzled their way past Brighton with a James Rodriguez-inspired win.

The Colombian scored twice as Carlo Ancelotti's men were left smiling at the summit of the Premier League thanks to a 4-2 win.

Red-hot striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin opened the scoring with a back post header, but Neal Maupay equalised after capitalising on another Jordan Pickford error.

Yerry Mina netted on the stroke of half-time, and then led his team-mates into performing the Macarena to celebrate in the corner.

The second half was one way traffic, with summer signing from Real Madrid Rodriguez slotting home two cool finishes to ensure another three points for the rampant Toffees.


Yves Bissouma scored an injury-time consolation for the Seagulls to make the scoreline more respectable.

Calvert-Lewin became Everton's first player to score in the opening four matches of a Premier League season to keep their perfect start intact.

The result left Everton top of the standings on a maximum 12 points from four games, three ahead of Leicester City and champions Liverpool, who each have a game in hand.

Calvert-Lewin took his tally to nine goals from six games in all competitions when he rose at the far post to head home a Gylfi Sigurdsson cross in the 16th minute before Neil Maupay levelled from close range in the 41st.

Mina restored the home side's lead on the stroke of half-time, heading home an inch-perfect free kick floated in by fellow Colombian Rodriguez.


Good work from substitute Alex Iwobi presented Rodriguez with a second-half brace as he swept the ball home from eight metres to make it 3-1 in the 52nd minute.

He then capped another flowing move in the 70th to bag his third of the season.

Midfielder Bissouma pulled one back for the visitors with a cracking shot from 20 yards in stoppage time.

But it was too little, too late to deny high-flying Everton a fourth successive league win.



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