48 touches 3 shots: Leicester City star Shinji Okazaki superb in victory over Everton

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Leicester City’s Shinji Okazaki had a great game at Goodison Park.

Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki was outstanding at Goodison Park as his side recorded yet another victory against the odds in a pulsating 3-2 triumph over Everton.

The Foxes headed into the clash knowing victory would guarantee their place at the top of the Premier League table on Christmas Day, a naturally huge incentive to really go for it.

Riyad Mahrez got them on their way, firing in a first-half penalty before restoring their lead in the second period – again via the penalty spot - after Romelu Lukaku had equalised for Everton.

Okazaki put the game beyond doubt soon after Mahrez’s second penalty, and it was the Japan international who was the game outstanding player as he really turned it on.

  GoalsShotsAerial Duels WonTouchesAccurate PassesBall RecoveriesMins Played
Shinji Okazaki 1 3 5 48 12 6 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the 29-year-old forward was everywhere for Leicester as he contributed in a number of key attacking categories.

Jamie Vardy and Mahrez have been the Foxes’ two best players so far this season, dominating the headlines as they regularly fire their side to victory with goals and assist aplenty.

But it was Okazaki who was arguably the catalyst for Claudio Ranieri’s side’s latest win, playing through the middle superbly and causing no ends of problems for Everton’s two centre-backs.

Aside from his well-taken goal, the former Mainz ace took three shots, completed six ball recoveries and even showed great athleticism to win five aerial duels – despite standing at just 5ft 8inch.

It was once again a real team effort from Leicester sprinkled with individual brilliance, and when their attacking players are in this kind of form there are only few who can stop them.

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