Football: Watford, with 11 different nationalities in starting line-up, beat Everton 3-2 with Okaka double

Watford's Italian striker Stefano Okaka celebrates after scoring.
Watford's Italian striker Stefano Okaka celebrates after scoring.PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Italy international Stefano Okaka scored either side of half-time to give Watford a 3-2 English Premier League win over Everton on Saturday, their first victory over the Merseyside club in any competition since 1987.

Watford, who started with players of 11 different nationalities in their line-up, went behind in the 17th minute when Romelu Lukaku scored from close range for Everton after Gareth Barry lobbed the defence.

The goal was the Belgian's eighth in the league this season but the lead was short-lived, Okaka equalising in the 36th minute with a back-heeled flick at the near post from Nordin Amrabat's cross.

Okaka followed up on his first Watford goal by heading in the Hornets' third from a corner in the 64th, after Austrian Sebastian Prodl had headed in his first league goal of the season from Jose Holebas's free kick.

Lukaku headed in his second of the afternoon with four minutes of normal time remaining but Watford hung on to go seventh in the standings on 21 points and ahead of ninth-placed Everton.