Romelu Lukaku, 21, scored his first hat-trick for Everton against BSC Young Boys, in their European League last-32 first leg in Berne, and proved his Toff love.

The Belgian Lukaku, who became Everton's record signing since his £28 million summer transfer from Chelsea, displayed the perfect hat-trick combination - a header, a left-footed shot and a right-footed shot. The striker made the permanent switch from the Blues to Everton after enjoying a hugely successful loan spell at Goodison Park the previous season, when he managed 16 goals in all competitions.

His transfer followed the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where his excellent form helped Belgium reach the quarter-finals.

Young Boys, who won their previous seven European games, scored the opener with their first shot on target, due to poor closing down from the Everton defence. Former PSG man Guillaume Hoarau's fine curled effort from 25 yards had given the hosts' a lead in the 10th minute.

However, after the opener, the Toffees overpowered their Swiss opponents and demonstrated a sensational first half of attacking Football. Lukaku evened the points up in the 24th minute and Seamus Coleman scored in the 28th minute from a close range, followed by Lukaku's second goal in the 39th minute. The Merseysiders went in to the interval 1 - 3 up.

In the 58th minute, Lukaku broke free to complete his hat-trick, clipping the ball over the on-rushing home keeper Mvogo.

The only low point on the night was the dismissal of Everton's young defender, John Stones in the 62nd minute. Stone received his first career red card for dragging down Hoarau in the penalty area. Unfortunately, the French striker Hoarau lifted his penalty well over the crossbar and the game finished 1 - 4 for the visitors, who had chances to score more goals.

Young Boys are left aggrieved about the fact that at least two Everton goals looked to be offside.

The match was played on the synthetic surface at the Stade de Suisse and, in the build-up to the match, the Toffees trained on the artificial pitch of rugby league side Widnes Vikings.