An 11-minute hattrick from striker Romelu Lukaku put Sunderland to bed as Everton thumped the David Moyes-led side. Lukaku could have had more too, hitting the woodwork and coming close on a couple of other situations.
After a goalless first half, Everton broke the game open in the second just before the hour mark with Lukaku heading home from a Idrissa Gueye cross. The Belgian forward was in the right spot again on 68’ with another header, this time from a Yannick Bolasie cross. He got his third off a cool finish from a through-ball by Kevin Mirallas.
Everton controlled possession the whole game, but crucially were able to convert chances into goals to kill off the game.
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