The hosts completely dominated this game in the first half ending up with 71% ball possession as they overwhelmed former manager David Moyes’ side, creating half-a-dozen chances and counting themselves unlucky to have scored only once from those.
The Blues’ first goal was also the first for Gueye in the royal blue shirt. Everton had enjoyed plenty of space on the wings and Tom Davies’ stunning cross-field pass for Seamus Coleman found him wide open, and his delicious cutback was hammered high into the net by the onrushing Gueye. Davies then almost capped his first half with a great outswinging volley that hit the post square on.
Sunderland started the second with more purpose, likely having heard an earful from their fiery manager. They created a succession of setpieces as they applied more pressure to Everton and winning more of the ball.
Everton wasted more chances in the second half before this sequence of play ended the Black Cats hopes of coming back into the game: Funes Mori holds up ball – bad pass to Schneiderlin – ball lost, Sunderland counter – hit the bar – get a corner – Gueye makes two great interceptions – Everton break – Lukaku scores!
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