Sunderland vs Everton

Sunderland 0 - 3 Everton
12 Sep 2016 - 20:00Stadium of Light

Romelu Lukaku scored a stunning 11-minute hat-trick to inflict a 3-0 home defeat on Sunderland on Monday evening.

The Belgian international broke the deadlock on the hour and struck again on 68 and 71 minutes to silence the home crowd.

It marked an emphatic return to scoring form for Lukaku, who hadn’t found the net since March before last night’s game.

The result leaves the Black Cats still searching for their first victory of the Premier League season and extends Everton’s unbeaten start to the campaign.

A teasing cross from Lynden Gooch caused problems for Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg while Lamine Kone went close with a header from a corner.

Adnan Januzaj and Jermain Defoe had also offered an early threat as Sunderland made a bright start to the contest, but the visitors gradually eased into the game and began assert their authority as the game wore on.

Pickford denied Lukaku on 13 minutes and neither side was able to find a breakthrough before the interval.

The introduction of Gerard Deulofeu from the bench for Everton added an injection of energy and less than ten minutes later Idrissa Gueye found Lukaku, who headed home for his first.

His second also came from a header, with Yannick Bolasie this time the provider and Lukaku completed his hat-trick when he side-footed the ball home after being sent through by a Kevin Mirallas pass from half-way.

Sunderland return to Premier League action on Sunday, when they travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur.