Everton's Romelu Lukaku scores the opening goal during the English Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.
Everton's Romelu Lukaku scores the opening goal during the English Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland. Owen Humphreys

Lukaku hat-trick sinks Sunderland

FOOTBALL: Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku has helped pile the pressure on Sunderland manager David Moyes after Everton thumped the Black Cats 3-0 at the Stadium of Light to move third in the English Premier League.

Lukaku ended a goal-scoring drought, in which the 23-year-old had gone without scoring for 1139 minutes, despite 40 efforts.

His hat-trick came in 11 second-half minutes as the Toffees maintained their unbeaten start to the season, while keeping Sunderland winless for the campaign.

Lukaku netted his first club goal since March with a header then doubled the lead with another.

He ensured three points for his side with a low finish after running clear.

With only one point from the first four matches, only Stoke's inferior goal difference keeps Sunderland off the bottom of the table.

The victory was Everton's third from their opening four games.


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