LONDON: Romelu Lukaku scored an 11-minute hat-trick as Everton maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a win at Sunderland in the Premier League.
The Belgium striker netted his first club goal since March with a header from Idrissa Gueye’s cross, then nodded home Yannick Bolasie’s delivery.
He ensured three points for his side with a low finish after running clear.
Jermain Defoe shot over for Sunderland, who are yet to win in the league under former Toffees manager David Moyes.
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 and they climbed to third.