- Lukaku bags three in win
- Stekelenberg stops Gooch
- Defoe misses golden chance
Everton moves level with Chelsea for second in the Premier League, with 10 points.
Sunderland is 19th, with a single point.
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Defoe was Jermain-on-the-spot when a deflected shot found him on Maarten Stekelenburg’s doorstep, but the English striker belted the ball over the frame from in-tight.
At the other end, Lukaku powered a Yannick Bolasie cross at Pickford, but the Black Cats keeper slapped it just over the bar for a corner.
American midfielder Lynden Gooch came close to curling one home, but Stekelenburg was there to make the save and keep it 0-0 before halftime.
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