- 9 games unbeaten for Everton
- Sunderland stay bottom
- Gueye, Lukaku score
- Lukaku scores 60th Everton goal
Everton beat Sunderland 2-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday as Ronald Koeman‘s men strengthened their grip on seventh place.
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Jordan Pickford returned to the team and looked a little rusty early on as he spilled a shot but recovered to save.
A corner from Everton then caused problems as a deflection found Lukaku at the back post but he couldn’t stretch to get enough on his effort.
Everton looked the more likely to score but found it tough to break down a stubborn Sunderland defense which sat back deep.
Just before the break Everton finally went ahead as Seamus Coleman‘s cross on the right found Gueye and he finished clinically to give the Toffees a deserved lead.
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Sunderland had a shout for a penalty kick at the start of the second half as Jermain Defoe’s shot hit Ashley Williams‘ outstretched arm.
Everton looked comfortable for most of the second half but then the Black Cats came agonizingly close to grabbing an equalizer as a pivotal few moments arrived with 10 minutes to go.
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Defoe cut in from the left flank and drilled an unstoppable shot on goal but the ball hit the crossbar and bounced on the line before being cleared away from danger.
Moments later Lukaku raced cleared and held off former Everton defender Bryan Oviedo before bundling the ball home. 2-0. Game over.