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Lukaku bags season’s first hat-trick

By Emmanuel Okogba

Romelu Lukaku became the first to score the 2016/2017 English football season hat-trick after goals within the space of eleven minutes saw off perennial relegation strugglers Sunderland in the final game of the Premier League’s fourth round fixtures.

After the first half ended goalless, Lukaku struck the first in the 60th minute following an assist from Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye before adding the 2nd and 3rd in the 68th and 71st minutes respectively.

Everton's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north-east England on September 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / SCOTT HEPPELL / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. /

The defeat spoilt the reunion party for former Everton boss David Moyes who left the club in 2013 to take over at Manchester United. It was his first game against his former club following his new managerial role at Sunderland.

Everton now sits third on the log with 10 points, same with Chelsea but with an inferior goal difference


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