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Everton v Sunderland - Story of the Match

Midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye's first Premier League goal plus a record-equalling effort from Romelu Lukaku boosted Everton's European hopes while adding to Sunderland's relegation woes.

Gueye was among the unlikeliest to open the scoring, having failed to do so in 55 previous league appearances, but his fierce drive just before half-time was one worth waiting for.

Lukaku's goal, all his own work with a 50-yard sprint from the halfway line, equalled Duncan Ferguson's club-best tally of 60 in the Premier League as the Toffees ran out 2-0 winners.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"@RomeluLukaku9 equals Duncan Ferguson's record of scoring 60 @premierleague goals for the Blues! #EFCmatchday" - Everton celebrate Lukaku's achievement.

https://twitter.com/Everton/status/835531138869440514

STAR MAN

Tom Davies. He may have only lasted 70 minutes before being replaced by the academy graduate was Everton's brightest player, setting up the goal and hitting the post in the first half.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

It could easily have been Davies' raking crossfield pass had it not seemingly been intended for Ross Barkley and not its eventual recipient Seamus Coleman. Instead it was the young midfielder's volley against the post with the outside of his right-foot.

DATA POINT

Idrissa Gana Gueye's goal was his first in the Premier League on his 56th appearance (35 for Aston Villa, 21 for Everton).

PLAYER RATINGS

Everton

Joel Robles: 6 (out of 10)

Seamus Coleman: 7

Ashley Williams: 6

Ramiro Funes Mori: 6

Leighton Baines: 6

Idrissa Gana Gueye: 6

Morgan Schneiderlin: 7

Tom Davies: 7

Ross Barkley: 5

Ademola Lookman: 5

Romelu Lukaku: 5

Substitutes

Kevin Mirallas (on for Lookman, 60): 6

Enner Valencia (on for Davies, 70): 5

James McCarthy (on for Barkley, 82): 5

Sunderland

Jordan Pickford: 4

Billy Jones: 6

Lamine Kone: 6

John O'Shea: 6

Bryan Oviedo: 6

Seb Larsson: 5

Darron Gibson: 5

Didier Ndong: 5

Adnan Januzaj: 4

Fabio Borini: 5

Jermain Defoe: 5

Substitutes

Wahbi Khazri (on for Borini, 79): 5

George Honeyman (on for Gibson, 79): 5

Javier Manquillo (on for Jones, 90): 5

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