Arouna Kone scored three times in a sensational 6-2 win for Everton over struggling Sunderland at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday.
- Everton 6 Sunderland 2
- Kone scores hat-trick
- Defoe and Fletcher score for visitors
- Coates scores own goal
- Lukaku and Deulofeu add the extras
A dominant first half display by Everton led to a two-goal lead with strikes from Gerard Deulofeu in the 19th minute followed up by a fine 31st minute finish from Arouna Kone.
However, seemingly content with their advantage, Everton began to sit back and Sunderland made them pay deep into first half injury time when Jermain Defoe pulled a goal back for the visitors.
Steven Fletcher completed the comeback with an accurate header in the 50th minute to make the score 2-2, but Sunderland found themselves behind again five minutes later as Sebastian Coates turned the ball into his own net.
Romelu Lukaku restored Everton's two-goal advantage in the 60th with a well-taken goal before Kone made it 5-2 three minutes later.
The Ivorian striker completed the route, and his hat-trick, in the 76th minute with a powerful header.
An enthralling end-to-end encounter between Everton and Sunderland burst to life in the 19th minute when Deulofeu was played through by Kone and the Spaniard did brilliantly to compose himself and delicately play the ball under a sprawling Costel Pantilimon to open the scoring.
Twelve minutes later, Everton doubled their advantage through Kone, who executed a deft one-two with Lukaku before expertly finishing past the Sunderland goalkeeper.
The Toffees were guilty of taking their foot off the pedal following the second goal and a brilliant solo effort from Defoe four minutes into first half injury time gave Sunderland a lifeline.
Spurred on by Defoe's goal, the Black Cats burst out of the gates in the second half and found themselves on level terms through an accurate header from Steven Fletcher in the 50th minute.
However, parity did not last long and Everton were back in front in the 55th minute courtesy of an unfortunate Coates own-goal, under pressure from the impressive Lukaku.
Less than five minutes later Lukaku added his named to a scoresheet after latching on to an inch-perfect through-ball from Deulofeu before rounding Pantilimon and stroking the ball home to make it 4-2.
Kone scored his second in the 63rd minute as James McCarthy executed a cheeky reverse pass for the Ivorian striker, who made no mistake to extend Everton's lead to three.
Lukaku was again involved for Kone's third in the 76th minute, the Belgian exchanged passes with compatriot Kevin Mirallas before delivering a perfect cross for Kone to power home his hat-trick goal with his head.