Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe continued this weekend of extraordinary goals as he ripped a stunning strike into the top corner as the first half of the Tyne-Wear derby came to a close.
A contested header was won by Charlie Adam at the top of the Newcastle box, and the ball looped up to the England international. Defoe didn’t even let the ball hit the ground before he unleashed a pinpoint volley that coiled up and back down into the top corner.
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The goal put Sunderland up just at the stroke of halftime after a truly dominating first half. Between the Black Cats smoldering near the bottom of the Premier League table and the derby atmosphere this fixture always provides, the game has plenty of implications. The strike meant so much to Defoe that it appeared to bring him tears of joy as he walked into the dressing room at the halftime whistle.
This weekend has bulged with remarkable goals, with Defoe’s wonder volley just the most recent of a litany of stellar strikes.