West Bromwich 1-0 Sunderland: Berahino’s controversial goal wins it

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Saido Berahino‘s controversial second-half goal was enough to lift Tony Pulis‘ defense-first Baggies past struggling Sunderland in Sam Allardyce‘s debut as manager on Saturday.

The young English striker picked the pocket of a stunned Costel Pantilimon, who failed to handle Berahino’s challenge on a cross, and that was all the scoring West Brom needed in a 1-0 win.

USMNT winger/back DeAndre Yedlin earned the start for Sunderland.

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Allardyce nearly got a dream start twice early on, and was deprived in the 12th minute when Boaz Myhill dove right to slap away another Black Cats chance off a corner kick.

West Brom broke through when Saido Berahino collided with Costel Pantilimon as the Sunderland keeper collected a cross. Pantilimon dropped it, and Berahino back-heeled it away from safety before slotting into the goal.

The play was reviewed, in a sense, but not overturned.

The Black Cats simply have no luck, with better pressure as the game progressed and a late appeal for a penalty turned down when Stephane Sessegnon‘s tackle of Fabio Borini in the box was deemed a-okay.

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