- Gil scores wondergoal in loss
- Defoe with brace, Van Aanholt scores
- Villans still dead last
- Sunderland within four of 17th place
Jermain Defoe scored twice and Patrick Van Aanholt also netted to move Sunderland within four points of safety, and further batter Aston Villa’s survival hopes in a 3-1 win at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Carles Gil scored a gorgeous goal for Villa, which remains 20th with just 8 points.
The Black Cats stay in 19th, with 15 points.
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500 – Aston Villa’s Carles Gil has just scored the 500th Premier League goal of 2015-16. Landmark.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2016
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Gil leveled things for Villa with a fantastic side volley finish off a right-to-left cross from Adama Traore, who had danced his way free to make the good-looking pass.
It would only be level for a bit, as Defoe took down a cross just inside the 18 and beat Guzan near post. The USMNT goalkeeper is struggling of late.