Sunderland 2-2 Crystal Palace: Late equalizer saves Black Cats

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  • Borini strikes late on
  • Wickham with two goals
  • No win in 11 for Palace

Sunderland and Crystal Palace played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday with Fabio Borini’s late equalizer dragging the Black Cats out of the relegation zone.

Dame N'Doye put Sunderland 1-0 up but former Black Cat Connor Wickham struck twice in quick succession around the hour mark to put Palace 2-1 up.

It looked like the Eagles were going to claim their first PL win of 2016 but Borini struck as the clock hit 90 to make it 2-2.

With the point Sunderland move to 17th and are on 24 points, pushing them out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Palace are now without a win in 11 PL games and are on 33 points.

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Palace looked dangerous early on with Wilfried Zaha turning Sunderland’s defense inside out before rifling a shot at the near post which

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Palace went close to taking the lead as Vito Mannone superbly saved Scott Dann‘s header from a corner, with both teams eager to push forward whenever they could. Sunderland were forced into a change as Younes Kaboul replaced the injured John O'Shea.

In an even first half both teams created chances but the Black Cats went ahead in the 36th minute as N’Doye was teed up by Jermain Defoe and his tame shot deflected off Dann and left Wayne Hennessey flat-footed as the ball rolled into the net. 1-0 to the Black Cats.

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Palace were level after 61 minutes as Yannick Bolasie set up Wickham who rifled in for this third goal in two games. 1-1 at the Stadium of Light and Palace deserved to be level.

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Wickham then doubled his and Palace’s tally in the 67th minute — to make it foru goals in two games for the English striker — as a corner was nodded down into his path and he volleyed home with his left foot. 2-1 and the Eagles had turned the game on its head.

Lee Cattermole took a blow to his head which saw him cut his left eyebrow open and force a short delay, as Sunderland pushed hard for an equalizer late on.

That finally arrived in the 90th minute as substitute Borini fired home into the far corner from a ridiculously tight angle to make it 2-2. Emmanuel Adebayor tried his best to put Palace back in the lead but the scores finished level and Sunderland, momentarily, climbed out of the bottom three.