Newcastle United 1-1 Sunderland

Aleksandar MitrovicÂ’s late header cancelled out Jermain DefoeÂ’s first-half opener to earn a point for Newcastle against Sunderland.

Match Reports: Newcastle United 1-1 SunderlandMatch Reports: Newcastle United 1-1 Sunderland

Both sides remain in the relegation zone after the draw but will be able to take positives from a typically passionate and frantic Tyne-Wear derby.

Mitrovic, who was lively all match, had the first opening of the game at St JamesÂ’ Park, but his volley from inside the area went well over.

At the other end Jack Rodwell saw his header tipped over by Rob Elliot, while Defoe also sent a header just over the crossbar.

Jonjo Shelvey came closest for Newcastle in the first half when his fizzing free-kick went just wide with Vito Mannone at full stretch.

It would be Sunderland, seeking a seventh straight derby win over their rivals, who opened the scoring just before the break.

Fabio BoriniÂ’s long-range shot could only be parried into the air by Elliot and in the ensuing melee Defoe was in the right place to force a first-time volley through a crowd and into the corner.

Mitrovic thought he had equalised minutes into the second period but his effort was cleared off the line by Yann MÂ’Vila.

At the other end Elliot made another stunning save to palm away Patrick Van AanholtÂ’s stinging effort from inside the area.

The game looked to be drifting away from Rafael BenitezÂ’s side before Georginio WijnaldumÂ’s teasing cross was headed home at the far post by Mitrovic to spark jubilant scenes among the home supporters.

Despite earning a point Newcastle remain second-bottom, one point and one place behind Sunderland who missed the chance to move above Norwich.

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