Southampton 1-1 Sunderland

5 Mar

Ten-man Southampton came from behind to secure a draw against Sunderland thanks to Virgil van Dijk’s late strike.

Match Reports: Southampton 1-1 SunderlandMatch Reports: Southampton 1-1 Sunderland

It was not the most riveting of first halves of football at St Mary’s with only two real chances of note. The first fell the way of Dusan Tadic, but his volley from a Graziano Pelle’s knock down in the 26th minute was well saved by Vito Mannone.

At the other end, Wahbi Khazri struck the woodwork in the 30th minute after Fraser Forster was caught out by his free-kick.

A superb block by DeAndre Yedlin in the 69th minute stopped what looked like a certain a goal. Pelle brought the ball down inside the box and unleashed a fierce shot, but Yedlin was there with an outstretched leg.

Jose Fonte was sent off in the 79th minute which opened the game up and Sunderland deservedly took the lead in the 84th minute, with Jermain Defoe stabbing home from 10 yards out.

However, at the death, Van Dijk broke Sunderland’s hearts after they failed to clear a corner, pouncing and firing home.


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