Barclays Premier League
Stadium of Light, Newcastle, England
82′ De Gea (OG)
Sunderland defeated Manchester United 2-1 thanks to a dubious late own goal from David De Gea at the Stadium of Light to help their Premier League survival bid.
An early Wahbi Khazri freekick put the Black Cats ahead before Anthony Martial levelled the scores before the break. That was before a powerful Lamine Koné header ricocheted off the elbow of De Gea, giving the Black Cats their first home league win over United since March the 8th 1997.
The hosts started the first half well and found themselves in front after just three minutes. A freekick from new signing Khazri somehow made its way past David De Gea. The delivery was actually poor. The low delivery just evaded Jermain Defoe who tried to flick it on, but with so many bodies in the way, De Gea couldn’t react in time and by the time he did, the ball was already in via the post.
The hosts could have made it a second seven minutes later when Jermain Defoe found space in the penalty area. However Chris Smalling did just about enough, deflecting the ball off the feet of Defoe, as the striker was about to pull the trigger.
After the half-hour mark, the visitors looked threatening, and nine minutes later they were level. Juan Mata fired a goal-bound effort that forced Vito Mannone into a good save. However, the loose ball fell kindly to Martial, who chipped the ball over the Italian keeper to put the visitors level, six minutes before the break.
The second half was tightly contested as both sides looked for the winner, and the hosts very nearly found it on the hour-mark. Lee Cattermole found the-onside Dame N’Doye, who forced De Gea into a fine save with his feet.
The visitors brought Memphis Depay on in an attempt to give them the three points, but even he couldn’t inspire them. The visitors were poor in truth, and despite having the lion’s share of the possession, they couldn’t make the most of their opportunities and the hosts made them pay.
In the 82nd minute, Sunderland won a corner and Khazri, who put the hosts in front earlier in the game, delivered the ball into Koné. The centre-back powerfully met the cross to head the ball past De Gea, who couldn’t keep the ball out, with the ball deflecting off his elbow before finding a way past Martial on the goal-line.
Despite four additional minutes, the visitors couldn’t find the equaliser as referee Andre Marriner blew his whistle to bring the game to an end. The result for Sunderland moves them into 18th on 23 points. However the result for United meant that they temporarily remain fifth on 41 points, six points behind Man City in fourth.