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Newcastle, Sunderland Share Points In Relegation Derby

Newcastle United and Sunderland ended their Tyne-Wear derby at Saint James’ Park on Sunday afternoon on a 1-1 draw.

Sunderland are in 18th place while Newcastle United occupy the 19th spot in the table.

Goals from Jermain Defoe and Aleksandar Mitrovic in each half respectively settled the contest.

Sunderland were the more purposeful in the first half and in the 19th minute Jermain Defoe fired just wide of the right post from inside the box after running onto a through pass from Jack Rodwell.

Jonjo Shelvey’s 30th minute freekick was agonisingly close to the left post. Morocco’s Whabi Khazri also tried his luck in similar direct freekick for Sunderland, but no goal produced.

Sunderland scored in the 44th minute as Jermain Defoe was in the right place at the right time to get to the rebound inside the box and fire the ball low into the middle of the net after an initial save by the Newcastle goalkeeper.

Moussa Sissoko delivered a good cross in the 54th minute and Aleksandar Mitrovic connected with the header but the weak effort was saved by Vito Manonne.

Rob Elliot produced a world class save four minutes later, tipping the ball over for a corner after Patrick van Aanhlot’s close range shot.

Newcastle United created some tensed moments in the Sunderland box in the 73rd minute but Andros Townsend’s shot did not trouble Mannone.

Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised for Newcastle United in the 83rd minute, netting with a header two minutes after Papiss Cisse went close but stopped by the assistant referee’s flag. The striker earned himself a yellow card for removing his jersey in celebration.

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