Sunderland 1-0 Newcastle: Defoe volley seals Black Cats win in Weartyne derby

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe scored a fantastic long-range volley to earn the struggling Black Cats all three points at the Stadium of Light against their fierce rivals Newcastle, reports BBC Sport.

It was a game of few clear cut chances, which meant it was always going to be a moment of quality or a mistake that would settle the tie. Sunderland were on top in the first-half, but failed to make their dominance count in the early stages. It was a gritty encounter, but the home side were the ones looking more likely to take the lead in the opening 45 minutes.

Sunderland eventually got their just rewards, with striker Jermain Defoe setting the stadium alight with a fantastic volleyed effort from distance. The ex-Tottenham man hit a long-rage volley with his weaker left foot that gave Tim Krul little chance in the Newcastle goal, while also reducing the England international to tears in the heat of the moment.

Newcastle pushed for an equaliser after the break, but fluffed their lines in front of goal when it mattered the most. Sunderland ran out worthy winners at final whistle, making it five consecutive wins against United in the league.

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