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Sunderland denied by late Saints leveller
Southampton 1 Sunderland 1
SUNDERLAND were two minutes away from their first Premier League win of the season, but a late Jose Fonte goal dashed the Black Cats' dreams at Southampton.
Emanuele Giaccherini opened the scoring after just three minutes at St Mary's, and the visitors looked set for a superb point after weathering a prolongued spell of pressure from the Saints.
But Daniel Osvaldo, on as a substitute, won a free-kick minutes from the end and James Ward-Prowse swept in a perfect cross for centre-half Fonte to flick past Keiren Westwood.
The game was not without controversy, though, as Osvaldo arguably should have been given a second yellow card for a late challenge on Ondrej Celustka.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1): Boruc; Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw (Clyne 46); Wanyama, Schneiderlin (Osvaldo 46); Ward-Prowse, Lallana (Ramirez 69), Rodriguez; Lambert. Subs: Davis, Davis, Cork, Hooiveld.
SUNDERLAND (4-4-1-1): Westwood; Celutska, Diakite, O'Shea, Colback (Vaughan 54); Johnson, Larsson, Gardner, Giaccherini (Wickham 82); Sessegnon (Ji 46); Altidore. Substitutes: Mannone Cabral, Moberg Karlsson, Roberge Attendance: 29, 596
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