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Ten-man Sunderland edge nearer safety

Published on May 7, 2013 6:10 AM
 
Sunderland's coach Paolo Di Canio (center) reacts with players after their English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City in Sunderland, northern England on May 6, 2013. Ten-man Sunderland took a small step towards Premier League survival after coming from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Stoke on Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SUNDERLAND, United Kingdom (AFP) - Ten-man Sunderland took a small step towards Premier League survival after coming from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Stoke on Monday.

Former Manchester United defender John O'Shea rescued a point for Paolo di Canio's side, already a man down after Craig Gardner was sent off, when he struck from close range in the 63rd minute following a corner.

Jon Walters gave Stoke a ninth minute lead, reacting first to fire home after his header from Charlie Adam's cross was blocked.

Then, for the second match in a row, Sunderland found themselves down to 10 men after Gardner was shown a straight red card by referee Lee Mason for an over the ball one-footed challenge on Adam.

 
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