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Football: Sunderland seal great escape and stay up

Published on May 8, 2014 6:04 AM
Sunderland's Fabio Borini (second from right) shoots to score past West Bromwich Albion's goalkeeper Ben Foster (right) during their English Premier League match at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on May 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SUNDERLAND (AFP) - Sunderland completed their great escape from what had seemed certain relegation when a 2-0 win at home to West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, ensured they would be playing Premier League football next season.

First-half goals from Jack Colback and Fabio Borini saw Sunderland to their fourth successive win, a result that took the north-east side five points clear of the relegation zone ahead of Sunday's final round of matches.

Victory for Gus Poyet's men all but relegated Norwich, who have only a slim mathematical chance of not joining already-down Cardiff and Fulham in the second-tier Championship next season.

A few weeks earlier Uruguayan manager Poyet said his side needed a "miracle" to stay up but that was duly achieved as the Black Cats won four Premier League matches in a row for the first time since December 2000.

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