KENYA BROWN - Monday, May 9, 2016
DeAndre Yedlin had a role in Sunderland's game-winning goal to boost their survival bid, while the season wrapped up for all the Americans in England's lower divisions.
Sunderland 3 - 2 Chelsea
The Blacks Cats improved their chances of staving off relegation as they earn a massive come from behind win over the Blues at the Stadium of Light.
Yedlin started at right back for Sunderland was a big influence in the game winner for the team.
Chelsea opened the scoring in the 14th minute through Diego Costa as the Spanish international collected the ball off a deflection from Yedlin's foot and found a way to curl it around Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone and into the goal.
Wahbi Kharzi scored the equalizer for the home side four minutes before half time when he blasted his volley from just outside the box and past Chelsea goalkeeper Thibault Courtois.
The visitors would retake the lead a few minutes later when Nemanja Matic received a headed pass from Azpilicueta and shot it past Mannone.
Sunderland were desperate to find a way to level the score and were reward in the 67th minute when Fabio Borini connected onto a pass from Patrick van Aanholt and buried his shot into the back of the net.
The Sunderland supporters were not able to sit comfortably in their seats as the Black Cats scored the game winner three minutes later through Jermaine Defoe. Yedlin crossed the ball from the right, which took a deflection from a Chelsea defender, and landed at the feet of the former England international who put his shot past Courtois to seal the win.
The win moves Sunderland out of the relegation zone with 35 points, one point ahead of Newcastle and four ahead of Norwich City. The Black Cats have the advantage over the Magpies as they have a game in hand (at home to Everton) before finishing the season against Watford.
Geoff Cameron started in the center of defense for Stoke City in their 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace.
Brad Guzan watched from the bench as Aston Villa spoiled Newcastle's survival chances with a 0-0 tie.
Tim Howard watched from the bench as Everton suffered a 3-1 loss to new EPL champs Leicester City.
Jonathan Spector got the start as Birmingham City settled for a 1-1 tie with Cardiff City.
Danny Williams started in midfield as Ready fell 3-1 to Blackburn Rovers.
Tim Ream started, while Emerson Hyndman saw action in the second half as Fulham finished their season with a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.
Eric Lichaj started as Nottingham Forest closed out their season with a 2-1 win over MK Dons.
Zak Whitbread started as Shrewsbury Town were hammered 3-0 by Swindon Town.
Gboly Ariyibi started as Chesterfield lost 2-0 to Bradford City.
Shane O'Neill watched from the bench as Cambridge United settled for a 0-0 tie with Mansfield Town.