Jose Fonte's late header earned a point for Southampton and denied Sunderland their first win of the season.

The Black Cats had been on course for victory thanks to Emanuele Giaccherini's second-minute header.

Jay Rodriguez had an early effort ruled out for offside, with replays proving inconclusive, while Saints team-mate Rickie Lambert had several chances.

But in the 88th minute, Fonte headed home James Ward-Prowse's free-kick from close range for a dramatic equaliser.

Sunderland, who were beaten by Fulham on the opening day of the season, took an early lead with Italian Giaccherini heading home Sebastian Larsson's corner from close range.

Southampton responded well and spent the next 45 minutes peppering the visitors' goal.

First Rodriguez had a goal disallowed for offside while Lambert saw his low header kept out at full stretch by Keiren Westwood before heading over from close range later in the half.

Better late than never

Jose Fonte's last Premier League goal before today was a 90th-minute equaliser against Fulham last October

Rodriguez then had a prodded effort from 12 yards deflected wide before Saints goalkeeper Artur Boruc had to be alert to keep out Larsson's inswinging corner.

Southampton felt they should have had two penalties in a half they completely dominated with Ward-Prowse adding to his growing reputation with a fine 45 minutes for the south-coast club.

Fonte was dragged down in the area when trying to get his head on Ward-Prowse's free-kick while, just before the break, Adam Lallana was manhandled by Sunderland defender John O'Shea, with referee Lee Mason waving away both appeals.

The hosts introduced record signing Dani Osvaldo and Nathaniel Clyne at the break, with Morgan Schneiderlin and Luke Shaw replaced.

Sunderland also made a change, bringing on Ji Dong-Won for Stephane Sessegnon - and the South Korean almost made an immediate impact, latching onto a long ball before volleying a weak side-foot shot towards goal.

Sunderland's Paolo Di Canio feels draw was fair result

Lallana went close to an equaliser, with his half-volley from Lambert's knockdown flying just past Westwood's far post.

The game continued at a frenetic pace and Sunderland winger Adam Johnson, who had been relatively quiet, came in from his flank to send a shot just over Boruc's crossbar.

Forward Osvaldo's first contribution came just before the hour, with his fine cross headed straight at Westwood by Rodriguez, while at the other end Ji's pass played in Altidore but his shot was smothered by the legs of an on-rushing Boruc.

Southampton continued to press, with Lambert forcing a fine full-stretch save from Westwood with a driven shot from 20 yards and the England international then heading another chance straight at Sunderland's keeper.

Osvaldo was booked for unsporting behaviour late on and was lucky not to see red for a late tackle soon after as it looked as though Sunderland would hold on.

But defender Fonte's late heroics meant Paolo Di Canio's side are still searching for their first victory while Saints remain unbeaten after a 1-0 win at West Brom last weekend.

Southampton 1-1 Sunderland: Mauricio Pochettino happy at 'superior' Saints

Southampton manager Mauriccio Pochettino: "We were asleep in the first three minutes [for Emanuele Giaccherini's goal] - it is not acceptable and I take responsibility for it.

"If you look at the chances we created we deserved to win the match but games are not won by chances made but goals scored. I am a bit disappointed because our goal was to get three points. When we review it we will see we deserved to win it."

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio:

"We were leading at 1-0 but another set-play cost us two points. It was a cheap free-kick but 1-0 is more than acceptable. We have to be honest, Southampton deserved to win this game because they played better.

"This is a tough league, we all know that, but we have time to improve. However, one point away from home against a fantastic side is a good result."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 05 Lovren
  • 06 Fonte
  • 22 Chambers
  • 23 Shaw (Clyne - 46' )
  • 04 Schneiderlin (Osvaldo - 46' Booked )
  • 09 Rodriguez
  • 12 Wanyama
  • 16 Ward-Prowse Booked
  • 20 Lallana (Ramirez - 69' )
  • 07 Lambert

Substitutes

  • 01 K Davis
  • 02 Clyne
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 08 S Davis
  • 10 Ramirez
  • 18 Cork
  • 17 Osvaldo

Sunderland

  • 20 Westwood
  • 12 Celustka
  • 14 Colback (Vaughan - 54' )
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 21 Diakite
  • 07 Larsson Booked
  • 08 Gardner Booked
  • 11 Johnson
  • 23 Giaccherini (Wickham - 82' )
  • 17 Altidore
  • 28 Sessegnon (Ji Dong-Won - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Mannone
  • 29 Valentin
  • 06 Cabral
  • 15 Vaughan
  • 10 Wickham
  • 19 Karlsson
  • 27 Ji Dong-Won
Ref: Mason
Att: 29,596

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

6 3

Corners

5 2

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +4:05

Clearance made by Adam Johnson.

90:00 +3:59

Artur Boruc takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:40

David Vaughan concedes a free kick for a foul on James Ward-Prowse.

90:00 +3:37

Clearance by Jose Fonte.

90:00 +3:12

Dejan Lovren manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:03

Clearance by Modibo Diakite.

90:00 +1:55

Clearance by Jay Rodriguez.

90:00 +1:50

Clearance made by Craig Gardner.

90:00 +1:49

The ball is sent over by Jay Rodriguez.

90:00 +1:13

Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.

90:00 +0:14

Clearance made by Nathaniel Clyne.

90:00 +0:12

Connor Wickham delivers the ball.

89:59

Clearance made by Sebastian Larsson.

89:54

The ball is swung over by James Ward-Prowse.

89:49

Dong-Won Ji makes a clearance.

89:47

The ball is sent over by James Ward-Prowse.

89:44

Craig Gardner makes a clearance.

89:40

Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse from the left by-line.

89:23

Shot by Jay Rodriguez. Blocked by John O'Shea.

89:10

Modibo Diakite makes a clearance.

87:54

The assist for the goal came from James Ward-Prowse.

87:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Jose Fonte - Southamp'n 1 - 1 Sunderland Jose Fonte scores a headed goal. Southampton 1-1 Sunderland.

87:49

James Ward-Prowse delivers the ball. Free kick taken by James Ward-Prowse.

87:21

John O'Shea concedes a free kick for a foul on Pablo Osvaldo.

86:58

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Sebastian Larsson. Rickie Lambert gets a block in.

86:02

Unfair challenge on Adam Johnson by Gaston Ramirez results in a free kick.

85:39

John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.

85:02

Dejan Lovren manages to make a clearance.

84:40

Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.

84:36

Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

84:06

Foul by Pablo Osvaldo on Adam Johnson, free kick awarded.

83:59

Adam Johnson makes a clearance.

83:18

Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

82:46

Pablo Osvaldo receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

82:46 Booking

Booking

82:43

Pablo Osvaldo gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Modibo Diakite.

81:49

David Vaughan has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.

81:08 Substitution

Substitution Connor Wickham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Emanuele Giaccherini.

80:35

Header at goal by Pablo Osvaldo to the left of the net.

80:21

Clearance by Ondrej Celustka.

80:16

Jose Fonte restarts play with the free kick.

79:48

Jozy Altidore concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Fonte.

79:26

Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.

79:22

Free kick taken by Craig Gardner.

78:55

Jay Rodriguez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emanuele Giaccherini.

77:52

Clearance by Modibo Diakite.

77:14

Clearance made by Ondrej Celustka.

76:35

Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

75:27

Nathaniel Clyne makes a clearance.

73:48

Clearance by Dejan Lovren.

73:17

Rickie Lambert fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick over the bar.

72:01

John O'Shea concedes a free kick for a foul on Gaston Ramirez.

71:03

Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.

70:31

A cross is delivered by Jay Rodriguez.

70:11

Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

68:31

Rickie Lambert has a headed effort at goal. Keiren Westwood blocks the ball.

68:27

Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse from the .

68:16 Substitution

Substitution Gaston Ramirez is brought on as a substitute for Adam Lallana.

67:47

Clearance made by Modibo Diakite.

67:45

Centre by Nathaniel Clyne.

66:07

Clearance made by Jose Fonte.

65:11

Shot by Jay Rodriguez went harmlessly over the bar.

64:52

John O'Shea makes a clearance.

64:10

Clearance made by John O'Shea.

64:08

The ball is sent over by Nathaniel Clyne.

63:09

Headed chance falls to Rickie Lambert. Keiren Westwood makes a block.

63:05

The ball is delivered by Calum Chambers.

62:56

Clearance by John O'Shea.

62:55

Adam Lallana sends in a cross.

62:03

Clearance made by Modibo Diakite.

62:01

Jay Rodriguez manages to make a clearance.

61:36

Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.

61:25

Jozy Altidore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Artur Boruc.

61:19

Craig Gardner produces a cross.

61:08

Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.

60:01

Emanuele Giaccherini fouled by Victor Wanyama, the ref awards a free kick.

60:00

Jozy Altidore makes a clearance.

59:29

David Vaughan makes a clearance.

59:24

Corner from the left by-line taken by James Ward-Prowse.

59:15

Sebastian Larsson receives a yellow card for dissent.

59:15 Booking

Booking

58:52

Shot by Rickie Lambert. Keiren Westwood parries the ball away.

58:00

Ondrej Celustka delivers the ball.

57:33

Shot by Jozy Altidore. A parry by Artur Boruc prevents the goal.

56:58

Pablo Osvaldo produces a cross.

57:00

Headed chance falls to Jay Rodriguez. Keiren Westwood catches the ball.

56:27

Clearance by Keiren Westwood.

55:40

Jose Fonte takes the free kick.

55:33

Jozy Altidore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Fonte.

55:26

Clearance by Dejan Lovren.

54:23

Clearance by James Ward-Prowse.

53:49

Shot by Adam Johnson went over the bar.

53:16 Substitution

Substitution David Vaughan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jack Colback.

52:34

James Ward-Prowse takes a fantastic shot and cleared the bar.

52:07

Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.

51:32

Shot by Adam Lallana went wide of the right-hand upright.

51:08

Dejan Lovren manages to make a clearance.

51:03

Calum Chambers makes a clearance.

50:45

Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

50:37

Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.

50:06

Sebastian Larsson manages to make a clearance.

50:03

Jay Rodriguez concedes a free kick for a foul on Jozy Altidore.

50:02

Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse from the right by-line.

49:27

Clearance made by Jack Colback.

49:09

Clearance by Jack Colback.

49:07

John O'Shea makes a clearance.

49:03

Jose Fonte produces a cross.

48:56

Clearance by John O'Shea.

48:54

John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.

48:50

Calum Chambers crosses the ball.

48:49

Clearance made by Jack Colback.

48:47

The ball is swung over by Jay Rodriguez.

47:28

Clearance by Modibo Diakite.

47:21

Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.

46:34

Free kick taken by Nathaniel Clyne.

46:16

Adam Lallana fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick.

46:04

Dong-Won Ji has an effort at goal. Artur Boruc makes a block.

45:53

Nathaniel Clyne makes a clearance.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Dong-Won Ji joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephane Sessegnon.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Nathaniel Clyne is brought on as a substitute for Luke Shaw.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Morgan Schneiderlin goes off and Pablo Osvaldo comes on.

45:00 +1:24 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

44:43

John O'Shea makes a clearance.

43:27

Clearance by Dejan Lovren.

42:49

Jose Fonte takes a weak shot and went wide left of the goal.

42:30

Clearance made by Ondrej Celustka.

41:20

Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.

41:17

Clearance made by Luke Shaw.

41:16

The ball is swung over by Ondrej Celustka.

40:42

Calum Chambers makes a clearance.

40:30

Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

39:57

Header at goal by Rickie Lambert misses to the right.

39:53

The ball is crossed by James Ward-Prowse.

39:27

Calum Chambers manages to make a clearance.

38:54

Header by Rickie Lambert goes harmlessly over the bar.

38:51

James Ward-Prowse sends in a cross.

38:30

Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.

36:57

Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.

35:44

Free kick crossed by James Ward-Prowse.

35:08

Foul by Ondrej Celustka on Jay Rodriguez, free kick awarded.

34:00

Clearance made by Calum Chambers.

33:57

Ondrej Celustka takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

33:53

Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.

33:51

Adam Johnson delivers the ball.

33:36

Clearance made by Calum Chambers.

33:13

Clearance made by Modibo Diakite.

33:11

John O'Shea makes a clearance.

33:06

Dejan Lovren restarts play with the free kick.

32:15 Booking

Booking

32:15

Craig Gardner is given a yellow card.

31:48

Craig Gardner challenges Luke Shaw unfairly and gives away a free kick.

31:30

Clearance by Jose Fonte.

30:53

Luke Shaw restarts play with the free kick.

30:39

Emanuele Giaccherini challenges Luke Shaw unfairly and gives away a free kick.

29:59

Sebastian Larsson takes the free kick.

29:06

Unfair challenge on Modibo Diakite by Rickie Lambert results in a free kick.

28:56

A cross is delivered by Jack Colback.

28:04

Stephane Sessegnon makes a clearance.

28:00

Stephane Sessegnon manages to make a clearance.

27:58

Modibo Diakite manages to make a clearance.

27:56

Calum Chambers crosses the ball.

27:51

Modibo Diakite makes a clearance.

27:44

Clearance made by John O'Shea.

26:31

Clearance by Victor Wanyama.

26:27

A cross is delivered by Adam Johnson.

26:22

Jack Colback restarts play with the free kick.

26:04

The referee shows James Ward-Prowse a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

26:04 Booking

Booking

25:59

James Ward-Prowse concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Colback.

25:22

Emanuele Giaccherini takes a shot and cleared the goal.

25:15

The ball is crossed by Ondrej Celustka.

25:01

Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

24:57

Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

23:47

Calum Chambers restarts play with the free kick.

23:31

Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Rodriguez.

22:51

Centre by James Ward-Prowse.

22:45

John O'Shea makes a clearance.

22:42

Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse.

22:07

Jay Rodriguez takes the chance to get an effort at goal. John O'Shea gets a block in.

21:53

Clearance made by Jack Colback.

21:37

Calum Chambers restarts play with the free kick.

21:22

Unfair challenge on Calum Chambers by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick.

21:12

Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.

19:31

Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson.

18:50

The ball is sent over by Jack Colback.

18:52

James Ward-Prowse manages to make a clearance.

18:23

Ondrej Celustka restarts play with the free kick.

18:07

Ondrej Celustka fouled by Jay Rodriguez, the ref awards a free kick.

17:47

Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

17:25

Headed chance falls to Rickie Lambert. Keiren Westwood fumbles the ball.

17:22

The ball is delivered by James Ward-Prowse.

17:02

Rickie Lambert produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. Blocked by Sebastian Larsson.

16:10

Unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by John O'Shea results in a free kick.

15:50

The ball is sent over by James Ward-Prowse.

15:42

Jack Colback manages to make a clearance.

14:42

Clearance by Emanuele Giaccherini.

13:59

Artur Boruc takes the free kick.

13:47

Jozy Altidore is ruled offside.

11:58

Clearance made by Sebastian Larsson.

11:46

Clearance by Jose Fonte.

11:32

James Ward-Prowse makes a clearance.

11:29

The ball is delivered by Jack Colback.

11:09

Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.

11:07

A cross is delivered by Adam Johnson.

11:01

Free kick taken by Jack Colback.

10:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Calum Chambers on Adam Johnson.

9:41

Ondrej Celustka makes a clearance.

9:39

Luke Shaw crosses the ball.

8:57

Clearance by Emanuele Giaccherini.

8:56

Clearance by Jay Rodriguez.

8:46

Rickie Lambert crosses the ball.

7:41

Morgan Schneiderlin makes a clearance.

7:32

Clearance by Luke Shaw.

7:29

Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.

7:28

Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.

7:24

Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.

6:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Shaw on Emanuele Giaccherini.

6:44

Modibo Diakite makes a clearance.

6:02

Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

5:59

Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.

5:17

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jay Rodriguez.

4:37

Victor Wanyama manages to make a clearance.

3:54

Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.

2:34

Assist on the goal came from Sebastian Larsson.

2:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Emanuele Giaccherini - Southamp'n 0 - 1 Sunderland Emanuele Giaccherini scores. Southampton 0-1 Sunderland.

2:29

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line.

2:00

Victor Wanyama manages to make a clearance.

1:57

Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick.

1:27

Adam Lallana challenges Jack Colback unfairly and gives away a free kick.

1:05

Clearance by Calum Chambers.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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