Sunderland 1-0 Everton
Sunderland took another step towards securing Premier League survival as manager Paolo Di Canio marked his first match at the Stadium of Light with victory over Everton.
Stephane Sessegnon scored the game's only goal just before half-time, stabbing a shot beyond Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.
The visitors pressed in the second half, with substitute Nikica Jelavic's header saved before Leighton Baines's late free-kick was blocked.
But Sunderland held firm to secure a second successive win under Di Canio.
The Italian, who last Sunday guided Sunderland to a first victory in 13 years at Newcastle, had said he would not be paraded in front of the home crowd prior to kick off, instead choosing to keep the focus on his team and the game.
True to his word, his appearance from the tunnel was subdued, shaking hands with Everton boss David Moyes before taking his seat in the dugout.
The home fans were clearly still on a high from last week's 3-0 derby win at Newcastle, with some commemorating that result by arriving at the Stadium of Light in T-shirts displaying a cartoon image of a celebrating Di Canio.
Their mood was further heightened as Sunderland attacked Everton from the outset, fashioning a couple of good chances inside the first 15 minutes.
Danny Graham's powerful effort from just inside the area forced a good save from Howard before Seb Larsson sent a free-kick whistling just over the crossbar.
Everton, meanwhile, enjoyed plenty of forays into the Sunderland half and gained numerous corners but still rarely threatened. Their best moment of the half was Kevin Mirallas's mazy run towards the edge of the area, which ended with his shot being deflected wide.
The pace of the game settled down as half time approached but a mistake by Baines allowed Sunderland to snatch the lead in added time.
The full back carelessly passed the ball to Sunderland's Larsson, who then sent Sessegnon racing towards goal and the Beninese forward's low shot bobbled just under Howard's outstretched arm and into the net.
Everton boss David Moyes, conscious of the fact that defeat would dent his side's Champions League hopes, brought on Jelavic at the start of the second half and the change had the desired effect as the game opened up considerably.
Jelavic headed wide just after the hour before the Croatian striker flicked Marouane Fellaini's low shot straight at Mignolet.
Sunderland had a lucky escape late on when Larsson inexplicably attempted an extravagant backpass which caught Mignolet unaware and the Belgian had to grab the ball to prevent it from sailing into the net.
Everton were subsequently awarded a free-kick eight yards from goal and Mignolet was booked, but Baines's low effort was blocked and eventually cleared.
The visitors poured forward in the final few minutes but the afternoon belonged to Sunderland, who held on to record a victory that will go a long way to preserving their Premier League status.
Everton manager David Moyes:
"We won't get a top four position. Every game was becoming a must-win and that will be difficult now.
"It was an important game for us and we could not take anything from it.
"We did not play well. We had an awful lot of pressure in the second half but we maybe didn't have the quality to get the goal."
- 22 Mignolet Booked
- 16 O'Shea
- 24 Cuellar
- 03 Rose
- 04 N'Diaye
- 07 Larsson (Vaughan - 80' )
- 14 Colback
- 21 Johnson
- 23 McClean
- 28 Sessegnon (Mangane - 90' )
- 09 Graham
- 20 Westwood
- 12 Kilgallon
- 29 Marrs
- 15 Vaughan
- 18 Mangane
- 30 Mandron
- 32 Laidler
- 24 Howard
- 03 Baines
- 05 Heitinga Booked
- 15 Distin
- 23 Coleman Booked
- 04 Gibson (Jelavic - 46' )
- 21 Osman (Barkley - 77' )
- 22 Pienaar
- 25 Fellaini
- 11 Mirallas
- 28 Anichebe (Naismith - 77' )
- 01 Mucha
- 18 Neville
- 34 Duffy
- 08 Oviedo
- 20 Barkley
- 07 Jelavic
- 14 Naismith
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.90:00 +1:41
A cross is delivered by Leighton Baines, James McClean makes a clearance.90:00 +0:18 Substitution
Substitution Kader Mangane joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephane Sessegnon.88:11
Danny Rose fouled by Steven Naismith, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.87:41
Stephane Sessegnon concedes a free kick for a foul on Marouane Fellaini. Free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.86:59
Centre by Kevin Mirallas.86:40
The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Carlos Cuellar.85:12
Unfair challenge on Johnny Heitinga by Danny Graham results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.83:37
The ball is crossed by Steven Pienaar.83:01
Adam Johnson takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.80:57
The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines, David Vaughan manages to make a clearance.79:45 Substitution
Substitution (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with David Vaughan coming on for Sebastian Larsson.77:43
Nikica Jelavic takes the indirect free kick. Leighton Baines takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Johnson.77:43 Booking
Booking Simon Mignolet is shown a yellow card.76:24
Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.76:24 Substitution
Substitution Steven Naismith comes on in place of Victor Anichebe.76:24 Substitution
Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Ross Barkley coming on for Leon Osman.76:24 Booking
Booking Seamus Coleman is cautioned.76:08
James McClean fouled by Seamus Coleman, the ref awards a free kick.74:15
Unfair challenge on John O'Shea by Nikica Jelavic results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Leighton Baines delivers the ball, John O'Shea makes a clearance.73:30
James McClean delivers the ball, Leon Osman manages to make a clearance.71:37
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McClean by Marouane Fellaini. Sebastian Larsson takes the free kick.71:08
Kevin Mirallas has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.69:02
Kevin Mirallas takes a short corner. The ball is crossed by Kevin Mirallas.67:00
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Seamus Coleman. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson, save by Tim Howard.66:06
Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, Simon Mignolet makes a comfortable save.63:28
The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, Effort on goal by Victor Anichebe from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.63:04
Sebastian Larsson produces a cross, Seamus Coleman manages to make a clearance.62:18
Foul by Steven Pienaar on Jack Colback, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.61:40
Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.60:30
The ball is sent over by Leighton Baines, Header by Nikica Jelavic from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.58:34
James McClean produces a cross, save made by Tim Howard.57:51
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Nikica Jelavic.57:36
A cross is delivered by Adam Johnson, Johnny Heitinga makes a clearance.57:12
The ball is sent over by James McClean, clearance by Johnny Heitinga.54:45
Kevin Mirallas takes the inswinging corner, Victor Anichebe concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Mignolet. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.51:51
Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.51:18
Danny Rose produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.46:21
Foul by James McClean on Marouane Fellaini, free kick awarded. Johnny Heitinga crosses the ball in from the free kick, John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.45:01
The game restarts for the second half.45:01 Substitution
Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Nikica Jelavic coming on for Darron Gibson.45:00 +2:31 Half time
Half Time It is the end of the first-half.45:00 +1:47
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alfred N'Diaye on Leon Osman. Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance made by John O'Shea.45:00 +0:14
Assist on the goal came from Sebastian Larsson.45:00 +0:14 Goal scored
Goal! - Stephane Sessegnon - Sunderland 1 - 0 Everton A goal is scored by Stephane Sessegnon from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Everton.45:00
The ball is crossed by James McClean, Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.43:20
Sebastian Larsson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Tim Howard.43:20 Booking
Booking Johnny Heitinga is booked.43:11
Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Heitinga on Stephane Sessegnon.41:57
Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Anichebe on Sebastian Larsson. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.39:55
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alfred N'Diaye by Steven Pienaar. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.38:05
The referee penalises Seamus Coleman for handball. Sebastian Larsson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.37:25
Kevin Mirallas is caught offside. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.34:47
Kevin Mirallas sends in a cross, Simon Mignolet makes a comfortable save.34:34
The ball is swung over by Seamus Coleman.32:35
Corner taken by Kevin Mirallas from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Sebastian Larsson.32:09
Kevin Mirallas has an effort at goal from 20 yards. John O'Shea gets a block in.31:18
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Colback on Steven Pienaar. Free kick taken by Leon Osman.29:31
The assistant referee signals for offside against Seamus Coleman. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.28:41
Victor Anichebe concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Rose. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.27:56
Corner taken by Adam Johnson, save by Tim Howard.24:41
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Marouane Fellaini. Adam Johnson takes the direct free kick.17:19
Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, James McClean manages to make a clearance.16:35
Corner taken by Leighton Baines played to the near post, save made by Simon Mignolet. Leighton Baines produces a cross, clearance by Sebastian Larsson.16:18
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Danny Rose gets a block in.13:21
Alfred N'Diaye has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.12:28
The assistant referee signals for offside against Victor Anichebe. Indirect free kick taken by Carlos Cuellar.10:38
Unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson shoots direct from the free kick.10:13
The offside flag is raised against Stephane Sessegnon. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.9:16
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Adam Johnson.6:19
Kevin Mirallas takes the inswinging corner, Carlos Cuellar manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Kevin Mirallas played to the near post, clearance by Sebastian Larsson. Corner taken by Kevin Mirallas from the left by-line, Centre by Kevin Mirallas, Simon Mignolet makes a save.6:03
Leighton Baines produces a cross, Danny Rose makes a clearance.4:19
Danny Graham takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.3:42
Unfair challenge on Simon Mignolet by Leon Osman results in a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.2:26
Foul by Leon Osman on Simon Mignolet, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.1:39
Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the right by-line to the near post, Simon Mignolet makes a comfortable save.1:18
Foul by Alfred N'Diaye on Marouane Fellaini, free kick awarded. Marouane Fellaini takes the direct free kick.0:38
The offside flag is raised against Danny Graham. Indirect free kick taken by Johnny Heitinga.0:00
The game begins.
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