March 05, 2016

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) Southampton grabbed a point despite being reduced to 10 men in a 1-1 English Premier League draw against relegation-threatened Sunderland at St Mary's on Saturday.

Jermain Defoe scored with five minutes left and thought he got Sunderland a priceless victory in a turbulent week for the club, dominated by the conviction of former winger Adam Johnson.

However, Virgil van Dijk hit back in the third minute of injury time for the Saints.

Southampton captain Jose Fonte was sent off with 10 minutes to play for fouling Fabio Borini with the Black Cats forward in the clear.

Substitute Defoe seized the extra space to prod home his 14th goal of the season after being played through by Lamine Kone.

Southampton was in provisional eighth place, while Sunderland moved a point clear of the bottom three.

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