Sunderland out of EPL relegation zone after beating Chelsea
SUNDERLAND, England (AP) Sunderland took a huge step in its fight for English Premier League survival, as it came from 2-1 down to beat Chelsea 3-2 on Saturday.
Sunderland moved into 17th place, out of the relegation zone, and was one win away from safety after Norwich lost to Manchester United and Newcastle only drew at last-placed Aston Villa.
Chelsea, which remained mid-table, finished with 10 men after John Terry received his second yellow card in injury time.
Diego Costa gave Chelsea an early lead, and Wahbi Khazri equalized with a sublime goal minutes from the break. But Nemanja Matic stroked the ball through Vito Mannone's legs for Chelsea to retake the lead right on halftime.
Sunderland's comeback started in the 67th as Fabio Borini finished to make it 2-2, shortly followed by club top-scorer Jermain Defoe getting the winner in the 70th.
Sunderland goalkeeper Mannone made several impressive saves to secure the victory for his team.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce said ''the character and determination has shone through, along with the quality of our finishing at last.''