EPL: Southampton undone by Sunderland fightback

While victory would have taken Sunderland out of the relegation zone, they have now been beaten only once in their last seven league games. Southampton, meanwhile, remain ninth.

updated: January 18, 2014 21:24 IST
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London: Southampton were denied a morale-boosting victory after relegation-threatened Sunderland hit back from 2-0 down to record a 2-2 draw in an engaging Premier League encounter on Saturday.

Rocked by the resignation of chairman Nicola Cortese on Wednesday, Southampton made a breezy start at the Stadium of Light and looked to have taken control with first-half goals from Jay Rodriguez and Dejan Lovren.

However, the hosts replied immediately through Fabio Borini and went on to claim a share of the points in the 71st minute when Adam Johnson beat Artur Boruc at his near post with a rising drive.

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