Sunderland stuns Everton 1-0 in Premier League
Ki Sung-Yeung’s first-half penalty gave last-place Sunderland a
surprise 1-0 win at 10-man Everton on Thursday after goalkeeper Tim
Howard was sent off for bringing down the South Korea
Ki, who is on loan from Swansea, darted into the box midway
through the first half and was tackled by Howard, who was given a
straight red card. The midfielder then converted the 25th-minute
spot kick to give Sunderland its first away win of the season and a
much-needed boost in its fight to escape the relegation zone. Gus
Poyet’s team remains bottom, three points from safety.
?Everton brought on Ross Barkley as a substitute and piled on
the pressure after the break but could not find an equalizer, with
Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone pulling off several impressive
Everton is fifth after only its second loss of the season, five
points off the league lead.
Howard saved a shot by Jack Colback shortly before the incident
that led to his sending off. Howard opted for a short goal-kick to
Leon Osman, who couldn’t control it and Ki stole the ball and tried
to go around Howard but was fouled by the goalkeeper.
Ki, who also netted the winning goal against Chelsea in the
League Cup quarterfinals, then made no mistake in firing the
penalty in past substitute goalkeeper Joel Robles.
Robles looked shaky as he fumbled Ondrej Celustka’s drive in the
36th minute but did well to block the follow-up by Sebastian
Larsson and from the resulting corner, Ki miscued wildly when
trying to shoot.
After the break, Everton began to apply some pressure but
Mannone made a decent parry to keep out Phil Jagielka’s header and
got his hands on Romelu Lukaku’s attempt at a rebound shot.
Lukaku then saw Mannone get down to claim his drilled shot from
outside the box, before Barkley – who netted so spectacularly in
the previous game against Swansea – sent another ambitious effort
Mannone comfortably dealt with further shots from Lukaku and
Barkley, then produced a delightful save to push behind a rising
drive from Bryan Oviedo.