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

midfielder.

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

saves.

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

too high.

Mannone comfortably dealt with further shots from Lukaku and

Barkley, then produced a delightful save to push behind a rising

drive from Bryan Oviedo.