Sunderland have been relegated from the Premier League after a goal from Josh King saw Bournemouth win 1-0 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
- Sunderland 0 Bournemouth 1
- King hits the woodwork
- King scores late winner
- Hull City draw with Southampton
- Sunderland relegated
Sunderland’s chances of survival were looking slim prior to kick off, and looked even worse in the opening 10 minutes as the Cherries immediately had them on the back foot, but as the half wore on the hosts found their feet a bit more.
Jermain Defoe, as usual, was the main outlet up front for Sunderland, and the veteran striker had a few sights on goal but couldn’t do better than a soft volley straight at Artur Boruc in goal when presented with their best chance of the first period.
The Cherries, meanwhile, came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half when Josh King got free down the left and looked to curl one in at the far corner, coming close enough to rattle the angle between post and crossbar.
As the second half was winding down it seemed as if Sunderland would survive to see another week in the top flight, but Josh King tucked home late on to win it for Bournemouth and send the Black Cats down to the Championship.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) April 29, 2017
With Sunderland looking certain for the drop while Bournemouth sit safely mid-table with 17 more points, the difference between the two sides was clear in the opening stages. The Cherries were passing the ball around with little pressure on them while the Black Cats sat back and defended cautiously.
Sunderland managed their first effort in the 18th minute, and it was that man Jermain Defoe who had a go after it was teed up for him by Wahbi Khazri. He went looking for the top corner, but got it wrong.
Defoe’s attempt was the best of the match until about a minute later when Josh King was put through down the left channel. He cut onto his right foot and looked to curl it into the far corner, which he almost found, but the ball came bouncing back off the inside of the far post.
Around the 28th minute Sunderland had their best period of sustained attack that had the cherries pinned back around their own box. It ended with the ball looping back into the box and falling nicely for Defoe on the volley, but he steered his side-footed effort straight at Artur Boruc, missing a good chance that you would expect a quality marksman like him to score.
Defoe almost turned provider early in the second period when his through ball set up a shot for Fabio Borini, but it was nothing that Boruc could not deal with.
Boruc was called into action again in the 67th minute when Borini picked out a late run into the box by George Honeyman, who tried to beat the Pole at his near post when he might have been able to square it for Defoe.
It looked like Sunderland would delay their fate for another week until the 88th minute when Josh King finally broke the deadlock. A quick counterattack from the Cherries saw Ryan Fraser break away down the right and play it square for King to tap home.
Another blow was dealt to Sunderland over at St Mary’s stadium, where Hull City conceded a late penalty to Southampton, but Dusan Tadic saw his effort saved, helping the Saints on their way to the point that sends Sunderland down.
— AFC Bournemouth ? (@afcbournemouth) April 26, 2017