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BIG MATCH.

1-0 (Larsson 31 mins): Sessegnon cut in from the left and beat three defenders before squaring for Larsson inside the D, and he placed his shot beyond Hart into the bottom right-hand corner. 1-1 (Balotelli pen 43mins): Converted from the spot after Dzeko had ran into Gardner and gone down looking for the penalty.

2-1 (Bendtner 45+4mins): Sessegnon crossed from the right and Bendtner got above Richards at the far post to head back across Hart and in. 3-1 (Larsson 55mins): Sessegnon released Bendtner in the right-hand channel and his low pass across the face of goal picked out Larsson's far post run, leaving the Swede with a tap-in.

3-2 (Balotelli 85mins): Picked up the ball on the left and ran across the edge of the box before letting fly with a shot which flew past the unsighted Mignolet. 3-3 (Kolarov 86mins): Drove a hopeful low shot from 25 yards which went through Bardsley's legs, leaving Mignolet unsighted again as the ball ended up in the back of the net.

BOOKINGS SAFC: Gardner 40mins (foul) MCFC: De Jong 57mins (foul) REFEREE Phil Dowd (Staffs) ....5 Gave City an extremely generous penalty when Dzeko appeared to run into Gardner as the Sunderland midfielder tried to get out of the way.

ATTENDANCE 47,007 FOR THE RECORD Sunderland are the only top flight side to have finished a season with a perfect home record - 13 wins out of 13 way back in 1892.

SHOT OF THE MATCH Larsson's perfectly placed opening goal left Hart with no chance.

SAVE OF THE MATCH Mignolet dived low to his right to push a dangerous free-kick from Kolarov to safety in the first half.

NEXT MATCH Spurs at the Stadium of Light on Saturday (3pm).

GOAL Kolarov equalised SAFC MCFC Possession 36% 64% Shotson3 7 Shots off 4 8 Corners 5 17 Fouls 14 13
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2012
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