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EPL: Newcastle & Norwich Relegated As Sunderland Beat Everton, Benteke’s Late Header Keep Liverpool’s 6th Place Hopes Alive

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Sunderland secured their Premier League place and relegated Norwich and Newcastle United after beating Everton 3-0 at home on Wednesday.

Patrick van Aanholt scored with a 25-meter free-kick and Lamine Kone added two more to give Sunderland an unsurpassable four points lead over both Newcastle and Norwich with just one game to play.

Sunderland’s survival depended a lot on the appointment of Sam Allardyce after Dick Advocaat resigned following eight games without a win last October.

Allardyce, who have never brought a Premier League side to relegation in 25 years, saw the Black Cats lose only twice in their past 13 games.

Sunderland beat Everton
Pic Courtesy: Twitter – @SunderlandAFC

Their victory leaves them four points ahead of both Newcastle and Norwich with just one game to play.

Norwich were relegated to the Championship despite a 4-2 victory over Watford at Carrow Road.

Troy Deeney had given Watford the lead, but Norwich responded through Nathan Redmond’s strike, Dieumerci Mbokani’s tap-in and a Craig Cathcart own goal.

Pic Courtesy: Twitter – @SunderlandAFC

Odion Ighalo pulled a goal back, but Mbokani dinked in Norwich’s fourth.

Liverpool vs Chelsea
Pic Courtesy: Twitter – @LFC

In the day’s other match, Christian Benteke’s late header cancelled out Eden Hazard’s brilliant solo goal as Liverpool kept alive their slim hopes of a top-six league finish.

Chelsea winger Hazard fired a low shot into the corner after a dazzling run to record his fourth goal in four games.

But substitute Benteke earned the Reds a point in added time when he pounced after an error from Asmir Begovic.

Liverpool remain eighth and are within three points of sixth-placed West Ham.

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