Result: Fabio Borini strikes late as Sunderland beat Newcastle

Sunderland beat Newcastle 2-1 thanks to Fabio Borini's 85th-minute goal.

Sunderland have beaten Newcastle 2-1 in the Tyne-Wear derby with an 85th-minute winner from Fabio Borini.

The home side's afternoon got off to the perfect start after only five minutes when Steven Fletcher met an Adam Johnson cross and powered his header into the net from close range.

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher celebrate scoring against Newcastle United on October 27, 2013© Getty Images

Newcastle's response saw Yohan Cabaye fire a 25-yard shot over the bar, but the Frenchman came much closer shortly after with a free kick that Kieren Westwood did well to hold.

Despite their lead, the Black Cats struggled to impose themselves on their opponents, with Newcastle dominating possession.

Hatem Ben Arfa tried his luck from distance but his ambitious effort flew wide of the post.

The opening 10 minutes of the second half were devoid of any attacking threat, but that all changed on 58 minutes when Mathieu Debuchy scored his first goal for Newcastle, latching on to Ben Arfa's scuffed shot to tap in at the back post.

Newcastle player Mathieu Debuchy celebrates his goal uring the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium of Light on October 27, 2013© Getty Images

Sebastian Larsson tried to restore Sunderland's lead moments later with a curling shot that went wide.

Cabaye almost made it two for the visitors, curling a shot from 25 yards against the back stantion with Westwood at full stretch.

Sunderland substitute Fabio Borini nearly put his team back in the lead with his first involvement in the game, but Tim Krul was able to pounce on his shot.

Shola Ameobi was inches away from snatching the win for the Magpies, but his low effort just missed the outside of the post.

However, with the match heading for a draw, Borini received the ball 25 yards from goal and let fly with a swerving shot that deceived Krul and nestled in the net.

Sunderland's Italian striker Fabio Borini celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at The Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northeast England on October 27, 2013© Getty Images

Westwood was required to save Sunderland once more before the end as his tipped John O'Shea's back-header over the bar.

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