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Jan 2, 2016 at 3pm UK at Stadium of Light
Sunderland
3-1
Aston Villa
van Aanholt (30'), Defoe (73', 92')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Gil (63')

Result: Sorry Aston Villa lose at Sunderland

Former England international Jermain Defoe scores twice as Sunderland record a 3-1 win over Aston Villa in Saturday's Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light.

Aston Villa remain 11 points from safety in the Premier League table after losing 3-1 to fellow relegation rivals Sunderland in Saturday's Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light.

Villa levelled the scores just past the hour after the hosts had taken a 30th-minute lead, but a late double from Jermain Defoe ensured that the Black Cats picked up all the points.

Jermain Defoe celebrates during the game between Sunderland and Aston Villa on January 2, 2016© Getty Images

Sunderland made the breakthrough in the 30th minute when Patrick van Aanholt's deflected effort found its way past Brad Guzan and the hosts led at the end of a first period that lacked clear opportunities.

Villa levelled the scores in spectacular fashion just past the hour when Carles Gil sent a volley into the back of the net after smart work from former Barcelona midfielder Adama Traore.

Adam Johnson set up Defoe for 2-1 Sunderland in the 72nd minute, however, before the former England international bagged his second of the match in stoppage time after finding space outside the box. Defoe thought that he had scored a hat-trick two minutes later, but the strike was ruled out for offside.

Villa, who have still only won one league game this season, actually had more of the possession at the Stadium of Light, but they struggled to create clear chances throughout the match and are now seven points off 19th-placed Sunderland at the bottom of the table.

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