January 2, 2017 / 5:17 PM / 9 months ago

Soccer-Defoe penalties earn Sunderland 2-2 draw with Liverpool

* Sunderland held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw at Stadium of Light

* Sturridge headed Liverpool into a 19th minute lead

* Defoe converted his first penalty to equalise in the 25th

* Mane restored Liverpool’s lead with a close-range finish

* Defoe netted his second spot-kick late in the game

* Liverpool next visit Manchester United; Sunderland host Stoke

SUNDERLAND 2 LIVERPOOL 2

Jermain Defoe kept up Sunderland’s fight to avoid relegation as he converted two penalties to give the Black Cats a 2-2 home draw with Liverpool after the visitors led twice in a rip-roaring Premier League clash on Monday.

Defoe took his league tally to 11 goals, cancelling out a 19th minute opener by Daniel Sturridge and then a 72nd minute Sadio Mane tap-in, with both Liverpool goals coming after poor Sunderland defending at corner kicks.

However, Liverpool returned the favour with a clumsy Ragnar Klavan challenge on Didier Ndong for Defoe’s first spot kick and then with a dreadful Mane error for the second when a free kick hit the Senegal winger’s outstretched arm.

The result left second-placed Liverpool five points behind leaders Chelsea, who visit London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, while Sunderland stay in the relegation zone although the draw took some of the pressure off manager David Moyes. (Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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