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Published: 20:50 | 11/5/16

Sunderland stay up with win over Everton

Blacks Cats' win sinks Newcastle & Norwich

Sunderland guaranteed their Premier League safety, and condemned Newcastle and Norwich City to the Championship, with a 3-0 win over Everton at the Stadium of Light.

Patrick van Aanholt opened the scoring on 38 minutes with a free-kick past a static Joel Robles in the Everton goal, then January signing Lamine Kone twice took advantage of some horrible Toffees' defending to secure a tenth successive season of Premier League football at the Stadium of Light.

The Ivorian netted his first for the club on 42 minutes with an emphatic finish from Yann M'Vila's header following an unconvincing Baines clearance from a corner, then doubled his tally ten minutes into the second half with a tap-in from three yards following yet another mistake by Robles.

Sunderland, who were in the relegation zone for 237 days this season, are now on 38 points after 37 matches, four ahead of both Newcastle and Norwich with one match of the season to go.

Norwich City had to win their match against Watford to retain any realistic hope of staying up, and Alex Neil's side duly obliged with a 4-2 win over the FA Cup semi-finalists at Carrow Road.

Troy Deeney had given the visitors the lead in 11 minutes, but Norwich roared back to go in at half-time 3-1 up through strikes from Nathan Redmond, Dieumerci Mbokani and a Craig Cathcart own goal.

Odion Ighalo netted his first goal in 13 Premier League matches to reduce the deficit on 51 minutes, but Mbokani hit his second of the night six minutes later to secure the three points.

Ireland international Wes Hoolahan, who was substituted with 19 minutes of the match to go, gave a long lingering wave to the crowd as he walked off.

The Dubliner signed a new deal in August 2014 that tied him to the club until June 2017, but his farewell suggests his eight-year career at Carrow Road might now be at end.

Liverpool kept alive their hopes of a top-six finish thanks to a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Anfield.

Christian Benteke netted an injury-time equaliser after Eden Hazard had give Chelsea the lead on 32 minutes with his fourth goal in four matches.

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