Fabio Borini became an instant Sunderland fan favourite as his incredible late strike handed the Black Cats a 2-1 victory over fierce rivals Newcastle United on Sunday.

Mathieu Debuchy drew United level with his first Premier League goal after 57 minutes of play following, Steven Fletcher's early opener, to set up what would be a tense final thirty minutes at the Stadium of Light with Sunderland desperate for a win as they entered the match bottom on the league table.

Up stepped Borini, who joined Sunderland on loan from Liverpool in the summer, as he replaced Adam Johnson with 20 minutes remaining with manager Gus Poyet hoping to push forward in the hope of getting an elusive winner.

And with six minutes remaining the 22-year old Italian did not disappoint as he picked up Jozy Altidore's deft lay off and struck an unstoppable shot past Tim Krul to give Sunderland there first win of the 2013/14 season, lifting them off the bottom.

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