Newcastle United 1-1 Sunderland

Aleksandar Mitrovic heads in the equaliser

Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored in three of his last five appearances at St James’ Park

Aleksandar Mitrovic rescued a point for Newcastle against relegation rivals Sunderland as a fiercely-contested Tyne-Wear derby ended in a draw.

The Serb striker headed in Georginio Wijnaldum’s cross with seven minutes to go of boss Rafa Benitez’s home debut.

Jermain Defoe had volleyed the visitors ahead just before the break.

The draw leaves both in the bottom three with 18th-placed Sunderland a point and a place ahead of Newcastle but three points from safety.

More to follow.

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