Wednesday Evening Ticker: Sunderland complete 'Great Escape', Real Madrid stunned, and more

Wednesday Evening Ticker: Sunderland complete 'Great Escape', Real Madrid stunned, and more

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Wednesday Evening Ticker: Sunderland complete 'Great Escape', Real Madrid stunned, and more

Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

By IVES GALARCEP

Sunderland has pulled off a feat that seemed impossible just a month ago.

The Black Cats won their fourth straight match, beating West Bromwich Albion 2-0, on Wednesday to secure safety from relegation in the English Premier League.

Jack Colback and Fabio Borini scored first-half goals to secure a victory that extended Sunderland’s unbeaten streak to five matches. A run that has included results on the road against Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Sunderland’s victory sealed the fate of Norwich City, which joins Fulham and Cardiff City as teams set to be relegated to the English League Championship.

In Wednesday’s other English Premier League action, Manchester City blew out Aston Villa, posting a 4-0 victory that pushed City to within a point of securing the Premier League title. City needs a draw or better against West Ham United on Sunday, or a Liverpool draw or loss against Newcastle, to clinch the league title.

Here are some other items from Wednesday to catch you up on the latest in the soccer world:

LATE EQUALIZER COSTS REAL MADRID vs. REAL VALLADOLID

Real Madrid have seen their La Liga title hopes take a serious blow after surrendering an 85th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 tie vs. Real Valladolid on Wednesday.

Colombian Humberto Osorio headed home a corner kick with just five minutes left to play to give the home team the precious draw against Real Madrid, which now sit behind both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in the Spanish First Division standings with two weeks left.

Atletico and Barcelona face each other on the final week of the season, meaning of they both win next week, they will virtually eliminate Real Madrid from the league title race.

RONALDO INJURY NOT BELIEVED TO BE SERIOUS

Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid’s match against Real Valladolid in the ninth minute with an injury, but Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted the injury is minor and shouldn’t keep him out of the UEFA Champions League Final against Atletico Madrid on May 24.

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What do you think of these developments? Shocked at Sunderland’s late-season rally? Think City has the league title locked up, or think they might stumble against West Ham?

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