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West Brom, Sunderland open Premier League season with 2-2 draw

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WEST BROMWICH, England — Sebastian Larsson scored a late equalizer as Sunderland snatched a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion in their Premier League opener on Saturday.

PHOTO: Sunderland's Lee Cattermole, third right, scores his side's opening goal during their English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Dave Howarth, PA Wire)    UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -   NO SALES   -   NO ARCHIVES
Sunderland's Lee Cattermole, third right, scores his side's opening goal during their English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, England, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Dave Howarth, PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

Jordi Gomez found Patrick van Aanholt down the left and his cut-back was deftly diverted past goalkeeper Ben Foster by Larsson from close range in the 85th minute at the Hawthorns.

West Brom had looked like making a winning start under new manager Alan Irvine after Saido Berahino struck twice following Lee Cattermole's fifth-minute opener for Sunderland from outside the area.

Berahino's first came from a contentious penalty in the 42nd after Victor Anichebe appeared to go down at the slightest hint of a shirt-pull from Valentin Roberge. Berahino struck again in the 74th, getting ahead of Van Aanholt before tapping the ball into the net.

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