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Jermain Defoe's stunning volley earns Sunderland 1-0 win over Newcastle in Premier League

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SUNDERLAND, England — Jermain Defoe scored with a dipping, left-footed volley from 22 meters to earn Sunderland a 1-0 win over Newcastle in the Premier League and a record-extending fifth straight victory over its fierce northeast rival.

The former England striker appeared to wipe tears away as he walked off at halftime after his stunning effort in first-half stoppage time at the Stadium of Light.

PHOTO: Sunderland's Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring his goal  during their English Premier League soccer match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Sunday, April, 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Sunderland's Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring his goal during their English Premier League soccer match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Sunday, April, 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Sunderland's first victory under temporary manager Dick Advocaat ended its eight-game winless run and lifted the team three points clear of the relegation zone with seven matches left.

Defoe's sublime goal wasn't in keeping with a typically scrappy derby match between two of the Premier League's out-of-form teams.

Newcastle has lost four straight games but is nine points above the bottom three and unlikely to be dragged into the relegation fight.

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