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Baggies beat Black Cats

Paul Scharner was West Brom's hero as they eased their own Barclays Premier League relegation fears by dumping Sunderland into the mire with a 3-2 victory.

The Austria international snatched all three points with a 72nd-minute strike after the visitors had twice come from behind at the Stadium of Light.

Nicky Shorey's 10th-minute own goal had ended the Black Cats' seven-and-a-half-hour drought, but Peter Odemwingie levelled, and although Phil Bardsley restored the home side's lead, Youssouf Mulumbu cancelled it out nine minutes after the break.

It took Sunderland just 10 minutes to make their mark. In his desperation to prevent Ahmed Elmohamady reaching Asamoah Gyan's deflected cross, full-back Shorey only succeeded in heading past goalkeeper Scott Carson via the underside of the crossbar.

West Brom levelled in the 19th minute. Defender Jonas Olsson did well to help on a ball into the box, and it fell perfectly for Odemwingie to fire past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The home side regained their lead within two minutes. Kieran Richardson tapped a free-kick sideways to Phil Bardsley, who smashed a rising 25-yard drive into the top corner with the help of a deflection off the defensive wall.

The visitors went close on the stroke of half-time when Mignolet had to get down well to claim skipper Chris Brunt's curling free-kick.

In the 54th minute Mulumbu exchanged passes with Odemwingie and saw his shot clip Michael Turner and creep inside the far post to make it 2-2.

Mignolet produced a fine 69th-minute to keep out Olsson's powerful header after the defender met Brunt's inviting free-kick at point-blank range.

But the Black Cats' afternoon took a further turn for the worse 18 minutes from time when Odemwingie again created space for himself before crossing for Paul Scharner to blast into the bottom corner.

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