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Five of the best games between Sunderland and Newcastle

Sunderland and Newcastle meet in the FA Cup third round this weekend, in the first Tyne-Wear Derby between the teams in seven years.

Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League in 2016 has brought a pause to their rivalry, but the FA Cup draw has provided a long-awaited showdown between the North-East neighbours.

Ahead of the game, we’ve picked out five of the best Tyne-Wear Derbies from the Premier League era.

Newcastle 1-2 Sunderland (1999)

The clash that spelled the end for Ruud Gullit as Newcastle manager, as the under-pressure Dutchman lost a rain-soaked Tyne-Wear Derby at St James’ Park.

Gullit’s side had opened the campaign without a win in four games, and the Newcastle boss made a controversial call after dropping hometown hero Alan Shearer and fellow forward Duncan Ferguson from the starting side.

The gamble appeared to have paid off when Kieron Dyer fired Newcastle ahead in the first half, but Sunderland fought back into the game after the break. Niall Quinn headed home an equaliser, before Kevin Phillips – who ended the campaign with 30 league goals in an extraordinary season to win the European Golden Shoe – lobbed home a superb second for the Black Cats.

Newcastle were disconsolate at full-time, as the Magpies trudged off in the pouring rain. Gullit resigned three days later, with Sir Bobby Robson appointed as his popular replacement.

Newcastle 3-2 Sunderland (2005)

Emre Belözoğlu scored a fabulous free-kick winner as Newcastle edged an enthralling Tyne-Wear tie during the 2005/06 season.

The summer recruit from Inter Milan had set up the opening goal for Shola Ameobi at St James’ Park, but Sunderland hit back to level through Liam Lawrence less than a minute later.

As a frantic period that saw four goals scored in a seven-minute spell continued, Graeme Souness’ side regained the advantage through Ameobi’s second, only for Sunderland to snatch another equaliser through Stephen Elliott’s strike.

The game was decided just after the hour, as Emre bent home a beautiful free-kick with the spectacular set-piece crashing in off the post.

Sunderland 1-4 Newcastle (2006)

A derby delight the Newcastle fans still sing about proudly, the Magpies roared back in the second half to stun Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Justin Hoyte’s goal had handed Sunderland a first-half lead in the derby and the Black Cats led for the opening hour.

Newcastle bounced back, however, with Michael Chopra equalising on 60 minutes to kickstart a remarkable turnaround for the Toon. Alan Shearer slammed in a penalty for his 206th and final goal for Newcastle a minute later, before Charles N’Zogbia added a third goal in six second-half minutes.

Albert Luque wrapped up the win for the visitors late on, as Newcastle pushed their neighbours ever closer to Premier League relegation.

Newcastle 5-1 Sunderland (2010)

Kevin Nolan hit a hat-trick as Newcastle thrashed 10-man Sunderland in 2010.

The Magpies midfielder enjoyed a memorable game to score three times for the rampant home side, opening the scoring with an audacious acrobatic effort before scoring a second to put Newcastle in control.

Shola Ameobi’s penalty made is three, before ex-Newcastle defender Titus Bramble was sent off for Sunderland. Ameobi – nicknamed the Mackem Slayer after he netted seven times against Sunderland during his Newcastle career – added his second and Newcastle’s fourth.

Nolan then wrote himself into the history books after becoming the first Newcastle player to score a hat-trick in the derby for 25 years. The midfielder met Ameobi’s flick on to turn home and claim the match ball.

Darren Bent scored late on for Sunderland, but it was little consolation for the battered Black Cats.

Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland (2013)

Paolo Di Canio made an immediate impact after leading Sunderland to their first victory at Newcastle in 13 years in 2013.

In just the Italian’s second game in charge, Sunderland thrashed their biggest rivals in unexpected fashion to give their survival hopes and boost and drag Newcastle into the division’s dogfight.

Stéphane Sessègnon’s strike stunned the home crowd as the Black Cats took a first-half lead, a goal greeted with wild celebrations from Di Canio who raced down the touchline.

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Papiss Cisse saw a goal wrongly disallowed for Newcastle, with Sunderland capitalising on that fortunate break to double their lead. Adam Johnson curled in Sunderland’s second, before David Vaughan’s fine strike sealed an unforgettable win.

Di Canio’s touchline theatrics only added to the celebratory mood from Sunderland, as the passion of the Black Cats boss spilled over at St James’.

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