On this day in 2007: Michael Chopra grabs late winner for Sunderland | Barclays Premier League

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Monday 11 August 2014

On this day in 2007: Chopra grabs late winner for Sunderland

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall newly promoted Sunderland’s winning start

  • Michael Chopra gave Sunderland a perfect season's start with a 94th-minute winner

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

11 August 2007 - Sunderland 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Michael Chopra grabbed an injury-time goal on his Sunderland debut to give the promoted Black Cats a winning start on their return to the Barclays Premier League.

The 23-year-old striker, who joined from Cardiff City in the summer, collected the ball in the penalty area and took a touch before finding the net with a low shot after coming on as a 72nd-minute substitute.

In a match of few clear-cut opportunities, Dimitar Berbatov came close for Spurs in the 27th minute after he combined with Robbie Keane, but the Bulgarian striker's shot was saved by new Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

Just before the interval the ball fell to the hosts' Daryl Murphy, but his second touch let him down and when he did a get a shot in it was saved by Paul Robinson.

Berbatov came close for the visitors after the break, while at the other end Dickson Etuhu shot narrowly wide and then could not capitalise on a Ross Wallace free-kick that fell to him.

But it was Chopra who had the last word to the delight of Black Cats manager Roy Keane.

"It's a great start to the season for us," Keane said. "The players did fantastically well for us and they showed great desire to win the match so late on."

Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol added: "Our defence did well but we have to do better from the midfield, from the flanks and up front as well."

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when newly promoted Sunderland beat Spurs 1-0 thanks to a late Michael Chopra goal