Five memorable meetings between Sunderland and Middlesbrough

Stephane Sessegnon celebrates hitting Sunderland's extra-time FA Cup winner at Middlesbrough in 2012
Stephane Sessegnon celebrates hitting Sunderland's extra-time FA Cup winner at Middlesbrough in 2012
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After a seven-year absence, the Tees-Wear derby returns to the Premier League on Sunday.

As Sunderland and Middlesbrough prepare to lock horns at the Stadium of Light, we take a look back at five memorable meetings.

Middlesbrough 1 Sunderland 2: FA Cup, February 8, 2012

There was plenty of drama as Sunderland struck late to seal progression to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

With the two sides having drawn 1-1 at the Stadium of Light, it meant a replay at the Riverside, with a trip to Arsenal the reward for the winners.

Sunderland took the lead just before half-time through Jack Colback, but Middlesbrough were level when Lukas Jutkiewicz reacted quickest to a loose ball.

Phil Bardsley then struck the post as the visitors pushed on, but neither side could grab a winner in 90 minutes. As extra time ticked on, and with penalties looming, Stephane Sessegnon scored to send the Sunderland fans into raptures.

Sunderland 3 Middlesbrough 2: Premier League, April 26, 2008

Even more late drama here, and a rapid start as Middlesbrough took the lead after only four minutes through Turkish striker Tuncay.

The lead was shortlived, however, as defender Danny Higginbotham levelled two minutes later, beating keeper Brad Jones. Sunderland stormed in front just before half-time as Michael Chopra’s his shot found the back of the net via the woodwork.

Boro were back in it with just over 15 minutes remaining though expensive signing Afonso Alves, but there was further twist to come in injury time as Daryl Murphy rose highest to head home to wrap up three points and secure Sunderland’s Premier League survival in their first season back in the top flight.

Middlesbrough 2 Sunderland 2: Premier League, September 22, 2007

The 125th Tees-Wear derby was yet another entertaining affair, and the action started early as Michael Chopra saw a shot deflect kindly into the path of Grant Leadbitter, who fired home within two minutes.

The hosts rallied, though, and were level when ex-Sunderland winger Julio Arca nodded home a Gary O’Neil cross.

Gareth Southgate’s side seized the initiative and took the lead after the break when Stewart Downing found the back of Craig Gordon’s net from 25 yards.

Sunderland, however, grabbed a point late on as Liam Miller’s left-footed effort from 20 yards beat keeper Mark Schwarzer.

Middlesbrough 0 Sunderland 2: Premier League, September 25, 2005

The Black Cats travelled to Teesside without a win in 22 Premier League games. They started brightly and were ahead within 90 seconds when Gareth Southgate’s attempted clearance fell to Liam Miller, who finished well past Brad Jones.

Sunderland stopper Kelvin Davis put in an inspired display, saving well from James Morrison and Yakubu as the visitors hung on.

A second, clinching goal was then added in controversial circumstances as Howard Webb overruled an offside flag to award Sunderland a free-kick, which was curled home by Julio Arca.

Sunderland 2 Middlesbrough 2: Premier League, October 14, 1996

Under the lights at Roker Park on a Monday evening, it was the visitors who took the lead through Emerson before Alex Rae levelled for Sunderland from the penalty spot on 21 minutes.

Boro regained the lead early in the second half when Fabrizio Ravanelli netted, with the Black Cats reduced to 10 men five minutes later as Richard Ord was given his marching orders.

The hosts rallied though, and equalised when sub Craig Russell scored just after the hour mark to ensure the spoils were shared.