Sunderland managed to win 1-0 at the Stadium of Light tonight against Portsmouth – in the first leg of their playoff tie with the south coast side.
The winning goal came after 62 minutes when Chris Maguire’s volleyed the ball home.
That was Maguire’s 9th goal of the season, but just 5 minutes later Sunderland were reduced to 10 men when Ozturk was sent off.
It was a straight red card for the Sunderland player.
Chris Maguire – brilliantly fires home the winner after 62 minutes
But it wasn’t smooth sailing for the Black Cats, but they managed to hold on valiantly to their 1-0 lead for the final 20 minutes or so with Maguire hitting the post.
The second leg will be played at Fratton Park on Thursday night with a KO time of 7:45 pm.
A draw in that game will be enough to see Sunderland through to the final at Wembley.