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Fabio Borini | Forward | #9

Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/29/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 163

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Even if it's a very steep, uphill battle, Sunderland earned a critical point in the relegation race in a 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Sunderland showed uncharacteristic resilience after falling behind twice, starting just five minutes into the match after Andre Ayew opened the scoring early. But in even bigger news, the Black Cats scored their first goal in eight Premier League matches, a streak that ran for 701 minutes before Wahbi Khazri's shocking tally in the 26th minute. The Tunisian international sent a corner into the box that bounced all the way to the far post untouched, hitting the base of the post before spilling into the goal. And then Fabio Borini made himself a hero in the 90th with his goal. Borini only came on as a late injury replacement for Billy Jones, who was stretchered off following a six minute delay that led to 10 minutes of stoppage time. But Borini was gifted a poor clearance by Darren Randolph and turned in the effort for a critical point that brings Sunderland to nine points back of 17th-place Hull City. Apr 15 - 12:17 PM
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Sunderland couldn't build off the momentum from last weekend's win against Watford in a 3-1 loss to Manchester United.

In David Moyes' first match at Old Trafford since being sacked as Manchester United's manager in 2014, Sunderland held tight to the Premier League giants for 80 minutes, only conceding a 39th-minute goal to Daley Blind. But the Black Cats opened up in the final 10 minutes in the hopes of finding an equalizer and couldn't find an answer for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who recorded a goal and two assists. But if there is any consolation, it comes in the form of a stunning goal from Fabio Borini, his first of the season after recently returning from injury. In the 91st, Borini bounced a clearance off his chest and hit a looping volley into the far corner of the net from the top of the box to spoil the United clean sheet.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Despite the return of Fabio Borini and a late chance by Patrick Van Aanholt, Sunderland were defeated 1-0 by Chelsea on Wednesday.

David Moyes made four changes to his Sunderland side, with the most notable the return of Fabio Borini. Taking points from Chelsea was always going to be a tough ask and the Blues took the lead just before half time through Cesc Fabregas. Sunderland did put forth a valiant effort, however, the Black Cats saw their best two chances to level the match denied by Thibaut Courtois. The first chance fell to Borini just after the restart, which drew a great one-on-one save from Courtois, while the keeper sprawled to keep Van Aanholt out in the final moments. Sunderland will look to bounce back when they face Watford at home on Saturday.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 04:45:00 PM

Sunderland are reeling from the news that Fabio Borini could be side-lined until December.

Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, David Moyes confirmed: "Borini, we expect to be out for three months, that is a rough guide. There is a chance it could be a bit quicker. [But] we are being told it is three months [as the] abductor that came off the bone." The setback will serve as a bitter blow for the Black Cats after Moyes originally referred to the injury as "a little twinge" in response to post-match questioning at Southampton last weekend. The injury leaves Jermain Defoe as the only established senior striker, although Duncan Watmore and youngsters Josh Robson and Rees Greenwood are options. Sunderland may now consider the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner who are free agents available on short-term deals.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 04:49:00 PM

Fabio Borini scored one goal and assisted another to guide Sunderland to a crucial 0-3 win over Norwich City.

A massive day for the Black Cats who, with the win, climb to within a point of Norwich to escape relegation, with a game in hand and a healthy goal difference on the Canaries. It looked anyone's game in the first half but Sunderland made the most of things despite losing the possession battle. Borini was fouled in the box in the 41st minute and converted the penalty himself to score what proved to be the match-winner. Sunderland doubled their lead when they pounced quickly on a dispossessed Seb Bassong and Borini whipped in a fine cross to Jermain Defoe who finished from point blank range. They withstood pressure from Norwich, thanks mainly to fine goalkeeping from Vito Mannone. Duncan Watmore was fed the ball by Seb Larsson at the end of the match to score the final goal of the day.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 09:42:00 AM

Sunderland came up short in their bid to collect points against table-leading Leicester City as their relegation battle gets tougher after a 0-2 loss to the Foxes.

It was never going to be easy for the Black Cats, but to be fair, they made it to halftime with the two sides goalless and looking pretty even. Jermain Defoe and Fabio Borini each had opportunities to find an opener but could not convert their chances or Leicester found ways to break up the play. Once Leicester scored the opener on 66 minutes, it became more difficult for Sunderland to threaten in the final third. They had one great moment to equalize around the 81st minute when the ball fell into Jack Rodwell's path, but he squandered his open look in the box and skied his shot into the stands. Next weekend will be absolutely crucial for Sam Allardyce. Sunderland face Norwich, the club three points above them in the table, as it is shaping up for the final relegated club to be decided between these two sides.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Apr 10, 2016 10:59:00 AM

Fabio Borini came to Sunderland's rescue in the 90th minute to snag a point at home in a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

The Italian made his impact in just 10 minutes after entering the match in the 80th minute for Lee Cattermole, who lasted all of 16 minutes as a second-half substitute. The Italian took a pass from DeAndre Yedlin on the right wing and fired past Wayne Hennessey in the 90th minute to bring Sunderland out of the bottom three on goal differential (tied on points with Norwich City). Dame N'Doye scored his first league goal for Sunderland minutes before half-time, but the Black Cats gave the lead up in a matter of six minutes thanks to two goals from former player Connor Wickham. However, defender John O'Shea was forced off with injury in the 28th minute.
Source: NBC Sports
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 05:21:00 PM

Fabio Borini scored Sunderland's lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Manchester City as the Black Cats sit five points clear of leaving the relegation zone.

Borini has been the club's loan goalscorer in its last four Premier League matches, adding to his goal against Chelsea last week. That goal earned him the start against Manchester City as Sam Allardyce was forced to shift from his three-man back-line due to an injury to Younes Kaboul, making six changes to the starting lineup from the loss to Chelsea. Vito Mannone earned his first Premier League start of the season over Costel Pantilimon in a forgettable debut. Steven Fletcher, Jordi Gomez, Adam Johnson and Danny Graham provided a different look to the club than in recent weeks, but it proved futile against a surging City attack.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 12:46:00 PM

Fabio Borini is closing in on a return to action after re-joining the main group in training this week.

The Italian picked up an ankle injury during the defeat at The Hawthorns back in October and Borini has struggled to shake off the problem, completing just one half of football since. However, following a series of injections, manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the 24-year-old "is back, he’s been training with us for the last few days." Jermain Defoe looks to be winning his race to be fit for Saturday after limping off at Selhurst Park on Monday. The striker rolled his ankle having scored the only goal of the game to secure the Black Cats’ first away win of the season. Billy Jones will miss out after collecting his fifth yellow of the season.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 05:17:00 AM

Sunderland's struggles continued in its eighth loss of the season, which came down to a second-half penalty kick by Southampton's Dusan Tadic.

Fabio Borini returned to the fold after missing the last two weekends due to an ankle injury. The forward came on for Ola Toivonen, also recently recovered, at half-time, but could make a difference for the Black Cats. Younes Kaboul also returned to the starting XI, but John O'Shea could not overcome a hamstring injury. Duncan Watmore made his first Premier League start, coming in for Jermain Defoe. More bad news is possible as Sunderland could be bottom of the league if Aston Villa can scrape together a win against league-leading Manchester City on Sunday.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 12:07:00 PM

Sunderland's chances at the weekend were given a huge boost after manager Sam Allardyce confirmed Fabio Borini, Ola Toivonen, Younes Kaboul and John O'Shea are in contention for the weekend after training on Thursday.

The four players each missed last weekend's match with various knocks and injuries, with O'Shea and Kaboul's absences giving the club a defensive crisis. But Allardyce was hopeful they could all return for the weekend before taking the international break to recover: "The good news is Ola, Fabio, Younes and John all trained today. With no reaction from their first training session back in the squad they will be available for selection on Saturday which is important."
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 11:26:00 AM

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is hoping to have forward Fabio Borini back in the team after missing the Tyne-Wear Derby win against Newcastle on Sunday due to an ankle injury.

Sunderland has already suffered an injury to Ola Toivonen up top, meaning Borini could be thrown right back into the starting lineup upon his return. However, the emergence of Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher in recent weeks provides some competition to the position as Allardyce looks to shake things up and pull Sunderland out of the relegation zone.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 09:11:00 AM

The Black Cats could find themselves without a key member of their attack as Fabio Borini fights to be fit for Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby against Newcastle.

The forward is facing a fitness test ahead of the weekend as he recovers from a knock. Manager Sam Allardyce said Borini is the club's only doubt heading into the weekend: "There are no fresh injuries other than Fabio Borini who picked up a knock against West Brom. He has a fitness test tomorrow so there is a slight doubt over him." If Borini can't go, Ola Toivonen has been passed fit for the weekend while Jeremain Lens is back from a red-card suspension.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 12:37:00 PM

Not enough threat going forward, too many conceded at the back. Dick Advocaat facing the perfect storm of problems…

Sunderland were never going to turn their season around this weekend, with Manchester United still buzzing from their (£35 million +) goal scoring ‘discovery’. But at least they stopped him scoring. The stubborn 1st half display will give manager Dick Advocaat encouragement, having conceded ten of their 13 goals in the opening period of matches. Although, the fact United’s opener came in added-on time caused by Sunderland’s blatant time-wasting won’t have escaped him. Changing from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2 at half time might’ve affected the match were the scores level, but at 2-0 almost from the kick-off the day was done. The central defence has taken a lot of flak already this season, but seeing Steven Fletcher and Fabio Borini at the sharp end would anyone jittery. Oh dear, Dick. Is it too late for a u-u-turn…?
Source: bbc.co.uk
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 07:04:00 AM

Sunderland face a test of their psychological strength as the reality of a long, hard season kicks in. With ground to make up already…

Sunderland looked the team that were ready for the coming season the quickest. But now, five matches in – and just 2pts on the board – they look a month behind. The shape of the team looks better now – last season’s gung-ho 4-3-3 has been ditched for a more solid 4-4-2, with Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe looking a front two with potential. Jeremain Lens has craft and pace, but they still look like a team of strangers and – bizarrely – lacking match fitness. Only Chelsea (!) have conceded more goals and if they don’t get a win on the board soon, they could be cut adrift before they find their stride. It’s Bournemouth next and then the Manchester pair. A defeat against the south coast side and it could be a very, very long way back for Dick Advocaat’s men.
Source: bbc.co.uk
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 09:23:00 AM