Manchester United moved one step closer to securing UEFA Champions League football next season with a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, while Burnley were relegated from the English Premier League despite their 1-0 win over Hull City.
Manchester City strengthened their grip on fourth place in the Premier League with a 2-0 win at home to West Ham United, while Tottenham Hotspur climbed into sixth place after they defeated Newcastle United 3-1 at St. James' Park.
Jermain Defoe scored a sensational long-range volley as Sunderland leapt three points clear of the English Premier League relegation zone by beating derby rivals Newcastle United 1-0 on Sunday, while Burnley held Tottenham Hotspur to a goalless draw.
Dick Advocaat could not have asked for a more dramatic introduction to life at the Stadium of Light as his first home match in charge of Sunderland will be a fiercely-contested derby against rivals Newcastle United.
Manchester City got back on track in the English Premier League with a 3-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion, while Harry Kane scored his first league hat-trick in Tottenham Hotspur's 4-3 win over bottom club Leicester City.
Manchester United edged Newcastle United 1-0 at St James Park to maintain their hopes of finishing in the English Premier League's top four places, while Chelsea preserved their five-point lead with a 1-0 win away to West Ham United.
Brazilian Willian scored an 89th-minute winner as Chelsea edged Everton 1-0 on Wednesday to preserve their seven-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the English Premier League, with the Citizens seeing off Stoke City 4-1.
Manchester United needed a stoppage-time equaliser from Daley Blind to a secure a 1-1 draw away to West Ham, while Peter Crouch rescued Stoke City in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United and Burnley blew a 2-0 lead in a draw against West Bromwich Albion.