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Marcus Harness’ opener was soon cancelled out by Charlie Wyke, but John Marquis restored the lead midway through the first half.
And it was Marquis who wrapped the points up from the spot on Wearside after Luke O’Nien had been sent off for a foul on Ryan Williams.
Kenny Jackett unsurprisingly stuck with the same side that eased to victory at Gillingham earlier in the week, with new signing Jordy Hiwula named among the substitutes.
And Pompey got off to a blistering start, looking threatening in the opening stages and deservedly breaking the deadlock on seven minutes.
Williams collected Callum Johnson’s throw and his pass was wisely left by Marquis for Michael Jacobs.
The summer signing fed the ball to HARNESS, who neatly slotted home his second goal in as many games at the Stadium of Light.
But the celebrations were soon cut short, as Denver Hume cut the ball back for Wyke to drill in an immediate equaliser.
The visitors were still looking dangerous going forward, though, and twice came close to restoring their lead from free-kicks.
They were both taken by Jacobs, with the first being met by a firm header from Sean Raggett that forced Lee Burge to make a fine save.
And the second was a shot that was thundering towards the roof of the net before the Black Cats keeper tipped it over.
A foul from Williams then led to some pushing and shoving on the sidelines, resulting in a yellow card for the winger.
But the Blues were back in front on 25 minutes after Harness had intercepted a loose Grant Leadbitter pass.
He threaded the ball through to MARQUIS, who calmly angled a shot right into the bottom corner of the net.
Some more dangerous deliveries from Harness and Lee Brown caused problems in the Sunderland area.
A quick break then saw Brown find Harness on the left and he cut inside before bending an effort off target.
Pompey had impressed before the break, but looked nervy at the back once the action restarted following the interval.
They struggled to deal with a couple of balls into the box, while a Hume cross was then glanced wide by Wyke.
And the visitors were dealt a blow when Jacobs was forced off injured 10 minutes into the second half.
He had initially tried to continue after receiving some treatment on the pitch, but eventually trudged off to be replaced by Ronan Curtis.
The Blues had not really threatened to add to their lead, although Williams saw a shot blocked following good work between Brown and Andy Cannon.
And the winger’s quick break up the pitch was then crudely ended by O’Nien, earning the defender a booking.
Harness soon skipped past a couple of challenges and found Brown, but the was a defender immediately on the left-back to deny him a shot.
At the other end, Tom Naylor and Cannon were unable to stop Hume’s mazy run, only for Raggett to prove an unbeatable obstacle.
Some patient build-up play from Pompey then resulted in Marquis converting a pin-point Callum Johnson delivery, only for the striker’s joy to be cut short by an offside flag.
But they were given a chance to wrap up the points when Williams burst into the box and was brought down by O’Nien.
Referee Robert Lewis pointed straight to the spot and showed the perpetrator his second yellow card of the afternoon, followed by a red.
MARQUIS stepped up to take the penalty, coolly sending Burge the wrong way to double his personal tally for the day.
And it almost got even better, with Harness’ effort beaten away by Burge, who then stopped Marquis from forcing home late on.
Sunderland (3-5-2): Burge; Willis, Wright, O’Nien; Gooch, Scowen (Grigg 70), Leadbitter (Graham 82), Power (c), Hume; Maguire, Wyke
Goals: Wyke 10
Sent off: O’Nien (two yellow cards)
Subs not used: Matthews, McLaughlin, Flanagan, Dobson, O’Brien
Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Williams, Naylor (c), Cannon, Jacobs (Curtis 55); Harness (Nicolaisen 89), Marquis
Goals: Harness 7, Marquis 25, 85 (pen)
Booked: Williams, Johnson
Subs not used: Bass, Pring, Morris, Close, Hiwula
Referee: Robert Lewis
|Pompey have completed the signing of striker Jordy Hiwula on a short-term contract until January 20.
The 26-year-old – who left Coventry at the end of last season – will wear the number 26 shirt during his time at Fratton Park.
Hiwula has spent the past two seasons at Coventry, helping them claim the League One title last term.
A former England under-19 international, he progressed through the ranks at Manchester City before signing for Huddersfield.
Hiwula had several loan spells during his time with the Terriers, most notably at Bradford and Fleetwood.
He could now make his Blues debut against Sunderland in Saturday’s League One clash at the Stadium of Light.
Both goals arrived in the space of a few first half minutes, with John Marquis stroking home the opener.
And Michael Jacobs then finished off a flowing counter-attack to score his first goal since his summer arrival.
The margin of victory might have been even greater had it not been for the woodwork and some fine Jack Bonham saves.
Kenny Jackett made three changes from the side that were beaten by Doncaster on home soil at the weekend.
Marquis came in for the injured Ellis Harrison, partnering Marcus Harness up front in a 4-4-2 formation.
Meanwhile, Ronan Curtis and Ben Close dropped to the bench to make way for Jacobs and Ryan Williams.
With Pompey one striker light, third year scholar Alfie Stanley was handed a place among the substitutes.
Both sides looked to get forward in the opening stages – perhaps inspired by the artificial crowd noise being pumped out over the public address system.
Gillingham had a couple of dangerous free-kicks, with Tom O’Connor sending one past the post and Jacob Mellis firing the other into the arms of Craig MacGillivray.
But the hosts were left stunned by a couple of impressive goals in quick succession from their clinical opponents.
The first saw Williams send a neat back-heel into the path of MARQUIS, who ran along the edge of the box before passing the ball neatly into the net.
And the advantage was soon doubled, courtesy of a lightning quick breakaway from the visitors that caught the Gills flat-footed.
Marquis held the ball up well before laying it off for Harness, who immediately played a perfect cross-field pass.
JACOBS was the recipient and he raced through on goal, holding off a challenge before firing home to open his Blues account.
Gillingham tried to hit back and Jordan Graham’s free-kick from the left was nodded narrowly over by Vadaine Oliver.
Graham then had a chance of his own, but could not quite keep his effort down after doing well to find space in the box.
But Pompey almost found a third goal just before the break, with Tom Naylor stooping to meet Williams’ cross and glancing a header against the post.
And the visitors went close again soon after the restart, when Jacobs cut inside from the left and drew a save from Bonham with his angled drive.
The ball then ran kindly for Williams, only for Declan Drysdale to dive in front of the Australian’s strike and divert it behind.
Callum Johnson and Harness soon combined well down the right, with the latter’s cut-back fired over by Jacobs.
Gillingham needed an inspiration and brought on John Akinde, who had a goalless spell at Fratton Park in 2013.
And they tried to take advantage of a cheap turnover on 58 minutes, with O’Connor’s shot deflected behind by Naylor.
There was another hairy moment a few minutes later, with Lee Brown trying to nod the ball back to MacGillivray and instead sending it inches past his own post.
But the Blues had a great opportunity to wrap things up when Williams lifted a fine delivery into the centre, where Marquis rose and headed off target.
Harness then raced onto a long ball over the head of Christian Maghoma and took a brilliant touch to send him through on goal, only for Bonham to make a key save with his feet.
Jackett freshened things up with a double substitution on 74 minutes, as Close and Curtis replaced Andy Cannon and Harness.
And Curtis immediately showcased some tricky footwork to get into the box, where a spot of pinball ensued before the visitors conceded a foul as they tried to force the ball into the net.
Gillingham came close to setting up a nervy finale, but MacGillivray saved Josh Eccles’ firmly-struk effort and Johnson mopped up the danger.
And Pompey also dealt with some dangerous deliveries into the box to see out the final few moments and seal all three points.
Gillingham (4-2-3-1): Bonham; Jackson (c), Maghoma, Drysdale, Ogilvie; Eccles, O’Connor; Samuel (Akinde 55), Mellis, Graham; Oliver (MacDonald 85)
Subs not used: Walsh, Tucker, McKenzie, Robertson, Coyle
Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Johnson, Whatmough, Raggett, Brown; Williams, Naylor (c), Cannon (Close 74), Jacobs (Pring 90+2); Harness (Curtis 74), Marquis
Goals: Marquis 14, Jacobs 17
Booked: Johnson, Marquis
Subs not used: Bass, Nicolaisen, Morris, Stanley
Referee: David Rock
Upon arriving home in Toronto, Nikki meets Leo at the bar and they drunkenly play soccer in a midst of the thunderstorm. The next day, she is welcomed by her family on her arrival. Vince, Leo and other crew are later arrested for lacing the pizza with marijuana during the party but they are released shortly after. Leo later forms a relationship with Nikki and they sleep together after riding around the town, reliving their childhood memories. Nikki receives a call from Corinne, saying that she wants a cooking menu, otherwise she will promote another chef. Struggling, Nikki expresses her regrets to Leo and confronts him for focusing on soccer instead of the pizza business. Meanwhile, their respective grandparents, Franca and Carlo, become engaged (due to the fact that they have been in love with each other for years and were never rivals from the start). Franca finally agrees to marry Carlo despite a promise from her late husband not to remarry.
Franca and Carlo arrange a dinner for the families. During the dinner Franca and Carlo announce their engagement, causing Sal and Vince to begin exchanging insults. Vince decides to enter a pizza competition against Sal saying that whoever loses will “go out” from “Little Italy”. When the two realize that they are banned from the competition because of a fallout during a previous competition, they decide to have Nikki and Leo enter the competition. Nikki refuses to compete, and she and Leo start arguing about who let who win in soccer when they were kids. When Nikki says that Leo won every time because she let him win, Leo says, “Yeah, like you let me win last night,” alluding to them sleeping together. She slaps him and storms out in anger.
At the competition, Leo is declared the winner and Nikki departs to the airport for London. However, Leo refuses to take the trophy after he realizes that Nikki had purposely switched their sauces so that Leo would stay in Little Italy. Realizing that Nikki has gone to the airport, Leo and the family goes after her. They catch her and Leo pledges to stay with her as she is the only one he wanted, not the pizza or the war between their fathers. Nikki departs, but shortly after, comes back, and Nikki declares her love to Leo after they kiss. After that, they ask Sal and Vince about their fight, in which they admit that the fight was about their parents Franca and Carlo. Back in 1999, after winning the competition, Sal and Vince argued about naming the winning pizza after their respective parent, resulting in the beginning of the rivalry. Franca and Carlo finally announce that they are getting married. Sal and Vince hug each other, formally ending the rivalry.
Some time later, the families celebrate at the pizza restaurant where Nikki has invited Corinne, who reveals that she had to shut down her restaurant after receiving negative reviews from critics. Nikki and Leo, along with the other crew, all dance together.