American Exports: Brad Guzan, Aston Villa rout Sunderland to move closer to EPL survival

AMSTERDAM – Brad Guzan and Aston Villa posted their biggest victory in more than five years on Monday, moving to the brink of clinching Premier League survival with a 6-1 rout of visiting Sunderland.

In part thanks to a second-half hat trick by Christian Benteke, the US netminder required only one save to log his fourth victory in the last seven games.

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The result pushed Villa, who have not been relegated since 1987, five points clear of the drop zone with but three games remaining on the EPL schedule.