Manchester City 3-2 Sunderland (01.01.2015) Live Commentary

90+6′
All in all that was an entertaining 90 minutes of football thanks to some decent attacking play. The home team had more of the game. The strategy of the home side was to control the pace of the match with a playmaking style of football, while the strategy of the away side was a bit risky and reliant on solid defending to take the ball off the opponent and to make a fast-break.
90+6′
 
The referee is checking his watch and blows his whistle for the end of this match.
90+5′
 
The statistics of total shots for both teams – 32:4.
90+3′
Roger East blows his whistle and signals a foul after Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) brought his opponent down.
90+1′
What a big chance! James Milner (Manchester City) picks up an inch-perfect pass inside the box and fires the ball just over the crossbar.
90′
 
5 additional min. will be played.
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James Milner (Manchester City) gets the ball and drives a shot from the edge of the area which goes high over the bar.
90′
 
David Silva (Manchester City) goes off the pitch and James Milner (Manchester City) comes on.
89′
 
The attendance is 45367.
88′
 
Wes Brown (Sunderland) has tested the patience of referee Roger East and goes into the book for a previous late challenge.
87′
 
The resulting corner from Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) is cleared.
87′
Frank Lampard (Manchester City) unleashes a bullet of a shot that is blocked by a defender. Good work from Manchester City as they win a corner.
86′
Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) pulls off a great save to deny Jesus Navas (Manchester City) who makes himself some space inside the box and unleashes a quick low drive towards the middle of the goal.
85′
 
That’s the end of the game for Samir Nasri (Manchester City), who is replaced by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).
83′
 
David Silva (Manchester City) swings the ball into the box from the corner kick but it’s a bit too strong and it goes out-of-play.
82′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) produces a good strike that sails to the bottom right corner, but the goalkeeper shows great reflexes and dives to keep the effort from hitting the net. The referee points to the corner flag. Manchester City are given a corner.
81′
The assistant referee signals offside, and the main referee confirms his decision. Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) is the one who was caught offside.
80′
Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) pulls off a great save to deny Frank Lampard (Manchester City) after receiving a precise defence-splitting pass. The effort is headed for the right side of the goal, but the goalkeeper dives superbly to stop it. Definitely the best save of this match so far!
78′
 
Substitution. Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) is replaced by Sebastian Coates (Sunderland).
77′
Flag up against Adam Johnson (Sunderland). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
77′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) comes close to scoring. For that to happen, he would have had to do better. His poor attempt from close range ended up in the gloves of Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland).
75′
Frank Lampard (Manchester City) collects a great pass inside the box and misses a golden opportunity. His shot was directed into the middle of the goal, but the goalkeeper does well to stop his effort.
74′
 
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) works the corner short instead of sending the ball into the penalty area.
73′
Good clearance! Samir Nasri (Manchester City) received a low pass, but he didn’t catch to do anything before quick stealing from one of the defenders. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester City are awarded a corner kick.
73′
 
Goal! Gael Clichy clips a neat ball into the box in the direction of Frank Lampard (Manchester City), who jumps highest and steers a bullet header from the centre of the box which goes into the bottom left corner. Costel Pantilimon had no chance of stopping that. 3:2.
71′
 
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) fires the penalty into the right side of the net!
71′
 
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) can’t expect anything else than a yellow card for his hard tackle. And a yellow it is. Roger East doesn’t think twice to pull it out of his pocket.
71′
 
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) with a slide tackle, but referee Roger East calls for a foul. Penalty! A huge opportunity to score for Sunderland.
70′
 
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Frank Lampard (Manchester City) comes onto the pitch for Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City).
68′
 
Goal! Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) sent in a fine cross from the corner kick and the ball perfectly found Jack Rodwell (Sunderland), whose bullet header from around the penalty spot was directed straight into the right side of the goal. The score is 2:1.
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Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) will take the corner.
68′
Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) wastes a promising opportunity as he produces a goal-bound effort from the edge of the box. Wilfredo Caballero (Manchester City) stops the ball, which would have ended up inside the left post, with a brilliant save. The ball goes out-of-play. Sunderland have been awarded a corner kick.
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Goal! Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) passes the ball to the feet of Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City), who has an empty net in front of him and has no problems in tapping the ball in. 2:0.
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It’s time for a substitution. Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) comes on in place of Will Buckley (Sunderland).
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Connor Wickham (Sunderland) is caught offside after the linesman puts his flag up and the referee stops play.
63′
David Silva (Manchester City) comes close to scoring. He connected with a pass inside the box, and he perhaps should have done better than direct his shot straight at Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland).
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Adam Johnson (Sunderland) launches an inaccurate corner kick into the penalty area.
61′
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) whips in the resulting set piece which has been cleared. Sunderland force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
60′
Roger East calls for a foul. Fernandinho (Manchester City) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball. A free kick to Sunderland.
58′
 
Manager makes a subsitution with Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) coming on for Jordi Gomez (Sunderland).
57′
 
Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) passes to Yaya Toure (Manchester City), who collects the ball and unleashes a terrific shot from the edge of the box. His effort goes into the top left corner. Fabulous goal! The score is 1:0.
56′
 
David Silva (Manchester City) with the corner, but it is intercepted by the defender.
55′
David Silva (Manchester City) finds himself in a promising position after receiving an excellent pass into the box, but one of the defenders produces timely intervention to avert the threat. Manchester City have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
54′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) unleashes a bullet of a shot that is blocked by a defender.
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This foul is worthy of a card! And it is a yellow shown by referee Roger East to the guilty Samir Nasri (Manchester City).
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Jesus Navas (Manchester City) takes the resulting corner which is averted.
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Jesus Navas (Manchester City) attempts to find his teammate with a final pass from outside of the box, but one of the defenders clears the ball to safety. The ball is out-of-play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Manchester City will take it.
50′
 
The corner from Samir Nasri (Manchester City) is intercepted by the defence.
50′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) sends a pass into the box, but the opposition’s defence is alert to the danger and makes a clearance. Manchester City force a corner. They send men into the box.
48′
Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) passes the ball into the box but an opposing player clears.
46′
A poor finish by Jesus Navas (Manchester City) as he misdirects his shot well wide of the right post.
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We are entering into the second half.
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The game produced by the players until now wasn’t of most attractive ones, but there is still 45 minutes left so let’s hope they will come with new inspiration and will show us their best. The performances of both teams are not even, the hosting side dictates the tempo. The tactic of the home side is slow build-up play. The away team’s main priority is a flawless defence.
45+2′
 
The first half of today’s match has just finished.
45+1′
Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) timed his run perfectly to connect with the resulting corner kick, but his finish from around the penalty spot was rather poor as it went way wide of the left post.
45+1′
 
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) goes over to take the corner kick and it looks like he will send the ball into the penalty box.
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1 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
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Jesus Navas (Manchester City) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. Manchester City earn a corner.
44′
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) unleashes a bullet of a shot that is blocked by a defender.
44′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) strikes the ball towards goal, but it fails to reach the target after being well blocked by one of the defenders.
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Nothing comes of the resulting corner from Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland). The defence is alert and manages to cut it out.
41′
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) stands over the free kick and it is him who takes it, but his low effort is straight at Wilfredo Caballero (Manchester City). Corner kick. Sunderland will have an opportunity.
39′
Roger East blows the whistle. Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle. Sunderland earn a free kick which can lead to a goal-scoring opportunity.
38′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) unleashes a shot from the edge of the box, but it goes straight at Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland).
36′
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) is flagged for offside.
34′
 
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) takes the corner which is cleared.
34′
 
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) gets booked.
34′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down. Manchester City will take a corner kick.
32′
Gael Clichy (Manchester City) strikes from the edge of the box, but hits it really poorly and sends the ball way wide of the left post.
32′
David Silva (Manchester City) fashions a shot from the edge of the box after receiving an accurate pass. Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) makes a comfortable save and denies the effort which is headed to the middle of the goal.
31′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being blocked by one of the defenders.
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The statistics of shots on goal are at the moment – 12:4.
28′
Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) touched the ball with his hand, and it will be a free kick against his team.
28′
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) has an effort from the edge of the area, but he skies the ball over the top.
26′
Neat passing move from Manchester City in order to create new attacking opportunities.
24′
Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) unleashed a powerful shot that was blocked by a self-sacrificing defender.
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The corner from Samir Nasri (Manchester City) is cleared away by the defence.
23′
A pass into the penalty area from Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) is intercepted by the defence. The referee blows his whistle, Manchester City are awarded a corner kick.
21′
David Silva (Manchester City) takes a shot from the edge of the box. The ball flies just wide of the left post.
21′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) fires the ball from inside the area, but it is well blocked.
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Jesus Navas (Manchester City) takes the corner with a short pass.
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Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) is trying to pass the ball into the penalty area but it’s blocked. The ball is out-of-play. Manchester City will have a chance to score from a corner.
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Billy Jones (Sunderland) is awarded a yellow card for his tackle. He doesn’t seem to agree with the decision, but Roger East won’t hear any protests.
15′
 
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
14′
The free kick is taken by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), but the delivery it’s cleared. Sunderland win a corner.
14′
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) with a rough challenge, Roger East blows his whistle for a foul. Sunderland have a free kick.
12′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) receives a low pass just outside the box and drills a fine strike towards the middle of the goal. Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) pulls off a reflexive save to block his effort. Nice piece of goalkeeping skill, indeed.
11′
Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
8′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) has a go from a long way out which goes high over the top.
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Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) latched on to an accurate lead pass inside the box and immediately released a shot. Unfortunately the ball goes miles wide of the left post.
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Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) with a teasing cross into the area, but Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) intercepts the ball.
5′
John O’Shea (Sunderland) was trying to get to the ball but hit the legs of the opponent as well. Roger East blows the whistle for infingement.
2′
Ambitious effort from Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) as he finds himself in a great position after collecting a precise pass inside the penalty area and goes for goal, but it never troubles the goalkeeper and flies well wide of the left post.
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The first half has started.
The players are out at last! Sunderland will take the kick-off.
Roger East will referee today’s match.
 
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