Sunderland 1-4 Manchester City (03.12.2014) Live Commentary

90+4′
The fans must be pleased with the show they have seen on the pitch today. It was the opposite of boredom, very attractive football. Let’s hope the players won’t lose their passion and determination in the future matches. The away side dominated the game. The home team’s main weapon were fast counter-attacks, while the away side attempted to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
90+4′
Nothing more will happen today, Craig Pawson has blown his whistle and the game is over.
90+3′
James Milner (Manchester City) unleashes a first-time shot from the edge of the box which goes a few yards wide of the right post. The ball goes out-of-play and Sunderland will have a goal kick.
90+2′
Attempted cross from Gaël Clichy (Manchester City) is cleared.
90+1′
Frank Lampard (Manchester City) has a go from a long way out which goes high over the top. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Sunderland.
90′
Fourth official shows 3 min. of added time.
90′
Craig Pawson blows the whistle. Fernandinho (Manchester City) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle. Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) decided to speed play up by taking a quick free kick.
89′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) shows his amazing technique as he gets to the edge of the box alone and pulls the trigger just to send the ball into the stands. Nice run, but poor finish! The ball goes out-of-play and Sunderland will have a goal kick.
88′
Frank Lampard (Manchester City) sprays a pass out to James Milner, but he can’t beat his man to get to the ball.
86′
James Milner (Manchester City) attempts to find a head of one of his teammates with a promising cross into the box. The defence manages to outjump the attacking players and to avert the threat.
84′
An offensive foul by James Milner (Manchester City) was seen by Craig Pawson who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle. Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) tries to take his opponent by surprise with a quick free kick.
83′
It’s time for a substitution. Jose Pozo (Manchester City) comes on in place of Samir Nasri.
82′
Gael Clichy (Manchester City) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
80′
Sebastian Coates (Sunderland) wins himself just enough space inside the box to connect with the corner, but his header is aimed into the roof of the net and the goalkeeper leaps from the ground and makes a stunning save.
80′
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) will deliver the corner kick.
79′
Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. The ball is out-of-play. Sunderland have been awarded a corner kick.
78′
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away.
76′
We can have a look at the statistics now, shots on target are 2:4.
74′
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) takes the free kick and immediately restarts play with a short pass.
74′
A substitution has been made. Sergio Aguero goes off and Frank Lampard (Manchester City) comes on.
73′
Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) commits an offensive foul and referee Craig Pawson immediately signals a set piece. Manchester City get a free kick.
71′
Goal! Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) releases a first-time effort from inside penalty area that goes into the bottom right corner, glancing in off the post. What a finish!
71′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) decided to speed play up by taking a quick free kick.
71′
Craig Pawson shows a yellow card to Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) for his blatant foul.
70′
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) threads a pass through to Jozy Altidore, but Joe Hart breaks the move down.
69′
Manchester City control the tempo of the game as they are exchanging some accurate short passes.
67′
Substitution has been made. Connor Wickham is replaced by Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland).
66′
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) unleashes a powerful shot towards goal from a mid-range free kick, but the ball is blocked by the defensive wall. The ball is out-of-play. Sunderland will take a throw-in.
65′
A yellow card for a tackle by Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City). Craig Pawson doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision. Another situation results in a direct free kick for Sunderland.
64′
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) commits a rough challenge, and Craig Pawson blows the whistle for infringement. Sunderland take a quick free kick and immediately restart play.
62′
Craig Pawson has a clear vision and sees a foul from Santiago Vergini (Sunderland).
61′
The Manchester City players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
59′
The attendance is 41152.
58′
Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) receives a pass and decides to smash the ball from long range. His poor effort sails far wide of the right post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Manchester City.
58′
Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
56′
The linesman’s flag has already been raised for offside when Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) headed on.
56′
Here is a change. Stevan Jovetic is going off and Manuel Pellegrini gives the last tactical orders to James Milner (Manchester City).
55′
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Steven Fletcher departs the field of play to be replaced by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).
55′
Goal! Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) shows good awareness inside the box as he latches on to a brilliant pass, and he takes a first-time shot which goes into the bottom left corner. Samir Nasri assisted in a goal. 1:3.
55′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
54′
The defence had a hard time blocking out the strike from Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City). He didn’t hesitate and finished from outside the box right after he had received a pass from his teammate.
52′
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) is being forced to leave the pitch in order to receive medical treatment and his team will play with a man short for a few minutes.
52′
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) received a clever through ball which could have put him in a promising position, but the defence was alert to the danger. The main referee and his assistant both signal a throw-in for Sunderland.
52′
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
52′
Anthony Reveillere (Sunderland) quickly takes the free kick with a short pass.
50′
Craig Pawson calls for a foul. Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball.
48′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) makes a yard for himself and goes for goal from long range. It never troubles the goalkeeper as it flies into the stands. The ball goes out-of-play and Sunderland will have a goal kick.
46′
An unsuccessful long-range effort by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) after he collected a pass and unleashed a shot. The ball was directed into the middle of the goal and the goalkeeper made an easy save.
46′
We are entering into the second half.
45+3′
There was certainly plenty of action during that opening 45 minutes. The visitors were superior in their performance through the first half. They were more active and precise. The home team’s main weapon are fast counter-attacks, while the away side attempts to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
45+3′
The match has reached half-time.
45+1′
Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) connects with the ball from the corner kick on the edge of the penalty box and plants a low header to the middle of the target. However, the ball is cleared away by one of the defenders. Great reaction.
45+1′
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) with the corner, but it is intercepted by the defender.
45+1′
Long cross from aside is directed to well-positioned Connor Wickham (Sunderland), but the defence gets it clear. Sunderland earn a corner.
45′
We will have 2 min. of added time.
42′
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) shows his amazing technique as he gets to the edge of the box alone and pulls the trigger just to send the ball miles of the left post. Nice run, but poor finish! The ball goes out-of-play and Sunderland will have a goal kick.
42′
A promising cross into the box is nearly received by lurking Connor Wickham (Sunderland). One of the defending players cuts out the effort to avert the threat.
41′
Gael Clichy (Manchester City) rises above the defence inside the box, but his header flies narrowly wide of the left post. The ball goes out-of-play and Sunderland will have a goal kick.
39′
Goal Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City)! Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) was put through by Sergio Aguero and he showed brilliant composure inside the box to bury the ball into the back of the net. 1:2.
36′
The game is interrupted. Dedryck Boyata (Manchester City) has violated the rules in the battle for the ball. No protests or gestures are being made as he is quite aware of what he did.
34′
Craig Pawson blows his whistle and it is Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee. Fernandinho (Manchester City) works the free kick short.
33′
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) receives a well-taken pass inside the penalty area and shoots. His effort sails far wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Sunderland.
32′
Will Buckley (Sunderland) was too harsh with his tackle which made Craig Pawson interrupt the game and signal for a set piece. Yaya Toure (Manchester City) takes the free kick and immediately restarts play with a short pass.
31′
Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) did his best to latch on to a crossfield pass, but it was too long and it goes out-of-play.
28′
Manchester City keep possession of the ball by producing short passes, waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
26′
Samir Nasri (Manchester City) receives a pass and decides to smash the ball from long range, but his poor effort sails high over the bar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Sunderland.
26′
Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) aims a lovely cross into the penalty area. Nevertheless, the opponent’s defence is alert and averts the danger with a brilliant clearance.
25′
Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) commits a foul after bringing down his opponent with a slide tackle. A quick free kick from Manchester City. The ball is passed to the nearby player and play continues right away.
24′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) receives a reproachful look from Samir Nasri. He latches on to his pass, but the effort from the edge of the box sails well wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Sunderland.
21′
Goal – 1:1! Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) gets a shot from the edge of the box and scores into the top right corner. Stevan Jovetic provided an assist for a goal.
19′
Connor Wickham (Sunderland) receives a delightful pass inside the box and he smashes a low shot into the bottom right corner. What a clinical finish!
18′
Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) feels very aggrieved after the referee stops play for a foul that he commits while heading towards goal with the ball.
18′
A pass by Jesus Navas (Manchester City) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
17′
Gael Clichy (Manchester City) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance.
16′
Some patient build-up play from Manchester City as they look to unlock the defence.
15′
Fernandinho (Manchester City) decided to speed play up by taking a quick free kick.
15′
Sebastian Coates (Sunderland) tackles a bit over-zealously. Craig Pawson blows for a foul. There is a free kick near the sideline to Manchester City.
14′
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) creates himself a good chance and goes for goal from mid-range, but he misses the goal well over the bar. The ball goes out-of-play and Sunderland will have a goal kick.
12′
Flag up against Will Buckley (Sunderland). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
12′
Sunderland seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. They are waiting for the right moment to create new attacking opportunities.
11′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders.
8′
Gael Clichy (Manchester City) wastes a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box which is blocked by the defence.
7′
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) acted too fiercely in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent and Craig Pawson calls for a foul. Jesus Navas (Manchester City) tries to take his opponent by surprise with a quick free kick.
7′
Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) gets to the rebound just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by one of the defending players.
6′
Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) receives a sweet pass inside the box, but his effort on goal is blocked by the defender.
5′
A pass by Jesus Navas (Manchester City) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
4′
The Manchester City players decided to speed play up by taking a quick free kick.
4′
Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) commits a minor foul to interrupt the attacking move of his opponent and is warned by the referee that he will not get away without a yellow card if he does it again. Manchester City are given an advantage. They have a free kick.
2′
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) whips in the resulting set piece which has been cleared.
2′
Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) commits a rough foul. Craig Pawson stops the game and makes a call. Sunderland are awarded the free kick.
1′
The first half has just begun.
The players are out at last! Manchester City will take the kick-off.
Today’s referee will be Craig Pawson.
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