Sunderland 0-1 Manchester City (02.02.2016) Live Commentary

90+7′
We can hope that the managers will be able to motivate the players and stir them to perform better in the next games. We haven’t seen very exciting football today. The host team were superior on the pitch today. The home players presented themselves with long passes and crosses into the box, while the away team’s main priority was a flawless defence.
90+7′
The referee checks his watch and blows his whistle to signal the end of this match.
90+5′
Is that a yellow card in the referee’s hand? It is! Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) gets booked.
90+5′
Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) obviously intended to delay the restart of play and the referee blows the whistle.
90+5′
Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
90+4′
Fernandinho (Manchester City) gets booked for the first time in this match.
90+3′
Jan Kirchhoff (Sunderland) meets a cross and produces a header towards the middle of the net, but one of the defending players blocks the effort.
90+3′
Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) will deliver the corner kick.
90+3′
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) produces a quality pass into the box, the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away. The referee signals for a corner kick, Sunderland are awarded.
90+1′
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) makes a bad challenge on his opponent and is booked by the referee.
90′
Fourth official shows 5 min. of added time.
90′
Yann M’Vila (Sunderland) pounces on the rebound on the edge of the box but his wild shot goes high over the crossbar.
90′
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) with a teasing cross into the area, but Joe Hart (Manchester City) intercepts the ball.
88′
Dame N’Doye (Sunderland) is first to the rebound but his shot is blocked. Wow, what an escape there for the opposition.
88′
The goalkeeper punched the ball away after Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) took the corner.
87′
Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) swings in a cross from the corner, but Joe Hart reads it well and gathers the ball. Sunderland win a corner.
87′
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) is trying to pass the ball into the penalty area but it’s blocked. The main referee and his assistant both point at the corner flag. Sunderland will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
84′
Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) is flagged for offside.
82′
Substitution. Fabio Borini is making his way off the pitch with Dame N’Doye (Sunderland) coming on as his replacement.
82′
Referee Stuart Attwell sees tripping by Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) and doesn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
82′
Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) attempts to curl the ball over the defensive wall from the free kick, but his effort fails to reach the goal.
80′
Nicolas Hernan Otamendi (Manchester City) goes into the book for a horrible tackle. A yellow card is necessary in this case.
79′
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) brings an opponent down and Stuart Attwell interrupts the game.
79′
Manuel Pellegrini prepares a substitution. Yaya Toure is replaced by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).
79′
John O’Shea (Sunderland) finds himself in a promising position to finish! What a chance that was! He unleashed a poor shot which flies into the stands. It seems that luck is not on his side.
78′
Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) swings in the corner, but the goalkeeper does a brilliant job to intercept the effort.
78′
Billy Jones (Sunderland) fashions a shot from the edge of the box after receiving an accurate pass. Joe Hart makes a stunning save and denies the effort which is headed for the top left corner. Corner kick. Sunderland will have an opportunity.
76′
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) comes onto the pitch because Jesus Navas signals to the bench that he cannot continue any longer after picking up an injury.
76′
The attendance for today’s match is 38852.
75′
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Lee Cattermole goes off the pitch and Adam Johnson (Sunderland) comes on in his place.
75′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) is having a really harsh time now. We are about to find out how serious his injury is.
74′
No, even this won’t be a goal. A clever deflection by Fernando (Manchester City), the ball changed its direction, but the goalkeeper made a crucial save.
73′
David Silva (Manchester City) will take the corner.
73′
David Silva (Manchester City) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first. Manchester City forced their opponent to concede a corner.
72′
Stuart Attwell blows the whistle, Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) is penalised for a foul. Manchester City will take a free kick nearby the side line.
71′
David Silva (Manchester City) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
69′
Lamine Kone (Sunderland) is moving again okay after that injury scare.
67′
Lamine Kone (Sunderland) is writhing in pain and can now receive medical treatment after the referee signals for the physio to come onto the pitch.
67′
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) with a rough challenge, Stuart Attwell blows his whistle for a foul.
64′
The ball is cleared after Yaya Toure (Manchester City) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
64′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) and Fernandinho combine well with a quick one-two pass and their attacking move continues.
63′
Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) holds his head in his hands after wasting a promising chance. He creates himself some space to latch on to the rebound and from the edge of the box, he fires the ball into the stands.
63′
Billy Jones (Sunderland) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
61′
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went low into the middle of the target, but Vito Mannone was alert and didn’t let the score change.
61′
The resulting corner from Jesus Navas (Manchester City) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
60′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked. The ball goes out-of-play. Manchester City have been awarded a corner kick.
59′
Today’s referee Stuart Attwell rightly decides to book Billy Jones (Sunderland) for his harsh tackle.
58′
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player.
58′
It looks like David Silva (Manchester City) was seeing red according to his tackle. Stuart Attwell won’t tolerate such behaviour on the pitch and blows for a foul.
57′
Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Yaya Toure (Manchester City) is averted and cleared away to safety.
57′
A great teamplay by Manchester City as they control the ball with a lot of short passes. Patience is the key if they want to find a gap in the defence to score.
56′
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) takes a first-time shot from the edge of the box, but his effort is well blocked by the defender.
53′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Stuart Attwell blow the whistle.
53′
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
50′
Billy Jones (Sunderland) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Manchester City.
49′
Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) swings in the corner, but it’s comfortably cleared away.
49′
Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) wastes a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box which is blocked by the defence. Now Sunderland with a corner.
49′
Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from Sunderland.
48′
Flag goes up against Jermain Defoe (Sunderland). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
46′
Half-time substitution. Jeremain Lens is replaced by Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland).
46′
Manuel Pellegrini has decided to make a substitution during the half-time break. Fernando (Manchester City) comes on the pitch for Kelechi Iheanacho.
46′
The game restarts for the second half.
45+3′
Well, a decent first half here. It’s certainly not boring, but not the best match either. Neither team able to really control the flow of the game. The home players present themselves with long passes and crosses into the box. The tactic of the away side, on the other hand, is slow build-up play.
45+3′
The first half of today’s match has just finished.
45+1′
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) takes the corner, but the goalkeeper jumps and gathers the ball.
45+1′
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat. The ball is out-of-play. Sunderland win a corner kick.
45′
2 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
45′
Billy Jones (Sunderland) squanders a big chance. He takes a rebound inside the box and smashes the ball against the right post!
45′
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) latched on to an accurate lead pass inside the box and immediately released a low shot towards the right post. His effort has been denied by the well prepared keeper who pulled off a stunning save.
43′
Yaya Toure (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!
42′
A pass by Fabio Borini (Sunderland) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
41′
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but Joe Hart (Manchester City) comes off the line to clear the ball away.
40′
Fernandinho (Manchester City) with an overly-aggressive challenge, and referee Stuart Attwell blows his whistle for a foul.
39′
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Manchester City.
39′
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
38′
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) swings in a promising cross from the free kick, but one of the defenders does a perfect job to avert the danger.
38′
Martin Demichelis (Manchester City) makes a rough challenge and Stuart Attwell blows his whistle for a foul.
37′
Martin Demichelis (Manchester City) seems to have picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue playing.
37′
Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
35′
Martin Demichelis (Manchester City) 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.
35′
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) was too harsh with his tackle which made Stuart Attwell interrupt the game and signal for a set piece.
34′
Lamine Kone (Sunderland) creates himself some space in front of the goal and connects with the resulting free kick. His inaccurate header ends behind the goal line, within inches of the left post.
34′
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) is going to send the ball in from the free kick.
33′
Stuart Attwell blows his whistle and signals a foul after Jesus Navas (Manchester City) brought his opponent down. Sunderland earn a free kick.
33′
A cross which was clipped into the penalty area by Yann M’Vila (Sunderland) didn’t pose any threat, so we’ll have to wait a bit longer to see an interesting situation.
31′
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) crosses the ball into the box from the free kick, but the defence clears the danger.
30′
Stuart Attwell blows the whistle. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle. Sunderland earn a free kick which could lead to a goal-scoring opportunity.
29′
Fernandinho (Manchester City) connects with the corner kick around the penalty spot, but he steers his header just wide of the right post.
28′
David Silva (Manchester City) goes over to take the corner kick and it looks like he will send the ball into the penalty box.
28′
The defence had a hard time blocking out the strike from Sergio Aguero (Manchester City). He didn’t hesitate and finished from outside the box right after he had received a pass from his teammate. Manchester City force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
27′
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) fizzes over a cross which doesn’t cause any danger.
26′
Billy Jones (Sunderland) times his run too early, and the assistant referee raises his flag, offside. The opposition will take an indirect free kick.
25′
Fernandinho (Manchester City) jumps into tackle, but Stuart Attwell blows his whistle for a foul.
24′
David Silva (Manchester City) sends a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates.
21′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) tries to create a chance, but puts too much pace on his pass. The ball goes out-of-play and Sunderland will have a goal kick.
19′
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) overhits a cross from the corner, and none of his teammates can get his head on it.
19′
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) is able to continue to play.
18′
Yann M’Vila (Sunderland) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort. It will be a corner kick for Sunderland.
17′
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) is asking for medical treatment, but he will have to leave the pitch in order to receive help from the physio.
16′
GOAL! Superb work from Jesus Navas, who plays a vital role in the build-up. He squares it to Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), who beats Vito Mannone with a brilliant shot into the right side of the net. 0:1.
15′
Martin Demichelis (Manchester City) makes a rough challenge, and the referee blows for a foul.
14′
David Silva (Manchester City) and Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) attempted to exchange little two-yard passes, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
10′
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Stuart Attwell blows a whistle for a foul.
9′
Lovely skill from Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) as he gets away from defenders and unleashes a shot from 20 metres out, but his effort goes just wide of the right post.
8′
Yaya Toure (Manchester City) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
8′
Lamine Kone (Sunderland) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack.
7′
Fabio Borini (Sunderland) collects a pass and has an effort from distance which is blocked.
6′
The corner, delivered by Jeremain Lens (Sunderland), is intercepted by Joe Hart (Manchester City).
6′
Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down. The ball goes out for a corner. Sunderland can continue in their attacking effort.
4′
Gael Clichy (Manchester City) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked.
3′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) takes the corner which is cleared.
2′
Jesus Navas (Manchester City) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. Manchester City get a chance to score from a corner kick.
2′
Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) gives away foul for his fierce tackle against the opponent.
1′
The first half has just begun.
Manchester City will kick the game off.
The referee of today’s match will be Stuart Attwell.
The starting lineups for this match have been revealed.
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