Sunday March 20, 2011 Day 30 Finished Stadium of Light

Sunderland 0 - 2 Liverpool

  • Kuyt 33’ (pen.)
  • Suarez 77’

  1. Suarez seals Liverpool victory

    Suarez seals Liverpool victory

    A controversial penalty and a superb Luis Suarez strike helped Liverpool beat Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sunderland
    • Liverpool
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • FT And there is the final whistle...Liverpool deserved the win in the end but plenty to talk about to.
    • 90+2 Both teams just going through the motions now...this one is over.
    • 90' We will have four extra minutes.
    • 89' Oh dear it looks like Luis Suarez might have tweaked his hamstring…he is taken off straight away and Joe Cole comes on.
    • 88' Liverpool fans have been singing Luis Suarez's name non-stop for the last 10 minutes.
    • 86' Decent hit from Lee Cattermole from distance but straight at Reina.
    • 84' Meireles off and Maxi on.
    • 83' Suarez fires the resulting free-kick well over the bar.
    • 82' And now Mensah has been sent-off!!! It is a straight red for pulling Suarez down after a ball over the top looked for the Uruguayan. Looked like just a booking to me but Mensah had been booked in any event.
    • 80' Gyan is furious with Skrtel over something....there was a little push but he must have said something if he is getting so mad.
    • 79' Sunderland look deflated now...You get the feeling it is game over now.
    • 77' SUPERB GOAL FROM SUAREZ!!! He cuts in from right along the touchline but there looked to be no angle for a shot…however he someone manages to find a little gap to smash the ball into. Mignolet should have done better but still what a finish!
    • 76' Gyan goes down in the box under a challenge from Agger…no penalty. A chance there for the referee and the assistant to make up for their previous error if they wanted too. What they should have done is book Gyan for diving.
    • 75' Ngog charged for a foul on Henderson…hard to see what he did there.
    • 74' Another great save from Mignolet….Spearing with a fizzing drive which looked to heading for the top corner but Belgian keeper gets another strong hand to it.
    • 72' It is Carroll who is coming off and the Sunderland fans are ironically cheering him off.
    • 71' Looks like David Ngog is set to come on for Liverpool…Carroll is probably the most likely man to make way.
    • 70' Gyan with a decent spin and cross but it just had a bit too much on it…Sunderland cranking up the pressure again though.
    • 68' Now Kuyt is booked for a foul on Bardsley
    • 67' Suarez has been giving a lot of lip today….and the referee has had enough and booked the Uruguayan.
    • 67' Sunderland fans unhappy with another throw-in decision. It is interesting to note that in his Premier League career, referee Kevin Friend has shown four of his right red cards to Sunderland players. (Infostrada)
    • 66' Mignolet somewhat flaps at a cross but gets away with it.
    • 65' Elmohamady with a free header from a corner…it just hits Johnson on the stomach though…The Egyptian wants a penalty for handball but has no chance of that.
    • 64' Just been informed that Lucas go booked earlier in the game for consistent fouling.
    • 63' The crowd encourage Henderson to shoot from distance but that is well wide and over.
    • 61' Little spell of end-to-end pressure gets the crowd going a bit.
    • 60' Sunderland make what will have to be their final change…. Elmohamady is on for Welbeck.
    • 59' Malbranque spins past Carroll but Liverpool defend his little chip into the box and then Gyan is charged with offside.
    • 58' Meireles dinks a decent ball into the box but there is no Liverpool man attacking it.
    • 57' Remember Sunderland can only make one change given their two injuries in the first half.
    • 56' Malbranque tries to curl a shot into the corner…well wide but a rare Sunderland effort on goal at least.
    • 55' Suarez fires a decent effort from the resulting free-kick but it goes wide of the target probably to the referee's relief.
    • 54' Sunderland furious with referee Kevin Friend again…..Carroll is fouled 30 yards out but the referee allows play to go on, rightly so, as the ball falls kindly to Meireles…the Portuguese man fires over the bar though when he should have done better but the referee then calls the play back for the original free-kick but surely too much time had gone? Bramble booked for the foul too.
    • 53' Sunderland are winless in all 4 matches in which they trailed at half-time this season (1 draw, 3 defeats). They only came back to pick up a point against Arsenal on 18 September (1-1). (Infostrada)
    • 52' So this game continues in the same vein…Sunderland with the possession but crucially Liverpool with the chances.
    • 51' OFF THE LINE FROM CATTERMOLE….Another fine delivery from Meireles and Carroll is inexplicably left free…his header is heading for the net but Cattermole on the line sticks a boot out and clears.
    • 50' Liverpool soaking up pressure and then looking to hit quickly on the break.
    • 49' A cross to the far post evades everyone and bounces up for Malbranque but he fresh-airs it and the chance goes.
    • 48' Carragher gets in to nick Welbeck…Sunderland are getting close with their little flicks and dummies but Liverpool are defending well.
    • 47' Again Sunderland are on the front foot in the early stages of this second-half but they need to start creating chances.
    • 46' And we are back underway....
    • HT And there is the half-time whistle…Liverpool in front but under controversially circumstances. Make sure to log-onto Eurosport Yahoo! tomorrow to watch highlights of the incident.
    • 45+3 Bardsley, has to slide in to nick Suarez on the edge of the box..good tackle.
    • 45+2 Sunderland fans furious with the other linesman now as they thought the ball went out for a corner but the linesman rightly spotted it was off Sessegnon.
    • 45' We will have three extra minutes.
    • 44' Lee Cattermole booked for a trip on Suarez…welcome back Lee – you've been missed.
    • 43' Gyan just can't control the ball on the edge of the box with a swarm of black shirts around him.
    • 42' Carroll pushes off Bramble (fairly) and gets his head on a corner but it is over and wide - he should have done better.
    • 41' Sunderland haven’t really recovered since going behind…Liverpool doing more of the attacking now…a shift in confidence.
    • 40' Sunderland defend Carroll well but then Titus Bramble gives the ball straight back to Kuyt. Nothing comes from it though.
    • 39' Sunderland have had most of the ball today but they have not created any chances, they are behind, and they have had two players off injured.
    • 37' SUPERB SAVE FROM MIGNOLET…..great ball over the top of the defence bounces up lovely for Suarez….he takes it first-time on the half-volley and it looks to be heading for the corner but Mignolet makes a brilliant low save to bat it away.
    • 35' Sunderland have a free-kick in an attacking area but Liverpool defend it.
    • 34' Mensah was also booked for the foul on Spearing...no doubt it was a foul but inside or out.....?
    • 33' Kuyt calmly slots the penalty home but why the referee change his mind? He was in a better position to see the incident than the linesman…Steve Bruce is furious and understandably so.
    • 32' PENALTY FOR LIVERPOOL!!!! But HUGE controversy……John Mensah makes a mistake and that lets Spearing in….Mensah then brings down Spearing but it looked outside the box…that is what the referee gave but the linesman convinced the referee to overrule it
    • 31' Whenever Andy Carroll gives the ball away…which has happened a few times, the Sunderland fans are loving it given that he is an ex-Newcastle man.
    • 30' It is quite alarming how little possession Liverpool have had….they literally cannot get out of their half at the moment.
    • 29' Malbranque whips a ball into the box but that is too close to Reina.
    • 28' Carragher uses physical tactics to take care of Welbeck in the box. The Sunderland man wants a penalty but it was just crafty professionalism from Carragher.
    • 27' It was 2-2 when these sides met in September but both Sunderland goals were scored by Darren Bent Liverpool battle for Sunderland draw
    • 26' Gyan with a little flick nearly sets away Welbeck…the home side are completely dominating the possession battle.
    • 25' Another attack is shifted to that side but Bardsley gives the ball away.
    • 24' Sunderland seem to be moving the ball down the right as much as possible.
    • 23' So Sunderland started well but have already had to make two changes…will it upset their rhythm.
    • 22' And Sunderland now have to make ANOTHER change…Steed Malbranque has been rushed on for Kieron Richardson who has also picked up a knock.
    • 20' Mignolet spills the ball inside the box and Meireles and then Suarez both look like they might get chances but Sunderland do manage to bundle it out for a corner at least.
    • 19' Sulley Muntari has picked up a knock and has to go off...Lee Cattermole returns after three months out with a back injury.
    • 17' Suarez is furious with Carroll and Spearing….he launches a great counter attack but then Carroll and Spearing fail to give him a return pass.
    • 16' Super cross from Danny Welbeck….it flashes across the face of goal and is just begging for a touch from Richards…Welbeck and Gyan linked very well to get that attack going down the right.
    • 15' Sunderland have had a whopping 67 per cent of the possession so far…
    • 14' Actually goes towards Agger who was fouling Ferdinand in any event.
    • 13' Suarez nutmegs Muntari down the right and wins himself a free-kick in a dangerous area. Meireles will look for Carroll….
    • 12' Mensah hacks away a cross from Spearing but only out to the sideline. Attacking throw for Liverpool.
    • 11' Sunderlan have been the better team so far but Liverpool have had the only two chances.
    • 10' Agger falls to the ground as Welbeck looks to break into the box but he does well to stick out of leg and clear the danger.
    • 9' Liverpool have lost all three of their Premier League away games directly following a Europa League matchday this season. (Opta). They will look to correct that today.
    • 8' Got a bit scrappy now after a lively start from both teams.
    • 6' Now Kuyt has another chance with a header from a corner but he can't keep it down…should have done better.
    • 5' FIRST CHANCE LIVERPOOL: Carroll gets up highest to head down a corner from Meireles and it drops to Kuyt who swoops a shot towards goal but Mignolet makes a save from point-blank range with his feet.
    • 4' John Mensah goes in heavy on Suarez…you feel Sunderland's Ghana contingent might like to get one over on the Uruguayan after what happened in the World Cup.
    • 3' Bright start from Sunderland already….Liverpool seem to be playing Suarez and Kuyt wide either side of Carroll up the middle.
    • 2' Daniel Agger looking anything but comfortable at left-back under pressure from Henderson but he finally hacks it clear.
    • 1' Impeccably observed minute silence for those in Japan and we are underway….Liverpool wearning their black jerseys.
    • 13:25 Owing to Carroll's recent injury problems, Suarez and Carroll have played just 15 minutes together - in the 3-1 win over Manchester United - since both arrived in January.
    • 13:20 Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has warned his players they cannot afford to fall into the trap of becoming a long-ball team with Andy Carroll in the side. Dalglish cautious against long ball
    • 13:15 Striker Danny Welbeck will make his first start for Sunderland since January, as the youngster returns from injury. Steve Bruce has also named Nedum Onuoha and Lee Cattermole amongst the substitutes this afternoon. Cattermole has not made an appearance in 2011 and Onuoha last featured during the home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
    • 13:10 This fixture last season is probably the only game in history that will be forever remembered by these two words. 'Beach ball'
    • 13:05 Sunderland: Mignolet, Ferdinand, Bramble, Mensah, Bardsley, Sessegnon, Henderson, Muntari, Richardson, Welbeck, Gyan; Subs: Gordon, Zenden, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Cattermole, Colback, Onuoha /// Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Kuyt, Meireles, Lucas, Spearing, Carroll, Suarez; Subs: Gordon, Zenden, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Cattermole, Colback, Onuoha
    • 13:00 Steve Bruce will send his defenders out against Liverpool on Sunday under orders not to allow Andy Carroll to ruin his day for the second time this season. Bruce expects Sunderland to cope with Carroll
    • 12:55 Sunderland can move to within a point of Liverpool with a win today. Premier League table
    • 12:50 Still waiting for the Sunderland team news but Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll BOTH START for Liverpool. Their team is: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Skrtel, Spearing, Lucas, Meireles, Suarez, Kuyt, Carroll.
    • 12:45 Hello and welcome to our live coverage from the Stadium of Light as Sunderland take on Liverpool. Kick-off is a 13:30
  • Summary

    • 82' And now Mensah has been sent-off!!! It is a straight red for pulling Suarez down after a ball over the top looked for the Uruguayan. Looked like just a booking to me but Mensah had been booked in any event.
    • 77' SUPERB GOAL FROM SUAREZ!!! He cuts in from right along the touchline but there looked to be no angle for a shot…however he someone manages to find a little gap to smash the ball into. Mignolet should have done better but still what a finish!
    • 76' Gyan goes down in the box under a challenge from Agger…no penalty. A chance there for the referee and the assistant to make up for their previous error if they wanted too. What they should have done is book Gyan for diving.
    • 74' Another great save from Mignolet….Spearing with a fizzing drive which looked to heading for the top corner but Belgian keeper gets another strong hand to it.
    • 55' Suarez fires a decent effort from the resulting free-kick but it goes wide of the target probably to the referee's relief.
    • 54' Sunderland furious with referee Kevin Friend again…..Carroll is fouled 30 yards out but the referee allows play to go on, rightly so, as the ball falls kindly to Meireles…the Portuguese man fires over the bar though when he should have done better but the referee then calls the play back for the original free-kick but surely too much time had gone? Bramble booked for the foul too.
    • 51' OFF THE LINE FROM CATTERMOLE….Another fine delivery from Meireles and Carroll is inexplicably left free…his header is heading for the net but Cattermole on the line sticks a boot out and clears.
    • 46' And we are back underway....
    • 37' SUPERB SAVE FROM MIGNOLET…..great ball over the top of the defence bounces up lovely for Suarez….he takes it first-time on the half-volley and it looks to be heading for the corner but Mignolet makes a brilliant low save to bat it away.
    • 33' Kuyt calmly slots the penalty home but why the referee change his mind? He was in a better position to see the incident than the linesman…Steve Bruce is furious and understandably so.
    • 32' PENALTY FOR LIVERPOOL!!!! But HUGE controversy……John Mensah makes a mistake and that lets Spearing in….Mensah then brings down Spearing but it looked outside the box…that is what the referee gave but the linesman convinced the referee to overrule it
    • 16' Super cross from Danny Welbeck….it flashes across the face of goal and is just begging for a touch from Richards…Welbeck and Gyan linked very well to get that attack going down the right.
    • 6' Now Kuyt has another chance with a header from a corner but he can't keep it down…should have done better.
    • 5' FIRST CHANCE LIVERPOOL: Carroll gets up highest to head down a corner from Meireles and it drops to Kuyt who swoops a shot towards goal but Mignolet makes a save from point-blank range with his feet.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • S. Mignolet
      • A. Ferdinand
      • J. Mensah Red Card
      • T. Bramble Yellow Card
      • P. Bardsley
      • J. Henderson
      • S. Muntari Substitution Out (19′)
      • S. Sessegnon
      • D. Welbeck Substitution Out (61′)
      • K. Richardson Substitution Out (23′)
      • A. Gyan

      Subs

      • S. Malbranque Substitution In23′
      • N. Onuoha
      • C. Gordon
      • L. Cattermole Substitution In19′ Yellow Card
      • J. Colback
      • B. Zenden
      • A. Al-Muhamadi Substitution In61′
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Reina
      • J. Carragher
      • M. Škrtel
      • D. Agger
      • G. Johnson
      • Lucas Yellow Card
      • J. Spearing
      • D. Kuyt Goal Yellow Card
      • Raul Meireles Substitution Out (84′)
      • A. Carroll Substitution Out (72′)
      • L. Suarez Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out (89′)

      Subs

      • J. Cole Substitution In89′
      • C. Poulsen
      • M. Rodríguez Substitution In84′
      • D. N'Gog Substitution In72′
      • D. Wilson
      • S. Kyrgiakos
      • P. Gulacsi
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