Saturday September 15, 2012 Day 4 Finished Stadium of Light

Sunderland 1 - 1 Liverpool

  • Fletcher 29’
  • Suarez 71’

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  1. Suarez equalises as Liverpool draw at Sunderland

    Suarez equalises as Liverpool draw at Sunderland

    Liverpool remain without a win after four games of the Premier League despite dominating in a 1-1 draw at Sunderland's Stadium of Light. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sunderland
    • Liverpool
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    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 1-1 draw. Liverpool should have won the match, but are somehow held by the hosts.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Bramble smacks the ball long down the park after Suarez had danced to the edge of the Sunderland box.
    • 87' Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill trying to encourage his side to maintain concentration here to earn a point they barely deserve.
    • 86' Solid tackle by Gerrard to win the ball from Irish international James McClean.
    • 85' The last time Liverpool failed to win any of their first four league matches in a top flight season was in 1911-12. Looks like that may be the stat from today.
    • 84' Gerrard drives the ball in, but Sunderland hold firm. Anywhere will do here it seems for the Black Cats.
    • 83' They have a free-kick here on the edge of the home box as Sessegnon clips Sterling. Another chance for the visitors.
    • 82' Liverpool throwing everything into the closing moments here. Will be unlucky if they fail to find a winner.
    • 81' Another change for Sunderland as Fletcher departs to be replaced by Louis Saha.
    • 80' Liverpool now up to 485 passes in this match compared to 278 by Sunderland.
    • 79' Campbell plays in McClean, but he lifts the ball well over the bar from the attack. A rare home attack, it must be said. Has been all Liverpool.
    • 78' A booking for Larsson after a strong sliding challenge on young Sterling.
    • 77' Decent hit by Shelvey is blocked by Mignolet before Suarez nods over on the rebound.
    • 76' Sunderland have thrown on Fraizer Campbell to replace Rose while Liverpool press them back.
    • 75' Suarez is going to throw over this corner. Referee is going to add a few minutes while Reina ties his laces.
    • 74' Looks like the Liverpool goalkeeper Reina is calling for a change of footwear while his side have a corner at the other end.
    • 73' Downing with the corner. Liverpool really piling it on here in the closing moments looking for this winner.
    • 72' Luis Suarez scored his second Premier League goal of the season. He now has seven goals in his last 11 Premier League matches stretching back to the end of March.
    • 71' Almost 42,000 watching the action tonight. Can't say that Liverpool weren't good for their leveller. Can they push on here for the winner?
    • 70' Ball broke off Bramble in the area from Sterling's cross and Suarez came up with the finish.
    • 69' GOAL! Suarez rattles the ball into the net as Liverpool deservedly draw level at 1-1.
    • 68' Johnson smacks a shot over the bar from 25 yards after a poor clearance by Cattermole.
    • 67' Not happening for Suarez so far today. He is looking a confused sort of figures. Rodgers deep in conversation on that bench at the moment.
    • 66' Last season Liverpool ‘won’ only 10 of 38 second halves, losing them on 14 occasions. Not looking too clever for them here, either.
    • 65' Sessegnon clubs a shot into the body of an opposing player before Sterling drags an effort well wide at the other end.
    • 64' A change coming then for Liverpool as Stewart Downing is introduced for Borini.
    • 63' A booking for Skrtel after he barged Sessegnon to the ground with an uncompromising challenge.
    • 62' Liverpool have lost their last 14 Premier League away matches when losing 1-0 at half time, since a 2-2 draw at Birmingham City in April 2008.
    • 61' Lovely cross by Sterling looking for Borini. Mignolet can only clear to Shelvey, whose pass to Gerrard sees his skipper knock the ball wide of goal with only the home goalkeeper to beat. Golden chance gone for Liverpool.
    • 60' Gardner lets fly from miles out, but that effort is always sailing miles wide of the goal.
    • 59' Lovely play by Fletcher and McClean, but the finish by Colback flies over the bar. Nice build-up by Sunderland.
    • 58' McClean picks out a cross that is cleared by Agger only for Fletcher to be caught napping offside.
    • 57' Gardner smashes a blistering shot at the Liverpool goal, but it comes back off the head of Kelly. He fairly got hold of that effort.
    • 56' Liverpool have lost 13 Premier League matches in 2012. If they lose today it will be their most defeats in a single year since 1993 (14 defeats).
    • 55' Liverpool with an enormous 65 percent of possession which is a lot of ball away from home. Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill not looking too fussed.
    • 54' O'Shea takes out Suarez with a late challenge. Sunderland do enough to head clear Gerrard's free-kick from out on the wing.
    • 53' All Liverpool at the moment it must be said. Rose forced to make a good tackle to deny Sterling vital yards.
    • 52' Johnson has looked very impressive in supporting the attack this afternoon. Another cross, but Borini can't divert that header at goal.
    • 51' Johnson thumps a shot at goal that comes back off the bar. So unfortunate for the Liverpool player to see that fail to hit the net.
    • 50' Johnson fires a lovely ball across the face of the Sunderland goal, but no takers on hand to convert. Borini or Sterling should have attacked that cross.
    • 49' Skrtel trying to help out in attack, but his cross into the middle comes off Suarez and behind for a goalkick to the home side.
    • 48' Shelvey hammers a shot at the visiting goal, but too near the Sunderland goalkeeper Mignolet who gets down to make a comfortable enough stop.
    • 47' Change at the break for Sunderland with Titus Bramble replacing Carlos Cuellar for the visitors.
    • 46' We are off and running then in this second period.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. A 1-0 lead for Sunderland at half-time courtesy of Fletcher's goal.
    • 44' Into one minute of time added on.
    • 43' Rose and Larsson doubling up on Sterling to ensure he can't get a cross into the box. That is almost that for the first half.
    • 42' Colback brings down Johnson as he tried to get forward for Liverpool. Johnston showing plenty of willingness out there today.
    • 41' Cuellar content to ship the ball back to Mignolet from the halfway line before Larsson gives the ball away from out wide.
    • 40' Mignolet smashes the ball up the park under pressure from Suarez. Sunderland looking to get to the break holding this slender lead.
    • 39' Sunderland with the one shot on goal which they have scored from, believe it or not.
    • 38' Shelvey deemed to be guilty of fouling Rose deep in the Sunderland half. Mignolet can launch this ball long down the park.
    • 37' Decent defending by Johnson to win the ball from Colback as he embarked on a run into the visiting area.
    • 36' Shelvey slips the ball out to Suarez. Liverpool finding it hard to cut through this stodgy Sunderland defence.
    • 35' It is over three years since Liverpool came from behind to win a Premier League away match – 3-2 at Bolton in August 2009.
    • 34' Suarez goes to ground in the box. Clear dive by Suarez and the referee responds by brandishing the yellow card.
    • 33' The home fans appear to be enlivened by that Fletcher goal for their team.
    • 32' Kelly makes strong surging covering run back to win the ball from the break McClean. Decent play by the Irish youngster.
    • 31' Suarez sees a free-kick deflect over the bar before Sunderland deal with Gerrard's delivery from the corner-kick.
    • 30' Steven Fletcher scored his third goal in his first two Premier League matches for Sunderland. This is the most goals ever scored by a Sunderland player in their first two matches for the club.
    • 29' Skrtel was all over the place as he tried to track down Fletcher on the run there. Kelly receiving treatment for a head knock.
    • 28' Liverpool well and truly undone. The home side have hardly been in the match yet somehow have the lead here. Three goals in two games for Fletcher now.
    • 27' GOAL! Fletcher nets for Sunderland. The £14 million man slips the ball home from Gardner's cross as Sunderland take the lead against the run of play.
    • 26' Most of the momentum in the game with Liverpool so far. Sunderland seem content to let their opponents play in front of them.
    • 25' Suarez plays provider to pick out Sterling, whose shot is charged down. Better moments from Liverpool.
    • 24' Liverpool with their first shot at goal among four at the Sunderland rigging. The home side have not mustered one so far apart from that dangerous Larsson free-kick.
    • 23' Brilliant save by Mignolet to keep out the snap shot by Borini. Sharp shot, sharp save. We remain at 0-0.
    • 22' Shelvey has his pocket picked by Cuellar on the edge of the home box. All a bit too predictable from Shelvey. Should have been looking to move that on.
    • 21' Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is munching on his chewing gum with some intent. Not sure what he is making of this.
    • 20' Gerrard angles the ball in, but Fletcher is on hand to clear the danger. Suarez then runs the ball out of play.
    • 19' Rose brings down Sterling out wide and that will be a free-kick to Liverpool. Almost like a corner here.
    • 18' Liverpool with 137 passes to Sunderland's 77, but not really seeing much for that passing.
    • 17' Liverpool have lost their last two Premier League visits to the North-east, failing to score in each. Their only win in the last six matches there was 2-0 at Sunderland in March 2011.
    • 16' Superb delivery from Larsson into the Liverpool box. Ball somehow whistles past a post. That could easily have wound up in the net from out wide.
    • 15' Sessegnon on the run for Sunderland out wide, but solid piece of defending by Johnson. Ball comes back off the home player for a goalkick to Liverpool.
    • 14' Sessegnon wins the ball in the middle of the park for Sunderland, but ends up overhitting the pass by some margin. Really disappointing stuff it must be said so far.
    • 13' Neither side really setting the heather on fire at the outset of this match. Sunderland yet to truly impress themselves upon Pepe Reina in the visiting goal.
    • 12' Borini drags the ball across the face of goal, but Mignolet is out to collect the cross.
    • 11' Sunderland have lost only two of 12 Premier League matches at the Stadium of Light under Martin O’Neill – to Arsenal and Manchester United. They have kept six clean sheets in this time.
    • 10' Suarez with a dash to the edge of the box. Clips a shot at goal, but snatches at the finish and the ball flies well wide of the target.
    • 9' Liverpool happy to pass, pass, pass...very much the Rodgers way but they are not really going forward with it.
    • 8' Steven Fletcher on the deck and needing some treatment. Fletcher fresh from being left out of Scotland's recent World Cup qualifying matches.
    • 7' Liverpool have lost their last two Premier League away matches without scoring a goal. They last went three without scoring two years ago – a three-match streak from May to September 2010.
    • 6' Neither side are lacking bite in their tackles. Liverpool getting plenty of bodies back when Sunderland have possession.
    • 5' Suarez with a ball across goal. Cleared by Cuellar before Sessegnon is felled by Joe Allen.
    • 4' Sunderland have lost only two of 12 Premier League matches at the Stadium of Light under Martin O’Neill – to Arsenal and Manchester United. They have kept six clean sheets in this time.
    • 3' Shelvey drags a shot wide from outside of the box. Decent chance, but can't get the shot on target.
    • 2' Shelvey with a hopeful ball through the middle, but Cuellar is covering to get the ball back to Mignolet who hammers it long down the pitch.
    • 1' Sunderland get the match off and running. Nice night and pitch for a passing game of football.
    • 17:25 Not much of a clue from Martin O'Neill's record against Liverpool how tonight's game will go: Martin O’Neill has coached a team 17 times against Liverpool in the Premier League, wining six, drawing six and losing five. (Infostrada)
    • 17:20 Possible landmark for Liverpool today: The Reds have drawn 99 games away from home in the Premier League.
    • 17:15 Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool) on the chants from rival fans about the Hillsborough disaster: "I speak as a human being and I don’t ever like to hear anything like that, whatever club it is, that associates with other people’s tragedies and death. Unfortunately you have a very small percentage of idiots at any club who will always try to smear another club’s reputation. Of course, it is obvious these are chants that no-one wants to hear about any club."
    • 17:10 Martin O'Neill (Sunderland): "Liverpool are just settling down. They’ve seemingly had their worst start to the season in a number of years, but it’s over-exaggerated as always. After 11 or 12 games you’ll start to see a picture developing in the league itself, never mind Liverpool, and then you can follow some sort of trend.”
    • 17:05 Liverpool, of course, have been coming to terms with the revelations surrounding the Hillsborough tragedy this week. But they also need to get back to work in the Premier League, where they are so far winless in the Rodgers era. The Stadium of Light will be a tough venue to change that.
    • 17:00 For Liverpool, Sahin finds himself on the bench while Shelvey starts - that's possibly not the dream that Brendan Rodgers painted when sealing the loan move. Sterling forms part of a front three with Suarez and Borini. For Sunderland, Adam Johnson misses out with injury, while loan signing Danny Rose comes in in a slight reshuffle.
    • 16:55 SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Larsson, Sessegnon, Cattermole, Colback, McLean, Fletcher - subs: Campbell, Kilgallon, Ji, Meyler, Bramble, Westwood, Saha /// LIVERPOOL: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Allen, Gerrard, Shelvey, Borini, Suarez, Sterling - subs: Jones, Enrique, Sahin, Assaidi, Henderson, Downing
    • 16:50 A busy day of Premier League action so far, with the 15:00 kick-offs just coming to a conclusion. Follow them all here
    • 16:45 Hello and welcome to live text commentary from the Premier League, where Sunderland host Liverpool in the evening kick off!
  • Summary

    • 77' Decent hit by Shelvey is blocked by Mignolet before Suarez nods over on the rebound.
    • 70' Ball broke off Bramble in the area from Sterling's cross and Suarez came up with the finish.
    • 69' GOAL! Suarez rattles the ball into the net as Liverpool deservedly draw level at 1-1.
    • 61' Lovely cross by Sterling looking for Borini. Mignolet can only clear to Shelvey, whose pass to Gerrard sees his skipper knock the ball wide of goal with only the home goalkeeper to beat. Golden chance gone for Liverpool.
    • 51' Johnson thumps a shot at goal that comes back off the bar. So unfortunate for the Liverpool player to see that fail to hit the net.
    • 27' GOAL! Fletcher nets for Sunderland. The £14 million man slips the ball home from Gardner's cross as Sunderland take the lead against the run of play.
    • 23' Brilliant save by Mignolet to keep out the snap shot by Borini. Sharp shot, sharp save. We remain at 0-0.
    • 16' Superb delivery from Larsson into the Liverpool box. Ball somehow whistles past a post. That could easily have wound up in the net from out wide.
    • 16:55 SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Larsson, Sessegnon, Cattermole, Colback, McLean, Fletcher - subs: Campbell, Kilgallon, Ji, Meyler, Bramble, Westwood, Saha /// LIVERPOOL: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Allen, Gerrard, Shelvey, Borini, Suarez, Sterling - subs: Jones, Enrique, Sahin, Assaidi, Henderson, Downing
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