Wednesday December 26, 2012 Day 19 Finished Stadium of Light

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  1. Premier League - Hart howler as Manchester City lose at Sunderland

    Premier League - Hart howler as Manchester City lose at Sunderland

    Adam Johnson scored thanks to a Joe Hart error as Sunderland beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Stadium of Light. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sunderland
    • Manchester City
    • - Watch video highlights of this match and all the others from 00.01 tonight/Thursday morning, whichever way you look at it.
    • - Manchester United HAVE beaten Newcastle, which means City are now seven points behind their rivals. Two huge results. Any chat on that, you know where to find it. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • - We don't have a result from Old Trafford yet - Vurnon Anita of Newcastle has picked up a serious-looking injury, a lengthy delay.
    • 90+5 But it's headed clear and the whistle goes! City have lost to Sunderland, thanks to a poor error from Joe Hart letting their cast-off Adam Johnson score. And United are on the brink of winning against Newcastle...
    • 90+4 Manchester United have scored what looks like a late winner against Newcastle - if this holds, Ciy slip seven points behind. Meanwhile, Hart is up for another corner!
    • 90+3 Corner City as a Milner shot takes a big deflection off Garner. Hart comes up for it! The ball flies over his head, is half-cleared and drops to Milner but he shoots well over!
    • 90+2 City are just piling everything forward, with Lescott playing as a target man. Mignolet punches clear from him.
    • 90+1 Four minutes added time being played.
    • 90' CITY SUB: Odd one as Lescott replaces Garcia. City have not been great from wide so I'd have gone for Sinclair...
    • 89' SUNDERLAND SUB: Rose has been excellent but they've gone for the better header of the ball by bringing on Bardsley.
    • 88' SHOULD HAVE BEEN 2-0! Greedy McClean blasts high and wide after being sent in down the left by Fletcher - Sessegnon was clear! Should have squared it!
    • 87' CITY SUB: Barry, who scored the winner against Reading last time out, replaces Toure.
    • 86' Fletcher flicks it wide to Campbell, now inside to Sessegnon but he can't find McClean and City clear.
    • 85' Aguero with a looping header from Toure's cross but easy for Mignolet.
    • 84' Should have been 2-0 as Campbell, who had just come off the bench, fired straight at Hart after Sessegnon's cross was blocked into his path!
    • 83' Last-gasp slide tackle by Kilgallon as Milner was sent through! The ref halts play as Aguero is down...
    • 82' Great leap by Kilgallon to beat Dzeko to the header. Sunderland clear but City come again...
    • 81' Aguero is almost played in by Silva but Rose reads it to clear. However his touch is poor and Silva has it back on the right wing, winning a free-kick off the England U21 left back.
    • 80' GREAT SAVE HART! City's defence parted like the Red Sea and Sessegnon was in but, being closed down by Kompany and Nastastic, was only able to prod it on goal - a flying Hart kept it out!
    • 79' Dzeko won't help with touches like that though - a terrible lay-off to Toure from Milner's ball.
    • 77' City, for all the effort, are toiling and with Silva having an off day lack any real creativity. Can the battering ram of Dzeko change things?
    • 76' Surging run by Aguero but a weak low drive is easy for Mignolet.
    • 75' Milner finally takes it but sends a poor effort over, dipping far too late.
    • 75' City have a free-kick around 25 yards out. Toure, Milner and Silva are chatting about it...
    • 74' Great turn by Sessegnon to switch defence into attack, now Fletcher races away but Johnson's shot is blocked.
    • 73' CITY SUB: And finally Dzeko comes on, Tevez trudging off.
    • 72' McClean pops up on the right for Sunderland but fouls Zabaleta. City will make a change...
    • 71' Sessegnon thinks Kompany handled but it was blasted straight at him. Down the other end Aguero forces a good stop from Mignolet! Corner, taken quickly but McClean hoofs to touch for a throw.
    • 70' All very scrappy now as wild challenges and missed passes mark a poor spell of play.
    • 69' Fletcher and Nastasic tangle just outside the box but both stay on their feet and Friend waves play-on.
    • 68' Good hands from Mignolet to hold on to Zabaleta's cross under pressure after his driving run and cross from the left wing.
    • 67' Wonder when the big man Dzeko will make an entrance? City's forwards have been drifting in and out of the game, they need a presence!!
    • 66' City piling it on now as Aguero's shot is blocked by Cuellar after a turn in the box. Milner's follow-up is blocked by a diving Rose too. Great defending!
    • 64' Larsson to swing in this free-kick from the left... Lowish and flicked on by Gardner but Nastasic clears.
    • 63' Kompany with a foul on McClean I think and he could be in trouble here... Final warning. He's already been booked remember. Very lucky man.
    • 62' Sunderland, understandably, are in the process of finding a parking space for the bus.
    • 61' Yaya is harshly adjudged to have fouled Gardner after the Sunderland full-back dithered while clearing the ball.
    • 60' Great tackle by Rose on Yaya after Tevez had held it up well. Corner.
    • 59' McClean on the left with a great low ball into Sessegnon but a terrible touch sends it into Hart's arms!
    • 58' Toure given far too much time on the ball there but Zabaleta can't get the cross in.
    • 57' Late tackle from Nastasic on Fletcher... Booking, could easily have been red. Right into the back of him after the ball was long gone.
    • 56' City suddenly snap into action as Cuellar is forced to hack clear from six yards out.
    • 55' And now Sessegnon puts just wide after taking a high ball on the chest, cutting past Nastasic and dragging his effort beyond the far post. Actually quite some way off target, should have done better!
    • 54' City are furious as they felt there was a foul on Zabaleta in the build-up, but that distracts from a goalkeeping shocker from Joe Hart, who let it squirm through his arm at the near post. Horrorshow for England's no.1
    • 53' GOAL SUNDERLAND! Johnson with a long-range effort that beats Joe Hart! A delayed reaction as it seemed it may have hit the side netting but that was in!
    • 51' Larsson to take this one but again headed away, Nastasic this time, and Fletcher was fouling him anyway.
    • 50' Garcia hoofs it away for a corner to Sunderland on the right, but Johnson's hanging ball is headed behind by Kompany for another one.
    • 49' Corner City on the left but Yaya Toure heads well off target.
    • 48' Lovely dribble and cross from Johnson but no-one has taken a risk and it's an easy headed clearance for Nastasic.
    • 47' Nice passing move from City ends when Silva shoots straight at Cuellar. Sunderland break but Kompany slides in well on Sessegnon.
    • 46' The second half is underway at the Stadium of Light!
    • - STATS: Sunderland with 42% possession but that does not refect the balance of play, with five shots on goal to City's seven. Sunderland playing effectively down the flanks.
    • - What did you make of that rather nondescript half? Around a 5/10 for me alas. City seemed to lose interest about halfway through, although Sunderland's decision to focus on wide play may have had a part in that. Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 45+2 Heavy touch by Fletcher on the edge of the box as he tried to flick the ball into the box on the turn. And that's half-time, goalless and not the greatest spectacle.
    • 45+1 Two minutes added time being played.
    • 45' After much fuss, Sunderland will take this - and Larsson hits it into the wall, before driving the rebound well wide. Very poor, should have let Gardner have that!
    • 44' Well Larsson is also a free-kick taker of note and he stands alongside Gardner as Kevin Friend paces out 10 yards. It's just shy of the box, a few yards to the left of the D...
    • 43' Rose's cross is headed clear by Kompany, but only to McClean, who finds Sessegnon who is brought down by Kompany on the edge of the box. Booking for the Belgian and a free-kick in a very dangerous, Craig Gardner-esque position.
    • 42' Sessegnon with a wild header after a good cross from Gardner. You'd not want little Sessegnon on the end of such balls, ideally Fletcher.
    • 41' Aguero is booked, as is Colback, after a trip from the latter provokes a reaction from the former.
    • 40' Good interception by Nastasic as a low ball from McClean caused problems.
    • 39' Yaya Toure is furious after being penalised when he felt McClean shoved him.
    • 38' Aguero and Tevez combain, Tevez is in the box and he tumbles under McClean's challenge but it was a fair one says the ref.
    • 37' Almost a hairy moment for Mignolet after a heavy touch from Cuellar's backpass but he clears before Aguero can act.
    • 36' Fine skill and cross from McClean on the left but Kompany clears. Now Larsson with a ball from the right, great low delivery but a sliding Kompany clears before Fletcher can pounce.
    • 35' Jeers as Tevez is penalised for a shove after he felt he had been fouled.
    • 34' The City free-kick on the left wing is cleared by Cuellar, with Sessegnon lumping it even further upfield.
    • 33' Down the other end Gardner is penalised for a shove on Zabaleta. Replay shows the previous 'penalty' appeal had no merit, as Fletcher had actually pushed the defender.
    • 32' Fletcher goes down under pressure from Nastasic, but the ref jogs on as the crowd roars. No real appeals from Sunderland's players though.
    • 31' Good stuff from Sunderland but Kolo Toure clears McClean's cross from the left.
    • 30' City are still down to 10 men as Sunderland look to exploit the power play, a Johnson cross aimed for Sessegnon cleared by Kompany. Zabaleta returns.
    • 29' City continuing to fuss over Zabaleta, who has had to change shirts as they bandage his head in the style of Terry Butcher.
    • 27' Play is halted as blood is streaming from Zabaleta's head. Ow. Looks like a cut just at the top of his forehead.
    • 26' City clear the corner and now Aguero is on the run, he finds two men in his way so looks back to Tour (Yaya) who finds his brother as City look for a counter.
    • 25' GREAT SVAE HART! A fizzing low drive from Sessegnon on the edge of the box, but Hart got down to his right to palm behind for a corner.
    • 24' Looking at the replay and we see a great off-the-ball run by Tevez that split the Sunderland defence to allow for Aguero's cut-back.
    • 23' GREAT SAVE MIGNOLET! The Sunderland keeper made himself big to keep out Silva's finish after the hosts were carved apart by Aguero down the left.
    • 22' Sunderland doing a lot better now as City old-boy Johnson wins a throw on the right wing.
    • 21' Sunderland's best spell this as a good piece of passing play allows Rose to cross, his first blocked back to him and his second effort hoofed to touch by Nastasic, who is playing centre-back.
    • 20' The free-kick is wasted by Sunderland as Gardner commits a foul, City having cleared anyway.
    • 19' Johnson combines with Gardner on the right but the cross is cleared. Rose bounds forward and is fouled by Aguero, Sunderland free-kick 30 yards out, centre-left.
    • 18' City with an extended spell on the ball but not much threat to be honest.
    • 17' Milner's corner is headed off target, although Kompany somehow keeps it in and City retain the ball.
    • 16' Rose gives the ball away, allowing Garcia to release Aguero, who wins a corner on the right after a lovely dribble inside.
    • 15' Terrible from Silva who, after a promising City move, was in space on the edge of the box only to inexplicably try a lay-off to someone who wasn't there, underhitting it in the process.
    • 14' City now dominating possession. Could be a long afternoon for the hosts.
    • 13' Toure with a curler from range but Mignolet reads it to pluck the ball from the air.
    • 12' A promising City move breaks down when Silva's cross is not met by any kind of run into the six-yard box from his forwards.
    • 11' Good play by Aguero on the right but Toure scuffs his cross and Sunderland clear. City get it back though and build patiently from the back.
    • 10' Terrible free-kick from Silva, high and rising well over the bar.
    • 9' Nice turn by Milner on the edge of the box but he's been touched by a few Sunderland players, eventually stumbling to win a free-kick.
    • 8' KOMPANY HITS THE BAR! Fine header from the corner and Toure could turn it in but a great save by the legs of Mignolet.
    • 7' City now have a corner after a patient spell of build-up play.
    • 6' Aguero on the move now but Colback closes him down to concede the throw.
    • 5' Johnson recovers from that knock and it's a Sunderland free-kick on the right edge of the City area. Johnson swings it in but City clear.
    • 4' Fine crossfield pass from Larsson seeks out Johnson wide right, but Zabaleta - who is playing left back - chops him down just outside the box.
    • 3' Sessegnon takes on Zabaleta but the Argentine tackles. Johnson closes him down but commits a foul.
    • 2' Aguero reacts with fury after being denied what he thought was a corner - the ball did seem to come off Cuellar from Milner's cross.
    • 1' McClean with a trip on Aguero as City started the match with a promising break.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 14:55 Kevin Friend is the ref for this match. In 15 matches he has shown 58 yellows and two reds. Medium-lenient.
    • 14:50 William Hill have the following odds: Sunderland 11/2, Man City 4/7, Draw 13/5. It’s difficult to see past a City win, probably with a late goal, but Sunderland have improved of late and Adam Johnson could fancy a touch of revenge. What do you reckon? Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 14:45 FACTS: James Milner has scored five goals against Sunderland, a higher haul than against any other opponent in the Premier League. Manchester City have won seven and lost none of their last 11 Premier League away games. Roberto Mancini has not won a Premier League game at the Stadium of Light, drawing the first and losing the last two 0-1.
    • 14:40 FACTS: After a run of nine consecutive Premier League defeats against City, Sunderland have won two and lost two of the last six. But Sunderland have won just two of their last 12 Premier League games at the Stadium of Light (W2 D6 L4). Sunderland have only scored six goals in eight Premier League games against Manchester City at the Stadium of Light.
    • 14:35 FACT: Sunderland have won just one of their last eight Boxing Day fixtures (W1 D4 L3). City have won four and lost none of their last five games played on Boxing Day.
    • 14:30 Roberto Mancini: "We won the championship in the last second. Also we have recovered a lot of games in the last three or four minutes. We know we can change every game right at the end. I think that is a very important quality."
    • 14:30 Martin O'Neill: "It's the most phenomenal life you could get, particularly if you have a couple of years where you can be successful. I was lucky enough to be involved in a Nottingham Forest team which ruled Europe for a couple of years, so that was really fantastic. But any professional player has got to really enjoy it. You are being paid to keep yourself healthy and fit."
    • 14:25 City are again without Mario Balotelli, who had a virus but is still not in the squad. There are still no fit senior left-backs with both Alexander Kolarov and Gael Clichy not match fit, but Karim Rekik drops to the bench with Vincent Kompany returning and, one assumes, young Nastasic playing left back. Joleon Lescott, on the bench, must have killed a kitten or something. Edin Dzeko again on the bench, as is Gareth Barry, match-winner against Reading. Nasri, Rodwell and Richards out long-term.
    • 14:25 There is no John O'Shea for Sunderland, which is odd as we had no hint of an injury for the Ireland defender. Matt Kilgallon steps in with Carlos Cuellar taking the captain's armband. Otherwise, Lee Cattermole and Wes Brown (both knee) are out long-term, but Adam Johnson and Seb Larsson start after recovering from dead legs.
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher; Subs: Bardsley, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Vaughan, Bramble, Westwood /// City: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, K Toure, Nastasic, Y Toure, Garcia, Silva, Milner, Aguero, Tevez; Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Rekik, Barry, Razak, Sinclair, Dzeko
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League Boxing Day clash between Sunderland and Manchester City, kicking off at 3pm.
  • Summary

    • 90+3 Corner City as a Milner shot takes a big deflection off Garner. Hart comes up for it! The ball flies over his head, is half-cleared and drops to Milner but he shoots well over!
    • 88' SHOULD HAVE BEEN 2-0! Greedy McClean blasts high and wide after being sent in down the left by Fletcher - Sessegnon was clear! Should have squared it!
    • 84' Should have been 2-0 as Campbell, who had just come off the bench, fired straight at Hart after Sessegnon's cross was blocked into his path!
    • 80' GREAT SAVE HART! City's defence parted like the Red Sea and Sessegnon was in but, being closed down by Kompany and Nastastic, was only able to prod it on goal - a flying Hart kept it out!
    • 71' Sessegnon thinks Kompany handled but it was blasted straight at him. Down the other end Aguero forces a good stop from Mignolet! Corner, taken quickly but McClean hoofs to touch for a throw.
    • 66' City piling it on now as Aguero's shot is blocked by Cuellar after a turn in the box. Milner's follow-up is blocked by a diving Rose too. Great defending!
    • 59' McClean on the left with a great low ball into Sessegnon but a terrible touch sends it into Hart's arms!
    • 55' And now Sessegnon puts just wide after taking a high ball on the chest, cutting past Nastasic and dragging his effort beyond the far post. Actually quite some way off target, should have done better!
    • 53' GOAL SUNDERLAND! Johnson with a long-range effort that beats Joe Hart! A delayed reaction as it seemed it may have hit the side netting but that was in!
    • 36' Fine skill and cross from McClean on the left but Kompany clears. Now Larsson with a ball from the right, great low delivery but a sliding Kompany clears before Fletcher can pounce.
    • 25' GREAT SVAE HART! A fizzing low drive from Sessegnon on the edge of the box, but Hart got down to his right to palm behind for a corner.
    • 23' GREAT SAVE MIGNOLET! The Sunderland keeper made himself big to keep out Silva's finish after the hosts were carved apart by Aguero down the left.
    • 8' KOMPANY HITS THE BAR! Fine header from the corner and Toure could turn it in but a great save by the legs of Mignolet.
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher; Subs: Bardsley, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Vaughan, Bramble, Westwood /// City: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, K Toure, Nastasic, Y Toure, Garcia, Silva, Milner, Aguero, Tevez; Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Rekik, Barry, Razak, Sinclair, Dzeko
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