Swansea 2-4 Sunderland (13.01.2016) Live Commentary

It was a good decision to watch today’s encounter. There has been more to be seen on the pitch than in most of the other games. Very even game was to be seen on the pitch today. Both teams attempted to hold onto the ball for as long as possible.
Nothing more will happen today, Graham Scott has blown his whistle and the game is over.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) meets a precise pass with a nice touch on the edge of the box and produces a shot to the middle of the goal. What an excellent save by the goalkeeper!
Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from Sunderland.
Alan Curtis prepares a substitution. Andre Ayew is replaced by Jack Cork (Swansea).
4 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Sunderland are bossing possession at the moment by exchanging some precise passes from player to player.
Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
Substitution. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) has come on for Jeremain Lens.
Goal! Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) fires home from very close range after latching on to a pass. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt. The score is 2:4.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) launches an inaccurate corner kick into the penalty area.
Modou Barrow (Swansea) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. Swansea force a corner. They send men into the box.
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Fabio Borini will leave the pitch so that Danny Graham (Sunderland) can replace him.
One of the players from Sunderland times his run too early, and the referee blows his whistle for offside.
Modou Barrow (Swansea) delivers a low pass into the box which is intercepted.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) takes the corner kick but the ball finds only the head of an opponent.
Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Angel Rangel (Swansea) is averted and cleared away to safety. The assistant referee makes a right call and Swansea will have a corner.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) swings in a promising cross from the free kick, but one of the defenders does a perfect job to avert the danger.
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) has to be very careful for the rest of the match after receiving a yellow card from the referee for making a bad tackle on his opponent. Free kick. Swansea will probably try to move the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
Substitution. Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) in, Wayne Routledge out.
The attendance for today’s match is 20140.
This corner kick is taken with a short pass by Jeremain Lens (Sunderland).
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) sees an unmarked teammate and attempts to send a low pass onto him. However, one of the defenders reads the game perfectly and averts the danger. The ball is out-of-play. Sunderland have been awarded a corner kick.
Close! Neil Taylor (Swansea) picks it up in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot that sails inches wide of the right post.
That will be all from Lee Cattermole who is being replaced by the fresh legs of Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) sends the corner into the box, but Vito Mannone (Sunderland) intercepts it and averts the threat.
Neil Taylor (Swansea) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Swansea.
Gooal! No wait, it’s been ruled out for offside. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) disagrees, but the assistant referee is sure about his call.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) sends a cross from a long-range free kick. However, his effort lacks accuracy and the ball sails off the pitch.
Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) was too harsh with his tackle which made Graham Scott interrupt the game and signal for a set piece. A free kick to Swansea. They can move closer towards the goal.
Vito Mannone (Sunderland) gets booked for the first time in this match.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) floats the free kick into the box, but the delivery is easily cleared by the first man.
Graham Scott calls for a foul. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball. Swansea earn a free kick.
Graham Scott blows the whistle. Billy Jones (Sunderland) commits a foul after a dangerous play.
GOAL DISALLOWED! Controversy and anger as Angel Rangel (Swansea) has a goal ruled out, incredibly, for offside.
Swansea control the tempo of the game as they are exchanging some accurate short passes.
GOAL! Superb work from Adam Johnson, who plays a vital role in the build-up. He squares it to Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), who beats Lukasz Fabianski with a brilliant shot into the bottom left corner. 2:3.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) swings in a cross from the corner, but Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) reads it well and gathers the ball.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down. Corner kick. Sunderland will have an opportunity.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) decided to speed play up with a short corner kick.
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) wastes a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box which is blocked by the defence. The ball goes out for a corner. Sunderland can continue in their attacking effort.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) picks up a precise pass deep inside the box, but his strike is saved by the keeper.
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
Fabio Borini (Sunderland) sees the run of Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) and tries to slip the ball to him, but Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) sees the danger and gathers.
A great teamplay by Swansea 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.
Dangerous play by Wes Brown (Sunderland). Graham Scott blows his whistle for a foul.
Neat passing move from Sunderland in order to create new attacking opportunities.
Angel Rangel (Swansea) attempts to send a low pass into the box from the edge of the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence knocks the ball to safety.
Federico Fernandez (Swansea) scores an unfortunate own goal after deflecting the ball into his own net!
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), who smothers the ball.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) attempts to set up his teammate into a scoring opportunity with a fine chip pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders intercepts his effort.
Referee Graham Scott blows his whistle to start the second half.
There has been no time for the supporters to get bored during the eventful opening 45 minutes. Both teams’ performances were spiced up with some breathtaking situations. The home fans will be really pleased with what they’ve seen from their players so far. Players of the home team present themselves with possession football, while the away team tries to find the weakness in the opposition’s defence especially with rapid counter-attacks.
The match has reached half-time.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) with a rough challenge, Graham Scott blows his whistle for a foul.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) takes the corner kick and sends the ball among the huddle of players inside the penalty area, but one of the defenders clears it to safety.
Fabio Borini (Sunderland) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders. Sunderland have a corner.
The Swansea players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
Fourth official shows 4 min. of added time.
Billy Jones (Sunderland) is lying on the ground after being tackled and the physio comes onto the pitch to give him medical treatment.
Wayne Routledge (Swansea) makes a harsh challenge and Graham Scott calls for a foul.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates as he overhits the effort.
Alan Curtis has decided to make a change. Angel Rangel (Swansea) replaces Leon Britton.
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) looks to break free, but his touch lets him down and loses the ball. Swansea get a corner.
Sunderland seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. They are waiting for the right moment to create new attacking opportunities.
Andre Ayew (Swansea) makes a great solo run and pulls the trigger from inside the box, beating Vito Mannone with a strike into the bottom right corner. He makes it 2:1.
Kyle Naughton (Swansea) receives a red card. He attempts to protest, but it’s too late. It was an unjustified decision by the referee, but it doesn’t change the fact that Kyle Naughton (Swansea) has to leave the pitch now.
Graham Scott couldn’t ignore the harsh tackle of Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) and blew the whistle.
Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from Swansea.
Modou Barrow (Swansea) had a chance to score with a mid-range attempt he released after a nice pass. He hit it only to the middle of the goal, but he couldn’t generate enough power to trouble Vito Mannone.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
Modou Barrow (Swansea) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. The ball is out-of-play. Swansea win a corner kick.
Vito Mannone (Sunderland) creates himself some space and attempts to put it into the box. However, the defender gets an important foot in to clear.
The Sunderland players are exchanging some short passes.
Vito Mannone leaps up to collect the ball from the corner which was sent by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea).
The ball is cleared after Andre Ayew (Swansea) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. Swansea forced their opponent to concede a corner.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) fires the penalty inside the left post.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) will take the responsibility and he is already preparing the ball.
Wes Brown (Sunderland) manages to dispossess his opponent of the ball, but he commits a foul in the process and the referee blows the whistle. Swansea are awarded a penalty!
Andre Ayew (Swansea) timed his run perfectly to connect with the resulting corner kick, but his finish from around the penalty spot was rather poor as it went way wide of the left post.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) goes over to take a corner kick after one of the defenders makes a good clearance.
Andre Ayew (Swansea) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort. Swansea force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) works the corner short.
Patrick van Aanholt (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. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Sunderland.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates.
Andre Ayew (Swansea) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Swansea are going to take it.
Modou Barrow (Swansea) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) sends a long ball across the pitch, but it didn’t find its way to the target.
The Swansea players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
Modou Barrow (Swansea) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared. Swansea earn a corner.
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) with a teasing cross into the area, but Vito Mannone (Sunderland) intercepts the ball.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) latched on to an accurate pass deep into the box and attempted to kick the ball past the keeper. What a miskick! The shot flies out of the target.
Andre Ayew (Swansea) latched on to an accurate lead pass inside the box and immediately released a shot. Unfortunately the ball goes miles wide of the left post.
Goal! Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) is quickest to react to the rebound and stabs the ball into the back of the net. It’s 0:1.
What a sweet touch by Fabio Borini (Sunderland) as he collects a pass deep inside the box and decides to go for goal. It’s on target but easy for Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) to hold.
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a precise pass. He pulls the trigger but hits only one of the opponents who got in the trajectory of his effort.
Swansea enjoy period of possession as they are exchanging some passes and waiting for an opportunity to strike.
The players are out at last! Swansea will take the kick-off.
The first half has started.
Graham Scott is the one to supervise the game today.
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