Swansea 1-1 Sunderland (07.02.2015) Live Commentary

The game produced by the players today wasn’t of the most attractive ones. It seems they haven’t shown us their best. The host team were better throughout the game. Both sides tried to combine well and to keep the ball on their feet.
Nothing more will happen today, Phil Dowd has blown his whistle and the game is over.
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger.
Jefferson Montero (Swansea) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Phil Dowd blow the whistle.
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) swings in the corner, but fails to find any of his teammates. One of the defenders reacts superbly to get it clear.
There will be a minimum of 3 min. of added time.
Costel Pantilimon was forced into action to thwart Nelson Oliveira (Swansea). He found himself some space after picking up a pass and unleashed a shot to the left post but couldn’t beat the keeper. The referee blows his whistle, Swansea are awarded a corner kick.
Jefferson Montero (Swansea) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) has tested the patience of referee Phil Dowd and goes into the book for a previous late challenge.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea) flights in the cross, but the defender is alert and clears to safety. The ball is out-of-play. Swansea have been awarded a corner kick.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) is penalised for holding. Phil Dowd signals for a set piece.
Kyle Naughton (Swansea) produces a long-range cannon of a shot after a nice pass. The ball goes in the direction of the left post, but it is stopped by a great save from Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland), and the score doesn’t change.
Sunderland are showing great team-chemistry. They are passing the ball around seamlessly.
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) takes the corner but it has been cleared.
Nelson Oliveira (Swansea) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area but the defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger. The ball goes out-of-play. Swansea have been awarded a corner kick.
Nelson Oliveira (Swansea) serves in a nice cross, but Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) punches the ball away.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea) found some space to play in a lofted pass, but it didn’t meet his expactations as none of his teammates managed to connect with it.
Like an avalanche. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) is penalised for his attacking foul. Phil Dowd has a clear vision and blows the whistle. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) is arguing, but the referee’s decision cannot be changed.
Substitution. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) is replaced by Nelson Oliveira (Swansea).
Close effort! Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) takes the resulting free kick from a promising distance, but he sends it narrowly wide of the right post.
Yellow card. Jordi Gomez (Sunderland) made a bad challenge and is booked. There is a free kick near the sideline to Swansea.
Here comes a substitution. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) is brought on as a substitute for Danny Graham (Sunderland).
Phil Dowd shows a yellow card to Kyle Naughton (Swansea) for his blatant foul.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
The Swansea players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
Jefferson Montero (Swansea) with a teasing cross into the area, but Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) intercepts the ball.
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) gets a yellow card. The main referee Phil Dowd made a right call.
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Swansea enjoy period of possession as they are exchanging some passes and waiting for an opportunity to strike.
Good clearance! Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) received a low pass, but he didn’t catch to do anything before quick stealing from one of the defenders.
Substitution. Neil Taylor (Swansea) will be replaced by Angel Rangel (Swansea).
Kyle Naughton (Swansea) produces a beautiful lofted cross into the box, where Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) rises high to head the ball into the bottom left corner and beyond the goalkeeper. He makes it 1:1.
Swansea work the corner short. The ball is passed to a nearby teammate.
The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Jefferson Montero (Swansea). Swansea earn a corner.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
Substitution. Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) leaves the pitch to be replaced by Adam Johnson (Sunderland).
Long cross from aside is directed to well-positioned Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea), but the defence gets it clear.
Swansea are bossing possession at the moment by exchanging some precise passes from player to player.
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) swings in the corner, but it’s comfortably cleared away.
What a goal-scoring opportunity! Danny Graham (Sunderland) makes a good run into the box to meet a cross and fires the ball on goal, but the shot is blocked by a defender with an amazing slide tackle. The ball is out-of-play. Sunderland will have a chance to score from a corner.
The game is interrupted. Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) has violated the rules in the battle for the ball. No protests or gestures are being made as he is quite aware of what he did.
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) passes the ball onto Jefferson Montero (Swansea), but one of the defenders dispossesses him.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. The ball goes out-of-play and Sunderland will have a goal kick.
Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) sees his long-range effort blocked.
A beautiful low pass from aside is received by Kyle Naughton (Swansea) waiting for his chance. However, the defence is alert and spanks the ball away.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) takes the corner, but one of the defenders reacts well and rises highest to head the ball away.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) collects an inch-perfect pass and strikes the ball from far out, but his shot is blocked. Swansea have 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.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) tries his luck from the edge of the box after a brilliant solo effort, but it is well blocked by the defender.
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) sends a beautiful cross into the penalty area. The opposition’s defence manages to clear the ball to safety.
Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from Sunderland.
Jefferson Montero (Swansea) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland), who smothers the ball.
Federico Fernandez (Swansea) takes the chance to get an effort at goal from inside the box and blazes it just over the crossbar.
This yellow card was deserved. The tackle by Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) was quite harsh and Phil Dowd didn’t hesitate to show him a yellow card.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) plays a one-two with Nathan Dyer (Swansea), but the move breaks down.
Swansea hold the ball and display nice passing from player to player.
Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
Garry Monk makes a half-time substitution. Jefferson Montero (Swansea) comes on in place of Modou Barrow (Swansea).
We are entering into the second half.
We can hope that the managers will be able to motivate the players and stir them to improve their performance for after the half-time break. We haven’t seen really exciting football in the previous 45 minutes. We are witnessing quite a balanced game with both teams struggling to prevail. The home team makes a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession. The same goes for the away side.
That’s all for the first half. The referee blows his whistle, and players are heading into their locker rooms.
Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) is penalised for holding. Phil Dowd signals for a set piece.
1 additional min. will be played.
Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) is offside and the linesman raises his flag.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) perfectly wriggles his way through two or three opponents, and he produces a low drive from the edge of the box which goes inside the left post. Wonderful goal!
The assistant referee raises his flag and the main referee blows the whistle. Sung-Yong Ki (Swansea) puts the ball into the net, but he is flagged for offside.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) will take the free kick.
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) tackles a bit over-zealously. Phil Dowd blows for a foul. Swansea have a free kick from a promising distance.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) makes a yard for himself and goes for goal from long range. It never troubles the goalkeeper as it flies well wide of the right post.
Anthony Reveillere (Sunderland) found some space to dink a cross from the side into the box, but it would have to be more precise to threaten the opponent.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) was just about to receive a beautiful pass into a promising position. However, one of the defenders makes a timely clearance.
Neil Taylor (Swansea) sends a cross into the box, but Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) comes off his line to gather the ball.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea) sends a lofted pass into the box, Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) shows good awareness to connect with it but drags his shot well wide of the left post.
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) attempts to find one of his teammates with a ball from a free kick outside the box. The goalkeeper climbs high above all the players in the box to intercept the cross and denies the opportunity.
A clumsy foul by Modou Barrow (Swansea) and Phil Dowd blows the whistle. Free kick. Sunderland will probably try to move the ball towards the opposition’s goal.
Federico Fernandez (Swansea) comes up with a challenge to deprive his opponent of the ball. However, the referee calls for a foul and blows his whistle. He’s not happy with the decision.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea) is booked after bringing down an opponent. Phil Dowd had an easy-decision to make.
Sunderland control the tempo of the game as they are exchanging some accurate short passes.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea) is unable to feed an accurate cross into the box.
Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) leaps like a salmon to deny Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea), whose effort is headed to the top left corner of the goal, but isn’t powerful enough to find its way into the back of the net.
This corner is not going into the box. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) decides to take it with a short pass.
Modou Barrow (Swansea) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared. Swansea have been awarded a corner kick.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) sends in the corner, but he fails to find the head of any of his teamamtes, and the the defence makes a clearance.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) comes close to scoring. For that to happen, he would have had to do better. His poor attempt from close range ended up in the gloves of Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland). Swansea force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
The linesman’s flag has already been raised for offside when Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) headed on.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) tries his luck from a long-range free kick and the ball is aimed to low to the middle, but Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) is alert and thwarts the effort.
Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) with a rough challenge, Phil Dowd blows his whistle for a foul. Swansea are given an advantage. They have a free kick.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea) receives a precise pass on the edge of the box and shoots. His poorly placed shot flies way wide of the left post.
Modou Barrow (Swansea) commits an ugly tackle on his opponent, but there is no caution from the referee.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) sends a superb lead pass into the penalty area and finds Neil Taylor (Swansea), who fails to shoot. The ball is out-of-play. Swansea will take a throw-in.
Phil Dowd interrupts the game. It was a tactical foul from Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland).
Sunderland keep the ball and are displaying some tiki-taka style passing at the moment.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) makes space inside the box for a shot but his effort goes just wide of the right post.
Anthony Reveillere (Sunderland) races towards the box before laying off to Jordi Gomez (Sunderland), who picks it up and from the edge of the box drags his shot well wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Swansea.
A beautiful low pass from aside is received by Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) waiting for his chance. However, the defence is alert and spanks the ball away.
Jack Cork (Swansea) receives a yellow card for a nasty tackle.
The Sunderland players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) sends a lofted cross into the box which is headed clear.
The Swansea players are exchanging some short passes.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea) did his best to latch on to a crossfield pass, but it was too long and it goes out-of-play.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) gets to the ball and immediately smashes from about 20 metres out, directing his volley narrowly wide of the right post! What an unlucky finish for him.
Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
Modou Barrow (Swansea) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
Jack Cork (Swansea) commits a rough challenge, and Phil Dowd blows the whistle for infringement.
Good clearance! Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) received a low pass, but he didn’t catch to do anything before quick stealing from one of the defenders.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) sends a cross into the box that is cleared.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea) sends a lofted cross from a mid-range free kick. His effort, however, goes out-of-play.
John O’Shea (Sunderland) pulls the jersey of one of the opposition players, and Phil Dowd blows his whistle for a foul. Swansea with a free kick.
Chance! Nathan Dyer (Swansea) was in a good position inside the box, but he couldn’t connect with a pass as it was overhit. The ball is behind the sideline and Sunderland will take a throw-in.
The ball is cleared after Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
Swansea keep possession of the ball by producing one-two passes, but the opponent steps in and wins the ball.
Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) picks out Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) with a fine lofted pass, but the latter wasn’t able to create some space to get into shooting range.
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.
Here we go, today’s match is starting right now.
The Sunderland players will kick-off.
The referee of today’s match will be Phil Dowd.
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