Aston Villa 2-2 Sunderland (29.08.2015) Live Commentary

What a terrific football game that was, everything included. The game was more or less balanced. The tactic of the home side was slow build-up play and the away side was creating their opportunities using lightning-fast counter-attacks.
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) fails to score from close range now. He picks up a rebounded ball, but sends it wide of the target!
The corner from Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) is hurriedly cleared.
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) attempts to send a pass but the effort is blocked. It will be a corner kick. It is a great opportunity for their players who are good in the air to get into the penalty area.
Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) tries to take his opponent by surprise with a quick free kick.
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
An offensive foul by Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) was seen by Robert Madley who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
We will have 4 min. of added time.
Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) is booked by the referee.
Micah Richards (Aston Villa) finds enough space to climb high and plants a header way over the bar. What a poor effort.
Corner kick. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) is ready to send the ball in.
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. It will be a corner kick for Aston Villa.
Long passes, short passes and one-two passes. Aston Villa are showcasing great team work by keeping possession and producing pin-point passes from player to player. For the opposition’s players it’s very difficult to intercept at the moment.
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) commits a foul after unfairly battling his opponent for the ball.
Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) sends a long ball in, but Costel Pantilimon comfortably gathers the ball.
Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) strikes a promising volley towards goal, but one of the defenders is quick enough to step in and make a crucial block.
What a close effort by Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) who receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots. The ball goes inches wide of the left post.
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Carles Gil (Aston Villa) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders.
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) tries to find Rudy Gestede, but he put too much power on that pass.
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) had a golden opportunity as he fired from point blank range. His volley was directed towards the middle of the goal, but Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) was alert and made an amazing save!
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) comes off the line to clear the ball away.
A clear yellow card. Carles Gil (Aston Villa) goes into the book.
Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge.
Substitution. Jeremain Lens is replaced by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) connects with a cross from the side, but produces a header which goes miles wide of the right post.
Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) wastes a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box which is blocked by the defence.
Aston Villa are playing an excellent possession football by exchanging some long passes at the moment.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) comes off the line to clear the ball away.
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) does well to dispossess the attacking effort with a slide tackle, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
Tim Sherwood has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Carles Gil (Aston Villa) replacing Leandro Bacuna.
The ball is cleared after Billy Jones (Sunderland) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The ball has crossed the sideline. Sunderland are taking a throw-in.
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) swings in a dangerous cross from the resulting corner kick, but none of his teammates managed to outjump the defence.
Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) displays a brilliant individual play, gets inside the box and pulls the trigger. His promising effort is blocked by one of the defenders. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Aston Villa.
Yann M’Vila (Sunderland) takes the free kick from long distance. He sends a nice cross into the box, but his intention is well anticipated by the goalkeeper who comes out to collect the ball.
Robert Madley calls for a foul. Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball. A free kick to Sunderland.
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) receives a pass and tries his luck with a low shot from 23 metres out. The effort, which is aimed towards the middle of the net, is denied by Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) who pulls off a comfortable save.
Nice touch by Micah Richards (Aston Villa) as he latched on to an accurate cross and attempted to hit the ball with a fine header towards the net. The goalkeeper reacts quickly to keep it out.
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) holds his head in his hands after missing a big chance. He creates himself some space to latch on a rebound and from the edge of the box, he fires the ball well wide of the right post.
Ola Toivonen (Sunderland) makes a foul. At least that’s what referee Robert Madley signals.
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) outjumps his marker inside the box and heads the resulting corner way wide of the right post.
Yann M’Vila (Sunderland) will take the corner.
Billy Jones (Sunderland) received a pass inside the box, sent a dangerous shot on goal, but celebration has been thwarted by one of the defenders who stepped in and blocked his effort. It’s hard to say whether the keeper would have been there. The referee blows his whistle, Sunderland are awarded a corner kick.
Like an avalanche. Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) is penalised for his attacking foul. Robert Madley has a clear vision and blows the whistle.
Goal – 2:2! Ola Toivonen tees up Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) inside the box and he slams the ball past Brad Guzan.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) receives a pass and decides to smash the ball from long range. His poor effort sails far wide of the right post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Aston Villa.
Robert Madley blows his whistle and it is John O’Shea (Sunderland) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
Yann M’Vila (Sunderland) will deliver the ball into the penalty box from a corner kick.
Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) rises high to head a nice lofted cross towards the underside of the crossbar. Unfortunately for him, his close-range effort lacks pace and is denied by Brad Guzan who makes a comfortable save. The main referee points to the corner flag, Sunderland will take a corner.
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) makes an aggressive challenge on his opponent after running into the penalty area at high speed and the referee blows his whistle for a foul.
Half-time substituon. Danny Graham will not participate anymore and Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) is coming on.
Dick Advocaat makes a half-time substitution. Ola Toivonen (Sunderland) comes on in place of Lee Cattermole.
The second half has just started.
The fans on the stadium don’t have to regret buying the tickets as they have witnessed a great game so far, and nothing suggests it’s going to change in the second half. The first half performances were not very balanced but rather in the hosting team’s favour. 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.
Robert Madley has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.
Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) came with a sweet piledriver. He controlled a pass, glanced at the goal and fired from the edge of the box. It could have been a difficult one for the keeper, but he only hit one of the defenders off whom the ball bounced away.
1 additional min. will be played.
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) commits an offensive foul and referee Robert Madley immediately signals a set piece.
Goal! Jordan Amavi puts the ball on a plate for Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa), who scores with a simple close-range finish. It is 2:1.
Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went in the direction of the middle of the target, but Costel Pantilimon was alert and didn’t let the score change.
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) receives a pass and unleashes a shot which goes well wide of the right post.
The corner from Yann M’Vila (Sunderland) is intercepted by the defence.
Micah Richards (Aston Villa) seems to have picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue playing.
Micah Richards (Aston Villa) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared. The ball goes out-of-play. Sunderland are awarded a corner kick.
Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) is given fully deserved yellow card.
Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) wastes a huge opportunity after receiving a fine cross from the free kick, but his close-range shot goes well over the crossbar.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) is penalised for holding. Robert Madley signals for a set piece. Aston Villa are awarded the free kick.
The free kick into the penalty area from Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) is averted.
One of the Sunderland players tripped an opponent and conceded a foul. Aston Villa will take a free kick nearby the side line.
The resulting corner from Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger.
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) produces a poor pass. He attempts to get the ball into the box but it’s hacked away. Aston Villa have a corner.
Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) sprays a pass out to Ashley Westwood, but he can’t beat his man to get to the ball.
Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) is trying to pass the ball into the penalty area but it’s blocked.
The corner, delivered by Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa), is intercepted by Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland).
Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) sends a crossfield pass, but there is nobody to take up the ball and finish. The assistant referee makes a right call and Aston Villa will have a corner.
Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) creates himself a good chance and goes for goal from mid-range, but he misses the goal way wide of the left post.
Aston Villa enjoy period of possession as they are exchanging some passes and waiting for an opportunity to strike.
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) 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. Aston Villa will have a throw-in.
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) 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.
Good team movement sets up Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) on the edge of the box, but he slices the ball narrowly wide of the right post. The ball goes out-of-play and Sunderland will have a goal kick.
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) receives a sweet pass inside the box, but his effort on goal is blocked by the defender.
Danny Graham (Sunderland) pulls the jersey of one of the opposition players, and Robert Madley blows his whistle for a foul.
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) gives no chance to the keeper and converts the penalty with a sharp low drive into the left side of the net.
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) will take the responsibility and he is already preparing the ball.
Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) holds his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball and the referee blows for a foul after seeing the whole situation. It’s a penalty for Aston Villa!
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) looks like he will be the one to take the corner kick.
Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball. Now Aston Villa with a corner.
Yann M’Vila (Sunderland) scores from a 23-metre free kick. He curled the ball inside the right post, leaving the goalkeeper hopeless.
Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) makes an unfair challenge by holding his opponent to prevent him from getting the ball. Sunderland have a free kick from a promising distance.
Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down.
Another attempt to send the ball beyond the defence by Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) is averted and cleared away to safety.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
Here we go, today’s match is starting right now.
Sunderland will kick the game off.
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Robert Madley will referee today’s match.
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