Sunderland 3-1 Aston Villa (02.01.2016) Live Commentary

This is how football ought to look like. Full of action, thrilling moments and spectacular opportunities. The expectations for the next games will be high. There wasn’t any significant dominance on either side in this game. Both sides tried to combine well and to keep the ball on their feet.
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) mouths off to the referee and receives a yellow card.
Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) sees a yellow! His tackle was not that harsh, but he probably talked more than Craig Pawson liked.
Gooal! No wait, it’s been ruled out for offside. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) disagrees, but the assistant referee is sure about his call.
Goal – 3:1! Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) tries his luck from the edge of the box and scores with an accurate shot which goes inside the right post. Ola Toivonen provided an assist for a goal.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
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Excellent touch by Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa)! He latches on to a precious pass on the edge of the box but produces a miskick that goes well wide of the right post. Poor effort.
The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) comes onto the pitch so that Adama Traore can be given a rest.
Samuel Allardyce decides to make a substitution. Adam Johnson is going off the pitch and Sebastian Coates (Sunderland) is coming on.
Libor Kozak (Aston Villa) is adjudged offside.
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) kept mouthing off to the referee until Craig Pawson lost patience and pulled out a yellow card.
Danny Graham (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.
A horde of the players are waiting inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Adam Johnson (Sunderland) takes it with a short pass.
Yann M’Vila (Sunderland) fails to send a pass into the box. His effort is cut out.
Libor Kozak (Aston Villa) makes a rough challenge and Craig Pawson blows his whistle for a foul.
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) sends a long ball in, but Vito Mannone comfortably gathers the ball.
Flag up against Libor Kozak (Aston Villa). He had space to move into behind the defence, but he went too soon.
Adama Traore (Aston Villa) attempted to create a dangerous situation in front of the goal by putting a cross into the box, but the outcome differed from his intention, and no danger occurred.
Substitution. Ola Toivonen (Sunderland) receives a signal from the referee and is now allowed to enter the pitch as Fabio Borini walks off.
Neat passing move from Aston Villa in order to create new attacking opportunities.
Adama Traore (Aston Villa) put a cross into the box which wasn’t a bad decision, but he failed to achieve what he wanted as none of his teammates managed to meet it.
Remi Garde is forced to make a change. Alan Hutton is not able to carry on due to injury. He is replaced by Libor Kozak (Aston Villa).
Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) picked up an injury.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
GOAL! Superb work from Adam Johnson, who plays a vital role in the build-up. He squares it to Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), who beats Brad Guzan with a brilliant shot into the left side of the net. 2:1.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) sends a long ball across the pitch, but it didn’t find its way to the target.
Adama Traore (Aston Villa) has tested the patience of referee Craig Pawson and goes into the book for a previous late challenge.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and makes a good clearance.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) attempts to find his teammate with a final pass from outside of the box, but one of the defenders clears the ball to safety. The assistant referee points to the corner flag, Sunderland are going to take it.
Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) didn’t find any of his teammates inside the box as his pass was blocked.
An absolutely sensational volley by Carles Gil (Aston Villa). He took a shot from inside the penalty area and the ball went in just under the crossbar. All credit to Carles Gil (Aston Villa), excellent finish.
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Excellent touch by Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland)! He latches on to a precious pass on the edge of the box and produces a shot goalwards which goes way wide of the left post.
The keeper doesn’t have to worry about this one. Carles Gil (Aston Villa) sacrificed accuracy for power, and thus his attempt went well wide of the left post.
A great teamplay by Aston Villa 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.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) wastes a huge opportunity! He receives a precise cross inside the penalty area and produces a low shot that sails to the middle of a goal. His effort, however, lacks power and the goalkeeper makes a comfortable save.
Remi Garde has decided to substitute Jack Grealish and he is replaced by Adama Traore (Aston Villa).
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Danny Graham (Sunderland) comes onto the pitch for Duncan Watmore.
Jermain Defoe (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.
Craig Pawson calls for a foul. Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball.
Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa) climbs high to connect with a cross on the edge of the box, but his header is off-target.
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) delivers a long ball, but it lacks enough power to reach his teammates and is intercepted by one of the defenders.
Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) takes the corner, but the goalkeeper jumps and gathers the ball.
The ball is passed from one Aston Villa player to another, and the game isn’t very exciting. Nothing lasts forever, though. They make a mistake, and possession is taken by the opponent. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Aston Villa.
Craig Pawson blows the whistle. Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) commits a foul after a dangerous play.
Everything is ready for the beginning of the second half, so the match is about to get going again.
We are seeing rather average performance so far. The fans would surely appreciate more interesting moments. Neither team able to really control the flow of the game. The tactic of both sides is slow build-up play.
The match has reached half-time.
Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down.
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) takes a mid-range free kick. His miskick goes only way wide to the right. Poor shot!
3 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) with an overly-aggressive challenge, and referee Craig Pawson blows his whistle for a foul. A free kick to Sunderland. They can move closer towards the goal.
Yellow card. Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) goes into the book for a bad tackle on his opponent.
Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked.
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) was too harsh with his tackle which made Craig Pawson interrupt the game and signal for a set piece.
Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from Aston Villa.
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) fails to deliver a decent cross from the corner and the ball goes out-of-play.
Carles Gil (Aston Villa) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears. Aston Villa get a chance to score from a corner kick.
The Sunderland players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) with a rough challenge, Craig Pawson blows his whistle for a foul.
Aston Villa has a chance to score from a corner kick, but it’s averted by a defender, who manages to clear the ball away.
A cross from a mid-range free kick, taken by Aston Villa, is intercepted by one of the defenders. The ball is out-of-play. Aston Villa win a corner kick.
Fabio Borini (Sunderland) commits a foul and is shown a yellow card without any hesitation from the referee.
OWN GOAL! Micah Richards (Aston Villa) scores an unlucky own goal after he deflected a shot which went into his own net! 1:0.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) attempts to find one of his teammates with a fine lofted pass, but the defence reacts well to intercept the effort.
The ball is cleared after Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
A cross from a mid-range free kick, taken by Aston Villa, is intercepted by one of the defenders.
Wes Brown (Sunderland) is cautioned by the referee for a foul that he committed a little earlier.
The Aston Villa players are exchanging some short passes.
A pass from Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) is intercepted by Vito Mannone and the move breaks down.
Billy Jones (Sunderland) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Craig Pawson has a clear vision and blows his whistle.
Fabio Borini (Sunderland) didn’t manage to convert the resulting corner kick into a goal. He produced a header from a dangerous position inside the box, but he sent it well over the bar.
Corner kick. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) is ready to send the ball in.
Billy Jones (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, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Sunderland will take it.
Fabio Borini (Sunderland) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
Looks like Fabio Borini (Sunderland) is struggling after picking up a knock. We will see if he can run that off.
Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) collects a pass on the edge of the box and unleashes a low drive to the middle, but Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) makes a save.
The Sunderland players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
A cross into the penalty area from Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa) would have to be more accurate in order to create a goal-scoring opportunity for his team.
A pass by Adam Johnson (Sunderland) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
CHANCE! Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa) comes very close! He finds a cross inside the box and fires a low shot to the bottom right corner, but Vito Mannone (Sunderland) produces an excellent save.
The assistant referee raises his flag. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) is adjudged offside.
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) perfectly skips past challenges and misdirects his shot from the edge of the box. The ball flies a few yards wide of the left post.
Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) receives a pass and unleashes a shot which goes well wide of the right post.
Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) makes a yard for himself on the edge of the box and produces a poor effort which sails high over the bar.
Yann M’Vila (Sunderland) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort.
Here we go, today’s match is starting right now.
The players are on the pitch and Sunderland will have the kick-off.
Craig Pawson will accompany the players on the pitch as the main referee today.
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