Sunderland 0-4 Aston Villa (14.03.2015) Live Commentary

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The game produced by the players today wasn’t of the most attractive ones. It seems they haven’t shown us their best. The away side dominated the game. Both teams main weapon were fast counter-attacks.
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The referee is checking his watch and blows his whistle for the end of this match.
90+1′
Aston Villa win a free kick and they are able to continue with another attacking move.
90+1′
 
This yellow card was deserved. The tackle by Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) was quite harsh and Neil Swarbrick didn’t hesitate to show him a yellow card.
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Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Neil Swarbrick blow the whistle.
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2 additional min. will be played.
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Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. The ball has crossed the sideline. Sunderland are taking a throw-in.
88′
Connor Wickham (Sunderland) was in a good opportunity when he latched on to a cross from the side, but his strike from the six-yard box isn’t accurate enough, and the ball goes within a few inches of the right post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Aston Villa.
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The attendance is 45746.
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Connor Wickham (Sunderland) gets a shot away from distance, but wasn’t really set to take it and fires well wide of the left post.
84′
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) is caught offside!
83′
 
Substitution. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) can’t continue due to injury and Danny Graham (Sunderland) replaces him.
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Substitution. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) will be replaced by Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Aston Villa).
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Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
82′
Post! Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) latches on to a sweet pass inside the box and unleashes a shot which only hits the right post. What an unlucky moment for him.
81′
John O’Shea (Sunderland) was too aggressive in his challenge. The referee blows his whistle.
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A substitution is prepared. Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) is leaving the pitch, and Andreas Weimann (Aston Villa) is coming on as a substitute.
79′
Neil Swarbrick blows the whistle, Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) is penalised for a foul.
79′
The ball is cleared after Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
77′
An unsuccessful long-range effort by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) after he collected a pass and unleashed his shot. He attempted to surprise the goalkeeper, but for him it was an easy job to stop his shot.
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Charles N’Zogbia (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.
74′
Neil Swarbrick blows the whistle. John O’Shea (Sunderland) commits a foul after a dangerous play.
74′
Some neat passing and movement from Aston Villa as they are producing short passes in order to create a new attacking opportunity.
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Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) sends a cross into the box that is cleared.
71′
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), who smothers the ball.
69′
Close effort! Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) takes the resulting free kick from a promising distance, but he sends it narrowly wide of the right post.
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Neil Swarbrick calls for a foul. Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) comitted a foul as he was too aggressive in the battle for the ball. Sunderland are awarded a free kick from a dangerous position.
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The ball is cleared after Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
66′
What a wonderful moment! Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) receives a perfect pass in the middle of the pitch, lines up the ball and unloads a powerful strike in the direction of the bottom right corner. His effort doesn’t surprise Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) who makes a nice save.
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Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) takes the corner with a short pass.
65′
Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) with a teasing cross into the area, but Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) intercepts the ball. It will be a corner kick for Aston Villa.
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Manager makes a subsitution with Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa) coming on for Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa).
64′
Nice passing game presented by Aston Villa. They are increasing the possession with a series of long passes and waiting for the right moment to create an attacking opportunity.
61′
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away.
59′
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat.
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Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) slips past one challenge, but is unable to feed a low pass into the path of his teammates.
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Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) finds his teammate inside the box with a sweet pass. However, Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) wasn’t able to finish and lost the ball.
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The referee blows his whistle for a foul. Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) used an excessive force of play but escaped any punishment.
55′
A cross into the penalty area from Connor Wickham (Sunderland) would have to be more accurate in order to create a goal-scoring opportunity for his team. The ball goes out-of-play and Aston Villa will have a goal kick.
55′
Sunderland hold the ball and are exchanging some long passes.
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Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) wastes a good opportunity as he sends an inaccurate final pass into the box which is blocked by the defence.
52′
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) receives a precise pass on the edge of the box and shoots. His poorly placed shot flies way wide of the right post.
50′
Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) seems to be alright and is okay to carry on.
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The game is interrupted now, Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) picks up a knock and the physio has to come.
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Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) swings in the corner, but fails to find any of his teammates. One of the defenders reacts superbly to get it clear.
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Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and struck. His attempt went in the direction of the top left corner, but Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) was alert and didn’t let the score change. The referee points to the corner flag. Aston Villa are given a corner.
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The game is over for Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland). Connor Wickham (Sunderland) comes on for the second half.
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The whistle blows and Neil Swarbrick starts the second half.
45+3′
Both sides have been very active through the first half, providing the fans with an exciting show. The hosts played second fiddle to the visiting squad in the first half. Both the home and the away side are creating their opportunities using lightning-fast counter-attacks.
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Neil Swarbrick has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.
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Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
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We will have 2 min. of added time.
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Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) showcases his great technique and produces a beautiful lofted cross into the box, where Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) manages to convert it into the goal. He heads it into the middle of the goal and gets on the scoresheet. It is 0:4.
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What a close effort by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) who receives a pass on the edge of the box and shoots. The ball goes inches wide of the right post.
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An unsuccessful cross into the box by Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety.
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Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
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Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) finishes his beautiful individual effort with a superb strike from inside the box. The ball flies into the bottom left corner and Costel Pantilimon can’t manage to do anything with it. The score is 0:3.
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The corner, delivered by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), is intercepted by Brad Guzan (Aston Villa).
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Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) bursts inside the box, beating two defenders and produces a strike from the penalty spot. The shot has power, but lacks more precision and the goalkeeper stops it easily, so the score doesn’t change this time. Sunderland force a corner. Their opponent will face another attacking threat.
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Anthony Reveillere (Sunderland) sends a crossfield pass, but there is nobody to take up the ball and finish. The ball is out-of-play. Sunderland will have a throw-in.
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Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa) finds some space for a shot after collecting the ball and unleashes a rocket of a shot from long distance towards the net. The goalkeeper thwarts the effort.
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Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) latches on to an accurate pass inside the box and immediately releases a shot towards the net. His blast went high above the crossbar.
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Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) floats in a cross for Steven Fletcher (Sunderland), whose header from near the penalty spot is really poor and goes well wide of the right post.
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The player from Aston Villa commits a rough challenge. Neil Swarbrick blows for a foul and keeps the game under his control.
27′
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) sends a cross in and finds Scott Sinclair inside the box, but one of the defenders steps in and clears the danger.
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Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) acted too fiercely in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent and Neil Swarbrick calls for a foul.
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Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) doesn’t have to worry about that one. Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) puts a cross in towards Steven Fletcher (Sunderland), who is unable to keep his header on target from the centre of the box. He sends the ball high over the crossbar.
24′
Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) probably picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue in the match.
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A break in play now as Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) needs to receive treatment.
22′
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out.
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Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) swings in the corner, but the goalkeeper does a brilliant job to intercept the effort.
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Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared. Aston Villa win a corner.
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Goal Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)! Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa) was put through by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) and he showed brilliant composure inside the box to fire into the bottom left corner. 0:2.
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Goal – 0:1! Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) gets a shot from the edge of the box and scores into the bottom right corner. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) provided an assist for a goal.
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Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) takes the corner kick and sends a lovely ball into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and knocks the ball to safety.
16′
Tom Cleverley (Aston Villa) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. The assistant referee makes a right call and Aston Villa will have a corner.
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Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) threads a pass through to Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), but Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) breaks the move down.
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An unsuccessful long-range effort by Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) after he collected a pass and unleashed his shot. He attempted to surprise the goalkeeper, but for him it was an easy job to stop his shot.
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Neil Swarbrick couldn’t ignore the harsh tackle of Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) and blew the whistle.
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Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) creates a yard of space for himself and tries an effort from distance, but it is blocked.
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The resulting corner from Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) only finds one of the defenders, who heads it out of danger.
11′
Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) passes the ball into the box but an opposing player clears. Sunderland have a corner.
9′
Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) sends a cross from a long-range free kick. However, his effort lacks accuracy and the ball sails off the pitch.
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Neil Swarbrick blows the whistle. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) committed a foul when he hit the opponent’s legs instead of the ball. Leandro Bacuna (Aston Villa) picks up a yellow card.
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Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) strikes from the edge of the box, but hits it really poorly and sends the ball way wide of the right post.
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Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) attempts to find his teammate with a short pass into the box. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) collects the ball, but his attack is thwarted by the defence.
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Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) takes the corner which is cleared by the opposition’s defence.
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Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players. The ball is out-of-play. Aston Villa have been awarded a corner kick.
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Wes Brown (Sunderland) with a rough challenge, Neil Swarbrick blows his whistle for a foul.
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Here we go, today’s match is starting right now.
The players are on the pitch and Sunderland will have the kick-off.
The referee of today’s match will be Neil Swarbrick.
 
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