Sunderland 2-2 Tottenham (13.09.2013) Live Commentary

The fans can’t complain about what they have seen on the pitch as both sides have shown us a highly captivating football. There was a superiority of the away team to be seen on the pitch today. In terms of strategy, the hosts were waiting for the correct moment to win the ball and to launch the counter-attack. The visiting side applied playmaking style of football.
The referee blows his whistle for the final time to end this match.
Wes Brown (Sunderland) takes out his opponent with a horrific tackle and is relieved when the referee only shows him a yellow card.
Jordi Gomez (Sunderland) picks up a caution.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) decides to have a direct shot at goal from the free kick, but the ball goes high over the top of the crossbar. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Sunderland.
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) acted too fiercely in his attempt to get the ball from his opponent and Craig Pawson calls for a foul. Tottenham win a free kick. A promising situation for a direct shot.
We will have 4 min. of added time.
Connor Wickham (Sunderland) is awarded with a yellow card. The referee got no mercy with him.
The whistle is blown for infringement and Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) receives a yellow card!
Substitution. Christian Eriksen will be replaced by Aaron Lennon (Tottenham).
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) is booked.
Harry Kane (Tottenham) scores an unlucky own goal! He deflects a shot into his own net.
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.
Vito Mannone (Sunderland) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being well blocked by one of the defenders. Sunderland forced their opponent to concede a corner.
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Jordi Gomez (Sunderland) replaces Jack Rodwell.
That will be all from Emmanuel Adebayor who is being replaced by the fresh legs of Harry Kane (Tottenham).
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) decided to speed play up with a short corner kick.
The defence had a hard time blocking out the strike from Erik Lamela (Tottenham). He didn’t hesitate and finished from outside the box right after he had received a pass from his teammate. The main referee points to the corner flag, Tottenham will take a corner.
Tottenham hold possession of the ball and display neat passing move from player to player. They are waiting for the right moment to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
The referee gives a time for a substitution. Nacer Chadli will be replaced by Benjamin Stambouli (Tottenham).
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) finds himself unmarked on the edge of the box, but he drags his shot just wide of the right post. The ball goes out-of-play and Tottenham will have a goal kick.
Here comes a substitution. Tired Ricardo Alvarez (Sunderland) left the pitch, and Will Buckley (Sunderland) is coming on to help his team.
Gustavo Poyet has decided to substitute Sebastian Larsson and he is replaced by Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland).
Craig Pawson shows a yellow card to Eric Dier (Tottenham) for his blatant foul.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) takes a first-time shot from the edge of the box, but his effort is well blocked by the defender.
Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) shoots from outside the box, but his effort is blocked.
Now Sunderland with a corner. The resulting corner from Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) is cleared by the defence.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
A cross which was clipped into the penalty area by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) didn’t pose any threat, so we’ll have to wait a bit more to see an interesting situation. The ball goes behind for a corner. Sunderland will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) takes the corner but fails to find any of his teammates.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted. The ball leaves the pitch. Sunderland have been awarded a corner kick.
Goal! Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) fires the rebound into the bottom left corner after the ball breaks to him in the box. The score is 1:2.
Everything is ready for the beginning of the second half, so the match is about to get going again.
It was a good decision to watch today’s encounter. There has already been more to be seen on the pitch prior to the half-time break than there is in most of the average games during the full 90 minutes. During the first 45 minutes, we have witnessed the ascendency of the visiting team who have been precise and effective. The home side is creating their opportunities using lightning-fast counter-attacks. The tactic of the away side is slow build-up play.
Craig Pawson has ended the first half by blowing the whistle.
Eric Dier (Tottenham) gives away foul for his fierce tackle against the opponent.
Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) blasts the ball from just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by the defender.
There will be a minimum of 2 min. of added time.
The Tottenham players hold possession and control the game at the moment. They are exchanging inch-perfect passes from player to player. For every team it’s always difficult to run without the ball on their feet.
Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) sends a cross into the box that is cleared.
Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) decided to surprise the goalkeeper with a quick shot from the edge of the box, but his effort came back off the left post!
Moussa Dembele (Tottenham) comes up with a dangerous chip pass into the box and attempts to set up an ideal shooting position for his teammates, but the effort is intercepted by one of the defenders.
Etienne Capoue (Tottenham) is obviously not following the Golden Rule: „Treat others as you want to be treated.“ He makes a bad challenge, and Craig Pawson is left with no other option than to blow for a foul.
The corner from Erik Lamela (Tottenham) is hurriedly cleared.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it’s not a big threat for the goalkeeper as his effort is blocked by a defender. Tottenham will take a corner kick.
Like an avalanche. Younes Kaboul (Tottenham) is penalised for his attacking foul. Craig Pawson has a clear vision and blows the whistle.
The ball is out-of-play and Tottenham manage to earn a corner. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) launches a powerful cross from the corner into the box, but the ball is intercepted by the defender.
Craig Pawson blows the whistle. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) brings one of his opponents down with a harsh tackle.
Flag goes up against Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham). The referee blows the whistle for offside.
The ball is whipped in from the corner by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), but one of the defenders gets it clear.
Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the opposition’s defenders makes a quick reaction and spanks it away. The ball is out of play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Sunderland will take it.
Referee Craig Pawson sees tripping by Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) and doesn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
Connor Wickham (Sunderland) fires a shot at goal from a very promising position outside the penalty area, but it is blocked by a self-sacrificing defender.
Tottenham keep the ball and are displaying some tiki-taka style passing at the moment.
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) blasts the ball high over the crossbar.
Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) unleashes a powerful shot towards goal, but it is blocked by a self-sacrificing defender.
Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) brings his opponent down. Craig Pawson has a clear vision and blows his whistle for a foul.
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham) with an overly-aggressive challenge, and referee Craig Pawson blows his whistle for a foul.
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham) decides to strike the ball towards goal, but his effort fails to threaten the goalkeeper after being blocked by one of the defenders.
Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) reacts well near the penalty spot to connect with the resulting corner, but fails to direct his header into the back of the net. The ball floats high over the bar.
The referee points to the corner flag. Tottenham are given a corner.
Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) connects with a precise cross inside the goalmouth and finishes. One of the defending players reacts in time and clears the ball to safety.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) finishes his beautiful individual effort with a superb strike from inside the box. The ball flies into bottom right corner and Hugo Lloris can’t manage to do anything with it. The score is 1:1.
Goal! Nacer Chadli (Tottenham) got the ball off a rebound inside the box and fired home, into the bottom right corner.
Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) fires from the edge of the penalty area. The ball travels towards the left side of the target, but Vito Mannone comes with a save and doesn’t allow it any further.
Erik Lamela (Tottenham) swings in the corner, but it’s comfortably cleared away.
Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) whips the ball in, but it can’t reach any of his teammates as the opposition’s defence averts the threat. Tottenham force a corner. An opponent will face another attacking threat.
What a goal-scoring opportunity! Danny Rose (Tottenham) finds some space inside the box and fires a volley on goal, but the shot is blocked by a defender with an amazing slide tackle.
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Craig Pawson got the nomination for today’s game and will try his best to be a fair judge and not to do any mistake.
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