Saturday, 6 October 2012

Live Commentary: Manchester City 2-0 Sunderland

64 min: Silva is beginning to pull the strings, yanking Sunderland all over the shop. An exquisite flick down the inside-left channel releases Barry into the area, but O'Shea is over quickly to lump a no-messing clearance upfield before the City midfielder can fashion a shot from 12 yards. Great last-ditch defending, but what a clever little dink by Silva. 63 min: City have the confidence on now, and they're first to everything. Sunderland had done their bit to the fast opening of this half, but they're second to everything at present. 62 min: Sunderland respond to the goal instantly, albeit only in terms of rejigging their personnel. Rose is off; Vaughan comes on. 60 min: GOAL!!! Manchester City 2-0 Sunderland. And there you have it. Kolarov gains a yard down the left, chasing after a clever ball by Silva. He whips the ball to the near post, where Aguero sidefoots powerfully into the left-hand side of the net. Chalk one up for Roberto Mancini, for that's quite a substitution. 58 min: The occasionally hapless Cuellar is at it again, conceding a needless corner down the right. From that corner, a bit of jazz noodling, and another corner eventually comes. And from that one, Richards towers to plant a header towards the top left. Mignolet leaps acrobatically to pluck the powerful effort from the air. This match doesn't have the feel of a 1-0 any more. 56 min: Kolarov flies down the left and zips a low ball straight through the Sunderland area. Balotelli, sliding in, is this close to extending his leg at the far post and toe-poking home. The crowd gasp in wonder mixed with mild frustration. And then applause, as Balotelli is replaced by Aguero. 54 min: Johnson goes after a sliderule pass down the inside-right from Sessegnon. He looks like breaking clear into the area, but Kolarov sticks out a leg and guides the ball away from the winger. Sunderland are really testing City's back line here. 52 min: I wonder if Martin O'Neill has spotted a kink in the City defence? Wouldn't take too much squinting, I suppose. Sessegnon, down the inside right, sends a diagonal ball to Fletcher, who has the better of Richards and powers a header towards the left-hand side of goal. It's a great effort, met majestically by Hart's dive, though the striker's flagged, correctly, for offside. Great football all round.

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