Sunderland VS West Bromwich
We’re underway at the Stadium of Light. A place where in another exciting football match will happen against Sunderland Football Club against West Bromwich Albion Football Club.
Ibrahim Ndong loses his possession to James McClean down the right wing and allows the West Brom squad to raid at the Sunderland defense. Jan Kirchhoff brings him down, allowing the visitors to threaten from a free-kick at their left wing.
Gareth McAuley wins the initial header, but Sunderland clears the danger through Duncan Watmore and Ibrahim Ndong to decrease the pressure.
The Black Cats should be ahead as the ever-reliable Jermaine Defoe is not on this occasion as he fires wide from close range. Duncan Watmore played a supreme through ball for his team-mate, who beat the offside trap but could not provide the finish.
An invigorating start from Sunderland squad who are pressing the Baggies in possession, but that miss from Jermaine Defoe could be costly.
Ibrahim Ndong raids through the middle of the park and attempts to latch on to a forward pass from Javier Manquillo, but goes down under Nacer Chadli’s test, presenting the home side with a free-kick.
Jan Kirchhoff picks out Duncan Watmore on the edge of the box, and he wins a free-kick off Jonny Evans as the defender clips his ankles when he tries to burst to pass the Northern Ireland international.
Wahbi Khazri floats the resulting free-kick into the area, but Ben Foster comes off his line to claim ahead of Jan Kirchhoff.
Matt Phillips has a raid down the right wing for the visitors, but Jason Denayer sends his attempted cross behind for a corner. However, West Brom pile men forward for the corner.
The West Bromwich enjoy an extended period of possession in the Sunderland half, but the home side is organised at the back and clear three crosses into the box from Matt Phillips and Nacer Chadli.
Almost a goal for West Bromwich at 12-minute mark! Matt Phillips has all sorts of space to raid into and he cuts the ball back across the edge of the box for Nacer Chadli. The Belgian turns his man and fires a left-footed strike at goal, but Jordan Pickford makes a low save.
Sunderland squad attempt in unconvincing fashion to clear the danger, but the ball scrambles around in the area until it gets headed back to Jordan Pickford by John O’Shea.
The Baggies probe on the edge of the box, but this time, Sunderland are compact at the back and resist the danger from Allan Nyom’s ball into the area.
Duncan Watmore makes a run down the left wing and takes the ball past two men before winning a corner off the body of Craig Dawson.
Salomon Rondon takes no chances at the near post by heading Wahbi Khazri’s corner away from his keeper. Another chance for Wahbi Khazri to threaten from the set-piece.
Ben Foster gathers and West Brom break on the counter through the middle. Matt Phillips picks up the ball 35 yards from goal and tries an ambitious strike from distance that is saved with ease by Jordan Pickford.
Matt Phillips and Nacer Chadli combine in the final third, but the Belgian tries to pick out another pass as he surges forward and loses possession to John O’Shea. There was an opening for Nacer Chadli to shoot unopposed there had he wanted to test Pickford.
James McClean’s low effort is saved with ease by Jordan Pickford and Sunderland break on the counter through Wahbi Khazri. He sends an inviting ball for Duncan Watmore, who wins a corner off Claudio Yacob.
Wahbi Khazi curls the ball into the box and Lamine Kone makes a good leap at the back post get over Gareth McAuley, but he can’t make good enough contact to register an effort on target.
Darren Fletcher eases his way past Jason Denayer and attempts to cross into the box, but Lamine Kone comes across to the near post to clear the danger.
Javier Manquillo gets down the byline and fires a low ball across the face of goal, but Jonny Evans is there ahead of Jermaine Defoe to steer it clear. Sunderland keeps the pressure on and wins a corner on the right flank.
Ben Foster has to be alert as Craig Dawson clears the ball towards his own goal, fortunately for the keeper it lacks pace and he gathers ahead of the lurking Jermaine Defoe.
Claudio Yacob goes into the book for a poor challenge on Wahbi Khazri.
Craig Dawson and Duncan Watmore clash down the Sunderland left flank, and the winger sends the defender tumbling to the deck, which results in a free-kick for the Baggies.
Craig Dawson sends a cross into the box from the right and Pickford has to be aware of coming off his line and beat Salomon Rondon to it, claiming ahead of the Baggies striker.
The Black Cats come forward through Denayer and he feeds Duncan Watmore in the final third. He makes a nice turn to beat the attentions of Darren Fletcher, who catches him with a trailing boot and brings him down, resulting in a free-kick.
Wahbi Khazri plays the free-kick short to Duncan Watmore, but his attempted pass to Jermaine Defoe goes straight out for a goal-kick.
Lamine Kone brings the ball forward under no pressure and continues into the West Brom half. He has options but tries a through ball to Ibrahim Ndong, only for his pass to travel straight to Ben Foster.
A spectacular goal from West Bromwich that takes the lead against the run of play as Nacer Chadli fires the ball into the bottom corner. Jan Kirchhoff lost possession in the middle of the park and Matt Phillips found the run of the Belgian, who took it out of his feet before burying his effort past Pickford.
Matt Phillips picks out Nacer Chadli with a fine pass, allowing the Belgian to open the scoring.
Jan Kirchhoff goes into the book for dissent.
Sunderland’s defence parts like the Red Sea again and has Nacer Chadli in all sorts of space in the final third. He plays it back to Matt Phillips on the edge of the box, who fires at goal. However, his effort sails over the bar.
West Brom keeps the pressure on as Javier Manquillo concedes a corner. The cross from Matt Phillips causes problems for the home side, but they manage to scramble the ball clear.
Sunderland is attempting to press the visitors, but the Baggies are looking resolute in defence.
Duncan Watmore loses possession and James McClean races to a through ball from Craig Dawson in a similar position to where Nacer Chadli scored. However, the Irishman cannot replicate his team-mate’s effort, sending the ball well wide of the post.
Confidence has been drained from Sunderland as Lamine Kone sends the ball long into the gloves of Ben Foster. Groans emerge from the home crowd in the Stadium of Light.
Duncan Watmore manages to squeeze the ball into the feet of Wahbi Khazri, but the winger is caught offside as he turns inside the box.
There will be two minutes of added time.
Referee Stuart Attwell brings the first half to an end.
HALF-TIME: Sunderland 0-1 West Brom
Watmore has a probe down the left but gets surrounded by three players. He lays the ball back to McNair who hits a cross into the box but gets far too much power on his effort and it sails out for a throw-in.
Wahbi Khazri whips the ball into the box and McNair controls it and shoots on the turn. It was not the best effort, but it took a deflection to earn his team the second set-piece.
Jermaine Defoe escapes the attention of Gareth McAuley and surges into the box, but just as he shoots he gets crowded out by a number of West Brom defenders.
Sunderland fails to clear the danger for a long ball forward, and Nacer Chadli pounces on a loose ball and fires at goal, only to put his effort past the post.
Jan Kirchhoff picks up the ball in the final third and resists the tempation to shoot, but his pass for Duncan Watmore catches the winger in an offside position.
Problems for Jan Kirchhoff as he hits the deck with an apparent hamstring injury. He needs a stretcher to come off the field.
Van Aanholt replaces Jan Kirchhoff, which will see a re-shuffle in the Sunderland midfield.
Space opens up for Darren Fletcher to strike the ball and he lashes his effort towards the net but Jordan Pickford makes the save. The rebound bounces around the area before falling for Nacer Chadli, but he puts his effort past the post.
Duncan Watmore gets wiped out by James McClean, but there’s no foul by given by Referee Stuart Attwell. Sunderland is forced to kick it out so the winger can receive treatment.
Sunderland is struggling to get anything going in the final third. Wahbi Khazri attempts to find Javier Manquillo on the right wing, but his pass gets cut out with ease by James McClean.
More fruitless endeavours from Sunderland in attack down the right as Ibrahim Ndong loses possession in the final third very cheaply.
The Black Cats are seeing plenty of the ball, but cannot make any meaningful penetration in the final third. Frustration is built at the Stadium of Light.
James McClean goes into the book for a lunge on Wahbi Khazri.
Jermaine Defoe is denied again for Sunderland as Jonny Evans makes an important block. Van Aanholt picked out Wahbi Khazri with a sublime pass, and the winger laid it into the path of Jermaine Defoe, but his waited too long to strike, spurning the opening.
Space opens up in the final third for Salomon Rondon to strike, but he curls his effort well over the bar.
Jack Rodwell replaces McNair for the home side.
Craig Gardner comes on to the pitch for James McClean.
Desperation causes Jermaine Defoe to pull back Craig Dawson on the half-way line, resulting in a free-kick for the visitors.
Sunderland just cannot make any penetration into West Brom’s defensive shape as Manquillo attempts a lofted pass to Jermaine Defoe, but his cross goes straight through to Ben Foster.
Baggies counter through a long ball for Salomon Rondon and he gets space to shoot from a tight angle, but Pickford makes a good save at his near post.
West Brom plays a good line to catch Wahbi Khazri offside as Van Aanholt picked him out with a decent through ball. Nothing breaking for Sunderland the moment.
Nacer Chadli has the opportunity to kill off the game if he picks out Salomon Rondon in the final third, but his low pass gets cut out by John O’Shea at the vital moment.
GOAL!!! Sunderland is level and Van Aanholt gets the goal as he scuffs his volley into the ground and bounces into the top corner. Watmore was the architect as he burst into the box, and cut the ball back for the Dutchman to score.
Watmore raids down the left flank and digs out a cross to find Van Aanholt to score.
West Brom Albion squad almost regain the lead immediately as Salomon Rondon finds space in the final third and lays it back to Matt Phillips to strike. He blasts his strike, but it goes inches past the post and narrowly misses Gardner’s boot at the back stick.
West Brom is putting Sunderland under pressure in the late stages, but the Black Cats are holding firm just…
Craig Dawson lines up an effort from the right, but Pickford produces a solid save to keep his effort out.
Salomon Rondon latches on to a cross from the right, but he cannot put his header on target, sending his effort over the bar.
There will be five minutes of added time.
Gooch replaces Wahbi Khazri for the home side.
Morrison comes on for the final minutes to replace Chadli.
Sunderland’s turn to exert pressure as Jermaine Defoe tries to turn Gareth McAuley in the box, but the Baggies hold them at bay.
Salomon Rondon makes way for Hal Robson-Kanu.
Jason Denayer gets a whack in the face as he attempts to clear the ball, and requires treatment.
Yellow card Jonny Evans
Jermaine Defoe powers an effort towards the net but curls his effort just past the post.
The referee conducted the final whistle which means the match has ended.
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