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  • January 1, 2012
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 40625
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  • That'll do it for me, Shane Evans (@shanevans on the Twitters) after an amazing match at the Stadium of Light. Again, it's a 1-0 Sunderland win over league-leaders Manchester City. Thanks again everyone. Good day, Godspeed and Golden Balls!
  • 90' + 4'
    THAT'S THE LAST KICK OF THE GAME! Sunderland wins 1-0! Shocking shocking stuff.
  • 90' + 3'
    Assist Stéphane Sessegnon
  • 90' + 3'
    Goal Dong-Won Ji
    OH MY LORDY LORDY LORDY! Sunderland take the lead in the last kick of the game! A counterattack worked to absolute perfection as Ji and Sessegnon bounce it around in the middle of the box. It results in Ji on the ball. He rounds hart and slides home. 1-0 SUNDERLAND!!!
  • 90' + 3'
    City looks to break one last time through Aguero who has a shot that is blocked. Looked good going in.
  • 90' + 2'
    The ball hasn't left the Sunderland end for at least 15 minutes now. Despite this, the defending has been strong. Two minutes to go...
  • 90'
    Looks like we'll have three minutes of stoppage time to end this one...
  • 89'
    Well there was a chance! Silva cuts into the middle, blasts one, that is saved nicely by Mignolet but not held. The rebound comes to Richards quickly who nods into the ground and off the crossbar. That was a close one.
  • 87'
    Cattermole goes down with a knock...trying to kill a bit of time here, one suspects.
  • 85'
    Silva finds Zabaleta over the top into the box but the defending is strong once more. Still waiting for a goal...
  • 83'
    SubstitutionDavid Vaughan Ahmed El Mohamady
  • 83'
    Sunderland bring on Elmohamady for Vaughan.
  • 81'
    Dzeko with another shot over the bar. Lots of Italian swear words coming from City's bench.
  • 80'
    Gardner does brilliantly against Aguero at the top of the box. Same can be said for Lescott on the recently-introduced Dong-Won Ji.
  • 79'
    Another cross comes in that Dzeko connects with with his head but again, it's put wide of the far post.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionNicklas Bendtner Dong-Won Ji
  • 78'
    City just can't get anything going at the minute. Well, the entire match I should say. It has gone a bit flat over the last few weeks.
  • 76'
    Sunderland tries to work something but its cleared down to Dzeko who takes on three Black Cats and nearly finishes. Things opening up a bit now.
  • 73'
    McClean with some more lovely work down his left flank. Really causing problems for City. First Premier League start, too.
  • 73'
    Roberto Mancini looking mighty frustrated on the touchline at the moment. His side not playing its best today, or lately, even.
  • 70'
    The ball bounces to Zabaleta at the edge of the six-yard box but Gardner bounds over and clears away for a corner...that comes to nothing.
  • 69'
    Lots of pressure from City over the last few minutes here. Sunderland could use some time on the ball as a breather.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionAleksandar Kolarov Micah Richards
    Following the card, Micah Richards comes on for Kolarov.
  • 67'
    From the freekick, Dzeko gets his head on it but flicks it wide of the far post. Another...chance...goes...begging.
  • 66'
    Yellow Card Sebastian Larsson
    Another card comes, this time for Larsson for one too many fouls over the first hour or so.
  • 64'
    Then Sessegnon breaks and has a go after darting around Kompany. The flick with the outside of his boot goes just wide of the far post. Could have laid it off for a certain goal. Slightly selfish there, but can you blame him?
  • 64'
    City works a cross into the middle but again, it's defended well and cleared. At the other end, Bendtner holds up the play nicely but Sunderland can't break.
  • 61'
    Gareth Barry gets his noodle on the freekick attempt. That'll ring the ears.
  • 60'
    Nice little freekick coming for Sunderland ahead of goal, not too deep. Larsson, a specialist at these, lines it up.
  • 59'
    Sessegnon looked to be fouled and City breaks the other way with Aguero the end product right in front of goal. His shot was sliced a tad and right at Mignolet. Should have been 1-0 there.
  • 55'
    SubstitutionSamir Nasri David Silva
    Silva comes on for Nasri and City still can't get things going. Hasn't been the best hour of football we've seem it play all year.
  • 55'
    Zabaleta has a go from the corner of the box and is really a wasted opportunity as his shot is scuffed.
  • 54'
    Like I mentioned earlier, City has missed Aguero and David Silva. With Aguero already on, it appears Silva will soon be joining him. Mancini must be reading this...
  • 52'
    City wins a corner at the other end but it's cleared away pretty easily. Deadlock lives on!
  • 51'
    Hart with his best David De Gea impression and punches it cleanly away...
  • 50'
    Some nice passing through the middle ends with Cattermole driving through the gut of the City defense and a corner is won. Larsson to take...
  • 48'
    Kolarov gets a low cross in down the left that Mignolet had to prod away with his calf. Yaya's follow-up shot goes widdddde.
  • 47'
    Sessegnon with some more nifty footwork sees the ball slid to McClean who gets his cross all wrong. Good pressure though.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionNigel De Jong Sergio Agüero
    One change for City as De Jong is withdrawn in favor of the considerably more offensive-minded Sergio Aguero.
  • 46'
    And we're back! Second half underway at the Stadium of Light.
  • Halftime nearly over now, folks. Can Manchester City get a result in this one? Wouldn't bet against it.
  • 45' + 1'
    ...and there's your halftime whistle! I'm off for a cup of tea and a slice of cold pizza. Follow me on the Twitter while we wait for the second half to start. That's @shanevans for all you missing out. Do it!
  • 45' + 1'
    Just one minute of stoppages but before all that Sessegnon and Larsson work some nice play around the City area that culminates in Gardner having a pop from deep. Not too far off mind you.
  • 44'
    Nearing the end of the first half now. Been an interesting one to say the least. Good play by both sides, but just not good enough.
  • 43'
    Dzeko finds a spot of space north of the box line and has a cheeky go. Mignolet collects pretty effortlessly.
  • 42'
    Sunderland now with a deep freekick attempt that is punched aside by Hart.
  • 40'
    A freekick for City at the corner of the box is played shorted by Nasri to Kolarov who dilly dallies and has his shot blocked.
  • 38'
    City a bit timid at the minute. Not how we've seen it play this season. Patience prevails, I suppose.
  • 35'
    From the corner, the ball again bounces to Dzeko at the top of the area and he hits on the half volley. OFF THE BAR! Lovely hit.
  • 35'
    Dzeko tries to wriggle into some space in the area but is dispossessed for a corner.
  • 32'
    Then another shot is cleared off the line by Gardner. Or thereabouts. Was a close one.
  • 32'
    Things starting to heat up a bit for City. Johnson cuts in from the right again and plays a low cross that chips up to Dzeko in space. His little whack at it is saved really well by Mignolet.
  • 29'
    Nasri and Kolarov combine in the middle with the latter having a shot on net that sails way over. Not the City team we have come to know and love this season!
  • 26'
    SubstitutionWes Brown Matthew Kilgallon
    Wes Brown has to come off with an injury. Replacing him is Matt Kilgallon.
  • 24'
    Crowd really eating up Sessegnon's patience and skill on the ball. Since no options presented themselves, he had a shot from wayyyyy out that was blocked.
  • 24'
    Crowd really eating up Sessegnon's patience and skill on the ball. Since no options presented themselves, he had a shot from wayyyyy out that was blocked.
  • 22'
    Johnson tries to nutmeg Colback down the byline again. Not this time, fella.
  • 21'
    Seems like City is missing Aguero and Silva at the moment. Lacking creativity when it counts. Who wouldn't really?
  • 20'
    Bendtner's flap on replay. Wasn't really poor play by the Dane, just excellent keeping by Hart.
  • 17'
    Some more nice moves by Sessegnon forces the ball to be tackled away for a Sunderland throw. It is matching City at the moment.
  • 15'
    Toure gets in more space from the middle as his bursting run is met by a Johnson pass but the Ivorian scuffs his cross-type-thing and it comes to nothing. The door has been knocked on.
  • 13'
    Worked short by Johnson and brought back around. Johnson then fires at the far corner and nearly gets it as it clipped the top of the bar. Lovely move.
  • 13'
    Another corner for Man City. This is numero three.
  • 12'
    Love when English people pronounce "year" as "yurrr." Sounds so fancy!
  • 10'
    City coming at Sunderland here, but the Black Cats are defending well.
  • 9'
    Johnson gets to the byline and goes around Colback, but the Sunderland player puts it behind for a corner.
  • 8'
    Yellow Card Nigel De Jong
    That was quick. Nigel De Jong goes in the book for a sloppy scissor tackle on Cattermole.
  • 6'
    Sessegnon appears to be Sunderland's most dangerous player in the early going. Moving the ball nicely and using his tricky feet to get by City players.
  • 5'
    Sunderland with its proverbial tail up as McClean cuts in from the left and has a go with his right foot. Forces a tough save out of Hart.
  • 3'
    Corner goes begging and Sunderland breaks quickly through Sessegnon and Bendtner. The ball is played to the forward who is in alone on keeper Hart but can't round him and sees his shot saved. Good start though.
  • 2'
    Yaya Toure has a little run down the right, skips around a couple and wins a corner. He tends to do that.
  • 1'
    First minute goes and nothing happens. Standard really.
  • 1'
    Look at that...KICKOFF!
  • City will remain top of the table regardless of the outcome of this match, given Manchester United's defeat yesterday to Blackburn. Well, if Sunderland beat it by six goals or more, United would go top but, uhh, yeah...
  • While we wait for the match to kick off...give us a follow on the Twitters @shanevans and do the same for @GoalUSA, if you haven't already, of course! About 15 minutes away from kickoff now. Little less. Whoopee!
  • And Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Kolaro; De Jong, Barry, Yaya; A. Johnson, Nasri; Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Richards, Clichy, Savic, Milner, Silva, Aguero.
  • The home side Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner, Brown, O'Shea, Colback; Larsson, Cattermole, Vaughan, McClean; Sessegnon; Bendtner. Subs: Carson, Kilgallon, Ji, Meyler, Elmohamady, Ryan Noble, Laing.
  • Hello everyone! Goal.com's Shane Evans with you for Sunderland-Manchester City at the Stadium of Light! Here come your starting lineups (and subs!)...