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Swansea City 1-1 Sunderland: Old Boy Ki Grabs Point For Swansea

Sunderland and Swansea shared the points in a well contested battle at the Liberty Stadium.

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A 41st minute strike from Jermain Defoe was cancelled out by a Ki Sung Yueng header in the second half as Sunderland head back to Wearside with a point.

The opening chance of the game fell to Swansea after 8 minutes through striker Bafetimbi Gomis. A sustained period of Swansea possession ended with a good strike from the edge of the box which whistled narrowly wide of goal.

It took Sunderland a while to find their feet but when they settled and started to pass the ball around they looked dangerous. Jermain Defoe was denied by a last ditch tackle by Fernandez and Gomez struck a shot wide after latching on to Reveillere’s cut back.

Although Sunderland looked in control, their confident start was nearly undone on 19 minutes after some static defending. Jonjo Shelvey was allowed to latch onto a through ball inside the box and was only denied the opening goal by a deflection by Vergini which sent the ball inches wide.

Swansea started to up the pressure after the Black Cats had enjoyed a comfortable spell, and they should have broke the deadlock on 27 minutes. A good run from Shelvey created space for Dyer who slipped in Gomis but the Frenchman’s shot was saved superbly by Pantilimon.

Sunderland were given a reprieve on 40 minutes when Swansea thought they had scored the opening goal. A free kick was whipped in by Shelvey and met by Ki who swept the ball past Pantilimon but fortunately for Sunderland the flag went up for offside.

And after thinking they had scored the opening goal, one minute later Swansea had conceded the opening goal. Bridcutt played in Defoe who jinked past Fernandez and unleashed a low shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner to give Sunderland the advantage at half time.

The second half got off to a lively start as Sunderland had a penalty appeal waived away in the opening minute. Alvarez took on Williams and went down under his challenge but Phil Dowd didn’t give it.

At the other end Shelvey’s free kick was met at the back post by Fernandez but his rushed shot blazed over from ten yards.

Swansea got their equaliser on 66 minutes through Sunderland old boy Ki Sung Yueng. A pin point cross by Kyle Naughton found an unmarked Ki six yards from goal and his diving header powered past Pantilimon.

Swansea were dominant after getting the equaliser and they saw attempts from Naughton and Oliveira saved by Pantilimon. But Sunderland held on for a deserved point in Wales which keeps their new found momentum going.

Swansea City (4-2-3-1): Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor (Rangel 67’), Ki, Cork, Shelvey (Oliveira 78’), Dyer, Barrow (Montero 46’), Gomis.

Subs: Tremmel, Rangel, Amat, Oliveira, Carroll, Fulton, Montero.

Goals: Ki (66’)

Sunderland (4-1-3-2): Pantilimon, Van Aanholt, Vergini, O'Shea (c), Reveillere, Bridcutt, Larsson, Gomez, Alvarez (Johnson 64’), Graham (Fletcher 75’), Defoe.

Subs: Mannone, Brown, Coates, Agnew, Smith, Fletcher, Johnson.

Goals: Defoe (41’)