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KEY ACTION: SUNDERLAND 1, SPURS 0

Posted on 11 August 2007  - 12:00

All the action from our Barclays Premier League opener at the Stadium of Light.

All the action from our Barclays Premier League opener at the Stadium of Light.

TEAM NEWS...

Michael Dawson was a late withdrawal with an ankle injury sustained in training on Friday. Anthony Gardner came in and lined-up centrally with Younes Kaboul. Martin Jol opted for Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov up front with Darren Bent and Jermain Defoe on the bench.

THE KEY ACTION...SUNDERLAND 1, SPURS 0...

Full-time: Sunderland 1, Spurs 0

Added time: GOAL - SUNDERLAND. Wallace cross from the right fell at feet of Chopra who controlled, composed himself and curled into bottom corner from eight yards.
Sunderland 1, Spurs 0.

Added time: Miller curled free-kick into the wall from 20 yards.

Added time: 3mins.

89mins: SAVE - ROBINSON. Whitehead's dink free-kick found Etuhu in the six-yard box, knew little about it, ball came off his knee but Robinson had to be alert to claw off his line diving his left.

88.15: Jenas corner cleared out toHuddlestone who instant dipping volley unfortunately straight at Gordon, who collected easily.

86.20: SUB - SPURS. Huddlestone for Zokora.

84.13: Bent flick almost found Defoe on the shoulder of last man, Nosworthy cleared.

80.15: Kaboul went down holding foot after winning header, physio on, continued after treatment.

76.18: SUB - SPURS. Defoe for Berbatov.

71.10: SUBS - SUNDERLAND Collins and Chopra for Stokes and Richardson.

68.39: Berbatov flick released Bent down the right, played back inside to Berbatov and onto Keane, looked to work space for a shot but crowded out.

66.29: Jenas won possession, Keane cross too deep for Bent.

65.51: Attendance just in - 43,967.

62.40: Edwards chased down ball over the top, won corner. Nosworthy managed to flick on Whitehead's corner, ball cleared.

59mins: Bent up front with Berbatov, Keane to left, Malbranque to right.

58.27: SUB - SPURS. Bent for Tainio.

57.14: SUB - SUNDERLAND. Miller for Yorke.

56.33: Berbatov clipped free-kick over the wall but over the bar by a yard.

56.07: Chimbonda fouled on edge of box, shooting chance.

54.19: Robinson decent punch from Richardson free-kick, clattered as did so and foul awarded.

52.25: Chimbonda early cross nodded back across goal and wide by Keane at far post.

50.23: YELLOW CARD - SUNDERLAND. Whitehead for foul on Zokora.

49.38: Stokes into Murphy, left channel, Chimbonda back to make sliding tackle block for corner. Corner cleared.

46.36: Kaboul and Chimbonda got in a mix, Richardson onto it, cross for Stokes cleared by Gardner.

2ND HALF KICKS-OFF

Half-time: Sunderland 0, Spurs 0

Added time: 1min.

44.44: Chimbonda cross headed away by Nosworthy at near post.

41.19: YELLOW CARD - SPURS. Zokora for foul on Richardson.

41.10: CLOSE - SUNDERLAND. Etuhu angled shot across Robinson and just wide from 25 yards.

40.44: PENALTY - SPURS? Berbatov sent clear by Jenas, left side, cleverly lobbed ball over Gordon but faced with Whitehead, shifted ball right of him and appeared to be clipped, nothing given.

37.30: SAVE - ROBINSON. Best chance of half, Gardner missed Richardson's cross from left, ball ran to Murphy, corner of six-yard box, Robinson out to save with legs.

35.49: CHANCE - SUNDERLAND. Stokes cross from the right found Etuhu, free header eight yards out, headed wide.

33.40: Malbranque cut in from left, picked turned down shot to find Chimbonda wide right, got the ball back, aimed cross for Berbatov at far post but too high.

30.30: Tainio picked out Keane left corner of box, beat Whitehead but tackled cleanly by Wallace.

27.45: Tainio into Berbatov who controlled on his chest and rolled back for supporting Keane, shooting chance central, left foot, straight at Gordon from 20 yards.

25.38: Best Sunderland move yet, ball ended up on the left with Richardson, shot deflected wide for corner. Corner headed away and couple of important challenges put in before Gardner fouled.

24.04: Keane, slightly deeper this time, chipped pass into Berbatov's path, penalised for a push.

21.30: Exquisite touches and control from Berbatov, slightly deeper, Sunderland sticking to task though and no way through at moment.

20.04: Richardson won possession down the left, played inside to Stokes who ballooned shot into Row Z.

19.23: More patient build-up, Zokora heavily involved centrally, faked to shoot and went for pass to Berbatov, cut out.

16.30: Tainio dink forward to Keane cut out by Nosworthy, Jenas following up bundled off the ball by Etuhu, nothing given.

15.07: CLOSE - SPURS. Best move yet, possession all the way from right-back area to Malbranque, left wing, cross just over Berbatov and then just evaded Keane at far post.

11.45: Dangerous Richardson cross from left dealt with well by Kaboul, then Chimbonda. That set up counter but Malbranque and Berbatov not on same wavelength and broke down.

10.04: Jenas spread play wide to Malbranque, his cross headed out to Jenas, shooting chance central, 25 yards out, didn't get hold of it and fired wide.

8.30: Stokes clipped ball around Kaboul but ran it out of play.

7.44: Low cross from Malbranque down the left skimmed off Sunderland head for corner, Jenas took corner, Berbatov penalised for climbing.

6.20: Ambitious 30-yarder from Zokora blocked by Etuhu.

4.05: Gardner caught out for early corner, hit deep and cleared.

3.55: Kaboul first telling touch, fine pass up the left to Berbatov, win a throw.

2.34: Keane flicked ball through to Malbranque, flagged offside.

1min: Gardner and Kaboul central, Stalteri left-back, Chimbonda right-back, Malbranque left midfield, Tainio right.

1ST HALF KICKS-OFF

12.47: Robbie Keane and Dean Whitehead to centre-circle for toss, we will attack the home end.

12.42: Teams out to a deafening roar!

12.41: Fans really ramping up the volume as the classical music starts up in the stadium.

12.36: Welcome to the Stadium of Light! It's warm but slightly overcast, both teams back in the dressing rooms, kick-off in just under 10 minutes.

THE LINE-UPS...

Sunderland: Gordon, Etuhu, Nosworthy, McShane, Edwards, Whitehead, Stokes (Chopra, 72), Richardson (Collins, 72), Murphy, Yorke (Miller, 58), Wallace. Subs: Ward, Connolly.

Spurs: Robinson, Chimbonda, Stalteri, Kaboul, Gardner, Tainio (Bent, 59), Jenas, Zokora (Huddlestone, 87), Malbranque, Keane, Berbatov (Defoe, 77). Subs: Cerny, Rocha.