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Saints 1 Sunderland 1 - as it happened
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- Jose Fonte salvages a point with an 88th minute header
- Emanuele Giaccherini had given Sunderland the lead
- Dani Osvaldo made his debut as a second-half sub
- Saints' unbeaten start to the season continues
Jose Fonte salvages a point for Saints late on. The home side certainly deserved that, given the amount of pressure they put on a well-organised Sunderland team. Thanks for joining us. We will have reaction for you on the website shortly...
SAINTS 1 SUNDERLAND 1
Saints 1 Sunderland 1 (Jose Fonte 88)
Saints' pressure finally pays off. James Ward-Prowse whips in a free-kick from deep, with Jose Fonte rising to head the ball into the corner.
Dani Osvaldo booked for a trip on Modibo Diakite (83 mins).
Sunderland substitution (82 mins): Final change for the visitors. Connor Wickham on, Emanuele Giaccherini off.
CHANCE (74 mins): Rickie Lambert has a great chance with a free-kick 25 yards out in a central position, after Gaston Ramirez was checked by John O'Shea, but his effort goes well over.
Saints substitution (69 mins): Mauricio Pochettino makes his last change, bringing on Gaston Ramirez for Adam Lallana.
CHANCE (59 mins): Adam Lallana races down the left and plays a ball in-field to Lambert, whose vicious strike from 25 yards is tipped brilliantly round the post by Kieren Westwood.
CHANCE (58 mins): Ji Dong-Won slides Jozy Altidore in, but Artur Boruc saves at the striker's feet.
CHANCE (57 mins): Dani Osvaldo shows his quality, whipping in a lovely cross that picks out Jay Rodriguez. However, just six yards out, the Saints forward puts his header straight at Kieren Westwood.
CHANCE (54 mins): Adam Johnson hits a sweet right-foot strike from 30 yards, but the ball fizzes a yard or so over the bar.
Sunderland substitution (54 mins): David Vaughan on, Jack Colback off.
CHANCE (52 mins): Rickie Lambert nods the ball down to Adam Lallana on the corner of the area. His rasping volley flies across goal, but goes just wide of the far post.
CHANCE (48 mins): Adam Lallana is denied by a magnificent last-ditch tackle by Modibo Diakite, after nearly being given a clean sight of goal after a one-two with Dani Osvaldo.
CHANCE (47 mins): Ji-Dong Won nearly scores with his first touch, but his side-foot volley is too weak to trouble Artur Boruc, after being picked out by Adam Johnson's wonderful diagonal ball.
Saints substitutions (half-time): Dani Osvaldo and Nathaniel Clyne replace Morgan Schneiderlin and Luke Shaw.
Sunderland substitution (half-time): Ji Dong-Won on for Stephane Sessegnon.
Saints 0 Sunderland 1
PENALTY APPEAL (45 mins): Adam Lallana goes to ground under pressure from John O'Shea as he latches onto a Rickie Lambert knockdown. Referee Lee Mason says no penalty, and replays suggest the official was correct.
CHANCE (39 mins): James Ward-Prowse is out on the right wing, and cuts back onto his left foot. He drifts in a cross towards the far post, which finds Rickie Lambert, but his header goes over.
CHANCE (36 mins): James Ward-Prowse whips in a dangerous free-kick from the left. The ball evades everyone and goes just past the far post. Jose Fonte claimed he was pulled down by a Sunderland defender as he tried to reach it, but referee Lee Mason isn't interested in his claims.
Craig Gardner booked for a late challenge on Luke Shaw (33 mins).
James Ward-Prowse booked for pulling Jack Colback's shirt (27 mins).
CHANCE (23 mins): James Ward-Prowse produces a lovely piece of skill, lifting the ball over the head of John O'Shea. He drives into the area, with the ball eventually dropping to Jay Rodriguez. His quick toe poke is deflected over for a corner, which Sunderland successfully defend.
CHANCE (20 mins): Saints are nearly caught out by another Sunderland corner. Larsson whips another vicious delivery in, and Artur Boruc has to be alert to parry the ball away at his near post, with the corner destined to go straight in.
CHANCE (18 mins): James Ward-Prowse digs out a cross from the right byline, which picks out Rickie Lambert. His downward header looks destined for the bottom corner, but Kieren Westwood dives to his right to make an excellent save.
RULED OUT (6 mins): Saints have the ball in the net, as Jay Rodriguez produces a brilliant first-time finish across goal from Rickie Lambert's through pass. The assistant referee flags for offside, however. The replays suggest it was a very tight decision.
Saints 0 Sunderland 1 (Emanuele Giaccherini 3)
Seb Larsson swings in a superb corner, which picks out an unmarked Emanuele Giaccherini six yards out, and he makes no mistake, heading past Artur Boruc. Not the start that Saints wanted.
Referee Lee Mason gets the match underway...
The teams have emerged from the tunnel at St Mary's. Kick-off now just a few moments away. Stay with us for updates throughout the match...
The teams are going through their final warm-ups out on the pitch. Kick-off is now just over 15 minutes away.
There's normally fireworks when Paolo Di Canio is around, and the Sunderland boss is likely to be his normal animated self on the touchline today. By the sounds of it, it's already been quite lively at the team's hotel, although the club are saying their players and staff were all tucked away under their duvets while that particular excitement was ongoing.
One of the big questions following the arrival of Dani Osvaldo is whether he and Rickie Lambert, pictured above, can fit into the same system. Osvaldo's history at Roma, where he played with Francesco Totti, suggests they can, and Mauricio Pochettino seems to think so too. You can read his full thoughts here, but this is a snippet of what he had to say...
I don’t think they’re that similar in their traits. I think they could find it very easy actually to play together.Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino
As expected, Dani Osvaldo will start today's game on the substitutes' bench. Saints are unchanged from the side that beat West Brom on the opening day of the season. Sunderland make two changes, with Modibo Diakite coming in for Valentin Roberge, while Craig Gardner replaces Adilson Cabral.
SAINTS: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Clyne, S Davis, Ramírez, Cork, Osvaldo, Hooiveld.
SUNDERLAND: Westwood, Larsson, Gardner, Johnson, Celustka, Colback, O'Shea, Altidore, Diakite, Giaccherini, Sessegnon.
Subs: Mannone, Cabral, Wickham, Vaughan, Moberg-Karlsson, Ji, Roberge.
Referee: Lee Mason.
There has been plenty spoken and written about Pablo Daniel Osvaldo since he completed his move from Roma to Saints, in a deal that could end up being worth close to £15m, but here are two pieces that might give you some insight into what we can expect from the Italian international:
- First up is Italian journalist Federico Farcomeni's fascinating profile piece on the 27-year-old.
- Then we have Italian football expert Tancredi Palmeri's verdict on an "absolute bargain" for Saints.
This is the man who Saints fans will be hoping to see in action today. We will find out in about ten minutes what his involvement will be...
Let's play COYR— @DejanLovren05 24 August 2013
Sunderland squad news: Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio looks set to keep faith with central defender Valentin Roberge. Roberge marred an otherwise encouraging debut with a mistake that sent his side to defeat against Fulham last week, but Di Canio has been quick to give the Frenchman his full support. Defender Craig Gardner is back from suspension but Steven Fletcher (ankle) and Wes Brown (kneee) are both still ruled out. Greek teenage winger Charis Mavrias, who joined from Panathinaikos this week, could make his debut.
Saints squad news: Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed new signing Dani Osvaldo is in contention to play some part today. Italy international Osvaldo became Saints' club-record signing when he joined from Roma last Sunday and the forward is likely to be involved at St Mary's. Teenage defender Calum Chambers could retain his place with Nathaniel Clyne short of fitness following a pre-season injury.
Hello and welcome to this afternoon’s blog covering Saints’ opening home match of the Premier League season, against Sunderland. Mauricio Pochettino’s team are off to a flying start, having beaten West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns last weekend, and they will be confident of making it six points from six, as they face a Sunderland team that lost at home to Fulham in their first game of the campaign. There is a real sense of anticipation around St Mary’s today, with record signing Dani Osvaldo, who completed his move from Roma last Sunday, in line for a possible debut. Stay with us for the build-up, team news and match updates.
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