Swansea 1 Sunderland 1: Cats old boy Ki cancels out Defoe opener

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis tries to get the better of Sunderland's Santiago Vergini and John O'Shea
Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis tries to get the better of Sunderland's Santiago Vergini and John O'Shea

EX-LOANEE Ki Sung-Yueng came back to haunt Sunderland, as the Black Cats were forced to settle for a point at Swansea.

Sunderland recorded their 12th Premier League draw of the campaign at the Liberty Stadium after a second half fightback from the hosts.

A superb second Sunderland goal from Jermain Defoe had given Gus Poyet’s men the advantage at the interval, just seconds after Ki had seen a goal disallowed for offside.

But the South Korean, who spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light, wasn’t to be denied and grabbed a second half equaliser when he took advantage of some slack marking to head home.

After four appearances as a substitute, Danny Graham partnered Jermain Defoe up front against the club he left two years ago, to make his first Sunderland start since May 2013.

Graham was one of three changes from the side which won at Fulham in midweek, with Costel Pantilimon and Seb Larsson returning at the expense of Vito Mannone and Emanuele Giaccherini.

Ricky Alvarez kept his place ahead of fit-again Adam Johnson, although the winger was included among the substitutes.

Sunderland were forced into a late change on the bench after Emanuele Giaccherini suffered an injury in the warm-up, with academy product Martin Smith taking his spot.

Ki started for Swansea, as one of three changes for the hosts, with Jack Cork and Modou Barrow also included.

The game began at a sluggish pace before Bafetimbi Gomis went close in the ninth minute - whistling a low shot just wide from 20 yards.

Sunderland had enjoyed plenty of possession in the early stages, albeit without hurting Swansea, but the visitors mustered their first opporunity in the 17th minute after an excellent surge into the penalty area from Anthony Reveillere.

The right-back pulled it back into the path of Jordi Gomez on the edge of the area, but he shanked his drive well wide.

Moments later, Jonjo Shelvey dinked a shot just past the post after being fed by Nathan Dyer, 12 yards out.

Sunderland required an excellent stop from Costel Pantilimon to prevent Swansea breaking the deadlock in the 27th minute after Dyer’s dummy to Shelvey’s through-ball landed perfectly for Gomis 12 yards out.

But Pantilimon was off his line quickly to block Gomis’s shot with his body.

Gomis went close again in the 33rd minute when Dyer freed Modou Barrow down the right-hand side and he whipped in a pacy cross from the right.

The Swansea striker was offside, but no flag went up, although it didn’t matter after he sliced his attempted volley well wide.

The linesman’s flag did save Sunderland four minutes before the interval when Ki knocked in Shelvey’s free-kick. Replays showed that the South Korean had marginally crept offside.

Seconds later, Sunderland were ahead after a brilliant individual goal from Defoe.

The striker collected possession just inside the Swansea half, drove the ball all the way to the edge of the penalty area, before sending it sweetly into the bottom corner.

HALF-TIME Swansea 0 Sunderland 1

Four minutes after the restart, Federico Fernandez sent a half-volley over the bar from 10 yards out after Sunderland had failed to clear Shelvey’s free-kick from the right.

But Sunderland continued to look relatively comfortable - Ashley Williams preventing Graham getting a touch to convert Gomez’s low cross with a superb last-gasp challenge.

However, the equaliser arrived for Swansea in the 66th minute after the hosts took advantage of some poor defending from Sunderland.

Kyle Naughton crossed from the right and Ki escaped the attentions of Reveillere to convert with a diving header.

Swansea remained in the ascendancy after the equaliser - Shelvey whistling a free-kick a couple of yards wide of the near post with 12 minutes to go.

The hosts almost grabbed the lead with a minute to go when Dyer broke and fed substitute Nelson Oliveira down the left-hand side of the area, but his shot towards the near post was blocked behind by Pantilimon.

FULL-TIME Swansea 1 Sunderland 1

SWANSEA: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor (Rangel 67), Cork, Ki, Dyer, Shelvey (Oliveira 78), Barrow (Montero 46), Gomis. Subs not used: Tremmel, Amat, Fulton, Carroll. Booked: Cork (15), Dyer (31), Naughton (75)

SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon, Reveillere, O’Shea, Vergini, van Aanholt, Bridcutt, Larsson, Gomez, Alvarez (Johnson 65), Graham (Fletcher 76), Defoe. Subs not used: Mannone, Brown, Coates, Smith, Agnew. Booked: Bridcutt (49), Larsson (71), Gomez (77), Fletcher (88)

Attendance: 20,355