English Premiership

Korean key to Swans grabbing draw

2015-02-07 19:37
Ki Sung-yueng (Getty Images)

Cape Town - South Korean Ki Sung-yueng's second-half header secured Swansea a 1-1 draw against Sunderland, where he spent last season on loan, in a lively Premier League encounter at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Ki, who was playing his first game since returning from the Asian Cup where Korea lost to Australia in the final, had a goal ruled out in the first half but made no mistake with his second opportunity after Jermain Defoe had scored his second goal in as many Premier League games for the visitors.

The draw, Sunderland's 12th this season, leaves Swansea comfortable in ninth while the Black Cats are just four points above the relegation places.

It means Sunderland are still without a win at Swansea since a second tier game the day after US President John F Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963.

French striker Bafetimbi Gomis, who has the onerous responsibility of replacing Manchester City-bound Wilfried Bony, had Swansea's best early chance, firing in a fierce effort which curled just wide.

Jordi Gomez missed a chance for Sunderland shortly afterwards but it was Gomis again who nearly broke the deadlock after a neat dummy by Mo Barrow teed him up but former Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon did well to prevent the ex-Lyon striker from scoring.

Swansea eventually got the ball into the net, Ki beating Pantilimon, only for it to be ruled out for offside and their disappointment was doubled as Defoe went on a superb solo run from just inside the Swans' half to score.

The goal was another landmark for the England striker as it meant he had scored against all 20 teams presently in the Premier League.

Swansea, though, kept pressing and produced the more creative and flowing football which was eventually rewarded with Ki nipping in to plant a diving header past Pantilimon with just under 25 minutes remaining.

Read more on:    sunderland  |  swansea  |  english premiership  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 20 January 2018
Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea, The American Express Community Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v Huddersfield Town, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Everton v West Bromwich Albion, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v Watford, King Power Stadium 17:00
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth, London Stadium 17:00
Burnley v Manchester United, Turf Moor 17:00
Manchester City v Newcastle United, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
Monday, 22 January 2018
Swansea City v Liverpool, Liberty Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.