Premier League

Sunderland 1-1 Everton

By Timothy AbrahamBBC Sport
Leighton Baines
Everton defender Leighton Baines has only missed one penalty in the Premier League
  • Larsson opens scoring with free-kick
  • Baines equalises from penalty spot
  • Barry taken to hospital with ankle injury
  • Everton move above Liverpool in table

Leighton Baines scored from the penalty spot as Everton came from behind to claim a hard-earned point against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats had taken the lead when Sebastian Larsson curled in a free-kick after Baines had fouled Will Buckley.

But England defender Baines made amends with a spot-kick following Connor Wickham's rash challenge on Seamus Coleman inside the box.

Everton's Gareth Barry was taken to hospital with an ankle injury.

The Toffees midfielder was substituted following a heavy tackle on his right leg by Jordi Gomez, which earned the Sunderland man a yellow card.

Everton character pleases Martinez

It was initially suspected that Barry, 33, had a broken leg, although Everton manager Roberto Martinez subsequently revealed the X-ray had not shown a break.

Black Cats midfielder Gomez could have received a second booking when he made the most of minimal contact from Everton defender Phil Jagielka inside the penalty area, which prompted the visiting players to surround referee Lee Mason.

Everton have lost in the Premier League immediately following their opening two Europa League group matches.

However, after this draw and a 3-1 win at Burnley last month there are signs manager Roberto Martinez appears to be edging closer to the right balance between the club's domestic and European commitments.

Martinez's side were not as fluid as in the 3-0 win over Lille on Thursday, but deserved a point despite falling behind.

Gareth Barry
Everton midfielder Gareth Barry was taken to hospital after a heavy challenge from Sunderland's Jordi Gomez

Everton winger Aiden McGeady went close with a swerving shot from distance just before the half-hour mark, while Ross Barkley saw his shot blocked by Liam Bridcutt.

Sunderland grew in confidence and had arguably the best chance of the half when Gomez forced Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard to save a low shot from the edge of the penalty area with his legs.

Everton should have scored early in the second half when Romelu Lukaku seized on Bridcutt's errant backpass and was clear on goal, but the Belgium striker's touch was heavy and Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon came off his line to gather at the feet of the striker.

Poyet happy with competitive Sunderland

Lukaku went close again with a powerful angled shot which Pantilimon tipped on to the post, but the home side took the lead in the 67th minute.

Baines fouled Sunderland substitute Buckley just outside the box, and Larsson curled the resulting free-kick over the Everton wall and into the bottom-left corner of the net.

However, the home side were only ahead for nine minutes after Everton were awarded a penalty when Wickham, who was Sunderland's last man, brought down Seamus Coleman inside the area with a clumsy challenge.

Baines missed his first penalty in the Premier League in Everton's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United last month, and his spot-kick was less than convincing as it went under Pantilimon's body.

Everton goalkeeper Howard smothered the ball outside of his area late on, but referee Mason ignored the heated appeals of the Sunderland players to punish the American international.

Sunderland and Everton players
Both sets of players observed a minute's silence on Remembrance Sunday before kick-off
Sebastian Larsson
Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson scored his second goal of the season with a curling free-kick
Connor Wickham
Sunderland striker Connor Wickham protested his innocence after he brought down Seamus Coleman
Gus Poyet
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has overseen two victories in the Premier League league this season



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27Vergini
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5Brown
  • 15Réveillere
  • 4Bridcutt
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forBuckleyat 64'minutes
  • 7Larsson
  • 14Gomez Garcia-PencheBooked at 10minsSubstituted forRodwellat 81'minutes
  • 10Wickham
  • 9Fletcher


  • 8Rodwell
  • 17Altidore
  • 18Mavrias
  • 19Graham
  • 25Mannone
  • 30Buckley
  • 34Robson


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 6Jagielka
  • 15Distin
  • 3Baines
  • 16McCarthyBooked at 30mins
  • 18BarrySubstituted forGibsonat 13'minutes
  • 7McGeadyBooked at 57minsSubstituted forNaismithat 70'minutes
  • 5Eto'o
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forOsmanat 86'minutes
  • 10Lukaku


  • 1Robles
  • 2Hibbert
  • 4Gibson
  • 14Naismith
  • 17Besic
  • 19Atsu
  • 21Osman
Lee Mason

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamEverton
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 1, Everton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Everton 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Sebastian Larsson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Anthony Réveillere (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by James McCarthy.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Wes Brown (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

  8. Post update

    William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match James McCarthy (Everton) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Sunderland. Liam Bridcutt tries a through ball, but Connor Wickham is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by William Buckley.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Ross Barkley.

  14. Post update

    Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

  17. Post update

    Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Jack Rodwell replaces Jordi Gómez.

  19. Post update

    James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

As It Stood

3Man City1163222121021
4West Ham115331914518
7Man Utd114431714316
13West Brom113441315-213
16Aston Villa11326516-1111
17Crystal Palace112361420-69
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