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The official flags Danny Welbeck offside. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Nikola Zigic produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Martyn Waghorn on for Ahmed Al-Muhammadi.
Foul by Craig Gardner on Cristian Riveros, free kick awarded. Craig Gardner receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
Ahmed Al-Muhammadi challenges Sebastian Larsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Sebastian Larsson, A goal is scored by Liam Ridgewell from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-2 Birmingham.Assist by Sebastian Larsson.
Centre by Craig Gardner, John Mensah manages to make a clearance.
Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Blocked by Nedum Onuoha.
Craig Gardner concedes a free kick for a foul on Nedum Onuoha. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Right-footed shot by Jordan Henderson went wide left of the net.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Kieran Richardson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson. Darren Bent leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Welbeck.
Lee Bowyer takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by James McFadden from the left by-line, clearance made by John Mensah.
Sebastian Larsson produces a cross, Scott Dann grabs a headed goal from close range. Sunderland 2-1 Birmingham.Assist by Sebastian Larsson.
Nedum Onuoha crosses the ball, clearance by Roger Johnson. Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the left by-line, Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
Cameron Jerome sends in a cross, Titus Bramble manages to make a clearance.
Centre by James McFadden, Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
Centre by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi, save made by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Roger Johnson on Darren Bent. Roger Johnson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Kieran Richardson restarts play with the free kick.
James McFadden sends in a cross, Scott Dann produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Outswinging corner taken by James McFadden from the left by-line, clearance by Fraizer Campbell.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Henderson on Lee Bowyer. Darren Bent booked. Free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.
Craig Gardner on for Stephen Carr.
The ball is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
Cristian Riveros is brought on as a substitute for Steed Malbranque.
Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet. Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson, Steed Malbranque makes a clearance.
Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball.
The ball is sent over by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi.
Shot by Barry Ferguson from outside the box goes over the net.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Henderson on Liam Ridgewell. Free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
Garry O'Connor leaves the field to be replaced by Nikola Zigic.
Own goal by Stephen Carr. Sunderland 2-0 Birmingham.Assist by Jordan Henderson.
Fraizer Campbell takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson, James McFadden makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson.
Centre by Garry O'Connor.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Roger Johnson.
Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line to the near post, Ahmed Al-Muhammadi manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson.
Handball decision goes against Darren Bent. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
James McFadden is brought on as a substitute for Keith Fahey.
Stephen Carr concedes a free kick for a foul on Fraizer Campbell. Free kick taken by John Mensah.
The referee blows for offside. Lee Cattermole concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Bowyer. Lee Cattermole shown a red card for second bookable offence. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Fraizer Campbell. Lee Cattermole concedes a for a foul on Lee Bowyer. The referee red cards Lee Cattermole for second bookable offence. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Bowyer on Titus Bramble. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Kieran Richardson challenges Cameron Jerome unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson, Scott Dann produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Kieran Richardson produces a cross, clearance by Keith Fahey.
The ball is sent over by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi, save made by Ben Foster. Jordan Henderson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
Lee Cattermole fouled by Cameron Jerome, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Henderson.
Nedum Onuoha challenges Garry O'Connor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Kieran Richardson on Sebastian Larsson, free kick awarded. Caution for Kieran Richardson. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Ahmed Al-Muhammadi sends in a cross, Sebastian Larsson makes a clearance.
Shot by Darren Bent from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Lee Cattermole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome. Lee Cattermole receives a caution. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi. Scott Dann takes the free kick.
Garry O'Connor has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.
Fraizer Campbell fouled by Stephen Carr, the ref awards a Penalty. Stephen Carr goes into the referee's book. Power penalty scored by Darren Bent. Sunderland 1-0 Birmingham.The assist for the goal came from Fraizer Campbell.
Foul by Fraizer Campbell on Barry Ferguson, free kick awarded. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Blocked by Titus Bramble.
Fraizer Campbell challenges Liam Ridgewell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Mensah by Cameron Jerome. Free kick taken by John Mensah.
Jordan Henderson sends in a cross, clearance made by Lee Bowyer.
Centre by Kieran Richardson, Effort from deep inside the area by Steed Malbranque misses to the left of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Kieran Richardson, save by Ben Foster.
Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Kieran Richardson manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Keith Fahey. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.
The referee penalises Ahmed Al-Muhammadi for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Darren Bent fouled by Lee Bowyer, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Henderson.
John Mensah challenges Sebastian Larsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Shot from 25 yards by Jordan Henderson. Save by Ben Foster.
The ball is crossed by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi, clearance made by Liam Ridgewell.
The ball is crossed by Jordan Henderson, clearance by Sebastian Larsson.
Roger Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Fraizer Campbell. Free kick crossed by Jordan Henderson, Scott Dann gets a block in.
The referee gets the game started.
The match has reached half-time.
The second half kicks off.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Bruce sweating on Bent fitness
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will make a late decision on Darren Bent's fitness ahead of the Barclays Premier League opener against Birmingham at the Stadium of Light.
The striker had to withdraw from the England squad in midweek following a back spasm and Bruce rates him as 50/50.
If Bent is not fit then new signing Danny Welbeck and youngster Martyn Waghorn will hope to start up front while Simon Mignolet is certain to be given the nod in goal with Craig Gordon sidelined by a broken arm.
Titus Bramble, Nedum Onouha, Marcos Angeleri, Paulo da Silva and Cristian Riveros will all hope to make their debuts but Andy Reid (Achilles) is out and George McCartney and Anton Ferdinand have not been given squad numbers.
Bruce is confident his side can put a "terrible" pre-season behind them as they begin their quest for a top-10 place.
Bruce has seen injuries and the World Cup disrupt his plans while the Black Cats have been one of the busier clubs in the transfer market, with eight players in and seven out.
He said: "There's always a feelgood factor at the start of the season. It's been a difficult pre-season with the World Cup, with injuries and transfers and all the rest of it.
"But there's nothing quite like the first game of the season and, even though we've had a terrible July and August, they'll be hot and we'll look forward to the challenge again."
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is hopeful goalkeeper Ben Foster will have recovered from the back spasm suffered on England duty to make his debut.
City's other major summer signing, Serbia striker Nikola Zigic, is also included in the squad.
Defender Stuart Parnaby has been declared fit after sustaining a hamstring injury 10 days ago meaning veteran striker Kevin Phillips is the only major absentee with the torn thigh muscle which will sideline him for four to six weeks.
McLeish knows the importance of Blues making a positive start to the campaign.
He said: "It is a tough away game, a tough start. We are at a loss as to why six of the last seven times in the Premier League, we've had our first fixture away from home.
"I can't understand that. If that is all about the luck of the computer, then we must be one unlucky team.
"But saying that, if we can get off to a flying start away from home, that will be fantastic for confidence.
"We've got to go up there and look to perform the way we did in the second half of the last game against Sunderland."'
Blues rally as Black Cats hauled back
Birmingham scored two goals in the final 12 minutes to secure a 2-2 draw against 10-man Sunderland in their Barclays Premier League opener at the Stadium of Light.
Darren Bent gave the hosts the lead from the penalty spot in the 24th minute after Stephen Carr fouled Fraizer Campbell, and the veteran full-back headed the ball over his own keeper 11 minutes after half-time to put Sunderland two up.
By that point the hosts were already a man down following two yellow cards for new captain Lee Cattermole in the first half and the visitors eventually took full advantage, with Scott Dann heading in a soft first and Liam Ridgewell grabbing the equaliser two minutes from time.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce gave full debuts to keeper Simon Mignolet, defenders Nedum Onuoha and Titus Bramble and winger Ahmed El Mohamady while John Mensah also started after returning to the Stadium of Light on loan from Lyon for a second successive season.
Birmingham's side had a more familiar look about it, although there was a debut in goal for Ben Foster after he overcame a back problem that forced him out of England duty.
The home side had much the better of the opening quarter of an hour without troubling Foster, who was able to watch a Steed Malbranque shot sail past his near post from the best chance.
There was then a break in play while Garry O'Connor received treatment after an accidental elbow from Cattermole caused a nasty cut above the striker's eye. The Scot was bandaged up and was able to continue.
Chances were few and far between but suddenly a break from Bent set Sunderland away. Referee Anthony Taylor waved play on when Dann looked to have fouled the striker and, as Campbell surged into the area, he was felled by Carr.
Taylor immediately pointed to the spot and, after he had shown Carr a yellow card, Bent stepped up to power the penalty into the bottom corner with 24 minutes gone.
Bent and Campbell were linking up superbly and last season's leading scorer should have grabbed his second five minutes later after a neat backheel from his strike-partner sent him into the area but he mis-hit his shot well wide from 10 yards.
Birmingham had yet to muster any kind of effort on goal and they nearly put themselves in even more trouble with 35 minutes on the clock.
El Mohamady beat his man but his cross looked set to be dealt with by Bowyer only for the midfielder to slice his clearance at Foster, who did well to keep it out at point-blank range.
Sunderland's day had been going exactly to plan but they found themselves reduced to 10 men two minutes before half-time when Cattermole, who had earlier been booked for a foul on Cameron Jerome, clattered Bowyer from behind and was sent off.
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish would have expected much more from his team and he responded by bringing on James McFadden for Keith Fahey.
They looked much brighter at the start of the second half and it needed a great tackle from Mensah to stop Jerome as he headed towards goal.
Sunderland's threat was now sporadic but in the 56th minute they went two up thanks to another nightmare moment for Carr.
Having conceded the penalty in the first half, the veteran right-back stretched to get a head to Jordan Henderson's free-kick under pressure from Campbell only to direct it over his own keeper and into the net.
McLeish made his second change immediately, bringing on 6ft 8in striker Nikola Zigic for his debut in place of O'Connor, and the Serbian almost grabbed a goal moments later but his 25-yard drive was well tipped over by Mignolet.
Cristian Riveros then came on for his Sunderland debut but, with 12 minutes to go, Birmingham were back in it thanks to another act of charity.
The visitors worked a short corner and Sebastian Larsson swung in a cross from the left that was headed down by Scott Dann and right through Mignolet.
The centre-back should then have levelled matters but he somehow failed to connect with Larsson's free-kick from six yards out with the goal gaping.
Danny Welbeck became the sixth Sunderland debutant in place of Bent but the pressure on the hosts was growing and inevitably it was another Larsson set-piece that provided the equaliser two minutes from time.
The Swede swung in a ball from the right that evaded everyone before finding Liam Ridgewell at the far post.
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