Cats held to draw in Germany

17 July 2011 05:23
John O'Shea, David Vaughan, Sebastian Larsson and Ji Dong-Won started as Sunderland came from behind to draw 1-1 at Arminia Bielefeld.[LNB] Stephane Sessegnon netted 18 minutes from time at the Schuco Arena to cancel out a controversial penalty that had given the German third division side the lead in the 64th minute.[LNB]O'Shea, Vaughan Larsson and Dong-Won all made their debuts, although O'Shea was taken off after 33 minutes as a precaution after picking up a knock. Fellow new signing Connor Wickham played the second half, while Craig Gardner also came on as a substitute.[LNB]Dong-Won missed a golden chance to open the scoring after Larsson's free-kick was spilled and Michael Turner flashed a header just wide.[LNB]But Arminia took the lead on 63 when Ahmed Elmohamady was adjudged to have pulled back an opponent and Eric Agyemang netted from the spot.[LNB]Sunderland took nine minutes to level with Turner flicking on a Larsson corner and Sessegnon ghosting in to drill low past Patrick Platins.[LNB]It was the hosts who finished strongest with Simon Mignolet keeping out a booming Tom Schutz drive and scrambling back to claw a further effort off the line after fumbling it at the first attempt.

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