Swansea 3-0 Sunderland: Llorente’s double wins relegation battle

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  • Llorente scores twice
  • Sigurdsson nets PK
  • Swans off the bottom, now on 12 points
  • Sunderland slip back to bottom

Swansea City sealed a massive victory against relegation rivals Sunderland at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday with Bob Bradley‘s men winning 3-0 to seal his second win in the Premier League.

Three second half goals did the damage for the Swans as Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a penalty kick, then two goals from Spanish forward Fernando Llorente put the Welsh side out of sight.

With the win Bradley’s men climb out of the relegation zone and now have 12 points, while Sunderland slip to the foot of the table on 11 points.

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In the pouring rain in south Wales both teams started nervously with plenty on the line. Sunderland went close to taking the lead as Jermain Defoe worked himself into the box after linking up with Victor Anichebe but flashed his left-footed shot just over the bar.

The Swans then went close as Sigurdsson’s free kick from the left found Alfie Mawson but the center back headed over and should’ve done better.

As half time came closer, the Swans kept pushing forward and Lamine Kone was forced to hook the ball out for a corner under pressure following a dangerous cross from the right.

Jordi Amat then sent a header over from Sigurdsson’s right-wing cross as the home side looked more dangerous but Kone then headed over.

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In the second half Sunderland looked dangerous on the break as Patrick Van Aanholt played in Defoe and he raced clear but sent his effort off target.

Then came a huge moment in the game as Wayne Routledge tried to cross the ball in the box but the ball hit Jason Denayer‘s raised arm and a penalty kick was awarded. Sigurdsson put the spot kick straight down the middle to put Swansea 1-0 up.

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Four minutes later the Swans went 2-0 up. Modou Barrow went close as his shot was saved superbly down now by Jordan Pickford and from the resulting corner a well-worked set piece saw Sigurdsson find Llorente who steered it home.

2-0, as Bradley and his coaching staff piled in and celebrated together on the sidelines.

Llorente then spurned a glorious chance as he couldn’t connect from six yards out and then Pickford saved superbly from Amat’s header with the Swans piling on the pressure.

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At the other end Defoe snatched at a half chance as Sunderland tried to force the issue but Swansea held firm and added to their tally with Jefferson Montero‘s cross headed home by Llorente. 3-0.

Late on Sunderland came close to pulling one back as Defoe’s acrobatic effort was deflected wide and then they hit the crossbar from a set piece situation but in truth it was an easy win for the south Wales side as Bradley secured his second win, and second clean sheet, in the Premier League.