Goals from Wes Brown, Cabral and David Moberg Karlsson helped Sunderland come from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in the semi-final of the Barclays Asia Trophy.
Due to torrential rain the game’s kick-off was delayed, meaning that the game was reduced to 40 minutes a half when it was finally played.
Gylfi Sigurdsson opened the scoring for Spurs midway through the opening period. Aaron Lennon’s run and cut back to the Icelandic midfielder allowed him to finish, thanks to a large deflection off of John O’Shea.
The Black Cats didn’t trail for long though and levelled before half time. Tom Huddlestone was caught in possession, which enabled Jozy Altidore to set Cabral on his way.
And the former Basel midfielder was able to comfortably slot the ball into the corner of the net.
Tottenham made several changes during the interval, but they didn’t prevent AVB’s team from falling behind in the 64th minute. Quick movement from Wes Brown allowed him to lose his marker, before the defender emphatically headed home his side’s second of the game.
Having replaced Heurelho Gomes at half time, Brad Friedel made a string of quality saves, yet he was helpless to prevent a third from flying in late on.
New Sunderland arrival David Moberg Karlsson came in from the wing to receive a pass from Stephane Sessegnon, and the Swede only had the keeper to beat, which he achieved with a controlled side-footed finish into the far corner.
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