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Birmingham City vs Sunderland LIVE: Championship latest score, goals and updates from fixture

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Follow live coverage as Birmingham City face Sunderland in the Championship today.

An increasingly competitive second tier in English football remains an intense and exciting competition, with the prize of a place in the Premier League on offer at the end of the season.

Last year Southampton, Leicester City and Leeds United were relegated from the top flight and all are hopeful of making a quick return - but the likes of Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland all have real promotion ambitions too.

At the other end of the table, QPR, Cardiff City and Birmingham City will hope for better campaigns than last year’s relegation struggle - while newcomers Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to survive after dramatic progress through the play-offs.

Follow live updates from today’s game in the live blog below.

Birmingham City FC 2 - 1 Sunderland AFC

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

17:05

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Sunderland 1.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:57

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Sunderland 1.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:57

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jordan James.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:54

Foul by Luís Semedo (Sunderland).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:54

Attempt saved. Jack Clarke (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dan Neil.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:52

Substitution, Birmingham City. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces Jay Stansfield.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:50

Foul by Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:48

Substitution, Sunderland. Luís Semedo replaces Trai Hume.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:48

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Trai Hume.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:44

Foul by Krystian Bielik (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:42

Trai Hume (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:42

Jay Stansfield (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:42

Foul by Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:41

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Sunderland 1. Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:41

Juninho Bacuna (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:41

Attempt blocked. Siriki Dembélé (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:38

Ethan Laird (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:38

Jordan James (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:37

Foul by Jordan James (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:34

Ethan Laird (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:34

Abdoullah Ba (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:34

Siriki Dembélé (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:41

Attempt missed. Leo Hjelde (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jobe Bellingham with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:33

Krystian Bielik (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:33

Foul by Krystian Bielik (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:31

Substitution, Sunderland. Abdoullah Ba replaces Romaine Mundle.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:31

Substitution, Sunderland. Nazarii Rusyn replaces Mason Burstow.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:29

Delay in match because of an injury Mason Burstow (Sunderland).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:29

Offside, Sunderland. Mason Burstow is caught offside.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:27

Foul by Jordan James (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:27

Substitution, Birmingham City. Juninho Bacuna replaces Paik Seung-Ho.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:26

Substitution, Birmingham City. Siriki Dembélé replaces Tyler Roberts.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:27

Attempt blocked. Jay Stansfield (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:27

Attempt blocked. Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ethan Laird.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:23

Ethan Laird (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:23

Dan Neil (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:20

Goal! Birmingham City 1, Sunderland 1. Jordan James (Birmingham City) right footed shot from very close range.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:20

Attempt blocked. Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:26

Attempt blocked. Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:25

Attempt saved. Tyler Roberts (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:23

Attempt blocked. Tyler Roberts (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Krystian Bielik.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:23

Attempt blocked. Andre Dozzell (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan James.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:18

Jack Clarke (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:58

Dan Ballard (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:17

Foul by Dan Ballard (Sunderland).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:17

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:14

Delay in match because of an injury Leo Hjelde (Sunderland).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:14

Leo Hjelde (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:13

Attempt blocked. Jordan James (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:10

Foul by Romaine Mundle (Sunderland).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:08

Jobe Bellingham (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:07

Foul by Romaine Mundle (Sunderland).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

16:05

Second Half begins Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 1.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:49

First Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 1.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:48

Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:46

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Krystian Bielik.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:45

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:45

Attempt saved. Romaine Mundle (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Patterson.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:43

Jobe Bellingham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:40

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:37

Tyler Roberts (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:35

Attempt missed. Jobe Bellingham (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:34

Paik Seung-Ho (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:34

Romaine Mundle (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:34

Attempt blocked. Mason Burstow (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pierre Ekwah.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:32

Hand ball by Pierre Ekwah (Sunderland).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:30

Foul by Andre Dozzell (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:32

Attempt missed. Tyler Roberts (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cody Drameh.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:27

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Luke O'Nien.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:25

Attempt blocked. Tyler Roberts (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:25

Delay in match because of an injury Jack Clarke (Sunderland).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:23

Goal! Birmingham City 0, Sunderland 1. Jack Clarke (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:23

Jack Clarke (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:23

Attempt missed. Paik Seung-Ho (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:21

Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:20

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Anthony Patterson.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:20

Attempt saved. Jordan James (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:20

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Trai Hume.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:20

Jobe Bellingham (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:20

Foul by Jobe Bellingham (Sunderland).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:17

Attempt saved. Romaine Mundle (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Clarke.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:15

Foul by Tyler Roberts (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:15

Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:20

Attempt missed. Mason Burstow (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Romaine Mundle with a cross.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:12

Attempt missed. Pierre Ekwah (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Clarke following a corner.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:11

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:08

Foul by Pierre Ekwah (Sunderland).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:08

Attempt blocked. Jack Clarke (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jobe Bellingham with a headed pass.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:08

Foul by Jay Stansfield (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:06

Foul by Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City).

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:04

Attempt blocked. Koji Miyoshi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:03

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Trai Hume.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

15:01

First Half begins.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

14:30

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Birmingham City vs Sunderland

14:00

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