Manchester City eased its way into the fourth round of the English League Cup fourth round after thrashing Sunderland 4-1 on Tuesday at the Stadium of Light. With just nine minutes of play in the first half, City broke the deadlock with a penalty by Sergio Aguero. Jesus navas was fouled in the box by Patrick Van Aanholt after a neat one-two pass with Yaya Toure and the referee pointed to the spot.
Kevin De Bruyne followed suit in the 25th minute when he added a second goal. Raheem Sterling went on the counter attack and picked up De Bruyne who slotted the ball in at the near post from a difficult angle giving City a two goal lead. In the 32nd minute, a flurry of three goals sparked as Costel Pantilimon saw the ball ricochet off himself and into his own net.
That was after Bacary Sagna sent a low cross into the box which the keeper parried into the way of Sterling who then took the shot only for the ball to hit the post and deflect into the net. Shortly thereafter, not far from when Sterling was denied a goal in the 32nd minute, which went down as an own goal, he was at the receiving end of a De Bruyne pass to curve it home making 4-0, which would be the half-time score.
In the second stanza, things had cooled off with the Black Cats getting into the game. In the 83rd minute Martin Demichelis lost track of Ola Toivonen who managed to sneak past him and bag a consolation for the home side with a smart header. However, Toivonen’s strike was not enough to save a miserable evening for Dick Advocaat.