Manchester City beat Sunderland 4-1 in the English Premier League at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. After a dismal performance on Monday night against Arsenal, the Citizens managed to turn things around against the Black Cats. Inspirational performances from Kevin De Bruyne, Yaya Toure, Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony steered Manuel Pellegrini’s team to victory while Fabio Borini netted the consolation for the visitors, who remain in 19th position.
Sunderland kicked off the match and soon found themselves in trouble down the other end. Sterling went down inside the penalty area but his appeal was waved away by Anthony Taylor and the young winger was booked for simulation. It was all City in the opening minutes and Sam Allardyce’s side was struggling to get into the match.
In the 13th minute, Sterling nodded City into the lead following a De Bruyne cross before Toure lashed a left footed drive into the back of the net in the 17th minute to double the lead. It was proving to be ten minutes of horror for the visitors and Bony headed in a superb third in the 22nd minute. At 3-0, the home team continued to dominate possession and their opponents were fortunate not to concede a fourth before the break, following a dismal first half display.
Allardyce would have been hoping for a better second half performance from his team, however the match continued as it did in the first stanza and De Bruyne added a fourth from close range in the 54th minute. In the 56th minute, Lee Cattermole completed his return from injury as he replaced Yann M’vila and the midfielder needed little time to impress as Borini turned in his initial attempt in the 59th minute to make it 4-1.
Bony had an opportunity to extend City’s lead but missed from the penalty spot in the 69th minute. Inspirational performances from De Bruyne, Sterling, Toure and Bony steered Pellegrini’s players to victory while solid performances from Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Managla served as consolation for the loss of Vincent Kompany due to injury. Man City now moves into third place and continues its title charge while Sunderland has suffered another defeat and will hope to regroup as it seeks to avoid relegation.
Manchester City: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov, Toure, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva, Sterling, Bony. Subs: Caballero, Kompany, Aguero, Navas, Delph, clichy, Demichelis.
Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, O’Shea, coates, Van Aanholt, Johnson, M’vila, Gomez, Graham, Fletcher, Borini. Subs: Pantilimon, Brown, Cattermole, Lens, Defoe, Waltermore, Toivonen.
Venue: Etihad Stadium