Manchester City suffered a serious blow to their Premier League title ambitions as they were held to a draw by bottom club Sunderland.

City gained a second-minute lead with Fernandinho's powerful effort, but went behind as Connor Wickham scored twice in quick succession after the break.

With two minutes left, Black Cats goalkeeper Vito Mannone fumbled Samir Nasri's fierce strike into his own net.

Manuel Pellegrini says draw is 'not enough'

City are six points behind leaders Liverpool and four behind Chelsea.

They could have been even further adrift of the top two because Manuel Pellegrini's team were fortunate to earn their late equaliser, as Mannone agonisingly let Nasri's shot slip out of his grasp.

Nasri then went close to snatching a winner in the 90th minute, but his anguished reaction showed how his team's prospects have now changed.

City's hopes of repeating their Premier League success of 2012 now rely on both Liverpool and Chelsea slipping up during the final weeks of the season.

The draw was just as unsatisfactory for Sunderland, who were the better team for large periods of the game, and missed out on a chance to further close the gap on their relegation rivals.

Man City's 2013-14 run-in

  • Mon 21 April: v West Brom (H)
  • Sun 27 April: v Crystal Palace (A)
  • Sat 3 May: v Everton (A)
  • Wed 7 May: v Aston Villa (H)
  • Sun 11 May: v West Ham (H)

Gus Poyet's side are six points from safety with a game in hand on the three teams above them - Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich - and the Sunderland boss will curse the way his team let victory slip.

The Black Cats have been on a wretched run of form since they lost to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final on 2 March, having taken one point from their last six league games before this match.

But they arrived at this re-arranged fixture with a decent record against City and, despite the early opener, created several good chances throughout the game.

Had John O'Shea hit the target from two close-range headers or Fabio Borini squared the ball to one of two better-placed team-mates the picture could have looked very different before half-time.

Coming three days after an energy-sapping defeat at title rivals Liverpool, City were without David Silva and struggled for fluency. Yet Fernandinho's fifth goal of the season gave them a lead to defend.

It was a well-worked strike so early in the contest. Alvaro Negredo dispossessed Lee Cattermole and then stepped over Sergio Aguero's pass, allowing the Brazilian midfielder time to fire in at the near post.

'Draw nobody expected' delights Poyet

Having last won a league game at Newcastle on 1 February, Sunderland did not let the early goal affect them and were spurred on by former City player Adam Johnson.

At times, Sunderland appeared to over-step the mark as Aguero, making his first start since returning from injury, was hacked down by Wes Brown.

After their positive start the Black Cats faded. Pellegrini's side grew in status and Aguero's deflected shot tested Mannone before the Argentine was replaced by Stevan Jovetic.

That all changed when Emanuele Giaccherini came off the bench to inspire the visitors.

First, he crossed for Wickham, who tucked in at the back post for his first Sunderland league goal since October 2011. The Italian substitute then found the on-rushing English striker as he beat Joe Hart at the near post.

Sunderland stood on the verge of a famous win, but then Mannone clawed at thin air after he failed to grasp Nasri's shot from 12 yards.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Manchester City

  • 01 Hart
  • 05 Zabaleta Booked
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 25 Fernandinho (Rodwell - 87' )
  • 04 Kompany
  • 26 Demichelis
  • 07 Milner
  • 14 Javi García
  • 09 Negredo (Dzeko - 69' )
  • 16 Agüero (Jovetic - 57' )
  • 08 Nasri

Substitutes

  • 02 Richards
  • 06 Lescott
  • 10 Dzeko
  • 17 Rodwell
  • 22 Clichy
  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 35 Jovetic

Sunderland

  • 25 Mannone
  • 27 Vergini
  • 28 Alonso Booked
  • 33 Cattermole Booked
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 05 Brown
  • 11 Johnson
  • 07 Larsson (Giaccherini - 68' )
  • 10 Wickham
  • 14 Colback
  • 31 Borini Booked (Scocco - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Altidore
  • 22 Ba
  • 23 Giaccherini
  • 30 Scocco
  • 32 Ustari
  • 35 Mavrias
  • 42 Agnew
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Att: 47,046

Match Stats

Shots

16 11

On target

4 3

Corners

3 6

Fouls

14 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Manchester City 2, Sunderland 2.

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester City 2, Sunderland 2.

90:00 +2:19

Offside, Sunderland. John O'Shea tries a through ball, but Connor Wickham is caught offside.

90:00 +1:50 Booking

Booking Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +1:46

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

90:00 +1:46

Ignacio Scocco (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:49

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

89:24

Attempt missed. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.

87:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 2, Sunderland 2. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.

87:48

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Edin Dzeko.

86:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Jack Rodwell replaces Fernandinho.

82:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 1, Sunderland 2. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini following a fast break.

82:03

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Connor Wickham.

81:33

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:33

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

79:48

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

78:56

Attempt blocked. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernandinho.

78:30

Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:30

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

76:21

Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fernandinho.

74:03

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:03

Foul by Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland).

72:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 1, Sunderland 1. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini with a cross.

71:40

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Joe Hart.

71:38

Attempt saved. Jack Colback (Sunderland) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a through ball.

70:29

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

70:29

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:24

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

69:24

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:42

Attempt missed. Wes Brown (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

68:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Ignacio Scocco replaces Fabio Borini.

68:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Edin Dzeko replaces Álvaro Negredo.

67:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini replaces Sebastian Larsson.

66:07

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

64:59

Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a cross following a set piece situation.

64:23 Booking

Booking Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:16

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:16

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

63:46

Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

63:46

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:17

Attempt saved. Stevan Jovetic (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

62:17

Javi García (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:17

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

59:58

Hand ball by James Milner (Manchester City).

59:47

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

59:27

Delay in match Adam Johnson (Sunderland) because of an injury.

58:14

Attempt blocked. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

56:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Stevan Jovetic replaces Sergio Agüero.

55:14

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:14

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

51:48

Foul by Martín Demichelis (Manchester City).

51:48

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:33

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:33

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

49:29

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

49:29

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

47:21

Foul by Javi García (Manchester City).

47:21

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:46

Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is too high.

45:00

Second Half begins Manchester City 1, Sunderland 0.

45:00 +4:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Manchester City 1, Sunderland 0.

45:00 +4:09

Attempt missed. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Fernandinho.

45:00 +1:46

Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:46

Foul by Wes Brown (Sunderland).

45:00 +1:08

Attempt missed. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Santiago Vergini.

45:00 +0:08

Foul by Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City).

45:00 +0:08

Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:18

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

38:07

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

36:09

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

36:09

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

35:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

32:52

Delay in match Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) because of an injury.

32:52

Delay in match Marcos Alonso (Sunderland) because of an injury.

32:06

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

32:06

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:04 Booking

Booking Fabio Borini (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

30:48

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Fabio Borini.

28:47

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

27:52

Delay in match Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) because of an injury.

27:22

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

25:35

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:35

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

24:11

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Wes Brown.

22:12

Attempt missed. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Cattermole.

19:12

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

17:39

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a through ball.

16:22

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov.

14:38

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Martín Demichelis.

13:59

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:59

Foul by Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City).

13:26

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:26

Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

11:59

Attempt missed. John O'Shea (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross following a corner.

11:30

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Vincent Kompany.

9:59

Attempt missed. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta with a headed pass.

9:56

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

5:54

Attempt missed. John O'Shea (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross following a set piece situation.

5:16

Foul by Martín Demichelis (Manchester City).

5:16

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

1:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester City 1, Sunderland 0. Fernandinho (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergio Agüero with a through ball.

0:11

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

0:11

Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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